Books I Didn’t Get to Read in 2018 but Want to This Year

2018 is an amazing reading year for me and I’m overwhelmed with all the book releases I haven’t got a chance to read them. These are the books on my last year’s TBR and hopefully I’ll be able to read them this year:

  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover –  This book is the runner up for Goodreads Best Romance of 2018. I was supposed to read decided to push it back for 2019. Crossing my fingers it’ll be good since Without Merit is quite a let down.
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Since I have The Proposal on my Kindle, I’m going to binge read these. I’ll get a copy of this book once it’s available on our local bookstore (it’s currently out of stock in our nearest branch).
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren – I want to catch up with Christina Lauren’s books but before I jump into Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Dating and My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I want to read this book first.
  • From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata – I’M IN FOR A SLOWBURN ROMANCE! I enjoyed Kulti last year and is one of my favorite books of 2018. This is the perfect book to read because I am shipping Tessa Virtue – Scott Moir a.k.a #VirtueMoir. Hehe 😉
  • Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – Can we appreciate that gorgeous cover model first? DAMN SEXY. It’s gonna be an interesting enemies-to-lovers romance. GIVE IT TO ME!
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover – Here’s another Colleen Hoover entry. I heard nothing but amazing things about this one. I hope it’ll shock me as others did.
  • Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen – This has been on my radar because I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers romance but I pushed it back because of the mixed reviews. Crossing my fingers I’ll love it.
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi – ABOUT TIME FOR ME TO CONTINUE THE SERIES! I miss Warner and Juliette, BUT I MISS MY BOY KENJI MORE!
  • Muse by Katy Evans – I totally forgot this book on my TBR. I was distracted by other books and missed it. I’m sure it’ll be a quick, sexy and fun read. Can’t wait to start this. 🙂
  • Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan – As soon as I finished Still, I’m diving in to Kennedy Ryan’s new series. I’m sure this’ll be a great book/series.
  • Sinner by Sierra Simone – My body is ready for Father Bell’s brother: Sean! YES! It’s gonna be a sinful and wild read. 😉
  • Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – I’m not a huge fan of fantasy or historical fantasy but the blurb of this book intrigued me. I can’t wait to get my hands on this and dive in!

These are the books I haven’t read last year. Have you read any of these books? Did you love it? What are the books you haven’t read last year but want to this year? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments! 

Beatrice

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Release Blitz | Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora

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Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance
Publication Date: January 2nd 2019
Publisher: Self-published
Summary: 
It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.
I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

Purchase Links

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Available at other retailers soon

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Raw: Rebirth is one of my most anticipated series finale and it’s been a LONG wait. Even longer for others who’ve read this book in year 2014 and the previous book, Dirty, made us crave more for this (should I say DYING to get our hands on this book).  Before I proceed with my full review, I tried my best to make it as spoiler-free as possible and  I apologize in advance if I ever did unconsciously. I wrote what pops in my head and rave. I’ve warned you.

Things I tried not to do while reading Raw: Rebirth but FAILED:

  1. Scream
  2. Emotional
  3. Swoon
  4. Mad
  5. Stress out (both good and bad)

My hands shook from excitement as soon as I synchronize my eReader and saw this title and put down ALL my current reads. My oh my, this book drove me into a roller coaster of emotions and I was holding on to dear life. To think it’s tamer compared to the two previous books but Ms. Aurora maintained the intensity. It’s balanced and I love it. It’s also told in multiple point of views introducing us to new characters which added subplots. No worries because they’re still interconnected to each other and it doesn’t overshadowing the main plot.

The female characters dominated this book. Protagonist, antagonist, and side characters — the women shine in this. We have Lexi Ballantine. She has an exceptional character development since Raw. She’s braver, stronger and more resilient. I love how protective and loving she to all her love ones. She’s a fierce lioness. Molly Te Wiata. Her childhood may be awful but it taught her to be tougher. Rough on the edges but definitely a sweet young lady. Honestly, I want her as my sister. Lastly, Ling Nguyen. Why did I include the psychopath Dragon Queen? She’s a great anti-heroine no matter how screwed up she is, she fascinated and terrified me.

