Happy Friday, readers! It’s a little early for this tag since I usually do it at the end of June, but with a packed review schedule for the rest of the month, I decided to take the time to complete it now instead! 2020 has had some interesting reads so far, with some promising ones still to come.
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
This would usually be a hard question, but it’s a super easy choice this year. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas is the uncontested favourite on my list so far, and this addictive and breathtaking read was an absolute surprise, considering urban fantasy is not one of my go-to genres, but hopefully that will change after this book.
Read my full review here.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I wasn’t all that impressed by the first book, Aurora Rising, and was a little uncertain about continuing the series at all, but the sequel was amazing! The action picked up and there was no shortage of shocking twists. And of course, it was wonderful that a sequel finally decided to include a summary of preceding events so I didn’t need to reread the first book all over again!
Read my full review here.
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?
There’s an absolute monster of a book I’ve been avoiding since March because I really don’t have the time to spare to get through an 800 page book, but The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel is one I have every intention of reading this year. I’ve been waiting for this finale to the Wolf Hall series forever, and it has been a great year for historical fiction so far, so I have very high hopes!
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I have multiple releases I’m looking forward to for the rest of the year, and oddly enough, every single one of them is out on the 1st of September! But if I had to pick just one, I’m really excited for the finale in the Ace of Shades trilogy, Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. After that cliffhanger, I can’t wait to see what comes next!
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. While I appreciate how more and more retellings are taking the time to go past the traditional happily-ever-after ending of fairy tales and explore the realistic consequences of the events that occurred, I really didn’t like the direction this book took, especially when I was expecting this series to wrap up in a duology. The fairy tale feel is entirely gone from the story and the new characters introduced didn’t really do much for the plot.
Read my full review here.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera. I’ve read a few of Adam Silvera’s books books, and I absolutely loved them, but I wasn’t sure how a shift from contemporary to fantasy would go. As it turned out, it was really good, and yet another urban fantasy that I was surprised to find myself enjoying.
Who is your fictional crush from this year?
Sadly enough, no new ones this year. The characters we were introduced to in Chain of Gold were all amazing, but no one really measures up to Will Herondale do they? 😃
Who is your new favourite character?
James Herondale from Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I was always curious as to what happened in the years after The Infernal Devices with Will and Tessa, and while all the new characters were interesting, I’m really enjoying James’ character arc! It’s all too obvious exactly whose son he is, but I was also quite pleasantly surprised by him – he’s got Will’s easy charm, but seemingly very little of his arrogance, and is overall so honourable and sweet, not to mention a natural leader. I did spend a good portion of the book rolling my eyes over his obsession with Grace, but otherwise, I really liked James and I’m looking forward to seeing where his story is going next!
A book that made you happy?
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. Whenever I need a lighthearted read, Sandhya Menon is now one of my go to authors, and her latest work, a modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling certainly did not disappoint! I’m excited to see what is next in the St. Rosetta’s Academy series!
Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?
Skipping this one since I haven’t actually seen any this year that I really liked. I’m really looking forward to the Grishaverse series on Netflix later this year!
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
The most beautiful addition to my shelves this year is undoubtedly The Betrothed by Kiera Cass. It’s got such a gorgeous cover! It was great to return to Kiera Cass’ works after so long, not to mention, I now want to reread The Selection all over again too!
What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?
I’ve had so much fun reviewing the Six of Crows duology over the past week or two! While it’s hardly my first time reading these books, I’ve been meaning to review this for the longest time.
Read my full reviews of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom here.
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
(In no particular order, and trying not to repeat books already mentioned)
- The Lost Book of the White – Cassandra Clare
- Majesty – Katharine McGee
- The Tower of Nero – Rick Riordan
- Blood and Honey – Shelby Mahurin
- As the Shadow Rises – Katy Rose Pool
- The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks – Mackenzie Lee
I had a lot of fun doing this tag! What would be your picks for these prompts? Consider yourself tagged! Make sure to link back so I can read your answers!
House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas
Aurora Burning – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer
Infinity Son – Adam Silvera
Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare
Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya Menon
The Betrothed – Kiera Cass
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo