TAG: Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

I’m still on a mission to get through all the tag’s I’ve been nominated for recently, this next one I was nominated for by the most awesome Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. I’ve linked to his answers which are fantastic and inspired me to go out and buy Kings of the Wyld which has been on my radar for a while in part thanks to his review but I just haven’t read it yet. It now stares at me from my bookshelf hollering “READ ME” everytime I look at it! I’m really going to struggle not to copy many of Drew’s answers though just because I absolutely agree with him! I will try to be original though, I promise!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Oooh refers to Books of the Month so far…tries to whittle it to one…bangs head against several walls and tables. Cries uncontrollably.

Skull Sworn tore me apart, I’ve read a lot of outstanding books this year and it is truly difficult to pick one, but Skull Sworn was the one book that elicited emotions from me beyond what I would expect. I cried so much I had to stop reading because I couldn’t see the words. I fell deeply in love with the characters, the world building was beautiful and I felt myself leave my flat and transported into this harsh world of brutality and death. I haven’t yet read any of Brian Staveley’s other work but I am in no doubt that I will definitely be reading everything he’s ever written after this.

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far

I’m going non-fantasy for this, well depending how you look at it!

These are the two sequel’s in the Rock Hard Beautiful series. Groupie is number one in the series. I read this series in three sittings. One book in each sitting, it was riveting and some of the best erotic fiction I’ve ever read. Obviously helped by the rock band on tour setting. C.M. Stunich has jumped to the top of my favourite authors in this genre and I recently read her latest paranormal romance offering which was fantastic.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I have a copy of this courtesy of the publisher, a friend of mine did the maps for this which are awesome and makes me even more eager to read it. I have so many tours at the moment I’ve sort of committed myself into a bit of a corner so I’m grasping for time to read what I want to read, I need to stop saying yes!

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017

Oh this is easy…hands down it’s Raising Fire by James Bennett

I may have mentioned one or ten times before that I totally fell head over heels for Ben Garston the man/dragon in book one of this series Chasing Embers. I’ve literally been chomping at the bit to read Raising Fire since the day I finished Chasing Embers and that was quite some time ago. My love of history, dragons and just bad-assness all comes together and James Bennett writes so well. This is Urban Fantasy at it’s absolute best and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2017

Oh I had such high hopes for The Dragon’s Legacy, I was so excited when I got an ARC copy and I dove in head first, but for some reason I just couldn’t connect with it. I know it’s a good book because people who’s opinion I value have loved it. But I just couldn’t connect with it. I got halfway through before I admitted defeat and I honestly couldn’t tell you what happened up to that point. We all know this happens sometimes, a personality clash of sorts but it’s so bloody disappointing.

6. Biggest surprise

Holy freakin’ shitballs! This book is something else. It is not for the faint hearted, anybody who is going to take offence to anything or anyone who hates a cliffhanger. It is brutal from the outset, has one of the most brutal, sickening, and gut-wrenching torture scenes I’ve ever read including back when I was younger and read horror and crime. It had blood on almost every page, had some of the baddest and nastiest characters I’ve ever met. And yet managed to keep it’s humanity, like how the hell did Anna Stephens do that? But oh that ending, I literally and very loudly shrieked when this book ended. The torture being put on the reader by leaving us bloody hanging while we wait for the second book!

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

I’ve had Mark Lawrence’s books on my TBR for so long it’s ridiculous, but you know how it is getting to books is like running an ultra-marathon when you can’t run sometimes! Red Sister was the first book of his I read and it was outstanding, so well written and just perfect execution. Add to that Mark also lives in Bristol which gives him extra coolidge marks in my book he definitely makes into my new favourite author category!

I also bonus add Anna Stephens, Brian Staveley, and C.M. Stunich and I think Ed McDonald will probably go in there aswell although I’m only halfway through his book right now!

8. Newest fictional crush

OMG I have so many, I’m always flipping crushing on characters, you guys know this right?!

Corvus in Godblind. For those who haven’t read it, he’s the bad guy. Now you should all know me well enough by now to know I have a thing for the bad guys. Corvus is the epitome of bad, he is a brutal killing machine, he doesn’t have a conscience and yet I absolutely adored him! I loved reading the pages with Corvus on so much and spent the whole book praying he wasn’t going to cark it!