This dark romance just made me emotional.  How can I not? Twitch and Lexi had been through a lot  and all I want for them is happiness. They have an imperfect relationship. It made them vulnerable and emotionally scarred. Yet, fate did its job and everything has changed…for good. It’s a beautiful and rough journey worth taking.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the ending. We had a closure and no cliffhanger but I am hoping there’ll be either a spin-off series or a crossover. I see potential characters / couples and I’m curious about their story.

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Free in Kindle Unlimited

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Author Bio

Belle
Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under.

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her
scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of
Scandal and fell in love with romance.

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she
developed a natural love for dramatics and laughter. Only some years ago had
she discovered a new love.

Humorous romance novels.

So many authors had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet
feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a
screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until
recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the
words Chapter One. And she fell in love.

With words.

With writing.

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.



Belle
Aurora is a USA Today best-selling author.

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2019: Blog Plans, Changes and Reading Challenges + Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful celebration with your friends and family. May this year be filled with blessings, positive energy and more books. I had a fabulous reading year in 2018, and conquered my reading challenges. I also had a fair share of struggles in my life.   Let’s begin with my blog plans and changes for this year:

    1. I’m officially taking a semi-hiatus. Blogging for six years sharing my passion and love for books is never an easy task. There is one point in my life I want to take a break from book blogging because I’m feeling uninspired. This year is the perfect time and relax without an obligation to review every book that I read then cross post it here. It was exhausting. I’ll still be active on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.
    2. I’ll take part of the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019 and setting my goal with 30 books. I decided to set my goal lower than my usual 50 or 100 books since I’ll be busy with other stuff.
    3. I noticed most of the books I’ve read were new releases and this year, I’d like to shed a light on the backlist titles by joining the 2019 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge. As usual, I’m joining the Reading Women ChallengePopsugar Reading Challenge 2019 and New Adult Reading Challenge 2019. These challenges are my guide to read more variety of books.
    4. I’m officially on an ARC ban..for now. I apologize for being an irresponsible blogger. I have several unread e-ARCs from last year and my goal is to slowly trim down my ARC TBR until I can request again. Goodbye 80% feedback ratio! 😦  For now, I won’t be accepting ARCs for review. I’m sorry.
    5. I’ve started a book journal. I bought a planner in our local drug store since I’m new to this and I’m exploring on my set up. I’m not an artsy person and I like to keep it as simple as possible. I want to be more organize this year and I can still track my reading progress when I’m offline. I’ll do a flip through of my journal maybe around June. (I’m not as artistic as others, so it’s more of a minimalist book journal)

My 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2019

  1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  2. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
  3. The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  4. Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora
  5. Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas
  6. Legend #4 by Marie Lu
  7. War by Laura Thalassa
  8. Eagle Elite #9 by Rachel Van Dyken
  9. Hart’s Boardwalk # 3 by Samantha Young
  10. The Edge of Never # 3 by J.A. Redmerski

You can check out the list I created for Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019. You can also vote for your most anticipated romance books there!

What are your bookish plans this year? Are you participating any reading challenges? If yes, what are the challenges are you excited for? What are the books you’re looking forward this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

Beatrice

 

Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019

Hello lovelies! It’s my first time to participate the Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 and I’m excited to read more backlist titles and find rare gems I missed. This challenge will also help me knocking down the physical books that’s been sitting on my shelf for years. I don’t have a target number how many books I’ll read for this challenge but I’m sure it’ll be more than 10 books. Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted by Novelknight. Visit her page for more information if you want to participate the challenge.

