Challenge Wrap Up #3: 2017 Popsugar and Diverse Reading Challenge

Here’s the last batch of my reading challenge wrap up! Here are the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge and Diverse Reading Challenge hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read Sleep Repeat.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

  1. Book recommended by a Librarian – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Michelle @ Undeniably Book Nerdy)
  2. Book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
  3. Book of LettersStolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
  4. AudiobookAddicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Narrated by Erin Mallon & Charles Carr)
  5. Book by a Person of ColorAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  6. Book with one of the four seasons in the titleSomeone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
  7. Book that is a story within a storyNext to Never by Penelope Douglas
  8. Book with Multiple AuthorsWicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren
  9. Espionage thriller – N/A
  10. Book with a cat on the cover – N/A
  11. Book by an author who uses a pseudonymWhen It’s Real by Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)
  12. Bestseller from a genre you don’t normally readAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (YA Fantasy)
  13. Book by  or about a person who has disabilityThe Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (MC w/ amputated leg)
  14. A book involving travelPlayboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
  15. Book w/ a subtitleBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie
  16. 2017 book Separation Games by C.D. Reiss
  17. Book involving a mythical creatureRot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Zombie)
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile –
  19. Book about food – N/A
  20. Book with a career advice – N/A
  21. Book from a nonhuman perspective – N/A
  22. Steampunk novel – N/A
  23. Book w/ a red spineMister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
  24. Book set in the wildernessInto the Light by Aleatha Romig
  25. Book you love as a child –
  26. Book by an author from a country you’ve never visitedEvery Little Thing by Samantha Young
  27. Book with a character’s name in the titleKiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines
  28. Novel set during wartime – N/A
  29. Book with an unreliable narratorChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  30. Book with picturesTrue Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz
  31. Book where the main character is a different ethnicity than youSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  32. Book about an interesting woman – N/A
  33. Book set in a two different time periods – N/A
  34. Book with a month or day of the week in the title – N/A
  35. Book set in hotel / innEasy Charm by Kristen Proby
  36. Book written by someone you admireWarcross by Marie Lu
  37. Book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – N/A
  38. Book set around a holiday other than Christmas – N/A
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read beforeBound by Honor by Cora Reilly
  40. Book you bought on a trip – N/A

*I didn’t proceed with the advanced prompts*

Diverse Reading Challenge

Here are the diverse books I’ve read this year. It wasn’t a lot but I managed to read as many as I can.

  1. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Mental Illness: Schizophrenia)
  2. A List of Cages by Robin Roe (Mental Illness: ADHD / Disability: Dyslexia)
  3. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed – (Own voices)
  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (POC lead)
  5. Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo (Philippine Myth and Urban Legends)
  6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Biracial lead)
  7. Warcross by Marie Lu (Biracial protagonists / 2017 Release)
  8. Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Biracial lead)
  9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Mental Illness: Depression) *though the story centers on sexual abuse and silence, the protagonist has been depressive.
  10. The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (Mental Illness: PTSD)
  11. Hideaway by Penelope Douglas (Biracial protagonist)
  12. The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily by Laura Creedle (Mental Illness: ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Disability: Dyslexia, 2017 Release, Own voices)
  13. Ms. Marvel vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Muslim MC)
  14. Take Me With You  by Andrea Gibson (LGBT poetry)
  15. True Philippine Ghost Stories vol.29 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
  16. True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 30 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
  17. Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry (POC lead)

Overall thoughts:

  • Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 have difficult categories this year and I just did my best completing it based on the books I’ve read this year. As for the Diverse Reading Challenge, I’m on relax mode too. I’ve only read 17 diverse books which isn’t a bad number for me.

