Goodreads Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 7th 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
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Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle’s Blood for Blood series.
Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.
This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page. This week’s topic is about the books I planned to read in 2017 but I didn’t have a chance to and here are my top 5 on my list:
- The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard – SR is one of my favorite romance authors of all time and his latest novel was one of my most anticipated books last year. It’s a romantic suspense and I’m excited how everything will turn out.
- Most of All You by Mia Sheridan – It’s been a while since I’ve read Archer’s Voice. It’s wonderful to go back in reading Mia Sheridan’s novels. I’m currently buddy reading it with Rachmi. 🙂
- Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland – Catching up on this duo’s co-written novels and I’ll be buddy reading this with Sharon 🙂
- Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – I was about to read this book last year but due to the mixed reviews, I decided to hold it off. Crossing my fingers this is good.
- Ghosted by J.M. Darhower – Ms. Darhower stepped outside the mafia realm and explores in second chance romance. I’m confident I’m going to love this. Also going to buddy read it with my dear friend Rachmi 😀
What are the books you’re supposed to read in 2017 but haven’t? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below. Have a wonderful week everyone!
Goodreads Rating: 3.78 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: HMH Teen
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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
Happy New Year lovely bookworms! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed celebration with your love ones. 2018 is a new chapter and there are several things I’m looking forward to. Let’s begin with the reading challenges I’m participating:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge – setting my goal to 65 books
- 2018 New Adult Reading Challenge – This challenge is hosted by Catia of The Girl Who Read Too Much (Click to check out the challenge announcement) and I’m pledging to read 36 books and NA reading bingo
- Around the Year in 52 Books – Check out the Goodreads Group here.
- 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge – Click this link to view this year’s prompts.
This year is supposed to be chill and full of good vibes😊🙌🏼. I’m doing these challenges for fun and based on my reading pace. I don’t expect to complete each prompts. Definitely no pressure. Next up: Most anticipated books of 2018. I’m too lazy to make a separate post especially if the internet keeps in lagging 😑😩
- Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski (Yaaas!! I’m so ready for this!! I want it ASAP)
- Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas
- Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt
- One Small Thing by Erin Watt
- The Chase by Elle Kennedy
- Dirty Charmer by Emma Chase
- Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
- The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne
- Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Warcross #2 by Marie Lu
- The Argument by Pepper Winters
- Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair
- Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken
- Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
- All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Lastly, my bookish plans. I’ll be posting my reviews more on Goodreads than my blog. It’s easier for me to write reviews there and cross posting them on my blog is time consuming. I decided to schedule my posts depending on my availability. I am not sure how many posts I’ll have per week / month but we’ll see. For the ARCs, I’m limiting it this year. I won’t be able to accept all review requests due to the pending ones I need to read and review. Also, I want to read more backlist titles and books that I have on my shelf for years. There are underrated books out there that needs more boost and get the hype they deserved. I’m deleting some books on my Goodreads to-be-read pile. I’m removing books I’m no longer interested in reading. I haven’t done a clean-up for a while.
It’s gonna be a busy and exciting year for me. Have a fun filled year everyone and wishing you all good luck with your reading goals! ❤
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
- Book recommended by a Librarian – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Michelle @ Undeniably Book Nerdy)
- Book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Book of Letters – Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
- Audiobook – Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Narrated by Erin Mallon & Charles Carr)
- Book by a Person of Color – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- Book with one of the four seasons in the title – Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
- Book that is a story within a story – Next to Never by Penelope Douglas
- Book with Multiple Authors – Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren
- Espionage thriller – N/A
- Book with a cat on the cover – N/A
- Book by an author who uses a pseudonym – When It’s Real by Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)
- Bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (YA Fantasy)
- Book by or about a person who has disability – The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (MC w/ amputated leg)
- A book involving travel – Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
- Book w/ a subtitle – Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie
- 2017 book – Separation Games by C.D. Reiss
- Book involving a mythical creature – Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Zombie)
- A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile –
- Book about food – N/A
- Book with a career advice – N/A
- Book from a nonhuman perspective – N/A
- Steampunk novel – N/A
- Book w/ a red spine – Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
- Book set in the wilderness – Into the Light by Aleatha Romig
- Book you love as a child –
- Book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – Every Little Thing by Samantha Young
- Book with a character’s name in the title – Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines
- Novel set during wartime – N/A
- Book with an unreliable narrator – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
- Book with pictures – True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz
- Book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
- Book about an interesting woman – N/A
- Book set in a two different time periods – N/A
- Book with a month or day of the week in the title – N/A
- Book set in hotel / inn – Easy Charm by Kristen Proby
- Book written by someone you admire – Warcross by Marie Lu
- Book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – N/A
- Book set around a holiday other than Christmas – N/A
- The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
- 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.
