Another month passed by and that means it’s time to write my Wrap up. In my Melissa’s Monday Memories, I talk about more personal stuff and in this Wrap-up, I talk about the books I’ve read, my reading stats of that particular month, what I’m looking forward to, what was published on the blog and my TBR for next month. December was quite a sturdy month for me. But I did end up reading more books then I thought and I started publishing new articles again after a time-out. Here’s my WRAP UP:
~♥ My December 2017 Reads ♥~
The way my head experienced my reading month, it felt like I’ve only finished 2 books or so haha. In the end, I ended up reading 8 books in December which is quite a nice amount of finished books I think when looking back to my December. I’ve had a lot of concentration problems so I had trouble finishing a book. This seems to be happening for the past few months now. But well, nothing I can do about it. And I still read 8 books, which I all really enjoyed! Let me tell you more about them.
I started December by reading Love, Life and the List by Kasie West. A book I really enjoyed and I ended up giving it a 4-star rating. Throughout most of the book, I was certain it was going to be 3.5 stars because of the lack of romance developing in the first part of the book – it is supposed to be contemporary Romance right? So I just felt like it was missing a bit on that part – but it picked up later on and it was just a really enjoyable read. Kasie’s writing is so easy going, fluidly and makes me lose myself in the stories she writes, completely. This was yet again a really great and cute romance read by Kasie West.
Right after Kasie’s book, I read the Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby, a contemporary romance I was really curious about. I was a participant in the blog tour for this new release and really enjoyed this book! I really recommend this book to everyone who’s in for a cute, recognizable and lovable high school romance with really cute and lovable characters who’ll melt your heart.
Then I read another e-arc I received earlier in 2017 called Tell me by Abigail Strom. This author was new to me as well, just like Amanda Ashby. And Tell me rocked my world. I loved this book so much! What a beautiful, heart-wrenching story! Extended review will follow.
In the meantime, I received my Amazon orders and among them was the printed edition of Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins. I read the book in digital format when it was released earlier in 2017 and I’ve been dying to get my hands on a printed edition as well to add to the collection. And I really wanted to do a re-read of this book, so I did. But it’d be better if I hadn’t done that, because now I’m going crazy again, waiting for its sequel haha. Amelia’s books are one of my top favorite paranormal reads and Playing With Monsters is just a phenomenal first book of the spin-off series of Fae Chronicles.
I was also reading Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove which I bought a couple of months ago. I love killer whales and love reading up on them. Reading this story of a former Senior Seaworld trainer was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s a real eye-opener for anyone who wants to know how killer whales live in captivity while being told at the same time how they live in the wild as well – so you’ll definitely come understand the Why it’s bad to hold them in captivity, if you don’t already have the knowledge after the release of Blackfish, which shocked the world. John grew up loving these animals as well and was determined to end up a trainer at Seaworld, and he ended up succeeding to live out his childhood dream. For years he lived by the Seaworld propaganda and defended them against the outside world. But after almost 2 decades of working at Seaworld, he gradually drifted apart of the Seaworld propaganda and came to see how Fffed up everything actually is for these animals in captivity. He’s one of the very few ex-trainers who speak out loud against Seaworld and it’s rare to read such detailed experiences originated from a Seaworld trainer. It was a really interesting read, one I won’t forget anytime soon. And it only confirms for that I’m right in having an unwavering opinion about killer whales in captivity as being so so wrong.
Forged in Smoke by Trish McCallan is the third book in the Red-Hot SEALS series and was also one of my Amazon books that I bought recently. I loved the previous two books and I didn’t wait long to start reading it after receiving this one early in December. Rawls story was a joy to read and I love the dual POV’s of the two main characters and then there’s also the POV of a minor character who’s to be the center of attention in the next book. It’s really nice the author added his POV in this book so you can get a feel for this character already. It was a great addition to this story I think. I really liked this book again and I’m looking forward to the next installment.
Then I started re-reading Hearts Unleashed by Paris Wynter, which I read earlier in the year in exchange for an honest review. And I ended up loving this book so much, so I just had to have a printed edition of the book as well. And it kept luring me in, so I just couldn’t resist doing a re-read. And again; LOVED IT! Wynters has great writing skill I think and I can’t wait to read more of this author.
And the last finished book of 2017 was Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I’ve wanted to buy and read this book for ages but never got around to buy and read it. When Owlcrate was doing their past-boxes-sale and I saw that the box in which Daughter of the Pirate King was, was on sale as well, I immediately bought it. I received it earlier on in December and I’m really glad that I picked it up before the start of 2018. It was an awesome read and I’m really looking forward to the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen. The ending of book 1, leaves me with a lot of expectations and curiousness as to what adventures are coming my way.
