Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

birds-2Each week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I decided to go with books that I loved more than I thought I would. I will focus on books that I felt like, after reading many reviews and looking at the goodreads rating, that I liked more than other readers.

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10 Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne –This book had quite a lot of hype surrounding it and I really wasn’t sure if it was going to be my cup of tea because chick-lit can be very hit-or-miss with me. Usually it is too cheesy but this was perfect. You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – Again, this had a ton of hype and Kasie West has quite a following. I thought this was very cute and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

3. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This series really blew me away and I thought it would be like any other YA paranormal book but it was so well done. After reading many disappointing YA alien books I wasn’t sure if I would like it but it is an amazing series.

4. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee – I normally stay away from YA angel novels because I have just read so many bad ones in the past but this completely exceeded my expectations! You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare – This book has so much when it was first released that I was really worried I wouldn’t like it. Many people were comparing it to Harry Potter and Twilight so I really did not know what to expect. I am so glad I decided to pick it up though as it is one of my favourite series!

6. Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard – I have a serious love for anything in the ‘space opera’ genre, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it but the premise wasn’t really that enticing to me. I am so glad I picked it up because it was really a great novel.

7. Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban – Ty and Zane have become one of my favourite m-m romance couples and I seriously love this entire series. I was really hesitant to pick it up because I normally don’t go for mystery and crime novels but this book was amazing.

8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy – This came randomly from the library one day and the premise looked interesting but I really didn’t know what to expect. I am so glad I decided to read it because it has become one of my favourite books.

9. For Finlay by J. Nathan – I received this book from NetGalley and while the premise looked interesting enough for me to request it I wasn’t really expecting much from this New Adult novel. It was way better than expected and you can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

10. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – I went into this thinking it would just another fun paranormal-romance read but I actually got really sucked into the world and stories that Cole created. Although the romance was very well done (and very steamy!) the plot also grabbed my interested and this series has been very good.

What are some book that surprised you? Anything you absolutely feel in love with or dislike with a passion? Tell me below in the comments!

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Top Ten Romance Tropes – Enemies to Lovers

Image result for heart iconEach week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is all about romance tropes/types! I decided to chose one of my guilty pleasures, the enemies to lover trope. Really nothing is better than having two characters butt heads with witty dialogue and a lot of sexual tension before they both realise how stubborn they’ve been all along and fall madly in love. *sigh*

It is, of course, Valentines Day today which is a holiday I have never really understood. Who wants to buy chocolate or flowers that are overpriced, or try to book reservations months in advanced at some overcrowded restaurant? This Valentines Day I plan on cuddling with my fiance on the couch in a mountain of blankets, eat cookies I baked and watch ‘You’ve Got Mail’.

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1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne –I feel like I must start this list off with naming the biggest enemies to lovers book of 2016. The chemistry between Lucy and Josh in this book is amazing.Their highly witty hateful banter becomes even better sexual tension that was so much fun to read. I actually really enjoyed their arguing in the beginning. I know some other readers saw it as childish, and it was, but it was also so hilarious. I loved all of Lucy’s jabs where she insinuates that Josh is the devil, and lives “close to earth’s core”.

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I don’t want to give too much away, as the love interest is supposed to be somewhat of a secret when you begin this book but you can read my review here.

3. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This was one of those books where you almost can’t explain why you love the male love interest so much. Daemon is a huge jerk towards Katy who already has a tough go of life after being forced to move to a new town after her dad dies. Daemon is just so overly confident and egotistical but somehow makes it sexy and you want him and Katy to get together so badly!

4. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee – When Penryn sees a single feather floating in the sky, suddenly everything changes, and with an unlikely partnership with the enemy she fights to get her sister back.  Angels are regarded as the enemy in this dystopian book and Raffe is no exception. Although this is YA and nothing steamy happens I loved reading about Penryn and Raffe’s uneasy relationship. You can read my full review here.

5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare – Jace Wayland…oh boy. I think he wins the award for the most egotistical and overly confident character in my list. Even more than Daemon! The love/hate relationship between Jace and Clary was so fun to read.

6. Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard – I have a very special place in my heart for ‘space opera-sci-fi-romance’ type books. Add in the enemies to lovers trope and you have a winner. I was really expecting the whole “I fell in love with my kidnapper” Stockholm-syndrome type formula but it didn’t fall into the typical traps you would expect.

7. Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban – Ty and Zane may be my new favourite couple of 2o17! There is definitely no ‘insta-love’ in this novel as Ty and Zane spend most of it arguing and fighting (both verbal and physical!). I have never read a more convincing novel of two characters that absolutely loathe each other and somehow that turns into something more.

8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy – The premise of this was just so good. Edie finds herself in another form of servitude when she is “attached” to Finn, meaning that if she dies, he dies. And if she gets too far away from him, he dies as well. He is her bodyguard from then on, protecting her from any attacks, as she is highly sought after for her special ability as a “cyberteck” who manipulates technology with her hands and can create “life” on inhabitable planets.

