Thursday, 7 January 2021

Most Anticipated Books of 2021


I was considering just doing a top 10 post but I decided at the last minute that I would rather just talk about everything I was excited for. Who needs to limit themselves to 10 exciting releases? Not me. I don't have the self-control for that. Also, some of these covers look so cool. I never want to see an ugly book cover again. 

Fall Boys Penelope Douglas - Date Unknown

I can't tell you how excited I have been to read this series. This one doesn't have a cover or an exact date of release yet, but it is supposedly coming out this year. Fingers crossed. This is the spinoff series of the Fall Away series from Penelope Douglas. This follows the second generation. I can't wait.

Celestial Olivia Wildenstein - January 5th, 2021


So technically this one is already out, but I don't have it yet. I ordered it and it should be here any time now. This is the sequel of her book Feather. I loved Feather and I got really excited when I found out there would be a sequel following a new couple. You could probably read this as a stand-alone if you so pleased.  

A Court of Silver Flames Sarah J Maas - February 16th, 2021


This was sort of a no brainer for me. I've been waiting for this book for literal years. I believe this book is supposed to be following Cassian and Nesta, Feyre's sister. We previously saw the tension between them in the previous parts of this series and I can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans they get into. 

Chain of Iron Cassandra Clare - March 2nd, 2021


This was another no brainer. I am so excited to continue on in this series. Hoping that things will start to work out between the two leads. I just want good things to happen to all of the characters. Except a select few. The anticipation for this one is bubbling.

Bridge of Souls Victoria Schwab - March 2nd, 2021


This series is just so much fun. Maybe it isn't quite as heart-pounding and dramatic as others on this list, but it is a really good pallet cleanser. It has good vibes, interesting characters, fun settings. This is the book version of soul food. I really hope Victoria Schwab makes this series annoyingly long. I will keep buying them.

She Drives Me Crazy Kelly Quindlen - April 20th, 2021


This sounds like such a cute enemies to lovers LGBTQ+ high school romance. It sounds so good. I don't read a lot of contemporary anymore because I do feel like it gets pretty repetitive. This one, however, has some new and interesting aspects and I have already preordered it. 

Witches Steeped in Gold Ciannon Smart April 20th, 2021


They had me at Witches. I didn't even read what it was about before I preordered. I'm kidding. I did almost immediately preorder it though. You know how I am with Witches. Witch books are like catnip to me. Also, this book is about Jamaican-inspired witches. I've never read about Jamaican witches before so I feel like this is going to be incredibly interesting. 

The Crown of Gilded Bones Jennifer L. Armentrout - April 20th, 2021


This series just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. I need a conclusion. Especially after the cliffhanger, we were left with in that last book. I can't say too much without spoilers, but holy shit. Anyway April can't come soon enough.

You Will Get Through This Night Daniel Howell - May 18th, 2021


I'm not usually one to buy youtuber books, but I had to make an exception. In this book, Dan Howell is talking about his own experiences with depression and how he got through it and he had the help of a therapist when writing this. I just feel like it's going to be really good. 

Daughter of Sparta Claire Andrews - June 8th, 2021


I love a retelling. This one is supposedly a retelling of Daphne and Apollo. It sounds in 2012 terms "hella epic". Also, a bitch loves Greek mythology.

Any Way the Wind Blows Rainbow Rowell - July 6th, 2021


Another series that is coming to an end. The Carry On trilogy seems to be pretty divisive. Either people love it or hate it. I personally love it. I felt like that last book made me really love some of the characters more and I just want to read more about them. This series is just so fun and magical and I can't wait to read this conclusion.

Under the Whispering Door T. J. Klune - September 21st, 2021


A book about death with T. J. Klune's signature wit. That's all I want out of 2021. However, I have to wait till September so I guess these other books will have to tide me over until then. 

Untitled Crescent City Novel Sarah J. Maas - November 2nd, 2021

I just really need to know if Bryce is finally going to ditch Hunt. I just don't really like him and I think she can do better. Also, things got really interesting at the climax of the last book and I really hope that carries over into this one. 

The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks Mackenzi Lee - November 16th, 2021


 I haven't actually finished the second book in this series. but I'm working on it. This is the book following Monty and Felicity's younger brother. We don't really know much about him from the first two books because he is so young during them. He's sort of this blank slate that we get to find out about in this new book. All we really know is he's the youngest and will be the heir to the Montague fortune. I have some high hopes for him. 

What books are you guys looking forward to in 2021? I would love to hear about them!

