As a life-long reader and book blogger, I’ve still haven’t exactly cracked the formula of what makes the perfect read for me. However, most of my five-star reads, regardless of the genre, can be rated as such for their 1) their un-put-downablility and 2) a premise that relates to my bookish & other interests AND delivers of course.
With all the wrap-ups dedicated to the best and favorite books of 2018 in December, there also comes some not so cheery posts: the most disappointing reads of 2018. The five books below for today’s Top Five Wednesday are not necessarily the worst books I read last year, but rather, books that I went in with higher expectations and was left disappointed.
Summary: Shalia is a daughter of the desert, and she has magic in her blood. After years of a devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, Shalia agrees to an arranged marriage with the King of the Bone Lands, even though it means leaving her family and everything she’s ever known behind. In her new country, magic is outlawed and the Elementae- individuals who can control earth, air, fire and water- are subject to horrific punishment. Discovering her own ability to control earth, Shalia is trapped between her Elementae-hating husband and a dangerous rebellion led by her brother.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
If I had to list my relationship status with series, it’d have to say “it’s complicated.”
There are series where I will read the latest installment almost immediately after it comes out. Then, I’ll spend the next 1-2 years crying over how much I need the next one while ignoring other series.
Which leads me to my next point in that I will wait to read some series until I know when its last book will come out- you’ll find a few examples below. This has much to do with trying to avoid what-the-heck-happened-in-the-last-book feelings and that I love binge-reading book series.
Listed below are the series being prioritized on my 2019 TBR. Feel free to give me all of your kind, fangirl screams for not reading these series yet in the comments.
One of my absolute favorite TV shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, returns to it’s new home on NBC this Thursday, January 10. This show, at least in my fangirl brain, is known for its end-of-season cliffhangers, so I’m looking forward to seeing where Season 6 kicks off. In honor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s return, today I’ll be sharing book recommendations based on B99 main characters.
Since The Wicked King is the sequel to Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince, I will not be providing a summary. For my The Cruel Prince thoughts, check out my mini review.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Lust?: Yes! I love the similarities to The Cruel Prince’s cover and the nods to what happens in the book
As many of you know, Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince took over the online book communities in 2018. The hype for TCP definitely pulled me in, and while I did enjoy it, I wasn’t head-over-heels in love unlike many readers. Until The Wicked King came along.
I can 100% say that it was worth surviving a mosh pit at Book Expo 2018 to get an ARC of The Wicked King because this book is freaking fantastic. While it was the first 2019 release that I’ve read so far, I can easily say it’s one of the best 2019 releases.
If you thought 2018 was filled with ALL the amazing new books (which it was), think again. 2019 is truly going to be an awesome year for YA book releases. Many of my all-time favorite authors are coming out with such exciting titles (helloooo Rainbow Rowell), so this reader definitely needs to be saving all of her bookstore gift cards from Christmas.
While this list does not include every single book I’m anticipating in 2019 (because your fingers would hate me from all of that scrolling and I’ve already recapped my most anticipated contemporary releases), today I’m going to be discussing the non- contemporary books I absolutely cannot wait to grace my bookshelves.
The Wicked King (The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black (January 8)– I’ve cheated a little bit with The Wicked King, considering that I was fortunate enough to read an ARC in 2018. But let me tell you, I am so ready to reread this The Cruel Prince sequel already because it impressed me that much. And yes, I’ll be crying until The Queen of Nothing.
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3) by Katherine Arden (January 8)– I needed this book in October after I unexpectedly devoured The Girl in the Tower in less than two days. I’m really not ready for the Winternight trilogy to end, but I am ready to see what Katherine Arden has in store for Vasya and co.