Friday Raves: My Top 5 Favorite Books I Read In 2019

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FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about authors, book events, books, novelties, and/or other bookish announcements.

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Wow, I cannot believe it is now 2020. 2019 was a messy reading year for me. I read 200 books, but my average rating was a 3.2. I went through about 5 reading slumps. And for the first year in a long time, I read more adult/romance books than young adult books. But out of 2019, I read and adored a few books, and what a great way to start off 2020 than by raving about them.

Please feel free to click on the book cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads’ page.

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★★★★★
I read Paper Hearts five (YES, 5!) times in 2019. Just thinking about it and writing about it, makes me want to read it again. Mia and Jensen’s relationship was achingly beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming and just so damn frustrating and sweet all at the same time. While I was sulking with Mia and relating to all her stubborn decisions, I was also secretly cheering on Jensen to win back Mia’s favor. You guys, I fell so hard for this best friends to lovers to enemies to lovers story. The dramatic moments were not uncalled for and the story provides so much hope for second chances and forgiveness. 

The Lady Rogue
★★★★★

I am a huge fanatic of Jenn Bennett’s YA contemporary novels, and I just want to say that her writing a historical novel did not disappoint. The Lady Rogue eloquently melded adventure, history, romance, Gothic scenery, cursed objects, and magic into the perfect historical tome. The Lady Rogue gave me extreme The Mummy vibes (the best kind of vibes, in my opinion), and, of course, the angsty, swoon-worthy feels that are the epitome of Jenn Bennett’s novels. GIVE ME ALL THE BENNETT BOOKS NOW!

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Every Ravenclaw (and any book lover) needs to read Sorcery of Thorns. Margaret Rogerson’s enchanted story is dedicated to loving books, protecting books, and enjoying books. As a novel filled with my favorite Bs, books, banter, and a brooding boy, Sorcery of Thorns had me quickly turning every page . . . tightly holding on to the magic of the words and fast-paced story. Filled with grimoires, demon-infused magic, and a dash of enchanting scenes of frost and snow (I love winter, so these wintry scenes stuck to me like binding glue), Rogerson created a beautiful novel about love, friendships, and sacrifice. She teams up the most unforgettable main characters: Elisabeth, a devoted book-lover; Nathaniel, a brooding sorcerer who definitely had my “Byronic” meter ticking; and Silas, Nathaniel’s demon, who provides great comic relief and witticisms throughout the pages. I fell deeply entranced by Sorcery of Thorns, and I think any book lover will too.

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2019 was the year I became obsessed with Motorcycle Club (MC) books. I binge read Jeanne St. James’ series in a matter of days, and Diesel was my favorite character and book out of the entire series. He’s quiet, grumpy, stubborn, but so protective. You guys, I have a type, and I won’t stop loving all the brooding men characters out there. It was fun watching this complex biker’s world turn upside down by love. Please note that James’ books do highlight some realistic and triggering topics, but overall I really enjoyed the series because they’re funny, fast-paced, and the female characters are so feisty and strong. If you do read the series, I highly recommend Zak, Diesel, and Dex.

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★★★★★

Crier’s War took me by surprise, and after reading it a few months ago, I am still thinking about this novel and the characters. This rich and lush story is filled with elements of rebellion, revenge, political power, humanity, and elaborate world-building. The characters are so vibrant and dynamic, and I really enjoyed watching them evolve throughout the book. My favorite component in the book is that it meshed fantasy and science together so well, which allowed the author to masterfully mold so many complex scenes and elements into the most beautiful and enthralling story. I cannot wait to read book 2.

What were some of your favorite books that you read in 2019?

Trick-or-Treat Yo Shelf: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

The Lady Rogue
Title:
The Lady Rogue
Authors: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical

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Synopsis:

The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.


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Welcome to my second “Trick-or-Treat Yo Shelf” post of the season. All through September and October, I will be reviewing new releases and helping you decide if you should TREAT YO SHELF to the featured new release.

Today’s book choice is The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett, which released on September 3, 2019. And you guys, SPOILER ALERT, I’m just going to tell you right now: you need to TREAT YO SHELF to a copy of The Lady Rogue ASAP!

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I am a huge fanatic of Jenn Bennett’s YA contemporary novels, and I could not wait to read her historical book. And surprise, surprise: I adored The Lady Rogue so much. After reading this constant page-turner, I was raving to everyone on my social media outlets, insisting and demanding that everyone add Jenn Bennett’s historical, fantasy novel to their TBR NOW! The Lady Rogue gave me extreme The Mummy vibes (the best kind of vibes, in my opinion), and, of course, the angsty, swoon-worthy feels that are the epitome of Jenn Bennett’s novels.

This novel is definitely the perfect book to read this autumn. The Lady Rogue eloquently melds adventure, history, romance, Gothic scenery, cursed objects, and magic into the perfect historical tome. 

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Are you still wondering if The Lady Rogue is the perfect book to Treat Yo Shelf to? Well, my bookish friend, wait no further. If you like more than three things off this checklist, you best believe you need to add The Lady Rogue to your TBR list.

The Lady Rogue Checklist

♦ A fierce and sassy heroine
♦ A charming and dashing hero named Huxley Gallagher a.k.a. Huck
♦ Witty and angsty banter
♦ Treasure hunting for magical artifacts
♦ Trekking through the Romania wilderness
♦ Characters taking some unethical but daring risks
♦ Code-breaking and puzzle solving
♦ Unraveling tales and legends of Vlad the Impaler
♦ Adventurous travels through modes of trains and planes
♦ Secret societies and Gothic vibes
♦  SWOONS!

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Blogger Note: A huge thank you to Simon Teen for providing me an ARC to read and review. All statements and opinions are my own. 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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What are your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Lady Rogue
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publication date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Synopsis

The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

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