Its nearly the end of the sixth month of the year, we are over half way through 2019 which is crazy to think about! I saw this tag on KarisBooks blog and she tagged everyone reading to take part so here I am! Welcome to the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag. For all books mentioned I will try to include a synopsis.
1. What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?
The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag is challenging me straight away with a really difficult question! I am very torn on this one. I have enjoyed many books this year but I think my favourite so far this year would have to go to City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. That book just got me in my feels and I loved it so much. I also loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I was very torn between the two.
Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is a mortal sin?
2. What is the best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?
I haven’t read many sequels, In fact, I’ve only read two so far in 2019. Out of the two my favourite was definitely One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. I love that series will all my heart and that sequel just ticked all the boxes for me.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other
3. Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but are really excited for?
Probably Red Scrolls of Magic By Cassandra Clare. I am currently making my way through the Shadowhunters series and that was is one of her latest books to drop in 2019. I love Magnus and Alec so much as most of you know. That makes me so excited to eventually get to read this new release.
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
4. What is your most anticipated release for the second half of 2019?
Hands down, Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake. I need it and I need it NOW. It is releasing September 2019 and it is the final instalment in the Three Dark Crowns series.
In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.
5. What is your biggest disappointment so far?
We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo. That book had so much potential. It sounded like something I was going to love and it just wasn’t. I was super disappointed and tried my best to force my way to the end but I just couldn’t. I DNF’d at around 270 pages.
In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.
6. What is your biggest surprise so far?
Definitely City of Bones. It was my first introduction to the Shadowhunter Chronicles and I was so surprised by just how much I loved it.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love.
7. Who is your favourite new to you debut author?
The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag has got me here! Because so far, I haven’t read any books from debut authors in 2019. If I was to choose an author who was new to me this year I have to choose Samantha Shannon. I had never heard of her before The Priory of the Orange Tree was showing up all over my social media. I read it and absolutely fell in love with it!
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
8. Who is your newest favourite character from this year?
I’m not sure if this question is asking me my favourite character from a 2019 release or a book I’ve read in 2019. I am just going to go with the latter and choose Magnus Bane because I am obsessed with his personality and how Cassie writes him in her books. I want to meet him and he’s not even real!
9. What is a book that made you cry?
I think the book that got me the closest to tears this year was City of Glass. The happy tears that flowed when something happened in that book that I really wanted to happen. Oh my! That book had my emotions all over the place.
10. What is a book that made you happy?
As mentioned above, City of Glass made me very happy. But another title that made me happy in 2019 was my read of Little Witch Academia. Reading manga was so refreshing. It made me want to read so much more manga. I adored the art style and how the manga kept true to the anime characters while also bringing something new for new readers and fans of the show. You can read my recent review of Volume 1 here.
Ever since Aktsuko Kagari saw the witch Shiny Chariot perform when she was little, she’s dreamed of becoming a witch. She’s not from a witch family, but because the school that trains witches, Luna Nova, is beginning to see a decline in students with the rise of technology, Akko manages to get herself accepted. She’s got more enthusiasm and heart than anyone else there, but will that be enough for her to truly become a witch?
11. What is the most beautiful book you’ve read so far this year?
Without a doubt the first book that comes to mind is Brigid Kemmerers A Curse So Dark and Lonely. That book design is absolutely stunning beyond words and I am in love with every inch of it. The cover, font, shiny spine. It is hands down the most beautiful book I have read in 2019.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers for the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag! I tag everyone reading to take part!