Tuesday, December 31

Top 10 of 2019: Books I'm Looking Forward To in 2020

Can you believe it's 2020 tomorrow? I don't know where this year has gone. I hope you all have a fantastic new years. First though, it's the final day of the Top 10 of 2019 and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing all of my Top 10 lists with you. Today's final list is the 2020 books I can't wait for.

10. One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying #2) by Karen M McManus\

Genre: YA - Thriller/Mystery
Release Date: January 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: One of Us Is Lying was one of the first YA thriller/mystery books I read and I loved it. I loved all of the characters and the guessing what was going to happen so I can't wait to catch up with all of those characters.

9. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0.5) by Suzanne Collins

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: May 19, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely love The Hunger Games. It's a series that made me absolutely fall in love with dystopia which is still to this day one of my favourite genres. I'm so excited to see what happened before the events of The Hunger Games.
8. A Throne of Swans (A Throne of Swans #1) by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: January 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I love YA Fantasy and I remember hearing about this one while at YALC and a fantasy that seems to be influences by Swan Lake or The Swan Princess is a yes from me. I luckily have an ARC of this on my shelf so I'm hoping to get to really soon.

7. The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) by Kester Grant

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: June 2, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: It's a fantasy retelling of Les Miserables. As a huge musicals fan I am so excited about this. I love the storyline of Les Mis so I can't wait to see how it is portrayed as a fantasy retelling.

6. The Notorious Virtues (The Notorious Virtues #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely loved Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands series. It still remains one of my all time favourites so I can't wait to read another series from her. I already know it's just going to be epic.

5. The Dark Queen (Balance #5) by Janelle Stalder

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I started reading this series back in 2016 and I cannot wait to find out how it all ends. I love the world, the characters and everything and I just need this book in my hands... immediately!

4. The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy #3) by SA Chakraborty

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: June 11, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I love this series so much. It's filled with magic and intrigue and it's quite possibly my favourite 'new' series I've read in 2019. I adore that it's set in a middle eastern setting as it's just so fascinating to me. I cannot wait to see how it all ends. Is it June yet?

3. The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: The Beautiful was one of my favourite 2019 reads and I forgot how much I loved a good YA vampire book. The ending of The Beautiful gutted me. I cannot wait to find out what happens with Celine and Sebastian. 

2. Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA - Sci-fi
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely adored Aurora Rising this year and I can't wait to read more about this wonderful group of misfits. I fell head over heels in love with this series and it broke mt heart as well. May 5th cannot get here any quicker.

1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I freaking adore Sarah J Maas. Ever since receiving a wonderful ARC of her debut novel Throne of Glass I have fallen head over heels in love with her and devoured every single book she has written. I can't wait to dive into her first adult fantasy novel and I'm so excited for this one I've already pre-ordered the gorgeous special edition hardback edition of this one. Is it March yet?

Honourable Mention: A Heart So Fierce and Broken, releasing in January. I wanted to include this one however, I have already read it so felt like I would use the top 10 to feature some of the books that I am looking forward to reading.

Monday, December 30

Top 10 of 2019: Best of the Best

Hey Guys,
Today's post is all about out favourite books of the year. This is probably my favourite post out of all of them as I can gush about my favourite reads. So without further adieu here's my favourite books of 2019.

10. Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

I was already a fan of Marissa Meyer after having read her Lunar Chronicles a few years back and my love of her books was renewed this year with Renegades. It's an incredible story about superheros and supervillains and what it means to be good and evil. I loved every moment of it and it's very thought provoking while also being fun and impossible to put down. I cannot wait to continue with this series throughout the next few months.

9. Nightblood (Frostblood #3) by Elly Blake

Deep down YA Fantasy is my favourite genre of all. There is nothing I love more than a magical world with a fight for what is right. I got that with this series and 2019 saw me reading the final book of this series. I loved every single moment of it and the ending was, in my opinion, perfect. It was perfect in the resolution for this world and in the resolution of the romance as well. I loved every moment of it and I am super sad that the series is over. Here's to hoping Elly Blake writes a spin-off series or another fantasy series for me to fall in love with soon.

