Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 End Of Year Survey

The Annual End Of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2016!!


Number Of Books You Read: 97

Number of Re-Reads: Strangely enough, only 1 reread this year. Which is very strange for me.

Genre You Read The Most From: Adult Urban Fantasy, followed really closely by Adult Erotic Contemporary Romance


1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Young Adult:


Comic Books:

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I'm always looking for new takes on really popular myths or fairy tales, and the Twisted Tales series is really one that has a ton of potential. Unfortunately, I can't say I was super-pleased with this installment.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Raven Boys surprised me in a really good way. I'm actually excited to read the next books, because RONAN!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Umm...I don't...know? I want to believe that at least one person read a book that I pushed on people, but I seriously have no idea!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? 

Young Adult



Best Sequel of 2016? 

Best Series Ender of 2016?

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Where do I start?? I'm actually proud to say that aside from a few books from my favorite authors, about 80% of the books I read this year are from new-to-me authors, so it's really hard to pick just one author. I'll pick my top 10 authors, how's that? I'm using a bullet list, because these are really favorites and there's no one better than the other.

  • Paula Stokes
  • Setta Jay
  • Gena Showalter
  • Nalini Singh
  • Darynda Jones
  • Adriana Mather
  • Lexi Blake
  • Jillian David
  • Lisa Kessler
  • Jenny Colgan
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

GATU wasn't my first book about mental illness, but it was my favorite.

It's been a while since I read some good historical fiction, so I'm glad that I got to read These Shallow Graves.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

If I ever manage to catch up to this series next year, I'll definitely re-read The Darkest Torment

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Ian Taggart from the Masters and Mercenaries series by Lexi Blake.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Although I struggled a little while reading it, I'll admit that The Raven Boys is written in such a unique style, that somehow sticks in your memory.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

This book made me question certain things I know about my country's history, made me want to do my own research and try to see history from a different perspective.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest - 750 pp (1001 Dark Nights Bundle Six)

Shortest - 6 pp (The Wedding by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most


Ian Taggart and Charlotte Dennis

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I loved Jack's relationship with his younger brother. I can't exactly remember his name, but I remember loving the way Jack was when he was with his brother, and the robot he built...That might have made me tear up a little.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I read a lot of Hailey Edwards books this year, actually, and I loved them all, so it's really hard to pick just one.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

NIKOLAI/STURMHOND because how can you not love him??????

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

One word: Maggie. If you've read this book, then you know what I'm talking about.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I can't actually think of one book that did that. Do I even have a soul at this point??

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I haven't felt the urge to yell at a book this year. A character, yes, but not at the entire book. So I've got nothing!


1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? I seem to discover new blogs every day almost, because of Twitter, and I don't have just one favorite new blog.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? 

Top Ten Tuesday #8: Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

As always, ARC August is fantastic. And I love all of the blog tours I'm in, otherwise I wouldn't keep doing them.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Discovering new authors and new bloggers is the highlight of every year for me.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing work and blogging has been a bit difficult. I'm hoping to get better and stop procrastinating this coming year :D

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Book Review: #Static by Eric Laster
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of my comic book review posts need some love.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Booklending and Lendle

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

No, I didn't. I feel bad about that.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

There are way too many books that I'm waiting for, honestly.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I have a shelf on Goodreads just for 2017 books, most of which are debuts. The list is, of course, growing.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I don't know of any series that end in 2017, to be honest. I'm anxiously waiting for the sequel of And I Darken, How To Hang A Witch, Firstlife, Ruined, and Ever The Hunted, to name just a few.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Write more discussion posts, write more reviews, learn to balance work and blogging, and definitely, definitely read more.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I haven't yet read any 2017 reads. But I'm open for recommendations if anyone has them.

Happy New Year, fellow book lovers!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #12: Top Eleven Best Books Of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Happy Tuesday folks! I hope you had a fantastic week, amazing holidays, full of cheer, presents, and happy moments with your loved ones.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topics is all about the best books of 2016, and I'm here to tell you this is so friggin hard!! Making this list took for-freakin-EVER, because here's what my actual favorite books list looks like:

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Especially considering I've got favorite YA, adult and comic books. So it's hard to choose. Fortunately, I managed to cut down the list to just eleven books. I just couldn't stop at ten, guys, it was too hard. Anyway, here's the books I loved most this year:


  1. And I Darken by Kiersten White - I think I've said this to anybody who'll listen, but this is by far my favorite book of the year. If you want to know why, read my review here.
  2. Ruined by Amy Tintera - It's not often that I read a story from the anti-hero's perspective, from what you can actually see as the villain. So it was a really good surprise to not only enjoy, but love Em's story. Now I'm very curious to see what happens next. Also, her sister is insane and I love it!
  3. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - I enjoyed the second book of the Grisha trilogy immensely. Granted, I have yet to read the last book, because I'm a chicken, but that's a different story. Besides Nikolai, I loved this book because it shows the corruption that power can cause, on even the best of the best people. I feel like Alina is slowly becoming a female version of the Darkling, only it's heartbreaking to watch because she knows it and she's fighting it with everything she's got. I hope she wins that battle.
  4. Firstlife by Gena Showalter - Behind the big theme of life after death, there's a wealth of themes worth talking about in this book, but the biggest one is parent-child relationships, and it's one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. Read my review here.
  5. Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes - This year was a big one for books that talked about mental health, and I couldn't be happier for that. GATU is a book that beautifully explores mental health, but also accurately describes the role of a psychologist, without making that figure look like a wizard with a magic wand, that makes all the problems go "poof". Read my review here.
  6. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven - Another book that explores mental health, this book was full of hope and I personally loved it. Read my review here.


  1. Love And Let Die by Lexi Blake - A story of redemption, second chances, and forgiveness, this book has it all, plus some sexy times. If you're in love with Ian Taggart, like me, then you'll probably love this book.
  2. The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan - This book shows that if you have a dream, no matter how crazy it may seem, you can fulfill it. I loved this story so much, and I hope some of you will give it a try. Read my review here.
  3. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones - I finally read this book this year, and let me tell you, I'm mad at myself for waiting this long. I cannot wait to find some free time next year to binge read this entire series. It's funny, sexy, and it features a sassy Grim Reaper. 
  4. Promise The Moon by Hailey Edwards - Probably not surprising that a Hailey Edwards book is in this list, but I have to tell you, this book was fantastic. I loved the fact that it showed a different take on werewolves, and I also loved the fact that it explored the aspect of the roles a werewolf has within the pack, and how that affects their behavior and that of their packmates, but also what happens when some of those roles are reversed. Read my review here.

Comic Books:

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda - A really beautiful story about what fear of the unknown can do to people, as well as how war can corrupt and destroy. I am very impatient to read the next volume. Read my review of the first six issues here.

That's it *phew* There are a few books that I could mention in the "honorable mentions" section, like ACOTAR and The Raven Boys, but there are too many that would fit that description, so I won't. What about you? What are ten (or more) best books of this year?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: For His Eyes Only by Lexi Blake



A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


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