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Challenge Wrap Up #2: Around the Year in 52 Books 2017

Hi everyone! Here’s the continuation of my reading challenge wrap up. The second challenge was Around the Year in 52 Books but they change their name into Around the Year in 52 books (I guess this is for the next year’s challenge). Here are the books I’ve read for each categories:

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) – Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E” – This Isn’t Fair, Baby by K. Webster
5. A historical fiction The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
8. A book written by a person of color – The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list – Made by J.M. Darhower
10. A dual-timeline novel – Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley
11. A category from another challenge (Audiobook)Priest by Sierra Simone (Narrated by Jacob Morgan & Elena Wolfe)
12. A book based on a myth – Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character – Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) –
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (Sweden)
16. A mystery – Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
17. A book with illustrations – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
18. A really long book (600+ pages) – Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined – Stephenie Meyer
19. A New York Times best-seller – Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Commander in Chief by Katy Evans
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before Love, Hate and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan Hall
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors – Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
27. A book by one of your favorite authors – Play On by Samantha Young 
28. A non-fiction – It Pays Forward to Increase Your Word Power by Peter Funk
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions The Salvation of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland (Montlake Romance)
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link) – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters (Dark Romance)
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) – Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere – Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven (Australia)
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Royally Matched by Emma Chase
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) – Ms. Marvel vol.1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
37. A book you choose randomly – Sustained by Emma Chase
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature – Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie (Medusa, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sherlock Holmes etc.)
39. An epistolary fictionSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
40. A book published in 2017 – The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)Warcross by Marie Lu
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold) The Isn’t You, Baby by K. Webster
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link) – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
45. A book with a one-word titleVendetta by Catherine Doyle
46. A time travel novel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorn
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young (A book with less than 1 000 ratings on Goodreads)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Inah @ Bibliophile Confessions)
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – I Hate and I Love by Cattulus
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays) – All of My Bullshit Truths: Collected Poems by J.R. Rogue
52. A book set in a fictional location – Saga vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Categories completed: 45

Overall thoughts:

  • The categories in this challenge were easier than Popsugar reading challenge and I really enjoyed it. This is a great challenge because it helps me to venture in other genres. No pressure at all and just read the ones you feel like reading.

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Most Disappointing Books of 2017

2017 is a year of “Hit and Miss” when it comes to the books I’ve read compared last year. The books I’m going to mention on my list were rated 2 stars and below and they’re in no particular order. Without further ado, here are the books that disappointed me:

  • Trusting Tanner & Chasing Xander by Lexi Lawton – These two books are New Adult debuts and both are disappointing. It dragged a lot and the characters irritated the crap out of me. They’re so petty and overdramatic. I’m not going to read the last book in that series.
