Top 5 Wednesday: Hyped 2019 Releases I Won’t Be Reading

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! This week’s theme was unlike any other they’ve done before, and I’m kind of digging the controversial nature of the post. Right now, there are a ton of posts highlighting the releases people are most excited to read in 2019, but I’m here to tell you the five hyped books I won’t be picking up.

Please keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions, and I’m not aiming to drag the author or anyone who is looking forward to these books! 

37693552EVERMORE – Everless was one of the debuts I was most looking forward to reading last January, but unfortunately was also the biggest disappointment. My biggest issue was that it felt like a story I had read before. The concept of time and blood debts was interesting, but the rest of the plot felt like every other YA Fantasy book out there and became too predictable. And so, I will not be continuing with the series. 

40125269SONG OF THE DEAD – I enjoyed Reign of the Fallen as it was fast-paced, full of necromancy and magic, and had a really interesting premise and setting. The end-game romance bothered me in that there wasn’t a whole lot of build up and became kind of insta-lovey towards the end. I actually thought Reign of the Fallen ened on a really good note and would have worked perfectly fine as a standalone. 

40517898QUEEN OF RUIN – There was so much positive girl power going on in Grace and Fury, but unfortunately that’s about all it had going for it. Of the two sisters POVs, Serina’s was the only one I connected with or cared about. And surprisingly I couldn’t have cared less about either of the romances. It’s an interesting premise, but I just didn’t connect well with the characters of the story. Honestly, I don’t care about any of them enough to want to read the next book. 

37569347COURTING DARKNESS – Okay, this one’s a bit different than the others on my list in that there’s really no reason I wouldn’t enjoy this or shouldn’t read it other than I have no motivation to. I read the His Fair Assassin series years ago and really enjoyed them, but this is one of those things where unfortunately I don’t feel the burning need to step back into the world. Sybella was never my favorite of the characters and so I don’t really see myself ever picking this up. 

CRESCENT CITY – Come on guys, this is me. Did you really think this wouldn’t make the list? Honestly, I don’t even know if this truly is coming out this year, but the last I heard it was suppose to release late in the fall of 2019. And for those you that dislike SJM as much as me, you can always check out my Goodreads review in which I predict what to expect from this book 😉

Top 5 Wednesday: Love Triangles I Didn’t Hate

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! The theme for this week was books we liked that contain tropes we typically hate. This was perfect timing since I had just thought of a blog idea with a similar theme! I decided to focus on the most dreaded trope in that YA genre: love triangles. I think we can all agree that the love triangle trope is overdone and usually unnecessary. Not only that, but they’re no fun if you know you’re on the losing side! However, I’ve always been adamant in saying that I actually don’t mind a love triangle, as long as it’s handled in a good way. Below are five books that featured love triangles that I didn’t hate.

16429619KISS OF DECEPTION – This is a YA fantasy full of some of the most redundant tropes, but I was surprised by how much I found myself intrigued by the love triangle in this. I think it’s because throughout the book, the identity of the two love interests/male protagonists remains a secret. As readers, we don’t actually know which one the heroine is falling for until the very end, nor do we ever know which disguise each of the male protagonists is supposed to be portraying. It creates a level of mystery that is unique and makes both the book and the love triangle pretty suspenseful.  

15749186TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE – The main character pretends to be in a relationship with a boy to make another boy jealous? We all know how this is going to play out. This not only has a super cute fake-relationship trope, but it also has a love triangle that I never minded, because it was easy to figure out how it would all end. By the way, this movie comes out next week and I LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT.

7171637THE INFERNAL DEVICES – This is a love triangle that ascends all other love triangles because the dynamic between all three characters is unlike any other. Unlike other books in which the love interests are usually are pitted against one another, Will and Jem love each other brotherly as possible, and they loved each other before Tessa was even in the picture. Both of they are completely wiling to give up their happiness for the other. And while I was also 100% here for Will and Tessa and wanted them to end up together, I never could hate Jem and Tessa as much as I wanted to.  

