Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Release Day: It Happened On Love Street by Lia Riley





ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Everland, Georgia
On Sale: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD
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In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Marina Adair, comes the first in a new series by Lia Riley about two city sisters finding love in a small town.

The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet—
and her sexy new neighbor—offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling—all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

EXCERPT



“Here’s an idea.” He nudged his finger on hers. “Say we—and this is purely hypothetically—enjoyed the . . . ahem . . .pleasure of each other’s company in the privacy of our homes.”

“Hypothetically, kept it casual and under the radar?”

She nudged back. “When I leave, there’s no heartbreak, no drama, and no one is the wiser.”

“Interesting theory?” He reached out, his hand splaying her knee. “Or recipe for disaster?”

Tingles shot up her thigh. His skin was warm, those fingers very big and very male. “I have enough to worry about with my future. If you don’t need me for more than a little here and now? I might be persuaded. Hypothetically.”

He moved his hand from her knee to the back of her neck. The touch melted her faster than an ice cube in the July sun.

“What are you thinking?” she murmured.

His deep blue gaze locked on hers and there it came again, that curious sensation of floating and drowning. “That I’d like to hypothetically kiss you.”

There was a sudden roaring in her ears, a whoosh of blood. “Well, there’s only one way to test a hypothesis.”

Slowly, oh so slowly, he dipped forward. His lips didn’t settle on hers like she expected. Instead, he kissed the center of her forehead, softly, experimentally. A tremble rocked through him.

The evening air was sultry, no a hint of chill. The idea that she shook this steadfast man sent a shiver of need through the join of her thighs, a throbbing shudder that swelled to an ache as he peppered a light trail of kisses down her temple, and then moved lower. He took his sweet time on her cheeks, treating her as something to savor, a delicious dessert you didn’t want to wolf in one bite. Tension spread through her body, pulling tighter and tighter, her belly doing a fluttery dips and dives.

When he finally reached her lips, it seemed reasonable to expect that the kiss would be as soft as the others. Silly. Because Rhett was full of surprises. He didn’t hold back, his tongue was greedy, insistent, and hungry. Their teeth banged together. A chair tipped over. They crashed against a table leg, sent it screeching across the floor.

“In theory, you’re a good kisser,” she gasped, tracing her lower lip with her tongue. The skin was puffy, aching.

“Let me experiment a bit more. The initial results are promising.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.
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Brittany

Monday, 10 April 2017

2017 Favourites Part 1


Oh hey, been awhile. About three months in fact. That sucks. But also is what it is. I don't want to set myself up with big expectations, but hopefully, April will see a few more posts than the last few months have. Of course, I've been reading though! Netflix has definitely tried to bust in there and distract me. So there's been some bickering over my free time. It's weird to say that reading doesn't win more than half of the time now. Anyhow, it's that time of the year again for the first quarter of my favourites. Honestly, I struggled to get a decent list together. Don't get me wrong, I've read some amazing books. But there's been a lot of duds. Quite a few DNF's. Even more disappointments for books I should have loved and sequels to series I love even more. Not surprisingly romance still is my go to. No one is shocked by that. Although I am becoming more critical with my romance books. Yes, they're my babies, but now that I've read every single trope a thousand times over, it's taking more and more to wow me. Alright, here's my stats;

January 1st to March 31st stats:
Read: 48
Reread: 9
DNFs: 6
Most Read Genre: Romance
Total Pages Read(of finished books): 15,324



The Lie
I pretty much all of Karina's books. But for some reason, this one just really hit me more emotionally. LOVE IT.

Cashmere (Velvet, #2)
This series is super underrated. All the fun is had with these vampires. Seriously, Cashmere is hilarious.

Good Boy (WAGs, #1)
Blake Riley is pure fucking gold.

Anything You Can Do
If you want something to fill that The Hating Game void, Anything You Can Do does an excellent job of doing that in the most funny sexually intense way.

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)
This book starts with a Jack Sparrow quote, which sets the tone perfectly for an epic swashbuckling adventure.

