Quite frankly, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. However, I do think if I had read this when it was released back in 2009, I might have enjoyed it more! I’ve seen this compared to Twilight (which I LOVED in high school but grew out of now that I’m older), but I think Shiver has a bit more finesse in its pages.
American Panda is one of most anticipated releases on 2018! So can you imagine my excitement when I was approved for an eARC on NetGalley?
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for giving a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
Hellooooo! I’m incredibly behind in posting December’s wrap-up and book haul but late is better than never, right? 😉
Anyway, I only bought one book in December. Since it was Christmas, I wanted to spend money on gifts for my friends and family than spending it on myself. Surprisingly enough, I don’t get a lot (if any) books for Christmas, which is fine since I have some many on my shelves that need to be read anyway!
However, I did buy one book at the end of December! I might spoil myself a bit for January since it’s my birthday month, and I have a $5 coupon to Half-Price Books I need to use before the end of the month…
Well… Okay. I don’t know what to say. I liked this series, but I don’t think I love this series. I think of the 3 books, the 2nd book, Like a River Glorious is my favorite. I listened to the first two books via audiobook, but this one wasn’t available from the Overdrive app and I happened to see it while perusing the shelves not too long ago. So I snatched it up.
Wait, only ten?! Hahahahaha. To narrow this down, I’ll focus on books that released last year I meant to get to but never did… If I don’t, this will be way longer than 10 books!
I really want to rate this book higher, but I can’t. Initially, I enjoyed it but soon, the plot became stagnant and the ending just threw me for a loop. Not that I didn’t like it. It was…interesting, to say the least, but I can only foresee a handful of problems with it.
This book was such a pleasant surprise. I had some hesitations going into it. While I liked To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it had a lot of high school drama I tended to avoided in high school myself (and was glad I was never involved in myself). While that was still prevalent in this book, it was fun to see Lara Jean think outside of Peter and, of course, the family relationship between all the sisters and their father was incredibly heartwarming.
Is it that time already? I can’t even believe it! I feel like 2017 just started and here we are, diving right into 2018! (But that also means my birthday is soon. I’ll be 29! That doesn’t seem old to me and yet…it does, haha.)
I know this topic was a Top Ten Tuesday post a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to wait to do it because it wasn’t quite the end of the year… But here I am, writing it just as 2018 started. Typical me. I wait until the last minute because who knows if a late December read will be included in this list?!
Anyway, here’s how I chose my top reads. I went to Goodreads and chose the books I rated 4.5 and 5 stars. That doesn’t mean they were all released in 2017–just that I read them this year. 🙂 There was actually quite a lot, so I thought I’d focus this post on the genre: today’s is contemporary.
Also, my goal was to read 90 books this year, and I surpassed it by a handful of books! Yay! I only DNFed 3 books this year, too.
I’m so excited to be participating in my first ever blog book tour! A million thanks to Wednesday Books for providing the finished copy as the prize!
Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking as been on my radar since I first heard about it a few months ago. I don’t see many books with a focus on Norse mythology, so it was a no-brainer to add this book to my TBR!
Check out my review below and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour and enter to win your very own copy of Between the Blade and the Heart below!