5 Authors whose writing style feels better than therapy!

Have you ever read a book whose overall plot might not be as compelling or new and yet every minute spent reading that book felt totally worth it?

Or have you read a book whose plot was great but the climax fell short and yet you don’t regret reading that book or series? Or have you read a book which had a great plot and no faults but even if did, you know you’ll still read it regardless?

Chances are its because the author had such a captivating writing style that regardless of the xyz issues, you just loved the experience of that book as whole. You were probably so immersed in the world that the author created (and did it so brilliantly) that all the small issues were overlooked and not just this once but every time for that author.

Here is the list of 5 such authors whose writing style I absolutely love! Every time there is any news of a new book release from any of these 5 authors, I know I have to read it as soon as the book is out.

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Books I am looking forward to read in 2019

2019 seems to be a promising year for all the YA/fantasy and romance lovers. January starts with the bang with not 1, not 2 , not 3 but almost 22 sequels of previous years best sellers releasing, spanning various genres (including ones not on this list).

Since there are surprisingly high number of books from my anticipated lists and new stand-alones of my favorite authors releasing this year – compared to 2017-2018, i am gonna split the list in Part 1 ( Jan – June) and Part 2 ( July – Dec). So without further ado, here is my list of 2019 releases i am looking forward to:

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Books of 2018 I am eager to read! (Part 1: Jan to June)

There is a plethora of highly anticipated books releasing in 2018. Compared to 2017, 2018 started with a bang with some of the books having already become a part of the best seller clubs!

Here is the list of books I am looking forward to reading this year, based on their month wise releases. (*The dates are as per GoodReads 2018 New Release List)

January

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (2 Jan 2018)

    I have already read this book and I love every part of it. You can find my review here.
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Blurb:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


 

  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (16 Jan 2018)

You can find my review here.

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Blurb:

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.


 

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (27 Jan 2018)

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Blurb:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.


February:

  • Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (6 Feb 2018)

Book 6 in the Falling Kingdom Series

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Blurb:

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?


 

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (6 Feb 2018)

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Blurb:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.


March:

  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (13 March 2018)

Book 3 in the The Illuminae Files Series.

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Blurb:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.


 

April:

  • Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (24 April 2018)

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Blurb:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


May:

  • Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (1 May 2018)

Book 2 in the Flame in the Mist Series.

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Blurb:

The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist – an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.


 

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Saraj J Maas (1 May 2018)

Book 3.1 of the ACOTAR Series.

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Blurb: 

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


June:

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Blurb:

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.


 

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (7 June 2018)

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Blurb:

The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights in a story about an aspiring teen rapper and what happens when you get everything you thought you wanted.

 


Part 2 : July-Dec list coming soon. 

Happy reading 😀

 

 

Books I Loved in 2017!

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Like I mentioned in my previous blog, 2017 had been a dull book year for me(as compared to 2016), yet I  managed to find a few reads i really liked. They may not have been released necessarily in the last year but i read them in 2017.

So here goes….

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay.

Flame In The Mist by Renee Adieh.

And I Darken (Book 1 & 2)  by Kiersten White.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum.

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

The Bird and the Song Chronicles (Book 1 & 2) by Amy Harmon.

The Winne’s Curse (Book 1-3) by Marie Rutkoski.

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The Wall of Winniepeg And Me by Mariana Zapata.

That Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred.

Duncan’s Bride by Linda Howard.

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Happy reading 😀

Twelve 2017 Releases I Wish I read in 2017!

2017 wasnt the best 😦

I know its already 13 days into january and hence a bit late to make this list but i still wanted to post this.

Quite honestly 2017 was a very dull book year for me compared to 2016. By the time march 2016 came around I already had 7 favorites, yet it took me almost 7 months into 2017 to get my first favorite read!

My goodreads goal of 2017 was was 200 books but surprisingly, even to me, I ended up reading 345 book! Even so there were many monthly releases which i did not end up reading, mostly because I was busy (*read got lazy due to the dull book year*) and sometimes procrastination.

So without much ado, here is the list of 12 books (month wise releases; might be  based on different edition releases), which I wanted too but could not read in 2017!

January:  Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay.

February : History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

March : Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

April : One Small Step by Amie Kaufman.

May : Didn’t really find any book i was looking forward too. 😦

June : A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackinzie Lee

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July : The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell.

August : My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent.

September : I actually finished all books i wanted to release in this month!

October : Warcross by Marie Lu.

November : Wonder Woman : Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

December : Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.

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There were 2 others books which I really wanted to read but I didn’t, because i kept on pushing them back by a month and before i knew 2017 was over.

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I have high hopes for 2018!…..I wish it is filled with amazing reads for not just me but every book lover out there!

Happy reading 😀