Ringing In The New Year Book 2019 Tag

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Happy New Year everyone!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but since it is 2019, why not I make a new book tag post! 🙂

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2018?

There were many books that caught my attention. For standalone, Dear Martin by Nic Stone was such a powerful and moving read that I hope more people will read the book. I feel like shoving the book to people who have not read it yet! What are you guys doing in your life?

Alright another one, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Oh God this story. I couldn’t stop reading this once I started. The drama, tension and characters were so brilliantly written! I heard there is news about making this book to a TV series. Let’s just hope that the series is great!

For series, I guess The Trials of Apollo was great as well. I miss Percy Jackson and the gang and reading about them brought back memories of reading the PJO series.

Authors that you have recently found that you would like to read more of in the new year.

I would love to read more of Nic Stone’s, Angie Thomas’, Holly Black’s stories, and from a couple more authors.

Most anticipated book turned movie/TV show?

The second book in the series of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I love this first movie and I hope the second is way better!

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

Cardan from The Cruel Prince would make a good candidate LOL

What’s on your TBR for 2019? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list)

My main TBR:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone
  2. Renegades series
  3. The Weight of Our Sky
  4. The Wicked King

How many books do you hope to read in 2019?

I target for 40 books this year and I hope I will make it! Last year I read 46 books and I am proud of it 🙂

Will you participate in the Goodreads reading challenge or any others? (Popsugar, Down the TBR Hole, Etc.)

This year I will participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I target 40 books to read by the end of the year!

Any New Year’s resolutions? (Bookish, blogging or vlogging, and otherwise)

  1. To read more books
  2. To expand horizon – read more genre
  3. To do more blogging
  4. Get a job

That’s my book tag, guys! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in another book tag! 🙂

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Sabrina

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Review: The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)

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*This book will be available in all good bookstores.

Blurb from Goodreads:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


RATING

3.75 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is one of the books which totally sucked me in. This one has been gaining tonnes of hype recently so I have decided to go for it. While I was absolutely entertained by the story (the cover is gorgeous by the way!), I didn’t actually get the hype that the book has received. I was left a little bit disappointed hence this has taught me to never put so much hope on books before reading them. Nonetheless, the book kept me entertained the whole time.

I liked the plot. I went into it not knowing how the story would take me and also this was my first reading Holly Black’s book. The plot started slow, as in any YA Fantasy book you would ever read but this is NOT necessarily a bad thing. I was very much enjoying all of the chapters for the first 100 pages. I didn’t feel it was boring because I was totally engrossed with it.

The world building was ON POINT. The writer did an awesome job in building the foundation of the characters, plot and universe. However, some things weren’t explained well and thoroughly and it bothered me because I didn’t understand the hell of it. The book was full of politics and royal drama, which was one of my favourite part of the book.

The characters were very different from characters in other YA books. They were all full with light and dark elements, no one was the hero or the villain. Jude, the main character totally changed from a fearful, ambitious girl to a very manipulative and greedy person. She has lived to become someone who wanted power, and when she climbed the way to the top, she grabbed the opportunity to do anything that she could to proclaim power. I didn’t agree to all of her actions, some of them were honestly selfish and out-of-place, but nonetheless it was interesting to see her coming-of-age story. There were so many characters and that made me forget about their existence and whereabouts in the story. The three sisters’ dynamic was very well fleshed out, all of them have their own wants and interests to achieve.

The book was not that fantastic and mind-blowing, there weren’t any major plot twists and something inventive, however, the plus point of the book was the way that the book was shaped and structured for character development and story wise. 

I am absolutely looking forward for Book 2, The Wicked King and I do hope that the series will blow my mind away!

Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Sabrina