Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

I can’t believe we’re already half-way through 2020. I could have sworn we were almost at 2021. I hope everyone is staying safe! Anyway, here are some books that have stood out to me this year. 🙂

1 – Best Books You’ve Read So Far


Charming Like Us (Like Us #7) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

2 – Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

Wicked Bite (Night Rebel #2) by Jeaniene Frost

3 – New Releases You Haven’t Read But Want To

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The Hunter (Boston Belles #1)by L.J. Shen
My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

4 – Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

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The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries #1) by T.J. Klune
Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga #5) by Stephenie Meyer

5 – Biggest Disappointment

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

6 – Biggest Surprise

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

7 – Favorite New-to-You Author

Katie May

8 – Newest Fictional Crush

Theta Knight (and honestly everyone in this series)

9 – Newest Favorite Character

Stella Lane

10 – Book That Made You Cry

I can’t think of any right now 😂

11 – Book That Made You Happy

Wherever You Are (Bad Reputation Duet #2) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

12 – Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought This Year (Coverly Love) 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

13 – Books You HAVE to Read By the End of the Year


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Review: Charming Like Us

Review: Charming Like Us

Charming Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #7
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

As the hottest bodyguard on Security Force Omega, Oscar Oliveira has no trouble finding a warm body at any odd hour. But he’s ready for more.

And for the first time in this ex-pro boxer’s life, he just got rejected. For a kiss.

Oscar’s friends warned him not to fall for the straight guy, but flirty, sexy-as-hell Jack Highland made that difficult. Now Jack has Oscar’s sweater. His belt. His bandana. And Oscar seriously wants them back.

As for Jack – well, Jack wants a lot of things.

But for the first time in this confident filmmaker’s life, he’s absolutely 100%… confused. Add another ultra-complication in a sea of complicated: Enter Charlie Cobalt.

The enigmatic famous one that Oscar is sworn to protect wants his own show, and he’s asked Jack to film it. A Charlie-centric docuseries will force Oscar & Jack to share the same air again.

Option 1: Ignore each other.
Option 2: Flirt, aw yeah. And act like the rejection never happened.
Option 3: Confront each other about the rejected kiss.

With options on the table and their romantic lives unsettled, both Jack & Oscar are concerned about why Charlie wants his own show. And the longer filming lasts, the more tumultuous their personal & professional worlds become.

Chaos reigns when you’re around the Cobalts, and Jack & Oscar are swept up among the most destructive one.

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

It feels like I haven’t done a book tag in a while. I’ve seen this floating around the internet for years, and I finally sat down and did it. It’s a super simple and fun tag and I had a lot of fun doing it.

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag was originally created by the BookTuber, TheBookArcher, so you can go watch that video if you want to. Cue the questions!

Let’s do this!

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas. I got halfway through the series and I just could not keep going. I thought the first two books were okay. Then it took me like 3 months to read book 3, and then finally called it quits halfway through book 4.
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. I don’t care what anyone says, but this is still one of my favorite series. I reread it every few years waiting to see if one day I’ll hate it, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m not blind to this series’ faults, but I just don’t care.

The Summer series by Jenny Han. This is probably one of the most frustrating love triangles I’ve ever read, which is saying a lot. But we all know she should have ended up with Jeremiah, or alone, because Conrad was literally the worst. But honestly, the entire third book was messy.
Probably non-fiction. I know this isn’t even a genre, but it’s the only type of book I will not read.
Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments whomp. They’re both so annoying, I guess that’s why they’re perfect for each other. And it’s not like I hate this series, I kind of like it actually. But this is the perfect example of where the side characters steal the show.

Mackenzie Lee. And honestly, the more time that passes the less I want to read her books.

The chosen one trope. Talk about unoriginal. There are a lot of tropes I’m tired of seeing, but I can’t think of any book with this trope that I enjoyed.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I don’t know why, but nothing about this series calls to me. I’ve seen good reviews, I’ve seen bad, but ultimately I have no interest in these.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. But when I watch the movie, I just feel so much better. Not really sure why, but I think this was perfectly casted.

I tag anyone who wants to do this. Have fun!

Review: Darkfever

Review: Darkfever

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #1
Release Date: October 31, 2006
Genres: Urban fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

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Review: Her Name in the Sky

Review: Her Name in the Sky

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Genres: F/F romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties with her tight-knit group of friends.

The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl–especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker.

Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana community–the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.

But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.

And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too–if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, yet wondrous, possibility.

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