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Top 10 Favourite Books of 2020 + Giveaway




I know I pretty much stopped posting again, but I promise that won't last long. I just fried my brain from writing so many final papers for school, and the idea of blogging sounded mind-numbing to me. That's why I didn't make any of my other Top 10 posts for the end of the year. I'm going to post this and then I'm going to take a break for maybe another week or two and then I will hopefully want to start posting again. So this is going to be the list of my favourite books of the year! As always there will be a giveaway so don't worry! Also, I know last year I had my least favourite books included but I just didn't read enough books that I disliked to make a top 10 list. 

1. Chain of Gold



I loved this book so much. I know I say this every time, but you can see so much improvement with every book Cassandra Clare writes. I've never seen an author who has managed to up her game so much with each book she writes. Honestly, you can't even know how surprised I was when this didn't win the Goodreads Choice award. I was the embodiment of the surprised Pikachu face. 


2. From Blood and Ashes



This was a complete surprise. You guys know I've loved Jennifer L. Armentrout's books a lot in the past. The first review I ever posted on my blog was for Obsidian. I've just felt in the past few years I had been outgrowing her books a little bit. But then. From Blood and Ashes came in and changed my mind. This book was New Adult and I felt so much joy when reading this one. Or rather listening. I listened to the audiobook for this one and it was so good. I finished it in maybe two days of non-stop listening.


3. Hunting Prince Dracula



I loved everything about this book from the setting to the vibes to the mystery. I also reading Escaping from Houdini this year, but I definitely liked this one better. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: I want to live in a possibly haunted castle in Romania in the middle of winter. That sounds exactly like my vibe. 


4. Nightfall



The finale to one of my favourite NA romance series' of all time. It was long as fuck but it didn't even feel that long. We had so many characters and so many different secrets and stories that it worked. There was never a part where I wished it was shorter or that I got bored reading. Everything was so intentional and it built to this crescendo. It was amazing and I would gladly wait for it all over again. 


5. A Discovery of Witches



They had me at Witches. You guys know. You know. I am who I am and I doubt I'll change. Mention witches and I'm there. I understand why they decided to make this book into a show. Not that I'm for sure going to watch the show. I mean I probably won't. There is so much going on, a lot of it we still don't understand. It's a pretty long book, but we've barely scratched the surface. It's got such a fascinating world and I can't wait to read the other books. 


6. Tunnel of Bones



This is currently the only middle-grade series I am actively invested in. Much like a lot of the previous books, this series just matches my vibe. I love what this series is doing. This series is about a, I think 12, a year-old girl travelling the world with her parents as they check out the most haunted cities for their ghost hunting show. Little do they know she can see and talk to ghosts. This series is just so much fun and every time I read a new book I find so much joy in the little adventures she has.


7. Brothersong



I still love Wolfsong the best out of all the books in this series, but this book is still one of my favourites of the year. We finally got to see a full circle moment where all the dramas from the past books were finally resolved even if they made me cry. I mean, it's not like it's very hard to make me cry. This was a very good final chapter to the story though.


8. Praying for Rain



I'm sort of including the whole trilogy in this one. This trilogy could have been one long book. I'm not really a dystopian kind of girl anymore, but this post-apocalyptic NA romance was just an A+. It had everything: The apocalypse, a sketchy but attractive love interest, the main character that has issues but is still very lovable. It was just a really enjoyable series. My mind is a little fuzzy on some of the details since I read this one at the very beginning of the year, but I still remember that I really enjoyed it. 


9. Crescent City



I was debating whether or not to put this on the list. There were a lot of things I loved about this book but also a lot of things I didn't love *cough cough* Hunt. I loved the main character and her relationships with her friends. Her friends made this book a 5 star. I was really close to giving it 4 stars because honestly, this book was heavy and sad and I really don't like Hunt. Who was unfortunately in this book a lot. However, the good won out over the bad and I would feel guilty not including this one because it did really impact me. Despite the things I didn't like I would still say this was one of my favourites. I just hope things get better in the next book.


10. Beyond the Sea


This was a last-minute favourite. I originally had another book in this spot, but after reading this one I had to include it. If you want a good gothic romance this is it. I love a good gothic, I especially love a good gothic romance. This book takes place in a seaside town in Ireland. There's a creepy house and a lot of mystery. So good. It's so good. I listened to the audiobook and I had a great time. Have I mentioned I love Irish accents? If you would like to listen to a nice Irish lady read this book to you I would highly suggest listening to the audiobook. 

Now onto the part that everyone is probably the most excited for: The Giveaway!



Rules:
  • The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you
  • You have to be following my blog
  • You have to be 18 or have parental permission
  • There will be two winners who will receive their choice of one of the books off my favourites list or a book that is in the same series as one of the books.
  • This giveaway will run from January 5th, 2021 to February 5th, 2021.

Enter:


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