Letters to the Lost
Easily my favourite book of the year. Brigid has always been a favourite author, but this is her best work to date. Addicting and emotional.

Pucked Off (Pucked, #5)
This was unexpected. I, of course, mean that in the best way. This series is ridiculous and funny. Pucked Off and Lance take a different tone in the most perfect way.

At the Edge of the Universe
Just try not to have your heart break a few dozen times when reading this one.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
And epic ending to an epic trilogy. I read it super slow for a reason; I didn't want to say goodbye! Anoshe.

Fast Connection (Cyberlove, #2)
I really had doubts going into this one; I did not like one of the MC's from the previous book, well turns out I had nothing to worry about. Intense and wonderful.



Have you guys read and loved any of these? What was your favourite read from the past few months?

Happy reading!

Brittany

Monday, 23 January 2017

Caraval Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt



Good day! Aren't you guys excited you stopped by the blog today? Because I totally have a special invite for you below. The Caraval Blog Tour kicks off today and I'm so excited to be a part of it. Caraval is truly a unique book, with an even more mysterious setting. A new YA book for fantasy and circus lovers to check out. Raincoast, as they always are, were awesome enough to let me read and review Caraval for you guys. But also, that invite below is an excerpt that you don't wanna skip.


About Stephanie Garber


When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. I’m also a blogger on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. But I probably spend most of my time on Twitter where I tend to overuse exclamation points and emojis.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval will be published January 2017 (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in twenty-five foreign territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.



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Review


Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Series: Caraval #1
Pages: 416
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 3.5/5

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


I'm pretty sure anyone who reads YA has had Caraval on their radar since it's synopsis was released at some point last year. Was it the comparison to The Night Circus that caught your attention? For me, well I read and liked The Night Circus it was more that word Circus that seems to get me every time. Anything that says it's going to offer me a unique circus setting and I'm instantly sold.

Scarlett has dreamed about Caraval her whole life. She spent much of her childhood being told the tales of the magic of Caraval and writing to Legend, the master of the games. Never hearing anything back doesn't detour her until her mother goes missing and her father turns into a cruel monster. Now Scarlett is set survival and protecting her sister. Fast forward to present day where Scarlett is engaged to a man she's never met but dreams that he's going to save her and her sister from the confines of their father. Until an invitation for Caraval arrives and spirals her into different directions.

Scarlett is a naive girl that has spent too much of her life in fear and dreams. Her sister, Tella is literally her saving grace. Her need to protect her is pretty much the only thing keeping her alert. Scarlett is under the belief that someone will save them. This unknown fiance has been spun to greatness in Scarlett's head. Where Tella knows that they must save themselves. The sisterly bond is strong and is the driving force behind the story of Caraval. Things may spiral out of control and the realm of reality for Scarlett once she's competing in Caraval. But she never forgets that's doing this, competing, to save Tella.

Caraval is a character all of its own. A vivid mix of The Night Circus and Wonderland spawns to create something uniquely its own. It's easy to call Caraval a circus, but it's not really. There's the magic of a circus on the surface. But truly Caraval is a game. There are performers and participants and like Scarlett, you never know who is who. Trust and reality are a fickle thing. It's easy to forget yourself, to go mad and get lost in the game. Which is what, I'm sure, the grand master Legend thrives on. Scarlett wants nothing more than to meet Legend. His tales and decent into evil are, ahem, legendary. But just like the mysterious game he created, Legend seems to one of myths only. Caraval and its magic are what kept me turning the page.

Of course, there's a romance. I'm pretty sure that is a requirement of publishing a YA book. It's pretty clear from the get-go who Scarlett's romantic interest is going to be. Just maybe not who he truly is. We met Julian, a rugged sailor, "conversing" with Tella. From there he's annoying and saving Scarlett at every turn. It's one of those I don't want to like you but I'm finding myself attracted to you against my better judgment. Scarlett isn't stupid, enlisting Julian to help her, to help each other through the game is a need. Scarlett finds herself lusting after Julian a bit too much. But hey attraction, who knows when it's going to show up. Like 90% of the characters(including Caraval), Julian is full of lies, a past, and mystery and it's near impossible to tell what's real and what's just part of the game. And their lies Scarlett's biggest issues in falling for Julian. 

