Number of Books You Read: 64 thus far
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
BEST BOOK(S) YOU READ IN 2015
✤ A book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t
I was at a complete loss when it came to Under Different Stars. I loved it, I hated it, I was utterly annoyed by it; more than anything, though, I was extremely disappointed because this book held the potential to place itself next to the greats on my bookshelf. It was one of the most exhausting and emotionally draining reading experiences I had in 2015 to say the least
It is extremely rare to find me reading any contemporary novel, but Sugar was highly recommended by someone whose judgment I highly value. This was an incredibly inspiring story written by someone with fresh vision and I am so glad I picked up this book ― once every so often, a book comes along and alters your perception of things. More often than not, this said book will leave you with essential pieces to better yourself – Sugar is such a book.
✤ A book you “pushed” the most people to read and they did!
✤ Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best ender of 2015?
✤ Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2015?
✤ Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year
The second book in the Sunset Rising series, Worlds Collide! I was convinced that the plotline could not develop any further; oh, but it did. Worlds Collide blew me away! I was enthralled throughout the entire story ― the plot twists, the characters, the suspense and conspiracy, it was all captivating and superb! I honestly have not been able to experience a book the way I have with this one in a very long time
Only because my little girls and I had such a wonderful time reading this one together, and has become one of our all-time favorite books
Between the Lines is one of those small treasures that at face value, appears as something ordinary, but it’s not. This story is powerful and thought-provoking and it shed some much-needed light on pivotal motifs that are influencing America today. It is a deeply involving story for readers of all ages, namely because it engages the reader into considering the life lessons of loss, injustices, humility, love, forgiveness, boldness and loyalty.
✤ Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015
✤ Most memorable character(s) of 2015
► Iko – The Lunar Chronicles
► Aris Haan – Rebel Wing
► Sunny O’Donnell – Sunset Rising
► Abrianna Cunningham – Brides of Seattle
Amber Haines’ writing is raw, poetic and rings with truth. You truly feel the desperation, the anguish and despair in her voice. Additionally, her storytelling is so affecting! It will make you embrace your own brokenness and lead you to see the redemptive power in your own heart. To boot, I came to appreciate the art of poetry and the freedom and wonderful escape creative writing exudes.
Prayers for the Stolen is a compelling harrowing tale that will remain very close to my heart; frankly, because it served as a window that allowed me to look into the essence that makes up my culture and countrymen in Mexico.
The themes touched on in this story are intensely serious; it’s a story that unravels the multi-layers of human emotions and sentiments. This story is not meant to inspire, but to make you feel the trials of human existence; more particularly, those who who live in repressive societies where human trafficking is dominant.
✤ One true pairing(s) of the year ♥ You will go down with this ship!
♥ Sunny and Jack – Sunset Rising
♥ Aris and Milek – Rebel Wing
♥ Wolf and Scarlet – The Lunar Chronicles
♥ Thorne & Cress – The Lunar Chronicles
✤ Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously
Robert Beatty has truly established himself as an accomplished author – his writing is a masterpiece! To so greatly capture all the elements that make for a superb mystery-thriller and to hold my attention, is proof that Beatty is easily one of the most brilliant and entertaining storytellers presently out there. Serafina and the Black Cloak is a middle-grade lover’s delight, and I cannot recommend it enough!
✤ Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year
The strongest attribute of this book is Wonderland itself. It is dark and beautifully recreated with fantastically deranged visuals: the ominous plants and flowers, the abstract netherlings and creatures, the lucid landscapes, the delicate aromas, the extravagant costumes and blistering battles, the cover art and the entire book as a whole is peppered with a dark goth edginess, that I loved immensely! That is to say, A.G. Howard succeeded! She managed to procure inspiration drawn from elements found within the original storyline and twisted them up in a magically demented way and gave us a Wonderland that was refreshing and invigorating; I was positively impressed!
Hidden gem ♦ of the year
✤ New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
The Diva Booknerds! Their reviews never fail to make me smile and I trust their honest opinions. Too, Kelly is one of the most down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet. Her comments are always thoughtful and encouraging and she unknowingly has become a sort of cheerleader for all book bloggers
✤ Favorite review that you wrote in 2015
When I first read the synopsis for Rebel Wing I admit that I approached the book with increasing apprehension. Namely, because the blurb highlights military/sci-fi/aircraft themes, and to be frank, these are not motifs I take a keen interest in.
Nevertheless, my trepidation instantly melted away the minute I was introduced to the audacious and remarkable Aris Haan. Even now, as I sit and ponder this book and series, I know that my review is not enough to justify how much I wholeheartedly loved Aris’ character arc.
Rebel Wing genuinely deserves all the praise. With a gripping plot, glorious characterization, and a beautiful and befitting romantic prose, this series remains one of the best that I have read to date, and I’m pretty certain that it’ll be a long time before I read anything this good again.
✤ Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the perfect balance between family time, homeschooling, reading and blogging, but I’m almost convinced this is a sort of lifestyle and that the idea of a formula or perfect balance does not exist ― the mere fact that I have been able to balance all four during 2015 is amazing!
✤ Most popular post this year on your blog ― whether it be by comments or views
✤ A book you are most anticipating for 2016 non-debut & debut
✤ A 2016 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:
Bee is an orphan, alone in a poor, crumbling kingdom. In desperation, she steals a bun from a bakery, and to her surprise, the baker offers her a place at his shop. As she learns to bake, Bee discovers that she has a magical power. When a new friend desperately needs her help against an evil mage, Bee wonders what an orphan girl with only a small bit of magic can do. Bee’s journey to help her friend becomes a journey to save the kingdom, and a discovery of the meaning of family. – Publisher
While I’m not techinically done with this magical tale, the story has captured my heart and I know I am going to love it even to the end
Expected Publication: February 1, 2016
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