8. Finding the Light (Balance #4) by Janelle Stalder

The Balance series by Janelle Stalder has long been one of my favourites and the fourth instalment was no different. I loved every single moment of it... even if it did break my heart slightly. Janelle remains the queen of cliffhangers and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I desperately need it.

7. Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

Another finale of a great fantasy series, Five Dark Fates was emotional and just brilliant. I buddy read this one with a friend and we had different opinions on the ending. I loved it. It's very bittersweet and it did completely break my heart and had me in tears but I felt like it was a perfect fit for such a dark and dramatic series. This is one I will definitely read again in the future.

6. On the Other Side (On the Other Side #1) by Carrie Hope Fletcher

2019 saw me pick up Carrie Hope Fletcher's books for the first time. I read On the Other Side and it made me fall desperately in love. It's different to my usual genre but it was so refreshing exactly for that reason. It was beautifully romantic with a dash of magic in there as well. It reminded me a little bit of Cecelia Ahern's earlier books which I also love. I am dying to get to Caarrie's other books in the coming months.

5. The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh is one of my all time favourite authors. I love her and I was so excited for the release of The Beautiful. I was skeptical with it being a YA Vampire book and I still feel like vampires were massively overdone in teh twilight-era. However, The Beautiful was perfection. It's more like a murder mystery/serial killer book.... with vampires. I loved it! I loved the storyline, the characters and the romance. The second book, The Damned, cannot release fast enough.

4. Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae was probably the biggest surprise of the year for me. It was a book on my radar but one I wasn't necessarily interested in because of the way it was wrote. It's wrote in emails and transcripts and things like that and I didn't think I would enjoy that. I decided to pick it up after I read Aurora Rising by the same authors and loved it and I devoured this book and read it so damn quickly. It was addictive and I just couldn't put it down.

3. The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad Trilogy #2) by SA Chakraborty

Another amazing fantasy book here. This is one of the series I devoured this year. I loved every single moment of it and The Kingdom of Copper was a total game changer. It changed my views and opinions on so many of the characters and I loved every single moment of it. I cannot wait for the third and final book to be release in 2020.

2. The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Surely you had to know there would be a Jennifer L Armentrout book in here somewhere. I loved The Burning Shadow so much. It was amazing and addictive and my love for the Lux/Origin world knows no bounds. I cannot wait for the third book releasing... it's going to be epic.

1. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

I was so very lucky to gain an ARC of this book this year and I completely devoured it. It was absolute perfection. I loved every second of Grey's story and I actually preferred it to book 1 which I never thought would happen. I cannot wait for the third book already and it's just about killing me that I still have another year to wait.

What were your favourite books this year?

Sunday, December 29

Top 10 of 2019: OTP

Hey Guys,
Welcome to the fifth day of Top 10 of 2019. Today's topic is OTP, i.e. favourite couples from the books that we've read this year. This took me so long to narrow down but here we are my favourite bookish couples.

10. Caden and Brighton from The King (Wicked #3.6) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Naturally, I had to have some characters from Jennifer L Armentrout's books on here and I just had to include Caden and Brighton. I love how Caden has gone from the villain of this series to being people's favourite book boyfriends and I think only a talented author can do so. I love this novella series and I think Caden and Brighton are so perfect for each other and so they had to be included on this list.

9. Dara and Nahri from The City of Brass (Daevebad #1) by SA Chakraborty

This is probably going to be a bit of a controversial one for other lovers of this series as I don't think that many people love Dara with Nahri. Honestly after reading the second book my opinions regarding this couple changed but in this particular instalment of the series I loved the relationship between Dara and Nahri and so they just had to feature of this list.

8. Ezra and Kady from Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely adored the relationship between Ezra and Kady in this book. It was incredibly developed throughout this book, especially considering that they are in seperate locations throughout the entire book. I loved every second of this story and the fact that they both cared more about the safety of the other rather than themselves. I can't wait to see more of them in the other two books of this series that I still have yet to read.

7. Kal and Aurora from Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely loved the relationship in Aurora Rising as it was completely unexpected. I was expecting Aurora to fall of the popular hero of the book so to see this relationship stemming between her and one of the misfits and the one who seemed to angry at everyone... I loved that and I honestly caannot wait to read more from Kal in book 2 when it releases next year.

