Mid Year Book Tag

Mid Year Book Tag

I may, kind of, be in a slump but, fortunately, I am ahead of my Goodreads challenge. I don’t usually do tags but I felt like my blogging slump is taking too much control and I should do something about it. Without further ado here we go:

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016?six of crows by leigh bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I read it back in April and I still think about it, Kaz is always on my mind. Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, and Waylan aren’t far behind. Not only did I enjoy the multiple perspectives, I also loved the way the story was told. The team’s dynamic was so much fun to read; their interactions never failed to amuse me. I WILL FOREVER LOVE SIX OF CROWS.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016?memories of ash by intisar khanani

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani is definitely my favourite sequel of this year so far. This high fantasy is nothing like I’ve read before. Intisar Khanani’s writing is remarkable; she kept me on the edge of my seat, fully immersed in the story, without a care of what was going around me. She has the perfect mixture of plot, world building, and character development. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson is close behind.

  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?and I darken.jpg

And I Darken by Kiersten White. Ever since I’ve found out about this I’ve wanted it. And now that it’s out, it shouldn’t be so hard to get…but it is (stupid self-imposed book ban). Just a few more days and I shall get my hands on this beauty.

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

This is really hard, so many books I’m anticipating are releasing soon. How am I supposed to pick one? HOW?…. How? How? How? I’m just going to list them all: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Replica by Lauren Oliver, Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Someone Like You by Lauren Layne, The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, Beard Science by Penny Reid, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, and so many more.

  1. Biggest disappointment? the raven boys.jpg

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, I wouldn’t really call it the biggest disappointment but I can’t find anything else I was excited about. I just had too many expectations and while I did end up enjoying it I had built it too much in my head.

  1. Biggest surprise?the wall of winnipeg and me

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. My friend recommended it and since our tastes coincide I decided to give it a go. I could not put the book down, I was that engrossed with it. I re-read it a few weeks back.

  1. Favourite new author? (Debut or new to you)

Leigh Bardugo, Intisar Khanani, Eliza Watson, Mariana Zapata, and Zeenat Mahal.

  1. Newest fictional crush?

KAZ BREKKER. He owns my heart. ❤

  1. Newest favourite character?

Amani from Rebel of the Sands. She is a kickass protagonist; when everything was crumbling she didn’t whine or cry, she took it in her hands to find a solution. I loved how she wasn’t one of those sacrificial lambs who always thought about how the outcome of their decisions would affect others. She was selfish, tough, and somewhat naïve, to watch her grow was truly amazing.

  1. Book that made you cry?

None.

  1. Book that made you happy?Flying by the Seat of my Knickers final

Flying by the Seat of my Knickers by Eliza Watson. It is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read.

  1. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

I actually haven’t watched many films this year. One day I shall watch Me Before You.

  1. Favourite review you’ve written this year? 

I’m really proud of my review for Six of Crows.

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?written in the stars

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. *__*

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

A Court of Thorns and Rose/A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury, The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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TTT: Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books on Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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Built by Jay Crownover 

“I choose you, Sayer. Lover, lawyer, and all the shit you are in between that, I choose it. I choose us. When you’re ready to accept that, you come find me.”

I had been waiting for Zeb and Sayer’s story since we were introduced to them in Rowdy and it did not disappoint. Ahh, Zeb! ❤ Who knew I had a thing for construction workers…or shall I say a specific construction worker. 😉 I had a lot of expectations and they were well met.

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid
“If they don’t learn about launching rockets at home, then they’ll just learn about it on the streets.” I glowered at him. “That sounds like something Hitler would say.”

I have been obsessed with Greg and Fiona’s story ever since I read Ninja at First Sight. Greg wooed me with his debates, one-liners, banter with Fiona, and the way he appreciated her just the way she is. I knew then that these two would be something special. Happily Ever Ninja did not disappoint, it definitely wasn’t something I’m used to reading but I devoured it nonetheless. Penny Reid takes an unusual turn and makes ordinary married life into something extraordinary yet relatable. (Well not so much for me, but I could get the gist that married couples go through what they did in their everyday lives.) Despite being married for 14 years their love for one another had not diminished one bit, they were smitten with one another as they were when they first met.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapta

“What if everyone hates me and no one talks to me? What if someone throws something at me?” Aiden snorted, setting the shirt he’d been holding aside and picking up the next one on the pile. “What are they going to throw? Bookmarks?”

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is one of them books I didn’t know I needed. A friend recommended a few months back and because our tastes coincide I decided to give it a chance. And, boy am I glad I did. I loved every single second of it, I devoured it in a single sitting. I could not get enough of it. I re-read it a few days back because that’s how much I love it.

Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. She was supposed to have come back from Florida feeling like he had that day he impatiently counted the hours until he saw her at the welcome-home party. She was supposed to feel what he was feeling. If he only knew what that was.

I had been waiting for Vin and Jill’s book since Frisk Me. I love the ‘will they, won’t they’ trope and Lauren Layne executed it incredibly. I am a sucker for subtle romance and this is an epitome of subtly. It was the little things they did for each other and how in tune they are with each other that had me swooning. This was much more than a friends to lovers romance. They were each other’s everything long before they took chance at a romantic relationship.