Of course I wouldn’t miss the Hogwarts mini challenge and I’ll be part of the Team Hufflepuff! 💛

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Here’s my tentative TBR: 

  1. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
  2. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  4. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  5. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  6. Ink Armor by Helena Hunting
  7. Close to You by Kristen Proby
  8. After the Kiss by Lauren Layne
  9. 72 Hours by Bella Jewel
  10. Never Look Back by Lori L. Otto

Are you participating the Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019? What are the books you’re planning to read? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Beatrice

My Top 20 Favorite Books / Series of 2018

Cheers to another wonderful reading year! I’d like to share with you my favorite books / series this year. There are new-to-me authors who’d stood out and I’m glad I’ve finally read their books! This list will be in ascending order. Without further ado, let’s begin:

 

20. Royally Yours by Emma Chase – Gaaah! I never thought Queen Lenora’s story would be this sweet. She’s known in the series for having an icy persona but wow, her younger years was full of life. It’s really nice seeing her different side. | My Review

19. Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven – God… give me my own professor feelgood. Hahaha! Leisa Rayven is so good writing angsty romances and her poems are beautifully written. I hope she’ll consider writing a poetry collection. I swear, my feels. | My Review

18. Ruckus by L.J. Shen – I have a huge crush on Dean Cole and his story was better than Vicious and Millie. He and Rosie went through a lot. It was an imperfect relationship but Dean’s love for Rosie melted my heart and I was slightly emotional by it. | My Review

17. Bane by L.J. Shen – We have another L.J. Shen on my list. I’m really impressed by this finale because my least favorite character became my favorite. I totally didn’t see it coming. Such an underdog. | My Review

16. Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud – Such an authentic poetry collection. Only few have read this and I think people should give it a try. It talks about war, racism, genocide and religion. The poems are well constructed and beautiful. | My Review

 

15. Kulti by Mariana Zapata – My first Mariana Zapata book didn’t disappoint. This book is pretty chunky and it’s truly a slow burn romance. I love the build up between Sal and Kulti. I am excited to read more of Ms. Zapata’s novels. | My Review

14. On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young – My favorite couple in On Dublin Street series is as sweet as ever. OMFG. True ship. Liv and Nate forever! | My Review

13. Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski – After reading this book, I don’t know what to expect on the last three (?) books in the series. I DON’T WANT THIS TO END. What a roller coaster ride. Truly an underrated series that everyone should give a try. | My Review

12. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey – To me, this is by far R.S. Grey’s best work. A classic enemies-to-lovers romance with the right amount of angst. | My Review

11. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay – Flawlessly written. That’s all I can say. | My Review

 

10. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – The only YA novel qualified on my list. This is by far my favorite Sarah Dessen book. I love the romance aspect was secondary and focuses more on important issues. It’s an empowering story. | My Review

9. Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry – One of the best emotional books I’ve ever read. It’s no surprise because it’s Ms. Brittainy Cherry. It’s about forgiveness, self-discovery, healing and love.  | My Review 

8. Roomies by Christina Lauren – Christina Lauren surged on my list. Their books are impeccably fun to read and their writing style was engaging. The characters are great together and I’m excited for this book’s movie adaptation. | My Review

7. Ghosted by J.M. Darhower – Ms. Darhower is known for mafia romance books and her take on contemporary was amazing. Ghosted is a second chance romance. It’s gradually developed. | My Review

6. Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – Never would I’ve thought a New Adult Fantasy would make it on my list. Gaah 4 horsemen of the apocalypse? GIVE IT TO ME. | My Review

 

5. Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken – Eagle Elite series has grown so much and its plot has become more character driven and darker. Chase Abandonato is my second favorite hero in the series and my god, his transition was challenging to witness. I love how things turned out as Chase got what he deserved. | My Review

4. Rush duet by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I can’t pick one book in this duet. The story was heartwarming with a touch of little drama. Rush and Gia are one my favorite couples on books co-written by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Check out my full review for Rebel Heir and Rebel Heart.

3. Grip series by Kennedy Ryan – This was my bookish plot twist of 2018. When I finished Grip, I had to reshuffle my favorites this year. A passionately slow-burn interracial romance tackling social and racial issues. It was realistically told and definitely not sugarcoated. I learned a lot from this series. It’s prerequisite to read its prequel, Flow to understand better what went down between Bristol and Grip. –> These two characters are amazing! (By the time I wrote this, I’m not done with Still) |My Review

2. Saga vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Jesus Christ. This graphic novel series keeps getting better and the plot twist in this volume ripped my heart in pieces and shook me to my fucking core. My ass can’t wait for volume 10 because Brian K. Vaughan got some explaining to do! I feel so betrayed. | My Review

1. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – SCREAMING. This book was the highlight of the year. Overall, this romance book has everything I’m looking for. I swooned and I’m touched by Stella and Michael’s story. My god. This debut novel exceeds beyond my expectations. I. LOVE. IT. | My Review

These are my favorite books of 2018. Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books this year? I’d love to know in the comments or if you have any post, drop the links below.

