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Top 5 book series I NEED to finish as soon as possible, (oops)! 。(*^▽^*)ゞ

While I do enjoy reading a good and satisfying standalone there is something about reading a gripping duology, trilogy or even a seven-books long series that standalones just don’t bring with them (if that makes any sense?). Sure, even long book series end eventually end but at least you can spend some more time with your favourite characters and/or in a really interesting and fascinating world which (in the best case) the author has managed to built in an amazing way and you find yourself binge-reading the whole series in one go. That’s the best case scenario.

Lately, I find myself more often following the worst case scenario i.e. starting with a really good book series, finishing the first book in a series and not continuing with the rest of the books because they aren’t out now (which is less often the case), I prefer reading other books first or don’t own copies (or even worse: reading the whole series except for the final installment). But in most cases it’s probably neither of these reasons and just pure laziness. I really want to change that considering how many interesting book series I have started yet but not finished. So, to make myself a bit more aware of that I’ll present to you 5 book series that have high priority.

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My TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED Books of 2020! // + Happy New Year ‘2️⃣0️⃣!

Long time no see! Happy New Year and Welcome Back to this (still existing) book blog! I have to admit that I haven’t been really active at all for the second half of 2019 due to the basic reasons but I am looking forward to finally post again and, more and more frequently. Yes, that’s supposed to be a promise! Seeing all of your 2019 wrap up posts, reading resolutions and, my personal favourite; “most anticipated releases”-posts made me really excited about 2020 not only generally but also readingwise and, as a reader, there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than talking about upcoming releases, right? So, I came up with the following list of 5 ya books I can’t wait to finally read. This list may be a bit different from other posts you have probably already seen since 1) I narrowed my anticipated releases down to 5, and 2) you won’t see ACOTAR 4, this new novella (is it even a novella?) which is part of The Hunger Games universe, and so on. Okay, okay, enough of all this announcement stuff and let’s see what we have here. Continue reading “My TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED Books of 2020! // + Happy New Year ‘2️⃣0️⃣!”

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Top 5 Oriental Books (retellings included!!) to read after watching “ALADDIN” 🧞‍♂️🌕🐒

Ahhh… I actually wanted to pick a quote as an intro for this post but I struggled deciding which one to use (“Do you trust me?” and literally every quote said by the genie are good ones). So, I’ll just explain today’s post instead; I have just seen Disney’s new adaption of Aladdin and thought about reads that have a similar setting or atmosphere as both of the Disney versions have. And, I want to say right at the beginning of this post that I’ve read none of these (but I want to!!) so this is kind of like a list of books you and we can look into to spice up our summer tbr’s! Some are Aladdin retellings, or 1001 Nights retellings, others aren’t but have a similar setting that might be what we’re looking for and what we might be able to associate with the “Aladdin-vibe” and atmosphere.

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙

Another year is about to end which – in the language of bookworms – means that a new reading year with some amazing and desperately anticipated releases is fast approaching. This post might be out a bit early but… I am just so excited!! Just as last year I made a list with books I am most excited about next year (and if you want to see all of them you can click here). From my list of last year I unfortunately, only got to read 3/5 of the books I was writing about. Obviously, that did not work out that well but this post also has the purpose of motivating me even more than I already am to not only talk about these books but actually pick them up. I don’t know what makes me so confident this time about it but we can try, right…?

For this blog post I picked these promising 5 books including sequels that should be in my hands right now instead of their covers showing up on my social media feed over and over again. So, let’s get started!


1.) Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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genre: historical fiction, young-adult, fantasy
click here to find out more about this book!

So, as some of you may know I absolutely adore good historical fiction books and I wouldn’t know about this book if I had not seen one of Stephanie Garber’s (author of the Caraval series)  instagram post in where she raved about it. When I finally got to look it up on Goodreads I saw some really nice ARC reviews about it. A book about the French Revolution, “la magie” and being at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while mixing my two favorite genres historical fiction AND fantasy?! Well, I haven’t read Les Misérables nor seen the movie yet but I desperately want to get there. Now, I am very excited for this book and hope that I can soon add it to my favorites. And, if you already like this perfectly matching cover (it fits so well!!) then you should definitely take a look at the ones for the paperback copies as well! Already trying to choose between those two. 

2.) Finale by Stephanie Garber

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genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

I already mentioned Stephanie Garber so, obviously I also have to mention the third and final book of her Caraval series which I am anticipating ever since I finished Legendary this year. Caraval is one of my all time favorite books and I re-read it this year when I was waiting for the sequel to come out. I don’t know what exactly to expect from this one though: Am I gonna love it or be disappointed? Is it Tella’s or Scarlet’s POV this time and what about LeGeNd?! This being the final book makes me kinda sad because I am such a big fan of the author’s world-building and writing style but I am sure there is more to come.

3.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Download (1)release date: January 15th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

If you are not already convinced by this beautiful cover I should tell you that people compare this and especially the characters to the “Six of Crows- squad”. Not that I have read SOC myself I am gonna get the Collector’s edition for Xmas, Yeay! but that’s what people usually like to hear.  I am very excited for this because 1) I have not read anything by Roshani Chokshi before but I have only heard great things about her writing style, 2) it’s set in 1889, Paris and I have nothing against books with such interesting settings and 3) this is gonna be a whole series… I think? I don’t know how many books exactly this series is going to get but my guess is a trilogy. Btw I just realized that this is already the second book set in Paris and I just introduced 3/5 books. 