  • The Gift & Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts – The Gift is an okay-ish holiday read. The stories are forgettable in my opinion. As for Happy Ever After, some scenes are fillers and unnecessary. Parker was an uptight heroine and it kind of irked me. I like Malcolm though. The ending was meh and that proposal in the end could have done better.
  • Finding It by Cora Carmack – Such a disappointing series ender. Kelsey complained a lot of things and it’s annoying. As for the romance, I wasn’t as hooked as the previous books. Good thing Jackson Hunt is great guy or else. *shrugs*
  • Every book I’ve read by Abbi Glines  – These books have annoying and weak characters and ridiculous drama especially Sweet Little Thing and Sweet Little Lies. I used to enjoy Abbi Glines’s books because they’re quick to read and I can tolerate the drama. This time they gave me a migraine. I cannot. Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach series needs improvement. What the heck happened on their spawns?! They’re either spineless or douchebags. Smh
  • Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook – I’ve been hearing great thoughts about this poetry collection so I decided to give it a try. The poems have potential but I wasn’t hooked with it nor it left an impact on me.
  • Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet – I don’t mind erotic poetry but this one was too forced. It’s awful and not romantic.
  • We Were Young by Fortesa Latifi – Messy and random. Not a fan of the arrangement of poems.
  • Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell – Some of the poems were cheesy and lacked the substance. This collection isn’t for me.
  • Love Her Wild by Atticus Poetry – This book has stunning photos but unfortunately I don’t find the poems here as beautiful and emotional as I’ve wanted. Such a let down.
  • the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace – I’m one of the minority who finds this poetry collection unimpressive. The topics are good but the execution of the poems are rundown sentences, confusing and bland. I wasn’t touched by any of it.
  • The Hero by Donna Grant – Though the book was written good and well detailed, the story was prolonged and I keep waiting for something exciting to happen. The main characters’ chemistry was forced and for me it flopped.
  • Bound by Vengeance by Cora Reilly – I started Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles early this year and it started good but slowly went downhill from the third book. Bound by Vengeance is the worst so far and this series needs salvation. It lacks the
  • Exploited by A. Meredith Walters – I believe this is A. Meredith Walters’s first romantic suspense novel/series. Unfortunately the flow of the story was too slow, predictable and boring. I’m really disappointed because I love her books.
  • A Love of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland – The romance between the characters was an insta-love plus it lacks the suspense and thrill. For a mafia book, this is weak for my taste.
  • We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth Note: I’m not in the mood to read this closure and purposely spoiled myself on the content. Well, the closure to the Divergent trilogy rubs me off the wrong way and I’m still in denial. My heart can never be mended.
  • Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young – I don’t like Joss overthinking. Woman, you got the hottest and most loyal husband who can tolerate your shit. No wonder Braden is mad when you changed his personality on your short story. Nah I don’t like an alternative On Dublin Street.
  • Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin – I despise the hero. He’s an arrogant, disrespectful prick and I don’t think I can forgive his insulting comments on the heroine. He belittled her too much. Someone kick Finn McCormick’s butt. *rolls eyes*
  • Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick -The protagonist has a poor survival instincts. All her decisions puts her in danger and she never learns. I hate her bestfriend more. The girl is sarcastic and mean.  The plot twist is predictable. *sighs*
  • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – Genre swapping of the original characters is a clever idea but this 10th Anniversary edition was unnecessary. I’d rather stick to the original ones and I’d rather have The Host sequels. Thank you very much.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne – RIDIKULUS. RIDIKULUS. Seriously, the events here are ridiculous and it shook me the bad way. Haha! I only like the Malfoys. Enough said.

