Hey all, as 2018 comes to an end I have reviewed 16 books so far this year, with hopes to reach 20. Been a hard year, with work and then giving birth to my little boy, therefor reading was put on a shelf for later. I wanted to have a look back at the books I have read and share my top two favourites and the two worst. Remember this is out of the ones I have read only this year….This is extremely hard for me to choose as most of the books were amazing.
Top two favourite books:
There were so many books I loved this year it made it so hard to choose. I have picked Archangel’s Prophecy as it’s a series I have been reading for years, this book was released in November. Rated 5/5 stars. The second book was by a new author and her first series – Solis Invicti by Josie Jaffrey. I have been talking about her a lot this year, and have read the whole series in one week. Rated 5/5 stars.
My two least favourite books of 2018:
I only got halfway through Close to home before I gave in and stopped reading. I just couldn’t get into it. Rated 2/5 stars Let you go – I managed to finish but I just found it replayed the same thing every couple chapters, and became boring. Therefor only getting 3/5 stars.
What blood contaminates, only blood can cleanse.The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.
I was very excited to jump into this book after Gilded King, especially after reading that Emmy and Sol were back….. YES! Josie keeps to the original characters of this series, Lucas, Julia, Cam and Felix. However the character perspectives are Julia and Cam. I asked Josie on Twitter when will we be meeting these characters again, she has informed me February 2019, just in time for my Birthday. I did ask if Emmy and Sol will be the point of views, but we will continue to see this story from Julia and Cam’s view. The ending though (oh my god it’s cliffhanger material).
What I liked about this book was the continuity, drama and growth. Cam and Julia are back, and facing more drama and destruction than ever before. The flip between each character in each chapter is fluid. I enjoyed Julia’s journey more in this book, she to hell and back, as a result became a fierce independent woman.
The ending was very well done, throughout the book we’re left guessing why Emmy is so reserved, secretive. When Sol and Emmy finally meet….. well you have to read to see it’s an OH MY GOODNESS moment. This is why I am super excited for the next instalment. The name I do not know as Josie is still writing.
The book didn’t really leave me with any feelings, apart from suspense, this book mainly focuses on their journey’s rather than relationships. Can they save the Blue, and return their Queen back to their King.
What I disliked – I wouldn’t say there was any real dislikes with this book, however I found the story slower than the first. I did find I skipped a few lines here and there (oops don’t tell me off). However I can tell that Josie is trying not to rush, she wants us to enjoy the story and get to know these characters, as well as dipping into the other characters surrounding them. On the other hand, everything sped up in the last 75%.
I have always loved Josie’s stories this year. My love for these characters kicked off with Emmy and Sol in the Solis Invicti series which I read earlier this year. Then the release of the Sovereign series drew me back into reading when I was in a funk. I do prefer the first book in this series compared to this one, only because I felt the pace was a lot slower and there was more action once we reached 80%. I am excited to read the next instalment. This series is suitable for younger readers, definitely plenty of fantasy, vampire creatures.
I gave this book an overall rating of 4/5 stars. But I hold high hopes for the 3rd book early next year.
Links to the series I have reviewed and Promoted – Solis Invicti Series:
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Dylan Maxwell is a busy man. His no-nonsense approach to life and business keeps him balanced – and alone. His life is bland – devoid of any kind of sweetness or light.
An unexpected business trip close to Christmas, however, brings three people into his life he never expected.
An oversharing teenager.
A lisping little angel.
A sexy, unassuming woman unlike any he has ever met. Her bossy attitude challenges him, while her green eyes melt the frost around his heart.
They draw out something in him that he has never experienced.
Are they the Christmas miracles he needs – or will he walk away from the sweetest gift he has ever been offered?
“Melanie Moreland’s Christmas Sugar is this season’s must have gift for romance lovers. The perfect holiday read.” – B. Cranford, author of The Avenue series
“You won’t even need a fire to make you feel warm this Christmas. Christmas Sugar has a sweet buy sassy heroine who melts the cold brooding hero’s heart will keep the chill away the entire holiday season. I can’t get enough of this adorable and extra fluffy Christmas story.” – Alexa Riley, author of Lift and Hungry for More
“Simply heartwarming. A perfect holiday story to enjoy by a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate.” – Mae Wood, author of Genealogy
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors: Rocelle Allison ~ Santana Blair ~ Danielle Brenna ~ Elle Christensen ~ Lucy Gage ~ Jessica Ingro ~ Kelli Jean and Vanessa Morse
Release Date: December 26, 2018Cover Art: Recreatives
New Year’s Eve happens once every year.
The passage of time—it’s inevitable.
Some people celebrate at home with friends. Many more find themselves at social gatherings where candy colored drinks, a few too many flutes of Champagne, and too-tiny appetizers can make for lowered inhibitions and questionable decisions.
Whichever way you deal with the annual milestone, when the clock strikes midnight, life can seem ripe with possibilities. Especially when you see someone across the room who makes you want to slip under some leftover mistletoe after a round of Auld Lang Syne.
Is it love? Is it lust? Or just what happens on New Year’s Eve?
*What Happens on New Year’s Eve is a collection of fun and sexy short stories from a group of fun and sometimes sexy authors. Or maybe they’re ninjas.*
100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org
Hey all, a little bit late but thought lets have a look back at November. Since really trying to put more posts out, some more unique, as well as more effort put into my book related posts, I have noticed my views increase which makes me a lot happier. I want to include content you will all love. So lets look back at November….
I have reduced my goal to 20 for the rest of this year, not much left I know. My aim is to complete 4/5 books this month. Very ambitious however there are a couple I am very excited to read, so hoping I may be able to find time to read 2 a week. Not all are available via amazon but are on Goodreads. Does leaving one half read count?