As the title suggests I am doing a tag. I honestly don't know who originally created the tag (sorry) and I am way too lazy to look it up. Also the tag has 15 questions but I will only answer the ones I find most interesting (lazy again).
1. Best book you've read so far?
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I read quite a few good ones but I will go with A man called Ove. This book made me cry so hard I couldn't see the pages. So good. So good!
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
2. Best sequel you've read so far?
The Gods of Vice (The Vengeance Trilogy #2) by Devin Madson
This was such a good read, I couldn't put it down!
Two emperors. One empire.
The war for the Crimson Throne has split Kisia. In the north Otako supporters rally around their champion, but Katashi Otako wants only vengeance. Caught in the middle, Hana must decide between her family and her heart. Is the true emperor the man the people want? Or the one they need?
3. A release you are looking forward to reading?
Dry by Neal Shusterman
When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.
4. Biggest surprise?
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
I was beyond surprised at just how much I enjoyed this book. I practically inhaled it!
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
5. Biggest disappointment?
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson
I honestly had A LOT of disappointments this year, but I am still bitter about this one.
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.
6. Favorite new author?
I found her a couple of weeks ago and already read 4 of her books. Oops! I started with this novella, which I absolutely recommend!!
In Shadows We Fall by Devin Madson
Winner of the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella
You will die. Your children will die. The empire will burn.
Empress Li is out of favour at court. Foreign-born and past her prime, she is to be set aside. But she won't go quietly. With nothing left to lose, Li will do anything to stop Emperor Lan signing a secret alliance that could tear the empire apart. Yet when her life is threatened, old mistakes come back to haunt her and only a three-year-old boy can change the course of history.
With everything at stake, could an innocent child be the best assassin?
7. Favorite new fictional character?
I am a minor character type of reader. I don't know why. I just am, and always been.
8. Book that made you cry?
Yes, I am using the same book twice, but what are you gonna do?
This book made me weep!
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour made me tear up and so did The Lido by
9. Favorite NetGalley book?
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
This was so perfectly messed up!
From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed.
My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.
On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.
Freelance BETA reader.