My Favorite Books of 2018

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Standalone Favorite: Options were A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess, Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly Devos, Room by Emma Donoghue, Stone Girl by Eleni Hale, and Ship It by Britta Laundin

And the winner was:


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Ship It by Britta Laundin

Star Rating: 4 Star

Reason I liked it: Realistic LGBT

Reason it Didn’t Get a 5 Star: MC was a bit annoying and fan fic wasn’t to my liking

Review: This was honestly so good! I took a star off because I wasn’t a fan of the fan fiction that was interlaced through the book. lol.

I loved Claire. But also found her annoying. I think it’s because unlike me she is passionate about something to the point of being fanatic. But that fanaticism pushed her to really try to get what she wanted. A canon of her favorite characters!

I have a love hate relationship with Tess (reason is spoilery). I don’t like how Claire didn’t take Tess’s feelings about being a fangirl into account.

I love Claire’s parents. They are embarrassing AF but so loving. lol.

I hated Forest for a good portion of this book but the thing he did at the end redeemed him a bit for me.

Overall I thought this book was really good and was a very accurate representation of what life is like for a ‘geek’ girl in this modern world. 🙂


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Whole Series Favorite: Options were, Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon and The Gold Seer Trilogy.


And the winner was:


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The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson

Star Rating: 4 Star

Reason I liked it: The uniqueness of her powers was a strong draw

Reason it Didn’t Get a 5 Star: More historical than fantasy.

Review: (Book 1)

This was an unexpected read. It turned out to be more Historical than Fantasy which disappointed me. 😦

I did like the characters though. Lee was an interesting and engaging character. I wish the author had written more about her ability to seek gold since that was what the book was suppose to be about but hopefully that will be covered more in the next book.

I really didn’t like Uncle Hiriam.

I wish there had also been more romance in the book.

I was also somewhat saddened by how many died. There were some good characters that are now gone. 😦


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‘Debut’ Favorite: Options were, Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, The Cerulean by Amy Ewing, and Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce.

And the winner was:


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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Star Rating: 4 Star

Reason I liked it: Nostalgia

Reason it Didn’t Get a 5 Star: Difficulty with previous characters now being main characters.


Sadly for me this book only got a 4 star. I had some difficulty with previous characters now being main characters. I’m hoping that goes away as I re-read this over and over! 🙂

I loved Arram. I had the least difficulty with him since he has his original name in the book.

Ozorne was the most difficult for me. But it also made me really think about how he was in Emperor Mage.

I was happy to see characters from other books appear.

I really didn’t like the slavery in the book. I’m really happy that will be mostly resolved later on.


The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

This was a 4.5 for me. Review to come.

Okay so this is my first time writing a non spoiler review. Not sure if it will still contain spoilers so I’ll caution any readers now.

Sera was an amazing MC. I absolutely loved her. I loved her so much I couldn’t see any flaws in her but she was also not a Mary Sue character. Take from that what you will.

There were a lot of POV’s in this book and that is one of the main reasons it got knocked down from a 5 to a 4 1/2. While I do deem it essential I don’t like multiple POV’s. Hence the 1/2 star mark down.

Now on to the other POV’s. Oh and before I forget this story also has multiple parts. Mostly involving a POV change. Anyway. No wait. It might be spoilery. Shoot. NM.

The world building was wonderful. It left me with a lot of questions as I was reading but it was always answered. So it left me hanging by my fingertips often. Oh and fair warning the ending will make you desperate for the next book. lol.

Also I could do a 5 paragraph gush about the cover! OMG. It is an absolutely amazing cover. Whoever designed it I give you 5 thumbs up. It’s what really drew me to this book in the first place. That and then the author and then the plot.