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

“It’s sandalwood,” he replied. “Here, give it to me.”

I handed it across the table and he swiped his fingers in, extracting a small blob. Before I could react he took my hand and smoothed the cream into my wrist. His hands were very….large. My fingers felt completely encapsulated, minuscule by comparison. A tingling, nervous feeling buzzed in my belly as his fingertips massaged my sensitive skin. When he was done he lifted my wrist to his nose and inhaled deeply.

“Smells good on you,” he said. I was momentarily lost for words.

Cosway and Reid are a riot. Alone they produce art, but together they produce a masterpiece (or should I say masterpieces). Their writings complement each other so well, I thought the first book was great but this…this is on a whole ‘nother level. Sean and Lucy were a delight to read. And now I miss them, looks like I need another reading session with them. 😉

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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson

“What better place to reinvent myself than a place where nobody knew me. I could be whoever I wanted to be.”

This is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. It’s a power pack filled with laughter, joy, and growth. Caity is an amazing and relatable protagonist – she had her ups and downs and watching her grow was remarkable. I also loved the romance – it gave off slow burn vibes. 😀 I’m eagerly waiting for the next book, like this, I’m positive it’ll be a riot. I cannot stop smiling thinking about this.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat. I was wrong.

Rebel of the Sands is an interesting and creative book – the mythology and desert combination worked out really well. The story is really well fleshed out – with so many plots and characters everything came together quite nicely. And, Amani is a remarkable protagonist – the blue eye bandit won me over from the start.

Good Girl by Lauren Layne

“You’re playing with fire, little girl,” he says quietly. “I’m not one of your toys, and I’m not interested in what you’re offering.”
“I’m not offering anything.” I retort, even though his words sting. “I like my men more…refined.”
His grin calls my bluff. “You sure about that?”

Good Girl is an all-rounder – I laughed, I cried a little, and I blushed (a lot)! Lauren Layne is one of those authors who cannot do wrong in my books, she understands what I need and she delivers it. This is a little different from her usual but it still won me over. There is nothing LL will write and that I won’t adore. Jenny is an amazing protagonist, I loved her to bits. My heart really went out to her when the paparazzi went cuckoo and when Noah was being an ass.

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Run far, run fast, keep the wind in your hair.

MoA is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I cannot even begin to describe my love for it. This high fantasy is nothing like I’ve read before. Hitomi is a really likeable protagonist – she’s strong, witty, loyal, intelligent, and flawed. Intisar Khanani’s writing is remarkable; she kept me on the edge of my seat, fully immersed in the story, without a care of what was going around me. She has the perfect mixture of plot, world building, and character development. We were introduced to many new characters and they weren’t without reason, everything tied up. I am in awe with her writing.

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

“You’ll be tactile, and I’ll be clingy, and we’ll be very happy just as long as we sleep in a twin bed and call each other seventeen hundred times a day.”

Grin and Beard It is an awfully adorkable yet meaningful story. Jethro and Sienna have their own thing going – one has turned his life around for the better and the other is happily living her without the need of a man. They cross paths and the rest is history. Jethro and Sienna are magical together; their chemistry was blazing and they had an easy-going, genuine relationship. They had real obstacles and they were dealt in a mature and beautiful way.

 

Review | Flying by the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson

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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson
Genre: NA Contemporary
Release Date: March 25th 2016

Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead? 

When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex. 

While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect—and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future. 

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My Review
My rating: 4.5 stars

Flying by the Seat of my Knickers follows Caity Shaw and her journey to find herself/hide (?). After getting fired from her job Caity travels aboard to work for her sister, Rachel. However, things don’t go as planned and Caity ends up suffering a few mishaps causing her to lose more self-confidence. With the help of her co-worker, Declan, Caity starts gaining more confidence and learning more about her Irish grandmother.

This is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. I’m still on high from it. It’s a power pack filled with laughter, joy, and growth. Caity is an amazing and relatable protagonist. She was sucked into a relationship with a manipulative ex and once she got out she didn’t have a lot of self-esteem. I adored her growth in this book, she worked really hard to impress her sister and when it backfired a few times she was really bummed. But, I love how that didn’t stop her from trying again. The mystery of her Irish grandmother is quite intriguing and I cannot wait to find out more about it. I also loved the romance – it’s going to be a slow burn and I’m so excited. 😀 I cannot wait for more Declan and Caity.

When I first started I had a feeling it would remind me of Confessions of a Shopaholic, however, it didn’t. Don’t be fooled by the synopsis. The plot, characters, writing style, everything about it is near perfection. I can already tell this will be a go to book for me and Watson can easily become one of my go to authors.

I received a reader’s copy in exchange of an honest review.

About the Author
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I am a #1 Kindle Bestselling Author! My first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. My friends and I were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and I would sit in my bedroom at night writing scripts for us to act out at recess the following day. I was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When I’m not traveling for my job as an event planner, or tracing my ancestry roots through Ireland, I’m at home working on my next novel, bouncing ideas off my husband, and my cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.I also write romance novels under the name Eliza Daly.