I guess my main grips with Caraval, the ones that kept me from loving it as much as I thought I would from the get go were the romance and the pacing. The romance I just wasn't interested in. I wasn't swooning or shipping. It added nothing to the plot for me. But the pacing, that's my main issue. The first half of the book was a page turner. I mean most chapters end on a small cliffhanger. But at some point, the story just lost speed. I just wanted the climax. The shock factor was wearing off and it was too easy to predict what was coming. And unfortunately, the ending was a little too neat. I thought Caraval was a game of chance and blurring the lines and well the conclusion failed there. Don't get me wrong, I'm super eager to see what the sequel will bring me. 

Garber has created a unique and vivid world in Caraval. Her writing and the tone of the story fits together perfectly with that world. The tale of two sisters escaping their small life and cruel abusive father into the legend of Caraval is an intriguing one. Reality is a gray area. Trust and lies go hand in hand. The players and performers of Caraval create a journey that spins your head in the most delicious way. 



I want to give massive thanks to Raincoast for including me in this blog tour. Caraval releases on January 31st. It makes a perfect winter read, so I highly suggest checking it out.



Happy reading!

Brittany

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems I Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held by The Broke and the Bookish.




This week's topic is: Hidden gems I read in the past year.

Hidden gems, to me, means books that don't get enough love. The love they so deserve. The readers they deserve to have. So either these books are ones I don't see the community or my friends ever talking about and/or they don't have a decent number of ratings on Goodreads; this makes them my hidden gems from 2016.

The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)Undecided (Burnham College, #1)Summer of SloaneThe Wrong Side of RightThe Vanishing Throne (The Falconer, #2)
Overexposed (In Focus, #4)The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter, #2)How to Repair a Mechanical HeartWe Are the AntsThis Adventure Ends


Have you guys read any of these and loved them too? What was a hidden gem from your past year?

Happy reading!

Brittany


Friday, 13 January 2017

Miniviews #30: All the Disappointment

Dawn StudyDawn Study by Maria V Snyder
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 384
Series: Study #6/Soulfinders #3
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Rating: 2/5
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It literally hurt my heart to give this book anything but 5 stars, but here we are; a massive puddle of disappointment.
The Study series is my precious. After waiting many years in the hopes that Yelena would grace my life with more books my dream came true. And now we're at the absolute end(I assume so anyhow) and I'm mad.
Dawn Study what the hell? It's not even the story, although there was nothing super stellar or shocking about it(in fact, it was overly repetitive; capture, rescue, scheme, capture, rescue, scheme, and repeat). It's everything else. I'm not sure if this was a rush job or Snyder got confused, but this book feels so out of place. The writing is meh. The dialogue is lacking is every way possible. And the characters! These were not my characters I know and love. Their voices are missing. Their personalities are missing. These were just some random characters that happened to have the same names as my beloved ones. I mentioned the dialogue was lacking, and well that's because these characters were. Everything was so forced and not good. No sexy Valek. No funny Ari and Janco. Yelena was a shell of her usual kick-ass self.
I'm just so upset and angry. I really wish I'd skipped this finale. It would be better to have no ending than this ending...


By Your SideBy Your Side by Kasie West
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
Rating: DNF
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DNF @31%