These are my disappointing books of 2017. Have you read any of these books? What are your worst reads of 2017? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Challenge Wrap Up #1: 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge

As the year ends, it’s time to wrap up the reading challenges I participated. The first one is 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Catia from The Girl Who Read Too Much. Let’s begin with Reading Bingo. I’m glad to say I’ve completed it and each book will be linked on my Goodreads review. na-bingo

Book set in college

A Reread

Book about friendship

Book with only male POV

Books based on its cover

New to you author

Diverse novel

  • Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Indian – American protagonist)

Book you can finish in one day

Hyped book

Book set in Summer

Book that makes you laugh

2017 Release

Freebie

Book with music or art

Book about roadtrip

Book out of your comfort zone

Book you knew nothing about

New Adult Bestseller

Start a new series

Debut novel

One word title

Book about sports

LGBTQ novel

  • N/A

Book recommendation

Bottom of your TBR

 

Here are the books I’ve read:

  1. Commander in Chief – Katy Evans
  2. Bound by Honor – Cora Reilly
  3. Bound by Duty – Cora Reilly
  4. Bound by Hatred – Cora Reilly
  5. Stripped Bare – Heidi McLaughlin
  6. Next to Never – Penelope Douglas
  7. Adrenaline – Penelope Douglas
  8. Love, Hate and Other Lies – Deirdre Riordan Hall
  9. Menace – J.M. Darhower
  10. Grievous – J.M. Darhower
  11. Bound by Temptation – Cora Reilly
  12. Finding It – Cora Carmack
  13. Overruled – Emma Chase
  14. Sustained – Emma Chase
  15. Appealed – Emma Chase
  16. Sidebarred – Emma Chase
  17. Royally Matched – Emma Chase
  18. A Love of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
  19. Made – J.M. Darhower
  20. The Salvation of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
  21. Five Days Until You – Monica Murphy
  22. Egomaniac – Vi Keeland
  23. Mister Romance – Leisa Rayven
  24. Stuck-Up Suit – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
  25. Dark Wild Night – Christina Lauren
  26. Stepbrother Dearest – Penelope Ward
  27. Rogue – Katy Evans
  28. Playboy Pilot – Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
  29. Lessons in Losing It – Jessica Peterson
  30. Once She Dreamed pt. 1 – Abbi Glines
  31. Once She Dreamed pt. 2 – Abbi Glines
  32. Breaking Him – R.K. Lilley
  33. The Air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry
  34. The Fire Between High & Lo – Brittainy C. Cherry
  35. The Silent Waters – Brittainy C. Cherry
  36. Breaking Her – R.K. Lilley
  37. The Gravity of Us – Brittainy C. Cherry
  38. Because of Lila – Abbi Glines
  39. Beautiful Mistake – Vi Keeland
  40. One Tiny Lie – K.A. Tucker
  41. Addicted After All – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  42. Thrive – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  43. Enrage – Rachel Van Dyken
  44. Fuel the Fire – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  45. Fallen Heir – Erin Watt
  46. Four Seconds to Lose – K.A. Tucker
  47. Corrupt – Penelope Douglas
  48. Five Ways to Fall – K.A. Tucker
  49. Ripped – Katy Evans
  50. Legend – Katy Evans
  51. Searching for Someday – Jennifer Probst
  52. Drunk Dial – Penelope Ward
  53. Bound by Vengeance – Cora Reilly
  54. A Very Mafia Christmas (Novella) – Rachel Van Dyken
  55. Play On – Samantha Young
  56. To Love Jason Thorn – Ella Maise
  57. Hideaway – Penelope Douglas
  58. Killing Sarai – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
  59. Reviving Izabel – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
  60. Trusting Tanner – Lexi Lawton
  61. Chasing Xander – Lexi Lawton
  62. Wicked Sexy Liar – Christina Lauren
  63. The Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
  64. Wethering the Storm – Samantha Towle
  65. Taming the Storm – Samantha Towle
  66. Sweet Little Thing – Abbi Glines
  67. Sweet Little Lies – Abbi Glines
  68. Missing From Me – Jayne Frost
  69. Racer – Katy Evans
  70. Crow – A. Zavarelli
  71. Reaper – A. Zavarelli
  72. Royally Endowed – Emma Chase
  73. Behind the Bars – Brittainy C. Cherry
  74. Ghost – A. Zavarelli
  75. Saint – A. Zavarelli

Overall thoughts:

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  • Counting the New Adult novels I’ve read this year, I’ve read 75 books and surpassed my goal of 36 books. I achieved the New Adult Expert from New Adult Advanced <3. Unfortunately, I missed one category in the New Adult bingo. On the bright side, this is the challenge I enjoyed the most and it’s a great finish for me.  I’m looking forward for the 2018 NA Reading Challenge!

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My 20 Favorite Books/Series of 2017

To wrap up this year, here are my 20 books / series that stand out this year. Some of them are part of a series or written by the same authors. Re-read books won’t be counted and in case it’s a series, it will be counted as one. My list will be in ascending order.