32505753ASH PRINCESS – A lot of people didn’t like the love triangle in this one, but I loved it. First of all, there is nothing subtle or vague about it. Second, both sides of the triangle contain two of my favorite tropes. There’s both a friends-to-lovers romance, as well as a enemies-to-lovers. The latter is one of my favorite tropes to read about, so that’s the side I’m rooting for, but I’m totally invested in how both the romances (and the plot twists!) are going to turn out in the sequel. 

18660669VAMPIRE ACADEMY – The love triangle in this didn’t show up until later in the series, and while it would usually annoy the heck out of me, I didn’t mind it that badly. I’m not ashamed to admit that the only reason I didn’t hate the love triangle was because I loved both the love interests. Yes, I totally ship Rose and Dimitri and want nothing to come between them, but I couldn’t help falling for Adrian’s charm. And let’s be honest, sometimes a little competition is healthy 😉

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Hate to Love Relationships

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! This week’s topic is all about our favorite hate to love relationships. This is honestly my favorite trope ever, and I just did a similar post not too long ago for Valentine’s Day! Historical romance novels have recently become a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine, and since the hate to love trope is pretty notably in that genre, it’s no surprise where a lot of my choices come from!

23437156MATTHIAS & NINA (SIX OF CROWS) – How could these two not be on this list, considering they’re one of my favorite ships. Their relationship is the very definition of enemies to lovers and I adored them. Just thinking about these two makes me want to weep a river of tears. It’s for this very reason that I refuse to finish reading Crooked Kingdom: my poor little heart will not be able to take it. How dare you, Leigh Bardugo.

 


861326ANTHONY & KATE (THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME)
 – This is the book that got me hooked on Historical/Regency Romance novels, and so it happens to be the standard I compare all others to. The banter and competitiveness between Anthony and Kate is amazing to read and I couldn’t put it down. I think I read this one sitting. Even if you’ve never read an HR book before, I highly suggest trying this one! 

 

23617709KING & SOPHIE (THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN) – So many of my favorite tropes, wrapped into one wonderful book. Hate to love? Check. Witty banter? Check. Fake relationships? Slow-burning romance? Injured MC requiring the care of the love interest? Check, check, and check. It’s really not surprising how much I love this book.

 

 

23367265MAGNUS & CLEO (FALLING KINGDOMS) – Like a few others, I was trash for Magneo before it was even canon, way back in the first book when I thought it was never even a possibility of happening. And now look how far we’ve come. Morgan Rhodes has indeed been good to us, and let’s not forget the fact that they’re both on the cover for the last book. #blessed

 

29939047VIKRAM & GAURI (A CROWN OF WISHES) – I mentioned in my review of this book that the relationship between Vikram and Gauri was one of my favorite things about it. The banter between them is on a whole other level and I couldn’t stop laughing. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! This week’s topic is all about our favorite non-canon ships. For my first Top 5 Wednesday, I’m pretty excited about this one!

airbender-completebook3ZUTARA – This is my ship of all ships. Their chemistry was perfect. Their character arcs were perfect. They compliment each other so well and I’m still reeling that it never happened (at least in canon-in my mind it’s a whole other story).

 

 

17167166CHAOLAENA – I will forever be bitter about these two and the unnecessary demise of their relationship. I’ll leave it at that, but if you’re friends with me or follow me on Goodreads you know how I really feel. 

 

 

27408710HEPHAESTION x KATERINA – Right now, it’s technically not canon, but it’s definitely going to happen. The past two books were chalk full of built up tension and simmering feelings and I can’t wait for them to finally get together, because I think the outcome will be similar to an explosion. 

 

 

27277167DELILAH x GALLAGHER – I read somewhere that the author said there’s no romance in these books but I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT. There’s no way you can ignore the chemistry between these two. 

 

 

26074181EADLYN x KILE – I never in a million years would have guess that this ship would be non-canon, and then The Crown happened. I have no idea what the author was thinking when she wrote that book because it literally made zero sense.