Anticipated Releases 2023

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2023!

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins (expected publication January 3rd 2023)

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (expected publication January 3rd 2023)

Hellbent by Leigh Bardugo (expected publication January 10th 2023)

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire (expected publication January 10th 2023)

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (expected publication January 17th 2023)

The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz (expected publication February 21st 2023)

A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon (expected publication February 28th 2023)

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (expected publication March 28th 2023)

Happy Place by Emily Henry (expected publication April 25th 2023)

The Only One Left by Riley Sager (expected publication June 20th 2023)

Book Series I’ve Completed in 2022

These Witches Don’t Burn duology by Isabel Sterling

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These Violent Delights duology by Chloe Gong

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The Ravens duology by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige

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Serpent & Dove series by Shelby Mahurin

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Girls of Paper and Fire series by Natasha Ngan

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Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller

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The Shadow Game series by Amanda Foody

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Malice duology by Heather Walter

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Shadow & Bone series by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Gumiho duology by Kat Cho

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The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Clown in a Cornfield duology by Adam Cesare

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Vicious Lost Boys series by Nikki St. Crowe

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King of Scars duology by Leigh Bardugo

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The Four Horsemen’s series by Laura Thalassa

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All of Us Villains duology by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

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✨Grishaverse Completion✨

I am so beyond excited to say that I have finally completed all of the Grishaverse. I have to acknowledge that this last duology was released at a time when my interest in the Grishaverse was waning a little bit and I think that might of had an impact on my reading experience. I think making myself reread the whole series was the only way that I would force myself to finally complete the King of Scars duology. Going to all the effort of reading the other five books and then not finishing it off wasn’t an option so I’m thankful I made myself do it. Had these books been released straight after the Six of Crows duology I think my overall thoughts and rating would be a lot higher however at this time in my life they were just ok. This last book in particular we are given so many answers to questions that were brought about from the original Grisha trilogy and I like the fact that everything has kind of circled back around but I also wanted something new and exciting. A lot of this book was still a lot of strategizing and not enough action, that last battle felt rushed and the way the book wrapped up wasn’t my favourite. There were definitely a few twists that I didn’t see coming and were surprising but they were just too far and few between for me. Overall this was a 2.5 to a 3 star but I think overall for the whole Grishaverse it is definitely a 4 star that I would highly recommend to any and everyone!

✨Grishaverse Reread✨

I finally finished my reread of King of Scars and I am a bit ambivalent to be honest. I don’t know if it’s because I am in the midst of a reading slump or this duology just isn’t my cup of tea. Nikolai has never been a favourite character of mine and being that the majority of the book surrounds him and the political plight he is having to pull Ravka out of just isn’t gelling with me. I liked that we got more of an in depth look into Zoya’s character and the reasoning behind some of her decisions from the Shadow and Bone series. The second time around I can see the rumblings of a romance between her and Nikolai that I thought was just fun banter the first time I read this and I kind of don’t want that to eventuate but we shall see. I loved Nina’s character from the Six of Crows duology and her perspective really got me through this book. I was intrigued, the stakes were high and I liked the introduction of Hanne and the surprise twist of who her father is. My rating has definitely gone down from the first time I read this book, I think I rated it a 4 but I’m more inclined to a 2.5 though I might round it up to 3 for nostalgia purposes. This was my last reread of the Grishaverse, I haven’t read Rule of Wolves before and I am so excited to see how this book wraps up this duology and the universe as a whole.