Top 5 Books of 2019 (So far!)

Hey guys! Since I recently did the mid-year freak out book tag, I thought I’d have a look at what some of my favourite reads have been for the first half of 2019. So far I’ve read 51 books and I’ve only rated 5 of them 5 stars so I haven’t had many that have blown my socks off. You probably already know what these are since I’ve gushed about them a fair bit.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: V.E. Schwab deserves so much love. She has easily become one of my favourite authors and I haven’t even read all of her books yet! The ones I have read I have fallen in love with her writing, her characters and her worlds. I thought her Shades of Magic series was fantastic and nothing could beat it but then I read her Villains series and what can I say? It became my new favourite. Vengeful was such an exciting read. I know Victor and Eli are very evil characters but I love them – they are really fascinating characters! I just love how they started out wanting to be heroes and had completely good intentions but then it all went quickly downhill. I can’t say a lot about this one since it’s the sequel but please know that it was the easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare: As soon as this book was announced I knew it would be 5 stars, come on. A book about Alec and Magnus? Two of my absolute favourite characters? Hell yes. This was a surprisingly short book for Cassie – I guess you could say it was short but sweet. I loved being able to see their tentative first steps in their relationship and watching it grow throughout. I desperately wanted more of these two in The Mortal Instruments so I was very pleased with this one. I can’t wait for the next book!

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REVIEW: On My Life by Angela Clarke

On My LifeTitle: On My Life by Angela Clarke
Pages: 384
Published by: Mulholland Books
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

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July 2019 TBR!

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Today I’m bringing you my July TBR. I’ve got quite a mix planned for this month and what I think are some pretty exciting reads since they are my most anticipated! Here’s what I plan on reading:

The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield: This is the sequel to The War in the Dark and one of my most anticipated reads! I absolutely loved the first book, it was such a thrilling story. It’s like a mixture of crime, fantasy, historical fiction and science fiction. I’ve already started this one and I’m completely immersed in the story; I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you in my review!

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June 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my June wrap up and I had such a great reading month; I absolutely smashed it! I read 11 books and 2 novellas. I had some surprising reads and some disappointing ones but overall I’m pleased with what I read! So let’s get into it:

Warcross & Wildcard by Marie Lu: So I nearly ended up selling Warcross because I didn’t think I’d like it (Marie Lu’s books are very hit and miss for me). But then I was like I’ll give to a chance because it was one of my most anticipated releases when it first came out. Anyway, I am so glad I didn’t sell it now because I actually loved it! The world building was incredible — I could picture everything perfectly! The characters were so strong, she really brought them to life! It had a really solid plot and I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as emotional as it was. Wildcard really pulled on my heartstrings. My only complaint was the ending as I didn’t really understand it and thought it could have been explained better. But other than that, it was a great series!

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

Hey guys! My lovely friend Kate did this tag last week and I can’t believe it’s that time of the year already! This is by far one of my most favourite tags to do and I love revisiting what I’ve read so far each year. So that’s what I’m bringing you all day and first, like Kate, I just want to take a look at my reading challenge:

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Considering I was in a book slump for the first 2-3 months of the year, I’m really pleased that I’ve managed to claw my way back and I’m sitting pretty comfortably at 42 books! I can’t believe I’m still 6 books ahead of schedule, that is crazy! I should easily make 80!

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REVIEW: The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel (The Vinyl Detective #4)

5E4DAC64-6A65-4275-AE48-656CD3AE06D0Title: The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel
Pages: 416
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 14th May 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

At the height of their success, the electric folk band Black Dog invited journalists to a desolate island for an infamous publicity stunt: the burning of a million dollars. But the stunt backfired and the band split up, increasing the value of their final album vastly. It’s this album that Tinkler’s got his eye on, and he hires none other than the Vinyl Detective and Nevada to hunt a copy down.

Narrowly avoiding a killing spree, negotiating deranged Black Dog fans, and being pursued by hack celebrity Stinky Stamner and his camera crew, the Vinyl Detective and Nevada discover that perhaps all was not as it seemed on Holy Island – and that in the embers of that fire are clues of a motive for murder…

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June 2019 TBR!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my June TBR. I read quite a lot of crime thriller last month so for June I want to mix it up a bit and read some fantasy! Here’s what I want to read:

Wildcard by Marie Lu: I read Warcross on the weekend and it was actually really good! It was action-packed and had really interesting characters. I became so invested in the story and I loved the massive twist at the end! I ordered Wildcard straight away and I cannot wait to read it now! I’m so, so excited to see what happens and who’ll come out on top since I don’t think Marie follows conventional endings.

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