Guys, I just did something shocking. I marked a Kasie West book as "DNF".
I can't even.
But you know what? I haven't touched the book in two months. Haven't even thought about. That first 31% was hell to get through too.
I thought I was going to love this one based on the premise of getting stuck in the library with a cute guy(and it being a Kasie West book). Apparently, that's not all it's cracked up to be. Autumn(the MC) is a moron. The story of her getting stuck in the library makes no sense. Like absolutely zero. It makes it impossible to believe. Plus all the reasons she can't get out or no one has come looking for her, also ridiculous.
I don't even like Dax. Although if I could have stood to be in Autumn's head, Dax would have been the reason that I kept reading. I feel like he has a much better/interesting story than Autumn and her superficial worries. I mean, Jesus women, this guy(Dax) is telling you he holes up in the library because his foster family are terrible people and he can't stay there. And you're worried about getting yourself out because your best friend might be trying to "steal" your crush from you. Dax is literally begging you not to try and call the police and you can't think about him. Nah, girl is petty and selfish. I don't need to read about another spoiled brat who is shown the error of her ways by a poor kid with a tragic life. I'm sure there are parts I'll like, but I just can't bring myself to care enough about Autumn and her getting to a better place by the end of the book. I'll just assume she'll continue to be a jerk to Dax and not see how shitty her friends are for 85% of the story.
Hard pass. 


The Cottage at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake, #1)The Cottage at Firefly Lane by Jen Gilroy
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 368
Series: Firefly Lake #1
Source: Indigo(Tina)
Rating: DNF
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DNF @ 100 pages

I'm not one to shy away from DNF'ing. But this year I promised myself to do it more often. There is absolutely no point in finishing something I'm not enjoying. Especially when I have a billion books on my ever-growing TBR.
This isn't a bad book, there's just nothing compelling me to finish it. Let's just call it dull. It's funny because it's not overly dramatic yet it is. One character has just lived through a near death experience; plus her past includes two recently dead parents, and two things from her teen years that caused her to run away from her life and boyfriend(Sean, the other MC). I mean that is way too much tragic history. It's so overdone. And that's only in 100 pages, who knows what else this girl could experience before the book ends. Add on that Charlie isn't all that likable and what am I reading this for?
Sean was fine. In fact, I probably would have liked the book more if it was just from his POV. He seems a lot more level-headed than Charlie.
There's nothing compelling me to read. The story is utterly predictable. The characters are uninteresting. The dialogue is so-so. Just dull. Very dull.


Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds, #1)Four Letter Words by J.Daniels
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 416
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Source: Purchased
Rating: 1.5/5
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It's funny how you go from thoroughly enjoying a book to becoming super frustrated and over it. Ie: Four Letter Words.
I was so into this one for almost half the book. I devoured it and stayed up way past my bedtime to keep reading. But then it all went downhill. Syd and Brian finally met in person and everything became overly cheesy and dramatic. Calling each other my girl and my boy, what are we 15? The sex scenes were blah and I was pretty much just skipping over them. Just everything turned into an eye roll. Syd was crying or giggling on every page. Brian was thinking about ways to get inside his girl. And I probably should have just closed the book at that point.
Four Letter Words was overly long for a romance. Could have cut 100 pages out and nothing would be amiss. Of course, everything still hit the fan with 30 pages left, because obviously.
Too bad. Because I thought I was really going to like this one. At this point, I'd give the first half a 4* and the second half a 1*. So take with that what you will. We'll see how I do with the second book. 


Time Served (Time Served #1)Time Served by Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 283
Series: Time Served #1
Source: Purchased
Rating: 2/5
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After reading Undecided early in 2016 and absolutely adoring it(it was a top favourite of 2016), I knew I needed to read Keyes' back titles. So here were are. Well, the writing and fundamentals of this book are fine. I, unfortunately, did not enjoy 75% of it. The real downer for me was Rachel and Dean. I didn't like nor connect to either of them. And I really did not enjoy their relationship. Both have a lot to learn and really just need to grow up. I can understand Rachel wanting to move away from her past but hey, maybe don't be so condescending about it. She's always sorry for leaving Dean, Dean is bent on hurting her and revenge. But you know there's still love simmering there so it's just all so messy and unappealing. These are two people that just need to move the hell on from each other. The sex scenes were not my thing. They seemed to really be saturated with hate and I just, no thanks. Their whole back and forth, hot and cold made the book feel longer than it is. I kept thinking about DNF'ing.
Good news is that I enjoyed a bunch of the supporting characters like Parker, Baxter, and Oreo a whole bunch. So they made the story so much better.
Ultimately, Keyes is a great author. This story didn't hit its mark for me. But that doesn't take away from her writing, dialogue or just general storytelling abilities. I look forward to checking out more of her work. Especially Undeclared when it's released sometime this year.

