Reading Recaps

A Mid Year Review Part 2: Books 26-50

Continuing on last week’s post. Here is the last half of books I’ve read this year!

  1. Throne of Truth by Pepper Winters 2/5 stars
    • I apparently can’t resist her plots, but never leave happy. Not sure why I keep trying them when I find myself not happy afterwards.
  2. The Mothers by Brit Bennett 4/5 stars
    • This book. This book gave me so many various emotions and was such a good read. It really makes you reflect on your choices and the what ifs around your choices. It’s intense it’s emotional it’s a wonderful book I can’t recommend enough.
  3. The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery 3/5 stars
    • Another beauty and the beast retelling. This one was pretty good for a modern take. It was fun to read and overall enjoyable. I’m excited to read more in this fairy tale series.
  4. Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan 3/5 stars
    • This cover is deceptive. I expected something else, but it was a good super quick read.
  5. Grave Visions by Kalayna Price 3/5 stars
    • I love Price and her writing. I’ll preface with that. I’m a big fan of her Haven series (that seems to never be finishing). This Alex Craft novel just didn’t knock it out of the park like the other ones did.
  6. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 3/5 stars
    • This was a book club pick. Amazing concept just not amazing execution. I wanted more from it. I’m still planning to eventually read the sequel to this though because the idea of time travelling in a pirate ship makes my day.
  7. Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran 4/5 stars
    • This was sooo fun to read! I love a good regency with some twists. I love when someone is pretending to not be interested in the heroine only to finally give in and have the happily ever after.
  8. Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward 3/5 stars
    • I pretty much can’t stop buying Keeland/Ward books. The entire concept of pretending to not be who you are and having to figure out how to reveal it. The book ran a little long, but still love these types of plots.
  9. Horrorstor by Gary Hendrix 2/5 stars
    • Another book club pick. I had to get the physical copy which is so incredibly novel as it is’ formatted like an ikea catalog. Get it from your library and give it a chance. It’s spooky but not overly.
  10. Abandon by Meg Cabot 3/5 stars
    • Persephone and Hades, but YA’d. I just got the rest of the series from the library and am excited to finish it.
  11. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (reread) 4/5 stars
    • Alright. I’m here for this reread this year. It has to happen. I’ll probably do a blog series on it. I read the series through college originally. I recall it being amazing and super intense. The intro into it was mediocre, but I know it’ll only get better.
  12. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 3/5 Stars
    • I decided to slowly work my way through MacLean’s previous works. This one was good, but not as much fun as her current one (Scandal and Scoundrel).
  13. Ensnared by Rita Sterling 2/5 Stars
    • This one was a galley. I didn’t love it and it wasn’t what I wanted from a futuristic retelling of Beauty and The Beast. I went in expecting Marissa Meyers and left just feeling okay.
  14. Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon 4/5 stars
    • I need a fan just thinking about this one. WOOO. It’s good. Really good. Weatherspoon is a great writer. She writes diverse characters with strong plot lines and character growth. Seriously love her writing and can’t wait to read more.
  15. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle  5/5 Stars
    • Another book club selection. I’m glad we revisited it. I really hadn’t read this one since I was a little kid and it was just as delightful as I remember.
  16. Hunted by Meagan Spooner 4/5 Stars
    • Another Beauty and The Beast retelling. This one rocked though. Well written, well thought out and unique. I love it when Beauty is a hunter and really sure of herself!
  17. Startup by Doree Shafrir 4/5 Stars
    • This is a unique but fun book. I enjoyed all the characters and watching the story unfold. It was perfectly suited to an audiobook too.
  18. The Falconer by Elizabeth May 2/5 stars
    • I was hyped to read this. The plot and everything sounded awesome. I was left dragging my feet through the mud to finish. Seriously not that great and the ending wasn’t even a cliffhanger it was a literal cliff.
  19. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon 3/5 stars
    • Well written super predictable but enjoyable YA. I knew the plot twist from a mile away. I enjoyed the story itself and enjoyed the writing even more. I can’t wait to read another Nicola Yoon book!
  20. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet 4/5 stars
    • Children of gods, travelling circus and adventure. I loved this book. It really goes off the travelling circus route quickly, but I fell so in love with Cat and Griffin. The reveals were great throughout the book. I can’t wait to read book 2 and 3.
  21. Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell 3/5 Stars
    • What could have easily been a 4 star book got knocked down for some really uncomfortable condom usage talk. Seriously uncomfortable. Past that the characters were great and fun read about.
  22. Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace 4/5 stars
    • I love the Sin Du Jour series! It has been a really great novella to read every few months. Wallace created a ton of great interesting characters who I keep coming back to see again and again.
  23. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 4/5 stars
    • I hadn’t read this book and it’d been sitting in my TBR for a while. I’m thrilled it turned out to good and that I want to continue the series. That will take a while though cause I can’t handle paying full price for the books later in the series.
  24. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith 4/5 stars
    • Windfall quite possibly has the best character development I’ve seen this year. The concept of the story is awesome I mean buying a lottery ticket for your friend and them winning? I loved seeing Alice become a new person and grow through this journey. Then Teddy her best friend really does a 180 once he figures out what is important in life. Overall it’s a great book and I highly recommend it.
  25. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones 4/5 Stars
    • Full review coming friday and will be linked here when it posts. But really enjoyed this one!

Let me know if you have a favorite book you’ve read so far this year! My TBR is never full enough!

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