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Favorite Books So Far in 2018 – First Quarter of The Year Edition

Favorite Books So Far in 2018 – First Quarter of The Year Edition

 

While there a hundreds and thousands of books that is published on a daily basis, i find myself getting not only picker with the books I read the older I get, but also, more critical to the books that I chose to read. So to summarize, the first quarter of the year has been nothing short of a battle ground when it comes to books, at least for me.

Granted, I have picked up on a lot of wonderful reads along the way, but not without a hefty amount of frustration over the DNFs (Books that I could not finish). If you follow me on Goodreads, you can see my reading progress – and rants – in all their profanity filled glory.

But that’s beside the point. Today, I will be listing the top seven books I have read so far in 2018 that have made me swoon, giggle, cry, laugh, fangirl like a madwoman…you get the point.

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

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1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)

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GENRE : Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

TYPE     : Heptalogy ( 7 books)

STATUS : On Going Series

 

 

BLURB :

 

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

 

What I Think  : 

 

Hi, yes.

Hi. 

Have you read this book? If not, what exactly, are you waiting for?

This series might have quite literally took a piece of my heart and kept it inside itself forever because even after all these months of finishing this series, every time someone mentions a character from this series, or even mention this series at all, I immediately turn into this devoted fangirl who wants nothing more than to sit down and gush about them.

If I am not mistaken, I think this book might have been the book that broke my 5 star rating virginity in 2018. And I take my 5 stars rating very, very seriously. I am very stingy when it comes to giving 5 stars to a book, but this one did it for me.

It has everything I want in a book. It has action, suspense, angst, romance, and a sexy, mysterious, handsome jerk of a character named Rhysand.

So if you haven’t get your hands on this series, please do. Hop on the Rhysand fangirl – or fanboy– club, trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

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2. The Song of Achilles

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GENRE : Historical Fiction, Mythology, Romance, LGBT

TYPE     : Standalone

STATUS : Completed

 

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Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

 

 

What I Think

 

This is the kind of book that will hurt you. It will sink itself deep into your skin and then, when it is deep enough, it will take out a knife and twist it in your chest so hard until there is nothing you can do but lay there, absorb all the pain and sob.

This is what “The Song of Achilles” did to me.

Before reading this book, I did not have much of an interest when it comes to mythology, or a mythology retelling. But you know me, now matter what kind of book it is, throw some romance into it and suddenly I will stop at nothing to have the book in my hands – yes, I am easy like that.

So when I see all the hype that was surrounding this book, I got curious. So I take my innocent self to the book store to get this book and start reading. And before I know any better, I have finished this book in one sitting whilst sobbing like my life depended on it.

While this book broke my heart with the way it ended, it did it so perfectly and beautifully I find myself not minding having to go through all that pain.

With all that said, this book is definitely something else. It took something from me and gave me something in return. And it is safe to say that this book will stay with me for a very, very long time.

I also write a detailed review on this book, click here to check it out. 

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “Resistance” by Rachel Haimowitz

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3. Resistance (Power Play #1)

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GENRE : Romance, BDSM, Erotica, M/M Romance

TYPE     : Duo-logy

STATUS : Completed

 

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Give me six months, and I’ll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges–the deeply repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted-and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains heavy kink. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments in Power Play push hard against the outer edges of consent.

 

 

What I Think

 

Ahh, I love this series. 

It is definitely something else. It is not your usual kind of BDSM kink book. Honestly, the first book in this series isn’t even about BDSM at all. It is more about establishing who has the power in the relationship and yes, sometimes even abusing said power.

I understand that this book is not for everyone, especially for those who are not into BDSM or those who dislike having BDSM portrayed the wrong way. But I enjoyed it.

The dynamic between the Dominant, Jonathan and the Submissive, Brandon, keeps me hooked from the beginning until the end. Their constant grapple for power over the other and bickering amuse me to no end.

Not to mention, Brandon is not your typical submissive. He has fight in him and he isn’t afraid to go against Jonathan, despite knowing that Jonathan is the dominant in the relationship and there will be consequences for his actions. Like I mentioned earlier, this is not your typical D/s relationship – at least not in the first book – but it is highly entertaining because it is so different.