4.) Romanov by Nadine Brandes

51t3wv2M0cLrelease date: May 7th 2019
genre: historical fiction, fantasy, ya, retellings
click here to find out more about this book!

I got to know Nadine Brandes from her amazing bookstagram account where she posted pictures of her other ya historical fiction novel Fawkes. I do really want to read that as well. And, when I found out about her writing a book based on the very real story of Anastasia Romanowa I instantly opened a tab to goodreads and added it to my want-to-read list. As someone who is not only really into history but also loved and still loves the animated movie Anastasia from Fox I am particularly looking forward to this one which tells a version of Anastasia being alive and having to rescue her family. There is this spell and  a mission and hunting and ofc ya romance but if you want to know more about it just follow the goodreads link.

5.) Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

release date: : September 26th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, mystery
click here to find out more about this book!

So, the moment I am writing this blog post this book does not have a cover yet but what I can tell you is that its is either gonna make me anxious, excited, very happy, or feel relieved. Let’s be honest: It’s gonna be ALL the feels. Capturing the Devil is going to be the fourth and very unfortunately final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you know me you probably know that this extremely entertaining mystery series belongs to my all time favs and its characters hold a special place on my list of not only likeable but loveable, smart, charming and sassy fictional beings. I have written reviews for all of the previous three books in the series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini.  And, if you can’t get enough wit from a particular character then I highly recommend reading this. I am probably even going to re-read the books in anticipation of the upcoming one. That’s how excited I am. Kerri Maniscalco posting hints and snippets on her instagram does not make me very patient but it’s nice to know at least a bit on how SJTR4 is doing.


 

These were My Top 5 most anticipated books of 2019. 😊 Moving on to the honorable mentions: If you want to see the whole list take a look on my goodreads shelf of anticipated releases.

What are YOUR most anticipated books of 2019? Are any of these books on your lists? Which sequels are you most excited about and why?? Let me know!

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My most anticipated books of 2018!🎆😊

Hi everyone! It’s the end of November already which means that another great bookish year is about to end. Today I would like to share with you guys my top 5 most anticipated releases of 2018. I am already so excited for next year and all the amazing books coming out. All the books listed in this post and some more are featured in my GoodReads ‘anticipated-releases’ shelf. So, let’s get started!


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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is a ya fantasy book which is going to come out in January next year.

This is the GooReads sypnosis of the book;

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong. 

I have seen a lot of people having ARC’s of this book, saying that it would be a great fall-read. It sounds like a creepy Alice in Wonderland retelling to me and I am so excited for this book since I already pre-ordered it. 🍁 That cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen.


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Legendary is going to be the sequel of Stephanie Garber’s first novel Caraval and follows the journey of Tella, Scarlett’s younger sister. Release date is going to be in May. After that ending of Caraval I just have to know how this story is going to be continued. To be honest i am not a big fan of Tella but I am looking forward to maybe get to know Legend, the master of Caraval, a bit better.🃏

I gave Caraval 4/5 stars. It was such a fast read. I finished this book in only a few sittings. It was so gripping and it became one of my all-time-favourite books. Also, Stephanie Garber is such a kind and courteous author. I also have a spoiler-free review of Caraval on my blog. Click here to check it out.

I am going to re-read Caraval in May (to help my memory a bit) next year so I can read Legendary right after that.


war-stormWar Storm is the fourth book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series and is coming out in May as well. The book is following the events after the third book King’s Cage. ⚡️

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Yep, I am afraid.  I really enjoyed Red Queen and Glass Sword but King’s Cage was so huge and … kind of annoying to me. I was busy with that book for a very long time so yeah, I have high hopes in this one. I am wondering how the characters will develop, especially Maven. I really don’t know how this is going to end for all the 3 main characters, Mare, Cal and Maven. I mean, how is Victoria Aveyard going to end that weird love triangle…? I guess we’ll find out in May 2018.


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Everless is coming out on January 2nd and although I don’t even own this book yet I am pretty sure that I am gonna love it.

Here’s why: We follow our main character Jules who lives in a world where time is currency. Time as a currency, extracted from your blood. Isn’t that a great idea for book?! When Jules dicovers that her father is dying she does anything to buy him some time. In order to do so she has to go back to Everless, a place where her father and herself have been servants before. And there… a lot of things seem to happen; Love Triangle? Secrets? Villains?

I am looking forward to find out! By the way, this cover is one of the best I’ve ever seen.   ⏳


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Circe is going to come out in April and is written by the same author as ‘The Song of Achilles’. I have not read that book by Madeline Miller yet but I know that it is very, very hyped.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

From what I understood this book is going to be retelling all about Greek Mythology. I am so excited for this one because I have not read a book based on Mythology in a while.


And that’s it. These are my most anticipated books of 2018. You can see my others when going on my GoodReads account and visiting my ‘anticipated-releases’ book shelf. Are some of these books also on your tbr list? Feel free to let me know! 💫