Yes, I knOW that July is almost over. But do you really think that will stop me?? Nope. So let’s get into this sweet tea spilling, shall we? (sweet tea because 1. im a southern gal and 2. they’re mostly positive reviews hence the emphasis on SWEET ha)
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018:
Hands down, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. THIS BOOK YALL. I was very hesitant to read this book because of how incredibly hyped it was at the beginning of the year. This is not something unique to this book, I’m just always very wary of hyped books for fear that I will be super disappointed in the end and will end up in yet another book slump. But this bad boy definitely lived up to the hype in my opinion! I hadn’t read a Holly Black book before picking this up so I didn’t really have any prior expectations for her, but I was pleasantly surprised by how different her take on the Faerie World was. AND THE CHARACTERS ugh don’t get me started because this post will be pages long. Trust. But I’ll just say that Cardan and Jude were the true stars of the book and it made me SO HAPPY to finally read a book where the girl “didn’t need a guy to save her.” #blessed
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018:
I haven’t really read any sequels so far this year, but I am currently reading an ARC of The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory which I have been SO EXCITED to read since finishing The Wedding Date back in May. I’m 59% through as I am writing this and EVERY PAGE OF THIS BOOK IS PRECIOUS *throws book at everyone I know*
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Yet again, I’ve been staying away from this book because of the hype, but so many people have told me that I will love it so MY EXPECTATIONS AND I SHALL SEE.
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of 2018:
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. DISCLAIMER: I am very much aware of the problems in her books and I wholeheartedly agree with all of the points that I have read/heard about from others. Her books and this series in particular just hold a sentimental value for me and I am excited, but also terrified, to see how this series ends. Also, GOLD FOIL ON THE COVER??? My body is ready. And my tears rolling off the cover will make the gold foil pop more, don’t you agree?
5. Biggest Disappointment:
I was initially going to say Without Merit by Colleen Hoover for this, but because I literally could not get through the second chapter because of how painful it was to read, I am going to address a book that I actually struggled through and finished. So with that being said, I am going with Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I felt like this book had so much potential that it didn’t end up living up to and it was just a total let-down in the end. Liesl needs to go shopping for some big girl panties and a new attitude; meanwhile, the Goblin King needs to realize that he honestly deserves better and needs to quit harping over her. MOVE ON MA DUDE.
6. Biggest Surprise:
*please don’t pull out your torches and pitchforks on me* My biggest surprise of the year so far definitely goes to Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. I have avoided reading this book for almost a year because of it turning into a full book instead of the novella it was originally supposed to be AND because it just sounded super weird and confusing to me about how well it was going to be executed with it occurring at the same time as the events in Empire of Storms. However, I was finally in the mood to read it after being left unsatisfied by A Court of Frost and Starlight (minus the ending, which if you’ve read it you’ll know why). BOOYYYYYYYY it was a good read. I loved it in the end and my bby Chaol did not disappoint. I even hugged it when I finished, which is a true sign of me truly loving a book.
7. Favorite New Author:
I haven’t really read a lot of books from new authors this year (yes I know, I am VERY BEHIND), but Jasmine Guillory released her debut novel The Wedding Date in January and it was such a delight to read! Helen Hoang also released her debut novel The Kiss Quotient in June which I also very much enjoyed and I am excited to read their upcoming novels in the future!
8. Newest Fictional Crush:
*sweats profusely* HARTE DARRIGAN (The Last Magician)/PRINCE CARDAN (The Cruel Prince)/MICHAEL PHAN (The Kiss Quotient) I LOVE YOU ALL OKAY
9. Newest Favorite Character:
There were SO many new characters I got to meet so far this year, but one of my favorites has to go to Harte Darrigan from The Last Magician. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH OKAY. I have a weakness for the arrogant and sassy bootyholes and he is yet another one I have added to my ever-growing list.
10. Book That Made You Cry:
I definitely cried on the outside when I received this book for my birthday and cried on the inside all while reading it, and that was A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I won’t go too deep into the details since it won’t be released until October 16th, but this book has such a significant meaning to me and I am just so grateful that Tahereh finally put pen to paper and wrote this after planning it for years.
11. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year:
There are two book to movie adaptations that I have been WAITING to see/read and that’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda/Love, Simon and Crazy Rich Asians. I have only heard great things about both and I can’t wait to read them before seeing the movies!
12. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year:
I haven’t posted it yet, but I do have an upcoming review for A Very Large Expanse of Sea and I’m very excited for you guys to read it!
13. Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year:
Oh, definitely Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. The dust jacket is gorgeous in itself, but if you *gently* rip that bad boy off, the TRUE BEAUTY FROM WITHIN BLINDS YOU. Like literally, the gold foil will blind you if you’re not careful. But I think it’s safe to say that it truly is one of the prettiest books I own.
14. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year:
*cracks knuckles and rolls out scroll of a tbr*
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- The Devil’s Thief
- Smoke in the Sun
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
What books made it onto YOUR freak out list?? I’d love to know! Also let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books listed above!