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

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4. Special Forces – Soldiers (Special Forces #1)

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GENRE : Romance, War, Military, M/M Romance

TYPE     : Trilogy

STATUS : Completed

 

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Special Forces – Soldiers – ‘Director’s Cut’ is free to download from Aleksandr Voinov’s website below:

Special Forces is the story of a Scottish SAS soldier and a Soviet spetsnaz soldier. Two enemies who meet in the line of duty during the early days of the Soviet Union’s last war in Afghanistan. Behind enemy lines respect and finally love grow … but that’s only the official version. This epic spans across over twenty-five years of their lives. It’s harsh and violent, but life is cruel and they just do what they need to survive.

 

 

What I Think

 

Whew.

This book is all sorts of hot, mind-blowing and just simply, all consuming.

When I start reading the M/M genre, my friends constantly recommended this book to me. And when I see how much she loves this book, I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.

While the concept of the book is nothing new, what makes this book so memorable is the main characters Dan and Vadim. I don’t think I have ever felt a deeper connection between two characters like I did with Dan and Vadim. This book has the classic enemy-to-lovers trope, which is a plus seeing I am a sucked for enemy turned lovers plot.

Not to mention, I love Aleksandr Voinov’s writing style. It is simple, yet engaging. He writes it in such a way that the readers feel for everything Dan and Vadim goes through. The love, despair, lust, pain, desire, hope. You name it, it is all there. Voinov’s ability to write and brings characters to life will never cease to amaze me.

With that said, if you enjoy reading M/M genre books and haven’t pick this one up yet, give it a try.

I also write a detailed review on this book, click here to check it out. 

 

This is a non-profit series, therefore you can read it all online for free : here

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “Cut & Run” by Abigail Roux

 

5. Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1)

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GENRE : Romance, Mystery , M/M Romance

TYPE     : Heptalogy ( 9 books)

STATUS : Completed

 

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A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.

 

 

What I Think

 

Again, if you follow me on Goodreads, you probably know how much of a fan I am for this series. This series is all I ever talk about these days.

I have had “Cut & Run” in my ebook for as long as I remember and I don’t know why I keep pushing it back. It was until I was going through a heavy case of a book slump when I eventually pick this up and I was instantly hooked!

Just like Special Forces by Aleksandr Voinov,  this too starts with both Ty and Zane as enemies who then eventually turns into lovers. The dynamic between these two, as partners in their job and personal life is out of this world. I honestly cannot sing enough praises for them. These two are so well matched together. Not to mention their constant banter that is laced with sarcasm, and the puns and nicknames they give each other are simply refreshing and hilarious.

When someone asks me to recommend a M/M book, this series are one of the few that immediately comes up to mind. Plus, the plot just keep getting better and better as the story progresses. So trust me when I say, read the series, you will not be disappointed.

I also write a detailed review on this book, click here to check it out. 

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “The Bad Guy” by Celia Aaron

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6. The Bad Guy

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GENRE : Romance, Contemporary

TYPE     : Standalone

STATUS : Completed

 

BLURB :

 

My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story.

I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there.

Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her.

She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me.

I’m the bad guy.

 

 

What I Think

 

I. Love. It.

Yes, it is as simple as that.

A friend recommended this book to me and I decided to pick it up and ended up loving it more than I thought I would.

Despite the dark and ominous feel to the book, I can confidently say that this book isn’t dark at all. At first it might come off that way, but the more you read, the more you realize that there is a reason why Sebastian is the way he is. Plus, this man is sharp-witted and quirky as hell and the heroine is a very level headed and sharp tongued character, put the two together and you will have an intensely fun and engaging read. 

It has been some time since I have read something so heart-warming yet all consuming at the same time. I am so glad I listened to my friend and decided to pick this book up.

 

 

Books That I Have Enjoyed So Far in 2018 – First Year Quarter Edition

Click here to get “Transcendence” by Shay Savage

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7. Transcendence

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GENRE : Romance, Contemporary, Science Fiction, Time Travel

TYPE     : Standalone

STATUS : Completed

 

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It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

 

 

What I Think

 

One word to describe this book? Fluffy.

That’s it. This book is as sweet and fluffy as it comes. There is not much when it comes to conflict or big arguments or action, but if you are looking for an easy, one sitting read then this book is for you.

I also write a detailed review on this book, click here to check it out. 

 

 



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