Prediction Book Tag 🏷

I did this tag around this time last year and thought why not revisit and do some predictions for 2022!

All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Picture1Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Picture2House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

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Picture1Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin – This series has steadily gone downhill for me

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Picture2The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – I have a feeling I might love some of these characters

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Picture4Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

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Picture5All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

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Opening Lines

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again! This week the prompt is just a quote freebie, I am not the kind of reader that annotates my books or highlights my favourite quotes or anything like that. So I decided for this week I am going to look back through the 40 or so books I have read so far this year and pick out ten that have my favourite first lines!

My favourite opening lines so far in 2022 are:

All’s Well by Mona Awad

“I’m lying on the floor watching, against my will, a bad actress in a drug commercial tell me about her fake pain”

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

“I prefer metal to people, which is why the forge is my safe space.”

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much too loud in the darkness

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

“It was early morning when Harvey Gabbiano dug the grave.”

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

“Salt water and blood taste the same.”

The Monarchs by Danielle Morgan & Danielle Paige

“Long-dead eyes blink open in the crypt.”

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

“My throat tickles.”

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

“You ever seen a Klan march?”

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

“There’s a smudge of lipstick on the collar of his shirt.”

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

“My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly.”

I Kissed Shara Wheeler Review

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

Chloe as a character is definitely interesting and she felt very authentic. Sometimes when I’m reading contemporary books the characters either read too young or old but I feel like Casey McQuiston got all of these characters pretty spot on. I liked the fact that Chloe rebels against the rigid rules and regulations at her school. At first I was confused as to why Chloe was so adamant in figuring out what happened to Shara and why she just had to follow her clues. I felt like there was no motivating factors for her to continue chasing after Shara when it was obvious she was just messing with them and sending them on this wild goose chase.

I didn’t like Shara’s character at all honestly. From what we find out about her throughout the course of the book she has always capitalized off her position as the principal’s daughter and uses and manipulates everyone around her for her own gain. Her quest she sets out for Chloe, Smith and Rory again really showcase how much of a bad person she is and I didn’t really like how she is supposed to be redeemed at the end. We don’t get to see her have conversations with Smith and Rory about how she used them and vice versa, we’re just supposed to accept that they are all good and dying each other’s hair. She just wasn’t really held accountable for anything and that annoyed me.

Overall I just didn’t understand what the purpose of the book was. It was centered around Shara however we don’t even meet her until almost three quarters of the way through. We see everything through Chloe’s perspective and she doesn’t have the nicest things to say about her and then I’m expected to believe that it was actually love she was feeling. Shara very nearly sabotaged Chloe’s whole academic career because she actually liked her too much? Just doesn’t make sense to me.

I understand that these are teenagers and maybe the way they feel isn’t supposed to make sense and this book was just supposed to be about accepting who you are and coming to terms with your feelings and growing from that, but I came out of it not feeling miffed. The other characters were entertaining and distinctive for the most part. The Rory and Smith subplot was adorable and I really enjoyed seeing them come together!

⭐️2/5 stars I can understand the appeal, wasn’t for me though…

Well Matched Review

Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell. Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire — a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favour too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher

April as a character isn’t very likeable to be honest, she is standoffish and pushes people away unnecessarily. For someone who had no intentions of staying in this town after her daughter goes to college she is very much worried about what they would be saying about her. I don’t understand why there is anything wrong with being open and public about her relationship with Mitch and it was quite rude of her to just negate their obvious feeling for each other and try to keep him a secret.

I like that Mitch called her out after she downplayed their relationship and he established boundaries with her. I kind of wish this would of been a dual perspective so we could of got to know Mitch more when he was at home and how he navigated his family before he brought April to meet them. I liked that we got that background about him and his family and how they have put his profession down over the years and don’t take him seriously, it gave the book and Mitch as a character much needed depth.

Usually I like fake relationships as a trope but I feel like in this case April didn’t get into it enough for me to fully believe in it. Mitch 100% did, I really enjoyed him as a character and it honestly made sense why he would be into April but she didn’t reciprocate it enough, it’s more like she felt obligated at the time otherwise their ruse would of been exposed. She obviously didn’t want to get judged for dating a ‘himbo’ at her age and it showed throughout the book through her actions.

It was overall not bad, I could overlook April’s flaws and get on board with the storyline. It was well paced and kept me invested throughout though it was kind of predictable. Jen DeLuca kind of has a formula with these books and you can easily see where things were headed and the outcome at the end. Nothing wrong with that though, I didn’t go into this book expecting anything more so I was still entertained!

⭐️3/5 stars Honestly forgettable but enjoyed at the time!

Worth the Hype??

Over the last year or so there have been a couple books that have been super hyped and popularised on booktok, booktube & bookstagram that I have been influenced enough to pick up and I wanted to share whether or not I think they were worth the hype.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

I thought this was going to be a lot more fantastical as opposed to academic and I think it the fact that we are mostly in the same setting the whole time that made this a bit tedious to read. Wasn’t worth the hype in my opinion!

The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix

In the end this was very entertaining and thrilling. I thought it was a pretty quick read and the twists and reveals definitely kept me engaged. I think I was expecting a lot more blood and gore though. I understand why people were hyping it up but was just ok for me!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This wasn’t anything spectacular or ground-breaking but I think its more about the way it makes you feel. It’s about growth, acceptance, embracing yourself and coming to terms with your past trauma and moving on. This was a fantastic, quick, wholesome read that I would recommend to everyone! 100% worth the hype!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Everything about this book had me on the edge of my seat, I in no way was able to predict what was going to happen next and at every turn I was surprised. This book kind of hit a little close to home and feels like it could plausibly happen in this generation so it provokes a lot of conversation about our planet and how we’re affecting it! Another definitely worth the hype it was great!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next. You will either love it or hate it I think!