  • (20) Legend by Katy Evans – After catching up on the Real series, it turns out Remington Tate isn’t my favorite. My heart goes to Maverick Cage! The story was simple, and both protagonists have great character developments than the rest of the leading couple. They truly stand out.
  • (19) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Light-hearted and cute. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins book and I miss it. I must say this one is more mature than the first two books.
  • (18) Royally Endowed by Emma Chase – My most anticipated finale of Royally series didn’t disappoint me. I’m so happy Royal bodyguard Logan St. James and Ellie Hammond FINALLY got together! I LIVE FOR THE SWOON WORTHY MOMENTS! I seriously devoured every page. I can’t wait for the spin-off series woot woot! ❤
  • (17) Reaper by A. Zavarelli – I recently binge read the Boston Underworld series and its second book was my favorite. It’s character driven and angst-y. I love Ronan and Sasha’s chemistry.
  • (16) The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry – Here’s to another series I binge read. The first book in the Elements series centers on grief. Tristan Cole and Elizabeth Cole lost someone in their life but gave another shot in love. They healed together and found happiness they deserved.
  • (15) Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland – Aside from the romance and awkward first encounter, I love the traveling part of this book. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable. The characters had so much fun on their adventure.
  • (14) Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I’m weighing between this book and Playboy Pilot but I go for this one because it’s an enemies-to-lovers story and  Soraya Venedetta is sassy and fierce af! I love whenever she and Graham exchange some banters. It adds more sexual tension.
  • (13) Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle – I recently devour this rockstar romance series. Wethering the Storm is Jake Wethers and Trudy Bennett’s epilogue and their story brought me to tears. It’s sweet, touching and absolutely romantic.
  • (12) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – An amazing and realistic portrayal of mental illness: Schizophrenia. The story is engaging and its lines are straightforward. Neal Shusterman is one of my new to me authors this year and I’m looking forward to read more of his books.
  • (11) Scarlet Scars duet (Menace & Grievous) by J.M. Darhower – This is Monster in His Eyes spin-off duet and it’s about Ignazio Vitale’s frenemy, Lorenzo Gambini. You got to love that man’s dark sense of humor and he made me swoon especially on Grievous.
  • (10) Hideaway by Penelope Douglas – Penelope Douglas explores on Dark Romance / Romantic Suspense and I’m glad to say it’s really impressive. Hideaway is the second book of the Devil’s Night series and it’s about my favorite Thunder Bay’s Four Horsemen Kai Mori and Banks. Their story is gritty and edgy as the first book but this is more plot driven.
  • (9) Made by J.M. Darhower – J.M. Darhower is one of the best authors who can write mafia novels and for me this is the best one she’d written. The story is about Corrado Moretti a.k.a The Kevlar Killer and Carmine DeMarco’s uncle.  It’s recommended to finish Sempre and Sempre Redemption first before jumping to this one to avoid spoilers. Minimal romance that is still swoony and more mafia life. I guarantee you the last page will make you cry. 😉
  • (8) Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Elliott and Jasmine’s story was beautiful and touching. Brittainy C. Cherry knows how to stir her readers emotions and I love the father figures in this book.
  • (7) The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry – Among the Elementals series, this is my favorite book. It’s a close call between this book and Behind the Bars. Both are emotional and fantastically written in different ways. The Silent Waters has a cute and serious moments. It reminds me of Flipped and The Sea of Tranquility. If enjoyed those books, you might enjoy this book.
  • (6) Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie – I’m speechless and emotional on Lily and Lo’s epilogue. It’s so fucking beautiful and I sobbed while listening to the audio book.  It was a long journey and I’m proud of them for battling their addictions. I love their character developments.
  • (5) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – An amazing office romance with glorious banters. Lucy and Josh will make you giggle and swoon at the same time.
  • (4) Warcross by Marie Lu – The story was thrilling and entertaining. The world building is incredible and I love the set of diverse characters. They’re all badass and I can’t wait to read its sequel next year! So good to be back reading Marie Lu’s novels since Legend trilogy.
  • (3) Sustained by Emma Chase – BEST. EMMA. CHASE. BOOK. HANDS. DOWN. Jake Becker just dethroned Drew Evans (sorry Drew!). Omg. Sustained is very swoon worthy. I love Jake. I love Chelsea. I LOVE THE MCQUAID KIDS. MY FAVORITE ADORABLE BABIES. HI REGAN!
  • (2) Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Connor Cobalt x Rose Calloway = FOREVER MY SHIP! ❤ Relationship goals. Married life goals. They conquered everything even at vulnerable moments. I can’t believe I’m done with their story. I don’t want it to be over!  (P.S.Top 2 and 3 are actually a battle of the best book husbands. Haha!)
  • (1) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – For the first time in two years(I think?), the crown is back on Young Adult Fiction! The TATBILB Finale held a special place in my heart and I’m incredibly satisfied with the ending. Thank you Jenny Han for not ripping my ship! ❤ ❤ ❤  I had a fantastic time writing my review too.

What are your favorite books this year? Let me know on the comments or you can leave the link of your post on your favorite books this year so I can check it out. Happy Holidays everyone! ❤

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Saint by A. Zavarelli

SaintPages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: December 15th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

 

Summary:

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Scarlett-

When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1. Know thy enemy
2. Be prepared to sacrifice.
3. Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.

Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.

Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.

Rory-

I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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Ghost by A. Zavarelli

GhostPages: 288

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: August 25th 2016

Publisher: Self published

Summary:

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Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

TLLoAaLPages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.36 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Publication Date: December 26th 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

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When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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Reaper by A. Zavarelli

ReaperPages: 260

Goodreads Rating: 4. 33 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: May 19th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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Sasha.

He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.

Ronan.
I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

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Blog Tour: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars 4.37.31 PMPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.60 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 7th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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