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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey guys! I am in the middle of some books right now. So, as a result of not having I a book review to post anytime in the near future, I decided to do a book tag! I found this book tag by Eden @Thrice Read, and let’s be honest they find the best book tags and I love seeing theirs and actually doing some of them. So without further ado here are my answers!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far.

Hmm…this is a hard one. Looking back through my lists I only gave three 5 star ratings this year! So then I’ll have to say Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

I’ve actually only read one sequel so far this year, and I wasn’t impressed with it as I only gave it 2 stars. Sooo I guess since that was the only book I read it’ll have to do. icekissed

3.New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There are so many new releases that I want to get my hands on!! Some of them include Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Once and for All by Sarah Dessen.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017

This definitely goes to Leigh Bardugo and her new book Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

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5. Biggest Disappointment?

Hm…I would probably have to say Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I wasn’t very impressed with the art and the writing wasn’t the same caliber as with the series.

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6. Biggest Surprise?

I normally don’t read bibliographies, but I found myself really enjoying Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham.

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7. Favourite New Author

She isn’t new to the scene, but I discovered her for the first time this year! So my new favorite author is Susan Dennard! I absolutely loved Truthwitch and I can’t wait to read more books by her!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

Hm…this is a hard one. I don’t think I have one.

9. Newest Favourite Character

I really liked Scarlett Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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10. Book That Made You Cry

There has been a few books that made me cry this year, but the one that made me cry the most was Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely suggest you pick it up!

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11. Book That Made You Happy

Hm…I don’t know if a book has ever left me feeling happy, but excited to read it? Sure. I guess if I had to choose one, I would choose Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. The book as a whole didn’t make me happy, considering that it was a little confusing and kind of out there, but the way that it ended had a happy ending. Sooo…there’s that, I guess that counts.

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12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year

I’ve only seen Before I Fall, but I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet.

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13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

I would probably say…my favorite review so far this year was for Truthwitch.

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14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Considering that I haven’t bought that many books this year, since I am on a ban, I’ll just have to go with Caraval

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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

There is way too many books to list! A few of them though would have to be Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, Metaltown by Kristin Simmons, and Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Ice Kissed Book Review

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hockingicekissed

Published: May 5th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)

Reading this book, I realized that I should have reread the first book before diving in. I remembered some aspects of the first book, but I forgot a lot of it. It might have helped me enjoy this book more, but realistically I don’t think it would have helped.

I really wish the blurb matches the actual book. There is an impression that there is some deep long-hidden secret/mystery, but in reality that isn’t the case until about the last chapter of the whole book! This book it seemed really suffered from the middle book syndrome. The plot didn’t move that much, and the tension didn’t rise until the end. The ending is what really helped the book get another star rating than what I would have given it.

Byrn didn’t grow at all as a character in this book. She took everything as someone else’s fault (if she didn’t blame herself for something that wasn’t even her fault), and it was either her way or the high way. I really don’t know why so many people listened to her when her partner was of higher rank. (Also, I would like to note that the blurb says Ridley was in charge of the mission, but he wasn’t even in Skojare. So no heating up of anything).

One aspect that bothered me throughout the book was the lack of editing. There was typos everywhere!!! Normally, one or two don’t bother me, but this one had a bunch. Words were missing, words were duplicated, or there was missing punctuation. Which this isn’t the authors fault, but her editor should have caught almost all of these before print.

I could go on and on about the negatives of this book, but I think I’ll just stop here. Thankfully the book wasn’t that long or I would have probably DNFed it, but I wanted to read the third book so I pushed my way through.