Happy reading!

Brittany

Friday, 6 January 2017

2016 End of Year Book Survey


Meme created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner



Number of books I read: 207
Number of re-reads: 36
Genre I read most from: Romance/New Adult


 best-YA-books-2014

Best book I read in 2016? This will only be surprising to like one person; A Court of Mist and Fury is the Queen of 2016. That book blew my damn mind. I still am not in control of my feelings. My head spins anytime I think about that masterpiece.

Book I was excited for & thought I would love, but didn't? There are a few answers here, so let's go with one that was so hyped up and failed to impress me; You. Sooooo boring. And one from a favourite author that let me down; The Hidden Oracle. I mean Rick Riordan writing from Apollo's POV what wouldn't there be to love? Apparently a lot. I liked it alright. There was just something missing. Apollo wasn't as funny or just fun as I imagined.

Most surprising read of 2016? Jennifer Lynn Barnes takes the award here. The Naturals series and The Fixer series are superb. And I just wasn't expecting that. They aren't my usual genre. But hell, they are both smart, witty and shocking. READ THEM!

Best series I started? Best sequel? Best series ender? A Darker Shade of Magic truly was a fantastic start to a series. A sequel besides ACOMAF you mean? Gemina and Torn are pretty damn great too. Oh series enders, you nasty wonderful things. Can anything really beat Crooked Kingdom; nope.

Favourite new to me author of 2016? It was bound to happen, but I'm sounding like a broken record; Jennifer Lynn Barnes you wonderful lady, I choose you!

Best book I read from outside my comfort zone? Honestly, I didn't stray too far from my comfort zone in 2016. I guess I don't read a lot of thrillers. So let's just mention The Naturals series again because I can.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book? The book I read the fastest and thus made it the most unputdownable? One True Loves. I devoured that book in less than two hours. I was utterly engrossed from page one.

Book I read in 2016 that I will more than likely reread in 2017? Like 20 of them. Do you even know me? Let's go with the most obvious one then, Us. Because Jamie and Wes are my life line.

Favourite cover of a book I read? Even though the book was a bit of a letdown, the cover is sure as hell the most gorgeous thing ever!

Most memorable character of 2016? Crooked Kingdom really truly and indefinitely cemented Kaz Brekker into my heart. This guy leaves a memorable impression plus more.

Most beautifully written book I read? The flowery prose is on point in The Rose and the Dagger. That book makes my heart ache with it beautiful writing.

Most thought-provoking/life-changing read? It Ends With Us was an eye opener. So different from anything CoHo has written before. Dark, gritty and very real.

Book I can't believe I waited so long to read? Over the years I've slowly been making my way through Jojo Moyes backlist, but I'm kicking myself for not having read The Last Letter From Your Lover till this year. Perfect and emotional(soul destroying).

Favourite quote of 2016? I won't go for the super obvious ACOMAF one. Instead I'll go for the second obvious Krista and Becca Ritchie quote from Some Kind of Perfect.
“Our bad days have the ability to become better. It may be a horrible month. A horrible year. But there will be good days, good moments, great seconds.”



Shortest read? Longest read? A stupid novella from Tales from The Shadowhunters; Nothing But Shadows comes in a 74 pages(and a waste of 74 pages at that). And the monstrous tome(that I read twice this year) that I wish was even longer because Calloway comes in at a whopping 664 pages(this is a contemporary romance(at its finest)).

Book that shocked me the most? I want to say The Long Game because that book is 300+ pages of shockers. But Torn has that one scene that was hilariously shocking; and God I loved it soooo much.

OTP of the year? Just one! You guys know I live for finding new ships. It is my purpose in life! I mean Feyre and Rhys are my everything now. But also Jamie and Wes, Liam and Lissa, Jesper and Wylan, Damen and Laurent, Audrey and Thomas, Nora and Crosbie; I can go on for hours here. I am going to sneak in a TV one because #obsessed; Yuri and Victor. You guys don't even know my level of creepy obsession I have for this anime.

