Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Angsty Romances

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Angsty Romances

One of my deep guilty pleasure reads are some good angsty romance books. I feel like even within the angsty romance category there are many different sub-genres. So these books might not totally qualify as the typical angsty, but they fall into my category of it.

♣ Dark Lover by J.R Ward

♣ Rule by Jay Crownover

 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis 

♣ White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

♣ Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

What are some of your favorite angsty romance books? 

Top 5 Books of 2016

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I was not able to read many books this year due to my crazy busy schedule. There were a few books that stood out among the rest of the 21 books I did get the chance to read this year. I have decided that because I do not have reviews of all of these books up and wanted to get this posted I would write a haiku for each book on my reasonings behind why I loved them so much!

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THE FINAL EMPIRE

Kickass female lead
Worldbuilding beyond compare
Unique magic use

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THIS SAVAGE SONG

Dark and musical
With a world filled with monsters
No hint of romance

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THE KITE RUNNER

Centered in Afghan
Emotionally draining
Uniquely written

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THE CRUELTY

Intrigue and suspense
Reminiscent of Taken
A strong female lead

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OF FIRE AND STARS

Forbidden magic
A tale of two princesses
and courtly intrigue

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What were some of your top reads and recs of 2016?

Top 5 Wednesday | Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

There are so many books that I have been creating monthly TBRs or writing down that I want to read forever and just haven’t gotten to them. I really want 2017 to be that year that I get to those dusty books sitting on my TBR.

♣ Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch 

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This book I have been putting off for awhile waiting for the 4th book in the series to be released. I love this series and miss it.

♣ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead 

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After I finished the Vampire Academy series I wanted to jump right into this series, but didn’t want to let go of the series. I think it is time to pick this up and read it because I miss the world and the characters.

♣ Jet by Jay Crownover

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I started this series last year and would love to continue it before I move on with the Saints of Denver series.

♣ City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

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I received this for review at the beginning of the year and I have still not picked it up. I was so excited for it and somehow it kept getting put off. I need to review it and submit so I can receive more review books.

♣ Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

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I bought this at the very beginning of the year. RBG is my hero and I think she is an amazing woman. I need to get on reading this ASAP!

What books do you finally want to get around to reading in 2017?

Top 5 Wednesday |Characters You Used to Love but Don’t Anymore

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is  Characters You Used to Love but Don’t Anymore

{These are the characters who you used to adore, but now you don’t. Maybe they changed a lot. Maybe you outgrew them. Maybe your outlook changed and now you can’t stand them. Maybe you don’t even hate them, you just are neutral about them when you used to run a fan blog about them.}

Warner from the Shatter Me Trilogy 

Not that I still don’t have a special place in my heart for Warner, but I have read many more books and have found new loves in the fictional crushes categories.

♦ Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle 

This was more of an as I read the second book. I loved Adam in the first one and still enjoy him but just do not love him as much as I did at first.

Tris from Divergent Trilogy

I thought that Tris was a strong independent leading female. She slowly lost my love and I know despise her. 

This is also another hard one for me. I feel like there are not many characters I do not like anymore, but there are ones that throughout the series I have lost my love for certain characters.

Who are some characters you used to love but dont anymore?

Top 5 Wednesday | Most Misleading Synopses

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Most Misleading Synopses

Significance by Shelly Crane

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When I read this synopsis it sounded so intriguing to me. I had to force myself through reading this and gave up on the last 20 pages. Being a paranormal romance I had preconceived notions, but it definitely fell into the Twilight category. 

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

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This is another synopsis that had me so intrigued and wanting more. It failed big time. It stated that it was a retelling of gothic horror featuring Annabelle Lee from Edgar Allen Poe which is one of my favorites. The only way it was really incorporated was with the name. 

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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This synopsis lead me to believe it would go in a totally different direction then it did. I thought it would be a creepy horror story, but did not read as such for me. 

Dead River by Cyn Balog 

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This is another book I thought would be a horror story. The synopsis was short but it lead me to believe there would be killers or ghosts. It went a totally different way then I thought it would. 

This was a difficult one for me to complete. I haven’t read a lot of books lately that have had synopsis that misguided me. I had to look through my read book list and look at synopses.

What are some books that have had the most misleading synopses?

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Buzz Words

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Buzz Words!  

(words used to describe a book that is a guarantee buy for you)

Epic Fantasy”

I absolutely love fantasy books and when it is taglined or said to be an epic fantasy I cannot wait to pick it up to read.

♠ “New, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Anything dealing with Alice in Wonderland is a seller for me, especially when it is a dark take!

♠”  Audacious criminals, confident tricksters, heists, thieves”

Anything that mentions criminals, thieves and heists are books that I cannot wait to get my hands on. They are usually action packed and full of humor.

♠ Princesses/Queens, Assassins, Royal Kingdom

I am a girl to the core and anything that deals with princess, pretty dresses knights in shinning armor, kingdoms, hired assassins and fairy tales are a go to.

♠ “Beautifully twisted, Dark madness”

I am always a fan of the dark and twisted and especially dark humor. May make me a little strange, but there is always something great about a book that doesn’t have happy endings or what you expect. Things that seem to be a little darker have a place in my heart.

What are some of your favorite buzz words?

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Self Published Books

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Self Published Books!  

 ♦ The Martian by Andy Weir 

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This book was originally self-published. If you haven’t read it where are you living? Under a rock? This book is an amazing sci-fi that is layered with suspense and humor! 

♦ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead 

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This was one of my favorite reads in 2014! It was an insane epic fantasy that was jam packed with complex well developed characters, beautiful imagery and impending war. I do not know why I haven’t continued in this trilogy yet and also want to pick up Stead’s new novel Shanakan!

♦ Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

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I am pretty sure this book was originally self-published. This is a intense emotionally read that is sure to make you cry. 

This was a tough list for me to make this week. I am not that familiar with self pubs or at least not to my knowledge. If you have any that are good and recommend me let me know. I am pretty sure I have some on my bookshelves that I just haven’t gotten to yet.