Favourite Reads from 2017.

I had some great reads this year and my love for YA continues. I also picked up a few fantastic contemporary reads, sci fi and some fantasy.

If I had one wish for books, I would love to see some more urban fantasy out there. It is one of my favourite genre to read and other than Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, I haven’t really come across anything this year that made me super excited.

I also found reading and blogging was tough from around October onwards, as this is a busy time of year for me. I think learning to be ok saying no to stuff has been a learning curve. Because saying no to books seems a bit mad!

It has been so incredibly nice to just sit around and read these past few weeks over the holidays. I have had some fab reads in December, added a bunch of 2018 releases to my Goodreads tbr and finished a few books that have been languishing on my shelves. Bliss.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you!

January
Pretty Face (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
February
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
March
The Hating Game: A Novel reread by Sally Thorne
April
What Matters: A steamy rich girl meets bad boy romance by Gracie Leigh
May
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
June
Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) reread by Santino Hassell
White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews
July
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
August
Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Flame in the Dark (A Soulwood Novel) by Faith Hunter
September
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
October
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh
November
Fence 1 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
December
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter
Fence 2 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Deal Maker by Lily Morton

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Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry is out today. This is a super hot contemporary romance. Grace is working as a temp, hoping it will turn into a long term position. She has some pretty heavy responsibilities, and meets Callan while she is working. Callen is anything but responsible! But he is completely charming and Grace finds herself being slowly won over. This was a cute read and worth a nosey. Check it out at the links below!

Grade B-
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

If you’ve enjoyed Laini Taylor’s previous books, I’d say this should definitely be at the top of your to be read pile. The writing style is incredibly lush. I found it was something I wanted to savour and take slowly, rather than rush through. There are some truly beautiful passages in the book that make this a truly dreamy fantasy.

The pacing of the first third of the book was a little slower than I would have liked. I think I am used to a shorter format and cracking pace. There was a lot of set up with Lazlo, his obsession with Weep, his rather shadowy backstory and his interactions with the current ruling family where he lives. I loved the scenes in the library. Being a library fan, I was rather fond of his time there. I enjoyed the growth of his character. He has a quiet kind of strength, which I appreciated.

The time in Weep was fascinating and while some elements are telegraphed so there were not too many surprises, I found it incredibly engaging. Particularly the last third, which I felt was a little more tightly written. I am now rather impatient to see what happens next as we’re left with some things resolved, but more urgent matters we left hanging. Beautifully written.

Grade B+

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The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This was pretty gripping from the get go. Mariko is on her way to be married when her entourage is attacked. The attackers don’t realise they’ve left her alive and because she is near Jukai Forest she believes the deed has been perpetrated by the infamous Black Clan. Hoping to betray the Black Clan and revenge the deaths of her servants, Mariko makes her way through the forest inserting herself into the group dressed as a boy. Adventures ensue.

I loved that Mariko is not a helpless heroine. Despite the setting, she doesn’t necessarily conform to gender roles of the period, which I appreciated. It is written in such a way that it fits in the narrative and isn’t a contemporary implant into that age. I also liked that matter what situation she gets in and despite at times being harrowing, she is always thinking and intrepid, which was quite refreshing to read. She most definitely displays bushidō!

I adored the setting. So often fantasy, particularly in the YA I come across seems to have a very European backdrop. Japan, the culture and mythology is so rich and I felt how it was portrayed was vivid and exciting. Plus, much sweeping court intrigues and magical elements. I think this reminded me a little of Robin Hood and the rising tide of anger amongst the people against the powers that be. There was a little romance and while the tension ramps up a little towards the end of the book it didn’t feel like a total cliff hanger.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Grade B +

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Review – Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I’m on such a…

This was a super creepy and thrilling read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although at times I felt it required a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. It was well paced and I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book and felt the resolution was satisfying. There is another book on the way, as there were some major plot points left hanging, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment and I’m looking forward to the next book.
I keep hearing about female rage being a trend in fiction and if there is one thing I felt I needed in this book was Gwen taking more control and rage maybe playing more of a part. I’d really like for her to have a John Wick moment or 3. For me I found the power imbalance was hard to read and I wanted her more on the front foot and more in charge. So, hoping for more rage in book 2!
If you’re keen for an edge of your seat, thrilling read pick this up for sure.

Grade B+

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I’m a bit pop vinyl obsessed. Today’s prompt…

I’m a bit pop vinyl obsessed. Today’s prompt #funkolove is totally me. 😂 I’m pretty sure they give my partner the creeps. 😁💗 This funko is #edithcushing from the movie #crimsonpeak A totally fab gothic horror. 😍





Insight by #santinohassell is out and it’s awesome. Cannot wait for the final book. Six is totally my favorite. 😍









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#quoththejunebookchallenge ~ #bookrecommendation #bookrec
#bluelovesbookishjune ~ #originalcover
#juneglee17 ~ #funkopop #popvinyl
#rfabjune17 ~ #urbanfantasy #favoritegenre
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Book mail = the best mail! I received Nalini Singh’s…

Book mail = the best mail! I received Nalini Singh’s latest #silversilence via @hachettenz Super spoilt. I cannot wait to read it. It’s a new chapter in the #psychangeling series. Much excite. If you’re into paranormal romance and urban fantasy definitely pick her books up. 😍💗



I’m starting a new #flatlay theme as there’s no light. Feedback via DM much appreciated. 😳😊💗





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#maddiewalijune – #readthisbook #bookrecommendation
#30daysofsummerreads – #valentin #romancenovels
#fanaticalbirdjune – #fantasticability
#BooksOfJune17 – #bookmerch #candles Omg. I love candles. 😁💗

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