Beatrice

My Most Disappointing Books of 2018

Before I reveal my favorite books of 2018, grab some tea because I’m spilling my most disappointing books this 2018. I had fun writing all the reasons why I disliked these books. Don’t hate me if I mention any of your favorites in this list. Without further ado, here are the books:

  • Pretty Broken Dolls by Ker Dukey and K. Webster – Pretty Little Dolls series killed its momentum in this final book. Seriously, one of the darkest series I’ve ever read but the ending was awful. It could have ended sicker and more twisted. I don’t mind M/M romance, but it doesn’t fit here. It’s hard to explain without spoiling but you know what I mean…
  • Tycoon by Katy Evans – The heroine is annoying. I can’t stand her being unprofessional and the hero is okay. Unlike Katy Evans’ other heroes and heroines, the protagonists here didn’t make a long lasting impression.
  • The Nectar of Pain by Najwa Zebian – I liked Najwa Zebian’s poetry collection Mind Platter. However, Nectar of Pain was disappointing and majority of its poems are generic.
  • Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty –  I interpreted this collection on what men desire in women. Honestly, I was taken back to some poems. It’s like telling me what women should be to become lovable. This blows off a woman’s self-esteem when it should be empowering. It really rubs me the wrong way.
  • The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young – Not finishing a book written by one of my favorite authors breaks my heart. I just dislike social climbing and spoiled characters.
  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen – The main reason I hated this book was the hero. He’s infuriating, mean and childish. He may redeemed himself but I can’t still stand him especially when he disrespected his marriage with the heroine.
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – I may have given this 3 stars, I like the writing but the plot was a MESS. A complete mess. I don’t like issues being thrown at once and it confused a lot of readers.
  • Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan – Surprisingly, I didn’t get a migraine but the drama made me cringed. It’s over the top and petty as fuck. I think my hairline recede a bit.
  • Dominic by L.A. Casey – Ugh. I almost throw my kindle across the room because this book pissed me off. The heroine has more temper tantrums than a toddler! What the fuck. She doesn’t know how to freaking chill. As for the hero, the motherfucker is misogynist. I’m done.
  • One Small Thing by Erin Watt – The characters are horrible! It’s stressful to read and I didn’t bother finishing it. I love Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) but this book is my least favorite from the duo.
  • Last Hit by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick – I was excited to read this book because it’s mafia romance. You know how I love that trope and unfortunately, it didn’t lived up to my expectations. It was boring and lackluster.
  • Maybe You’ll Love Me When I’m Gone by Neil Jed Castro – This trash poetry collection shouldn’t have been in the stores anywhere. One: It’s toxic and teenage girls are loving the tumblr-esque poems. Absolutely bad for mental health. Two: A male influencer talking about women as if he knows what we are going through. Three: Making women damsel in distress, seeking validation and relying on their partners. I despised it. We deserved better than being viewed like this. Thank goodness I only private read this book.
  • Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey –   The romance was flat and the protagonists annoyed me for sending mixed signals and waiting for someone make a move. Don’t get me started with Sam being a drama queen. The plot escalated on the 50% mark and it barely kept me interested plus the last 25% dragged on. It may be a happy ending but it’s rushed.
  • The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey – I feel so robbed because I genuinely enjoyed the book. It started great but its ending was really underwhelming. I’m pissed.
  • the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace – This won the Best Poetry collection in Goodreads Choice Awards 2018? I’M SALTY AS HELL. It wasn’t even good. Uninspiring, bland and clearly the author doesn’t know what “feminism” is all about.

That’s the tea everyone. Have you read any of these books? What are your most disappointing books of 2018? I’d love to know!

Beatrice