Favourite platonic relationship? Always and forever the Calloway sisters. But for something that isn't obvious, Sloane and Vera from This Adventure Ends. Total friendship goals.

Favourite book I read in 2016 from an author I'd previously read from? This is hard because I read favourite authors all the time. P.S. I Like You was the first to jump into my mind. So it wins. It deserves it though. Cute and adorable and awwww.

Best book I read in 2016 based solely on a recommendation? Sure, Becky Albertalli said read How to Repair A Mechanical Heart if you love Simon. So I did. Obviously. Although it isn't Simon, it's still perfect for Simon fans or anyone.

Newest fictional crush? Again, do you even know me? Rhys. Rhys. Oh and Rhys. This guy because clearly.

Best 2016 debut? I didn't read as many debuts as I would have liked to. But the ones I read were pretty damn great. I think I have to give The Summer of Sloane the nod here. It was just a really solid contemporary.

Best worldbuilding/setting? A Gathering of Shadows has a pretty spectacular and vivid setting. Numerous fantastical London's are a thing I didn't know I needed until I did.

Book that made me smile the hardest? The Hating Game in all its weird and lovely hate love romance so wins. I fucking smiled so hard for 90% of this book.

Book that made me cry the hardest? I hate you Sally Green for making me shed my precious tears and soul in Half Lost. Ten months later and I still hate it and her. #dramaqueen

Hidden gem of the year? Undecided has a terrible cover but is a wonderful New adult romance. Crosbie and Nora and the banter and the sexiness and ugh, it's perfect. So perfect I read it three times in 2016. #noregrets

Book that crushed my soul? I feel like this goes hand and hand with the one that made me cry the hardest. So see above. ACOMAF, Crooked Kingdom and A Gathering of Shadows had their fair share of soul destroying moments too.

Most unique read of 2016? Of course it's Gemina. That book is fucking spectacular in its unique format.

Book that made me the angriest? Cursed Child. Need I say more?....



book-blogging

Favourite new blog I discovered in 2016? Ummmm.... I didn't? I was a horrible blogger this year. I could barely keep up with my own. So I clearly sucked at being an active member of the community.

Favourite review I wrote? Surprise(not); A Court of Mist and Fury.

Best discussion/non-review post I had on the blog? Based on the many I post? #sarcasm. I did a few TAG's that were fun. But I also posted a Let's Chat about mid-year because 2016 was sucking as
much then as it was at the end of the year.

Best event I participated in? The Raincoast Teen Reads are always super fun!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? It was my third blogoversary. Not like I celebrated. #oops But sticking around for three years is a decent chunk of time.

Most challenging thing about blogging in 2016? Blogging. Keeping myself motivated to blog and write reviews. I didn't do a very good job of it. I blame it on the curse of 2016.

Most popular post on the blog from 2016? By views, my stop on the Heartless Blog Tour. Guess that's not too surprising seeing as everyone and their mother were eagerly anticipating that book.

Best bookish discovery? And the most lethal on my bank account- Society 6.

Completed goals I set for 2016? My reading challenge and re-reading challenge.


looking-ahead-books-2015

A book I didn't get to in 2016 that is the number 1 priority for 2017? A Brandon Sanderson book. I NEED to finally experience his writing and story telling. It NEEDS to happen.

My most anticipated release for 2017? Is there anything besides A Court of Wings and Ruin? Am slowly dying from impatientness.

2017 debut I'm super eager for? Daughter of the Pirate King; it's being compared to Pirates of the Caribbean! Good thing I begged and pleaded to get myself an ARC. :D

Series ending/sequel my grabby hands are all over? The last book in The Illuminae Files. AHHHHHHH

The number 1 thing I hope to accomplish in my blogging life in 2017? Staying consistent. Haha.

A 2017 release I've already read and am dying for everyone else to read? Obviously The Upside of Unrequited. You guys are going to love it!








How was your 2016?

Happy reading!

Brittany