Challenges and My year in Books

Challenges and My year in Books

Happy new year! It’s a new year, so here’s a new kind of banner for the year. Before starting new reviews in this blog I wanted to take a look back to my 2019 in books and the challenges I took a part in.

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Book Review: The Thief by J.R Ward


The Thief by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 454 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread

New enemies rise from the shadows in the next novel of the New York Times bestselling paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Having allied themselves with the Band of Bastards, the Brotherhood is committed now more than ever to eradicating the Lessening Society. Recovering from their most recent battle against the last of the lessers, the Brotherhood comes to realize that the fight against their enemies is far from over.

Throe, Xcor’s former second in command, is using an ancient tome to summon a new army engineered by a force more dangerous and evil than the Omega.

And now the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested both at home and on the battlefield.

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Book Review: Blaze by Suzanne Wright


Blaze by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 18th 2017 by Piatkus
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

For those who need more Harper and Knox . . . there’s Blaze!
Defeat the enemy. Win the boy. Live happily ever after.But life “ever after” isn’t as easy as it used to be. Harper’s gone from being a member of a small demon lair to co-Prime of one of the most powerful lairs in the US with a mate who, though hot as hell, is just a mite overprotective – I mean, you get kidnapped by dark practitioners just once . . .
Then one of Knox’s demons goes rogue, and in his madness decides Knox Thorne must die.
Harper’s worried. Knox isn’t – at least until he discovers his mate’s willingness to get between him and danger. Now, Knox has a new priority: Keep Harper safe . . . no matter what it takes.
But Harper begins to suspect there’s more danger than one rogue demon. It seems the combined strength of Harper and Knox has upset the balance of power in the demon world and there are those who are determined to right that wrong.
Because when you move up the food chain, sometimes the other predators just want to take a bigger bite.

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Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne Of Glass, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 980 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 23rd 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Might contain spoilers for earlier books of the series.

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day… With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world. And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever. As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

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Book Review: Burn by Suzanne Wright


Burn by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Dark In You, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 384 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on November 1st 2016 by Piatkus
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe. As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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Book Review: Bad Billionaire by Julie Kriss


Bad Billionaire by Julie Kriss 
Series:  Bad Billionaire, #1
Genre: Erotica | Romance  | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 201 pages
Published on October 19th 2016 by Five Doors Creative
Julie Kriss: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I’m no one. A mechanic. A getaway driver. A thief. I was born on the streets, and I like it rough — life, sex, everything. My job is dirty. My past is dirty. So is my future. Until I get out of prison and discover I’ve inherited a billion dollars. I’m not a good billionaire. I don’t care about penthouses, fancy dinners, or private jets. I don’t care about life and death. Hell, I don’t even care about money. I’m willing to spend every penny of it on one thing. Find the woman who gave me one unforgettable night before I went down. The woman who is too good for me. The woman I can never have. Find her. Get revenge on the man that hurt her. And make her mine.

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Book Review: Push the Envelope by Rochelle Paige


Push the Envelope by Rochelle Paige 
Series:  Blythe College, #1
Genre:  Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: ebook, 180 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on December 19th 2013 by Rochelle Paige 
Rochelle Paige: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Looking for an alpha male in your new adult romance read? You just found one. Alexa is just your average college junior, attending classes and piloting Mile High Club charter flights. Boys haven’t been on her radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake Bennett and he sets his sights on making her his own. Drake transferred to Blythe College for the rugby team, not for a new assortment of college girls. He’s sexy and cocky, and he attracts women like moths to a flame. When he meets Alexa, Drake knows he’s met his match. She tries to resist him, but Drake isn’t used to taking no for an answer. This is the first book in the Blythe College series by Amazon Bestselling Author Rochelle Paige. Push the Envelope does not have a cliffhanger.

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Double Book Review: Firewalker + Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini


Firewalker by Josephine Angelini 
Series: Worldwalker, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Josephine Angelini: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.
“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”
Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.
Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.
Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

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Book Review: The Chosen by J.R Ward


The Chosen by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 28th 2017 by Piatkus
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear – even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation and death. As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

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Romanceopoly; Reading Challenge for 2019


I failed my Supernatural Hunter challenge in 2018 but I really hope I can pull this one off. Renee @ Addicted To Romance told me about this challenge and even though I don’t really remember how Monopoly is played– this is great way to read more Romance books.

I love romance but I often have problems with the plots or the characters. I hope I can find the love for them again with this challenge. You can find more about this challenge here.

I decided to go with level “the tourist”, so I need to do only one challenge in each neighborhood. I also need to complete the Library squares. Total books I need to finish for this challenge is eleven, so I shouldn’t get too out of track.

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