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Mental Illness: Schizophrenia)
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe (Mental Illness: ADHD / Disability: Dyslexia)
- Salt by Nayyirah Waheed – (Own voices)
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (POC lead)
- Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo (Philippine Myth and Urban Legends)
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Biracial lead)
- Warcross by Marie Lu (Biracial protagonists / 2017 Release)
- Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Biracial lead)
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Mental Illness: Depression) *though the story centers on sexual abuse and silence, the protagonist has been depressive.
- The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (Mental Illness: PTSD)
- Hideaway by Penelope Douglas (Biracial protagonist)
- The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily by Laura Creedle (Mental Illness: ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Disability: Dyslexia, 2017 Release, Own voices)
- Ms. Marvel vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Muslim MC)
- Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson (LGBT poetry)
- True Philippine Ghost Stories vol.29 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
- True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 30 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
- Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry (POC lead)
- 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.
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 fiction – Speak 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 title – Vendetta 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
- 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.
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!
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.
Book set in college
Book about friendship
Book with only male POV
Books based on its cover
New to you author
- Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Indian – American protagonist)
Book you can finish in one day
Book set in Summer
Book that makes you laugh
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
One word title
Book about sports
Bottom of your TBR
Here are the books I’ve read:
- Commander in Chief – Katy Evans
- Bound by Honor – Cora Reilly
- Bound by Duty – Cora Reilly
- Bound by Hatred – Cora Reilly
- Stripped Bare – Heidi McLaughlin
- Next to Never – Penelope Douglas
- Adrenaline – Penelope Douglas
- Love, Hate and Other Lies – Deirdre Riordan Hall
- Menace – J.M. Darhower
- Grievous – J.M. Darhower
- Bound by Temptation – Cora Reilly
- Finding It – Cora Carmack
- Overruled – Emma Chase
- Sustained – Emma Chase
- Appealed – Emma Chase
- Sidebarred – Emma Chase
- Royally Matched – Emma Chase
- A Love of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
- Made – J.M. Darhower
- The Salvation of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
- Five Days Until You – Monica Murphy
- Egomaniac – Vi Keeland
- Mister Romance – Leisa Rayven
- Stuck-Up Suit – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
- Dark Wild Night – Christina Lauren
- Stepbrother Dearest – Penelope Ward
- Rogue – Katy Evans
- Playboy Pilot – Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
- Lessons in Losing It – Jessica Peterson
- Once She Dreamed pt. 1 – Abbi Glines
- Once She Dreamed pt. 2 – Abbi Glines
- Breaking Him – R.K. Lilley
- The Air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry
- The Fire Between High & Lo – Brittainy C. Cherry
- The Silent Waters – Brittainy C. Cherry
- Breaking Her – R.K. Lilley
- The Gravity of Us – Brittainy C. Cherry
- Because of Lila – Abbi Glines
- Beautiful Mistake – Vi Keeland
- One Tiny Lie – K.A. Tucker
- Addicted After All – Krista & Becca Ritchie
- Thrive – Krista & Becca Ritchie
- Enrage – Rachel Van Dyken
- Fuel the Fire – Krista & Becca Ritchie
- Fallen Heir – Erin Watt
- Four Seconds to Lose – K.A. Tucker
- Corrupt – Penelope Douglas
- Five Ways to Fall – K.A. Tucker
- Ripped – Katy Evans
- Legend – Katy Evans
- Searching for Someday – Jennifer Probst
- Drunk Dial – Penelope Ward
- Bound by Vengeance – Cora Reilly
- A Very Mafia Christmas (Novella) – Rachel Van Dyken
- Play On – Samantha Young
- To Love Jason Thorn – Ella Maise
- Hideaway – Penelope Douglas
- Killing Sarai – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
- Reviving Izabel – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
- Trusting Tanner – Lexi Lawton
- Chasing Xander – Lexi Lawton
- Wicked Sexy Liar – Christina Lauren
- The Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
- Wethering the Storm – Samantha Towle
- Taming the Storm – Samantha Towle
- Sweet Little Thing – Abbi Glines
- Sweet Little Lies – Abbi Glines
- Missing From Me – Jayne Frost
- Racer – Katy Evans
- Crow – A. Zavarelli
- Reaper – A. Zavarelli
- Royally Endowed – Emma Chase
- Behind the Bars – Brittainy C. Cherry
- Ghost – A. Zavarelli
- Saint – A. Zavarelli
- 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!
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! ❤
Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance
Publication Date: December 15th 2016
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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.
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.**