The romance was a nice slow build. If you are expecting sexy times right away you will be disappointed but the wait is SO worth it. I kept picturing Finn as Tom Hardy from the Mad Max movie. Stoic, calm, with a violent dark inner turmoil, but also a surprisingly sweet side that we see with his interactions with Edie as their relationship builds.

9. For Finlay by J. Nathan – Finlay lived her entire life in the shadow of her older brother, football star Cole Thatcher. When her brother suddenly dies she tries to live his dreams. She moves to a new town to work for the Alabama college football team which means working beside the new quarterback Caden Brooks. She has reasons to hate him for taking her brother’s place on the Alabama team but soon hatred turns into sexual tension as neither of them can deny the strong attraction they feel. You can read the rest of my review here.

10. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – Ending the list off with this a romantica novel, and holey-moley guacamole this is not for the faint-hearted! The sex scenes are REALLY steamy. Like, really really steamy haha.

What are some of your favourite enemies to lovers books? Or do you have a different romance trope that you absolutely love? Tell me below in the comments!

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016! This year I really stepped up my reading game and have read 140+ books so far, but we still have 26 days left until 2017! I went out of my comfort zone and tried quite a few new authors this year, so I have a lot to choose from. I am going to only choose new-to-me authors that I rated 4 or 5 stars so I can keep this list to ten! And without further ado:

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1. Elle Kennedy – I first read The Deal back on May 3 and since then I have read the rest of the series (4 books in total), two other novels she did with Sarina Bowen (Him & Us) and I have my eyes set on the Heat of the Moment (Out of Uniform, #1) series, Body Check, and the Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts, #1) series. I have a feeling I will be reading a lot more of Elle Kennedy in 2017! She never ceases to amaze me with her fresh and realistic dialogue, funny characters and interesting plots. I feel in love with the Off-Campus series and in the final book Kennedy mentioned a spin-off series that I am already so excited for even though nothing official has been announced yet. Here’s to hoping in 2017!

2. Lauren Blakely – I feel like I am behind the times as I had never read anything by Blakely until this year. She has a hit series called Caught Up in Us that I am interested in reading but this year I tried the Night After Night (Seductive Nights, #1) series and I was hooked! In 2017 I expect I will be reading Big RockMister O, and her other successful series.

3. Rachel Bach – So at the beginning of 2016 I discovered a new genre that I had never heard of before called “Space Opera”. I am not sure exactly how I stumbled upon it but it really combined my love of sci-fi, badass chicks, and romance. The first book I read in this genre was Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) which I read on Jan 18. I read Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) on Jan 22, and I am hoping to finish the series in 2017. It feel a little to the wayside as I kept discovering more novels in this genre.

4. Sara Creasy – Another new author to me in the Space Opera genre wrote Song of Scarabaeus and this novel completely blew me out of the water. I have yet to read the second novel in this series and it looks like Creasy hasn’t been writing much (from what I can see on goodreads) but I really hope she publishes something else because she has real talent. Her last comment on goodreads was back in 2015, she says she is working on a new science fiction adventure/romance and there’s also the possibility of a third Scarabaeus so I really hope she announces something in 2017!

5. Linnea Sinclair – This author has been around for a while now, Gabriel’s Ghost (Dock Five Universe #1) was first published in 2002! And I just got around to discovering her 14 years but better late than never. I absolutely loved Gabriel’s Ghost, so much that I instantly read her other novel Games of Command. This author hasn’t published anything since 2010 (her last publication was 2013 but she has only done compilations and a self-help writing book since 2010). Her previous novels will keep me busy for a while but hopefully she has been working on a new series!

6. Thea Harrison – I feel like everyone and their dog has read Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) already, as it was published in 2011 but this is my first introduction to the author. Dragon Bound was so unique and wonderfully written, with great humour, romance and action. I can’t wait to read what else Harrison has!

7. Mary Frame – This up-and-coming author published the Imperfect Chemistry series back in 2014 but I had only discovered her now. She is still fairly new, having only published four novels in total but I will be keeping my eye on her in 2017.

8. Monica Murphy – This author already has five different series in the works and I read the One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1) which surprised me at how good it was. The cover of this novel is very cutesy chick-lit, but the novel itself if quite angsty and dark. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

9. Krista & Becca Ritchie – these authors, who are incidentally identical twins, already have quite the collection of series. Kobo had a sale and I was able to pick up Addicted to You (Addicted, #1) and I was immediatley hooked! The story is very unique and I am excited to read what else these twins have written!

10. Catherine Gilbert Murdock – I was very late in the game reading Dairy Queen, but I am so glad I took a chance on it, even though it was published back in 2006 and the cover was not very appealing. It ended up being a very complex and wonderful story, and I am excited to keep reading the rest of the series in 2017!

Have you discovered a new author this year? Tell me below in the comments!

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