~♥ Reading Stats ♥~
I thought it would be fun to add my reading stats to the wrap up as well from now on. I introduced my first reading stats image to you in last month’s wrap-up and now I’m happy to share this month’s reading stats with you again! Things like how many pages did I read, my average rating for the books read this month etc. So, here we go.
~♥ This was published on the Blog in December ’17 ♥~
Tag time Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday
Friday’s Favorite List of…
dutch BLOGTOUR Review | Mijn verlangen van Jodi Ellen Malpas
BLOG TOUR Review + Excerpt | the Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby
BOOK HAUL | Books that I received from my hubby this Christmas
BOOK HAUL | Christmas presents from family
BOOK HAUL | December 2017
BOOK HAUL | the Magic that is called Harry Potter
COVER REVEAL | Black Magnolia by Lena Black
COVER REVEAL | Return to us by Christy Pastore
COVER SHOUTOUT | Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy
MELISSA’S MONDAY MEMORIES | Goodbye November… Hello December!
MONTHLY FAVORITES | Your November favorites
MONTHLY RELEASES | January 2018 – Young Adult Edition
MONTHLY RELEASES | January 2018 – Paranormal & Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DAY BLITZ | Can’t get Enough by Gena Showalter
UNBOXING | Box I got from Kimberley
UNBOXING | Box I got from Kwante
UNBOXING | Funko + Mug haul
UNBOXING | Illumicrate box November 2017
UNBOXING | Secret Santa 3.0
WRAP UP | November 2017
~♥ What I’m looking forward to ♥~
Well, first of all; I’m looking forward to this month’s FAIRYLOOOOOOOT! I think most of us know by now which book is probably going to be in there and I’m really excited to read that one! And I’m so curious about which items they put in there this time around. The December box was awesome and the books they inspired this month’s items on are amazing so this box can’t be anything other than pure awesomeness I think. I mean: FAERIES!!!! And I’ve been following this box right from the start and each box has never disappointed me so far. I’m really bummed out I wasn’t able to order them on a regular base before haha because all of the previous boxes are just awesome. For me, there seriously isn’t a single box in the FL collection that wasn’t to my liking!
I’m also looking forward to receiving the pre-orders I put in, so that means the releases of Robots vs. Faeries by Dominik Parisien and Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I’ve heard great things about Robots vs. Faeries and I’m always excited about a new book by Amie and Meagan – and it’s SciFi again so YAY – so of course that one had to be pre-ordered so I can read it asap, preferably in January xD
I’m looking forward to seeing some new movies, like 12 Strong. Did you see the poster? Chris Hemsworth ON A HORSE! Okay, my fangirl parts are melting right now haha. But jokes aside; the synopsis sounds awesome and I’m really excited for this one. Don’t know if we’ll go see it in the cinema since we haven’t had much time to go there in the past months so we’re picky nowadays when it comes to choosing which movie we want to see in the cinema. But this movie definitely ended up on my Watchlist. And I really hope we’ll be able to go see Jumanji in the cinema this month. I don’t think we’ll be able to since it’s a really busy month and Lucien has to go to Switzerland again for work, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed xD.
We are busy expanding our 3D movie collection, especially the MARVEL and DC movies, so we can binge-watch them soon – we like to re-watch everything from these universes from time to time – and our Samsung 3D tv is so awesome guys. The images on the screen are more beautiful than in the cinema, to be honest. We haven’t been watching a lot of 3D lately, so we want to pick up on it and what better way to start by watching MARVEL and DC films hehe.
~♥ What I want to read (tbr) ♥~
Here we go.. that Darn TBR pile hahaha. So basically I don’t have to push myself to make a TBR pile because it’s my blog and I get to do with it as I see fit right? But I secretly just like seeing my unread books and get myself excited to read them – even though I often end up not reading them at all in that particular month, lol. But I just really like composing a TBR each month, so I’ll keep doing it, sorryNotsorry haha. Some of the books on my TBR are – and this time around they are based upon the Beat the Blacklist tbr that I want to finish this year:
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.
When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.
CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.
And I got a lot of e-books on the Kindle, waiting to be read. Some of them which are very high on the TBR right now:
These are all e-arcs that I received in exhange for an honest review.
- the Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn
New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.
- Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguire
Release Date: February 13th, 2018
The first book in a daring new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre! In Earth’s distant future, a savvy young criminal is recruited to join the Honors space program, which sends humans into the far reaches of the galaxy aboard sentient spaceships called the Leviathan, only to discover that dangerous secrets are hidden amongst the stars.
Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.
Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.
Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
- Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Amanda Foody, author of Daughter of the Burning City (July 25, 2017), sweeps readers away to the infamous City of Sin with the story of Enne Salta, a lady-to-be who must brave rowdy casinos, street gangs, and Ponzi schemes gone wrong as she searches for her missing foster mother.
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.
So, that was my December 2017 wrap up!
What was your favorite December read?
Your favorite book from your December book haul?
And: What are you looking forward to the most in January?