ARC Review: The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

Hey y’all- how’s everyone in the US’s third official week of self isolation going? They’ve been working on re-paving the road outside my house for the past week almost (since last Wednesday), so that’s been a little loud and annoying, but besides that, things have been slowly but surely getting a little bit more normal. The dog is getting used to us being home all the time, which he’s not super happy about haha- he just wants to be left alone- and I’m finally finding the balance between working and doing other things like reading, working out, and watching TV (and ensuring that all the TV I watch isn’t just corona virus related news coverage, but I’ll write another post about the TV I’m watching). One of the books I finished recently was the Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson- thank you so much to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review an early copy of this book!

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2019 Recap

2019 was an interesting year. I started off really strong and really loving all things reading and books and all of that stuff, and by the time the end of the year came around, I didn’t really want to read any more. I was in a huge slump. I didn’t want to post on bookstagram anymore- heck I hadn’t even opened my bookstagram in over 2 weeks! But, as I go back through 2019 now, it doesn’t seem as though it was that bad a reading year. I read 82 books, which wasn’t too bad! This year my goal was to read less than I normally do so that I could spend some time doing other things and I think I achieved that. I now am a regular at my cycling studio, so that’s a plus. I’ve also been able to spend more time with my family and friends and I’m working with a real estate agent to buy a house for myself.

In 2019, I gave out 351 of 410 possible stars and read 34647 pages. I didn’t read any books that were less than three stars and only 7/82 of my reads this year were 3 star reads for me.

Here were my 5 star reads from 2019:

A Reaper at the Gates – I LOVE all of the books in this series and I cannot wait for book 4!!!

The Wicked King – I absolutely hated the Cruel Prince, so I wasn’t expecting to like, the Wicked King, but I was so wrong.

Roar – Bee bought me Roar for Christmas 2017 and I FINALLY got around to reading it in 2019 and it was AMAZING!!!

Accidentally on Purpose – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books by Jill Shalvis last year 😍

About that Kiss – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books 😍

Hot Winter Nights – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books 😍

Wicked Saints – I read Wicked Saints at a point in time when it was exactly what I needed. I know a lot of people didn’t really enjoy it, but I loved it when I read it.

King of Fools – I enjoyed Ace of Shades, so I was super excited to read King of Fools and it was amazing!

Deathcaster – I love this series and Deathcaster was the perfect way to end it!

Six of Crows – I had been meaning to read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom for so long and I finally read them in 2019 and I loved them! The hype around them is definitely warranted.

Crooked Kingdom – see above

Finale – ah man Finale was the so bittersweet- I loved the book, but I was so sad to be leaving the world of Caraval!

Illuminae – I had been seeing great things about Illuminae for a while all over Twitter and instagram, so I finally (after my third time trying to read it) forced myself to get farther than the 11% mark and I’m so glad I did!

The Rest of the Story – I’ve been a Sarah Dessen fan for years now so I was looking forward to her new book as soon as it was announced and like usual, I loved it!

Immunity – Ahhhhh I LOVED Contagion last year, so I was the most excited about Immunity and it was so, so good!

Obsidio – Obsidio was such a great way to end the Illuminae Files and I couldn’t put it down!

One of Us is Lying – This murder mystery was so fun and different, I couldn’t help but love it

Spin the Dawn – I had heard so many good things about Spin the Dawn and I definitely agreed with all of them after reading it

Vow of Thieves – I loved Dance of Thieves, so I was super excited to read Vow of Thieves, and it was so good!

The Silvered Serpents – The Silvered Serpents KILLED me- I died with how amazing it is and I’m so sad that y’all have to wait until September to read it.

Five Dark Fates – There were so many weird twists and turns in this book that I never saw coming that I couldn’t help but love it.

Roomies – Roomies was my first Christina Lauren book and OMG I loved it! It made my want to read all of their other books and spoiler alert, I loved ALL of them!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – After reading Roomies, I went onto Scribd and looked for all of the other Christina Lauren books and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was the next one I read and it was so cute! I loved both Josh and Hazel.

Dating You/Hating You – Dating You/Hating You was probably my least favorite of all of the Christina Lauren books I read, but it was still a five star read for me.

My Favorite Half Night Stand – Ahhhh I loved the characters in this one and as someone who has done a lot of online dating, I related to that aspect of this book a lot.

Love and Other Words – This one was probably the heaviest of the Christina Lauren books that I read and it was sooooo goood!

Twice in a Blue Moon – This book was good and different and all about second chances with a small touch of Hollywood mixed in.

The Wickerlight – This book was so different from all of the other books I read in 2019 and that’s why I liked it so much.

Skyward – Ahhh my favorite sci fi baby of 2019- I always forget how much I enjoy myself a great space book until I read a great space book and Skyward was definitely one of those great space books.

The Queen of Nothing – What a good way to end this wonderful trilogy. I HATED the Cruel Prince and then I LOVED the Wicked King, so I had no clue how I was going to react to the Queen of Nothing, but I know (based on reactions on Twitter) that it killed other people, so I was a little worried, but I shouldn’t have been because it was definitely really good and I enjoyed it for sure!

So that’s how my 2019 was in 5 star books. We’ll see how 2020 turns out, but I have high hopes!

Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Ahhhh I follow Elizabeth Lim on Twitter and as soon as she announced Spin the Dawn (and pitched it as Project Runway meets Mulan), I was hooked. I entered all of the ARC giveaways and tried my luck at getting a copy via NetGalley to no avail, so when I saw that my library had purchased a copy and I could be the first person on the hold list, I jumped at the opportunity. When I checked out the book, I also checked out The Traitor’s Kingdom, so it definitely was in great company. Unfortunately, I hit a reading slump (which really was more of an influx of extra work at my real job and me finding a cycle studio that I’m obsessed with, both of which meant less time for reading) so I wasn’t able to finish the book before I had to return it to the library- BUT my subscription to Scribd came in clutch because they had the audiobook version of Spin the Dawn ready to go for me! Woop Woop!

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Review: Immunity by Erin Bowman

Ahhhh happy release day to Immunity and Erin Bowman! I loved Contagion last year (read my review for it here), so when the wonderful folks at Wunderkind PR and Harper Teen emailed me about sending me an early finished copy for review, I jumped on the opportunity (thank y’all so much!). I finished Immunity in less than two days (work always gets in the way of reading books) and OMG it was amazing!

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Immunity 5/5 Stars

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Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

So, unpopular opinion here, but I didn’t really like the Cruel Prince. I read it, and it was fine, but I didn’t think it was the world changing book that so many people said it was… and honestly that made me think that maybe there was something wrong with me or maybe I read the book too fast and didn’t catch everything I should have (spoiler alert- neither of those things were the case, I was just really meh about the Cruel Prince). I decided that I had to read the Wicked King though, if only to make sure that I wasn’t crazy and these books were just being overhyped. WELL, the Wicked King completely blew all of my expectations out of the water- it was AMAZING!

The Wicked King 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The first 30/40 pages of the Wicked King were… hard. I was really close to calling it a fail and stopping, but after feeling that way about the Cruel Prince and still being able to finish the book, I had to finish the second one! I am so glad I actually continued with the book and finished it, because it ended up being so much better than I expected. Jude seemed so much more human than she was in the Cruel Prince. Cardan was much more of an anti-hero and someone who I loved and I hated so much. Taryn and Locke were terrible and I hate them and Madoc was always scheming (as usual). There was so much more intrigue in this book and I loved that. The twist at the end seemed to come completely out of left field (in the best way possible) and it made me so much more excited about the next book!

Have y’all read the Wicked King yet? What were your thoughts???