6. Billy and Arsinoe from Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

There was lots of relationships in this book that I could have chosen for this list as I loved many of the characters and couples in this series. I decided to go with Billy and Arsinoe as they've been some of my favourite characters right from the start. Even when Arsinoe changed and discovered her true power his love for her didn't waver and he was always there to help and protect her. I loved them and for me, in this series, they were always endgame.

5. Vincent and Evie from On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

On the Other Side was one of the most beautifully emotional books that I read and that was down to the incredible romance between Vincent and Evie. I honestly couldn't think of a most beautiful example of true love and going through this book made me fall head over heels in love with Vincent and every moment of their romance. It was perfection for any hopeless romantic.

4. Rhen and Harper from A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Of course Rhen and Harper had to feature of this list somewhere. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely and although I had instant love for Grey I love Rhen and Harper as a couple. I love how it wasn't just insta-love and that Harper is kick-ass and Rhen falls in love with her while she is helping save his life and kingdom. 

3. Sebastian and Celine from The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful was one of my all time favourite books this year and I just loved the mysterious romance that developed throughout this book. It was dark and seductive and I loved every single moment of it.

2. Grey and Lia-Mara from A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

I may be slightly cheating here as this book isn't even released yet but I have already read this one so I'm including it anyway. I loved the relationship between Grey and Lia-Mara. It was beautiful and perfect. I don't want to say much else due to spoilers but they were definitely one of my all time favourite couples.

1. Luc and Evie from The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

The relationship between Luc and Evie is so beautiful and perfect. It is 100% true love and although Luc wants to protect Evie at all costs he includes her in almost every major decision and in this book brings her along to the action and the danger. It made me love him, and them as a couple, even more.

Who were your favourite couples?

Saturday, December 28

Top 10 of 2019: Cover Love

Hey Guys,
Welcome to Day 4 of the Top 10 of 2019. Today we are discussing one of my all time favourite things.... covers *insert heart eyes emoji here*

I will be completely honest, I am a cover whore. I am so taken in by a cover and will often buy a book purely because of the cover. Here are my top 10 favourite covers of the year.

10. Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

Okay so I'm slightly cheating with this one as this book isn't actually released in 2019.... but the cover was revealed in 2019 so I'm saying it's okay. I just think this cover is stunning. The colours and the design and everything. It's so beautiful and I just cannot wait to have it on my shelf.

9. Stain by AG Howard

I've always been quite a big fan of the covers of AG Howard's books. From the release of Splintered, I've just loved the magical feel of these books and Stain is no different. I love the purple colour and with the mystical look this cover has.

8. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

I haven't actually read any of Meagan Spooner's books yet but I just adore this cover. I'm a huge fan of YA retellings so naturally this book is right up my street. The thing I love most about this cover is that in person it's got a very shiny silvery shimmer to it and it's just gorgeous.

7. The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhionelle Clayton

One thing I adore about The Belles series is that they truly have beautiful covers. The Everlasting Rose is no different. I love the colours, the model and everything about this cover. I also love how much these covers match the series. The series is all about how deceiving beauty is and these covers really do show how a pretty exterior can be hiding darkness. I love it!

6. Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2) by Kristina Perez

I love this cover. I think it's so different from others of the genre having the large title going over the person featured and I just love it. There's nothing specific about the cover that I can point out and say that's the thing I love. I just think the whole thing is aesthetically pleasing.

5. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I freaking adore this cover. I am such a huge fan of fantasy books and dragons and just having that gorgeous huge dragon on there makes me adore this cover. Add to that the fact that on the hardcover the dragon has a shimmer to it I just adore it. I also love that the rest of the cover is a fire-y colour. It all just fits together to show a brilliant fantasy book.

4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Orisha Legacy #2) by Tomi Adeyemi

Just look at that cover! It's so beautiful than no other words are needed. I love that on this one we get the full face of our heroine and I couldn't ask for anything more. This was one of those instances where when the cover was released I ended up screaming OH. MY. GAWWWWD!!! I just adore it.

3. The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

I have been head over heels in love with this cover since it was first revealed. I love how it's so simplistic yet so powerful. At first sight I thought it was the skirt of a stunning dress...only to see it was a cup poaring blood red petals... and it just made me love this cover even more.

2. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Again, I'm slightly cheating with this one as it's not released yet but the cover has been released... and I've already read it so I'm counting it. I love how gorgeous and green this cover it. Green is one of my favourite colours so I would naturally love the colour of it and it fits Grey's story so much so I am head over heels in love with this cover.

1. Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Ever since I first saw this book I adored the cover. Purple is one of my favourite colours and I love the space background. Add to that the fact that Aurora is depicted perfectly on this cover I just adore it!!

What were some of your favourite covers this year?

Friday, December 27

Top 10 of 2019: Captivating Characters

Hey Guys,
Welcome back for Day 3 of the Top 10 of 2019... Today's topic is Captivating Characters which is my favourite characters from the books I've read this year. This was so difficult to narrow down to just 10 but here you are...

10. Darlington from Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

This is probably quite a strange one as Darlington isn't really the main character in Ninth House and he's missing for quite a lot of the novel, only really appearing in flash backs and memories. However, I just loved him. He was sweet and lovely and so caught up by teaching Alex the ropes and protecting her while she learnt all of these dangerous magical rituals I just totally fell for him. I'm hoping book 2 of this series has more of Darlington is as he is definitely my favourite part of this book.

9. Holly from Postscript (PS, I Love You #2) by Cecelia Ahern

I was so skeptical when I heard about this book as I didn't really think it was needed and I feared it would ruin my favourite characters. I needn't have worried as Holly is still one of my favourite characters of all time. She is such a sweetie who is a little bit rough around the edges and I loved following her on this journey throughout Postscript. I am so glad Cecelia decided to write this and it gave me more of an insight into Holly's incredibly strong character.

8. Celine from The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Celine from The Beautiful really stole my heart this year. She is such a flawed and angry character while also managing to be really sweet and quite naive at times and honestly that just made me love her. Never ready to back away from danger she made The Beautiful such a fantastic and thrilling read and I honestly cannot wait to read the sequel to see what becomes of her. 

7. Mia from Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

I love Mia from this series. She has honestly gone through so much and I loved seeing how much she had grown throughout the time difference between If I Stay and Where She Went. She is such a great heroine and I really loved seeing her story throughout this book.

6. Mirabella from Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake

Mirabella was always my favourite sister in the Three Dark Crowns series. She was the most powerful of the sisters but also the one who is the least bloodthirsty and just wanted to protect her sisters. I found her compelling and identifiable and it made me love reading the parts when she was in it. 

5. Rielle from Furyborn (Emprium Trilogy #1) by Claire LeGrand

I loved Rielle. She's kind of like the character that you love and hate at the same time. I really found her point of view so compelling as at the start of the book Rielle is the evil queen, but then you go back in time and see her as a young girl and when she wasn't evil at all so I loved following her story as you know something is going to happen to make her turn... you just don't know what and I felt like this made her such an interesting character.

4. Zayne from Storm and Fury (Harbringer #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Zayne was my absolute favourite character from the Dark Elements series so I was so excited to hear he was getting his own series. He did not disappoint. I fell even more in love with him throughout this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. 

3. Luc from The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Now on these lists I always try my best to only include one book or series per author but I honestly just couldn't help it with this one. I absolutely adore Jennifer L Armentrout and Luc just needed a spot on this list. I loved the Lux series and I liked him in that as the creepy little kid that he was. He is even better now in his own series and he deserved this number 3 spot on my favourite characters.

2. Aurora from Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora is such an awesome character and I loved following her story. She is a really naive girl who is in mortal danger and has to try her best to stay alive relying on others that seem to hate her. I loved every single second of following her story in Aurora Rising and I can't wait to read her next instalment.

1. Grey in A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

I was very lucky to have been able to read A Heart So Fierce and Broken early so have already read this absolute gem. I already preferred Grey to Rhen in book one but honestly he is even better in this one. He is officially one of my favourite book boys in any series ever... I mean he beat JLA guys... for me that's saying a lot. Honestly, I just can't wait for everyone else to read this one in January so you can fall as much in love with Grey as I did.

Who were your favourite characters this year?