9. Newest favourite character

Easily Nona from Red Sister, this girl can kick arse in all sorts of ways. She is unashamedly herself and she doesn’t care who she has to go through. Saying that though she is a thoughtful and caring person. She’s only really young and tries to make do with her situation while learning what she can to kick as much arse and take as many names as possible. I developed a lot of respect for her while reading the book.

10. Book that made you cry

I don’t think there is another book on the planet that has made me cry as much or in the same way as Skull Sworn. Like a baby doesn’t even cover it. But that’s not to say this isn’t a brutal fantasy because it is, it’s bloody and brutal and charged with violence, there is just this undercurrent of emotion that tore me apart.

11. Book that made you happy

Erm…. There are some, I read romance after all… but I don’t remember them. I seriously don’t remember the happy endings they sort of disappear into the ether once I’ve read them. It’s the brutal unhappy endings that stick with me!

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen

The only one I’ve watched is Jack Reacher Never Go Back. I have no idea in terms of book to movie comparison because it’s not a book genre I would ever read but I really enjoyed the movie.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year

Oooh this is a hard one but I think the winner is…

I loved writing this review for so many reasons, just how brutal the book was, the diverse characters, the way the book was written, the way the book ended. And I just feel like it was an epic review…if I do say so myself!

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

I have a favourite cover, but beautiful is different…I think I have to agree with Drew on this one…

The image doesn’t do this cover justice, in real life it has gold foil which makes it twinkle and it is a stunning cover that you just want to stare at. The book is bloody good aswell.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year

I will try not to make this too big!

OK, I think I’m done… there doesn’t seem to be a cap on nominations so I will do five, but as usual feel free to have a go and don’t feel pressure to do it if you don’t wanna!


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9 thoughts on “TAG: Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag”

  1. OK… you’re SO going to love Kings of the Wyld.. you’re gonna love this book so hard! I wish I could go back a read it for the first time 😀

    I like the sound of Skull Sworn as well! I haven’t read anything by Staveley yet… hmhh… bloody tbr pile is like an endless circle of ‘never getting there’ 😀

    Drew tagged me for this one as well but I don’t think I’ll do it… it’ll take me literally forever to think of the ‘best’ books (and I’m under insane time pressure) so I can see how you were banging your head against walls and tables…

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    1. Haha! Yeah the TBR is so bloody big it’s ridiculous! I have books I desperately want to read in one section, then tour books then everything else and somewhere there’s me crying in a heap! 😩
      Yeah this tag took flipping ages to complete! I didn’t actually realise going in how long it was going to take me but it was a few hours work! 😲

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  2. Awesome answers!

    I’ve definitely put Kings of the Wyld on a lofty pedestal, I hope you enjoy it! Everyone seems to love it so fingers crossed!

    Ah, I remember you hated The Dragon’s Legacy! I loved it, you didn’t finish it, just goes to show different tastes and that you can’t love all of the books.

    TCOBK has a stunning map, your friend is talented. It’s a great book too, quite complex but a rewarding read.

    Nice list, Clockwork City should be great, still ages away and released near Christmas which is a busy time. Hopefully there’ll be ARC’s so we can read it sooner!

    Cool seeing Princess of Blood on the list, did you get a copy from Gollancz? Mine will hopefully be coming soon from them, unless it gets mysteriously lost in the post. Really enjoyed the first book last year, Stranger of Tempest and hope the author delivers.

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    1. I promise I will read KOTW as soon as I can! I honestly haven’t heard a bad word against it you aren’t the only one to rave, you’ve just maybe raved the loudest! 😂

      Yeah I am going to beg steal and borrow to get an ARC of Clockwork City as soon as is humanly possible!

      Yes I should have Princess of Blood soon aswell! The first one was brilliant wasn’t it so I’m so keen to see what happens next. I just need more time! 😩

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      1. Ha, yeah, everyone loves it and true, I probably did rave the loudest. I was the first blogger (90% sure) to review it so yeah, I’ve always championed it, fantasy and rock music influence, winning!

        Hell yeah! Stranger of Tempest was awesome, I loved that book but hardly saw it around anywhere, such a badass cover too and princess of Blood has an awesome cover too.

        I didn’t get an ARC of Poison City last year and had to rely on bookbridgr near its release, hopefully I’ll have better look with Clockwork City and won’t have to wait until December, I mean, it’s so far!😢

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