Top 10 Tuesday – Best Books of the First Half of 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks prompt is Best Reads of 2018 (So Far)! We’re already more than halfway through 2018, and I still feel like it’s March…. It’s actually crazy how quickly time has flown by this year. And so much has happened! I finally got my Irish Residency in March, started a business in the same week, applied for my driver’s test (which is strange considering I’ve been driving since 2010…), and moved my blog to WordPress! I’ve also started 2 new jobs (dog training assistant and off licence clerk), so I’m very busy. I always make time to read, though! Which finally brings me to this weeks topic. Best reads…oh, what a hard decision… Fine, I’ll limit myself to only books that have been released already.

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1. Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
Everyone who knows me or has had even half a conversation with me knows this has been my most favourite novel of the year! I absolutely LOVED this book, so go read it as soon as you can! I struggled for months to get the ARC and ended up getting one personalised, plus a personalised finished hardcopy and signed Owlcrate edition. So, I love life. I reviewed it here

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2. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
What a dark beauty of a book… The contents are creepily satisfying and appeal to my love of spooky mysteries and hauntingly brilliant writing. Will be likely to reread during the Halloween season… I reviewed it here

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3. LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff
This was one of the BEST Sci-Fi’s I’ve read – EVER! It’s hands down amazing and I cannot wait to read book 2! I reviewed it here

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4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

What a hell of a murder mystery! I love these crime thrillers that f*ck with my head… You DEFINITELY need to pick this up and just try to figure it out before Turton ties it all up. I reviewed it here

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5. Fat Girl on a Plane – Kelly deVos

Such a body positive novel. Well, mostly, I guess? There are some issues throughout the book, and some TW, but I felt the majority of the novel made up for it. I enjoyed it, anyway, and reviewed it here

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6. Wasted Words – Staci Hart

I have loved Staci Hart for years.. She is an amazing novelist and puts SO much into her writing! This was one that KILLED me.. I kinda love some Friends to Lovers novels…

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7. What He Doesn’t Know – Kandi Steiner

This duology killed me so many times… Wahhhhh – These types of novels really make me sad and complete me at the same time! Check Kandi out! She’s a phenomenal author..

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8. Tristan – Karla Sorensen

The Bachelors of the Ridge series was brilliant! Tristan was a slowburn romance that was well worth waiting for… Karla is a master of romance!

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9. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Inej FOREVER! Kaz is cool, too, I guess? bahahahh Looking forward to Crooked Kingdom! I ended up getting the duology set with sprayed pages and I love it!

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10. Furyborn – Claire Legrand

I loved so much of this novel… Especially the bounty hunter babe, Eliana! I reviewed that here


Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

thewickeddeepTITLE: The Wicked Deep

AUTHOR: Shea Ernshaw

RELEASED: March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse

GENRE: YA Fantasy

“The Swan sisters had a charm that was born into their blood, like their mother: Men could not resist the softness of their skin or the gleam of their aquamarine eyes” 

MY THOUGHTS: I don’t know why I put off reading this for so long…because I LOVED it!! The cover is stunning, but it is completely complemented by the writing inside. The story was interesting, surprising, spooky, and entirely enthralling. It was original with themes of redemption, revenge, and love woven throughout. It definitely reminded me of Hocus Pocus, but with it’s own story. The writing is beautiful, lyrical in places, and transports you straight to Sparrow with Penny, Rose, Bo, and the Swan sisters. I felt as if I was there alongside Penny and really could not put it down!

“Like looking through a thin pane of glass, or beneath the surface of a lake all the way down to the sandy bottom.”

Penny, the narrator, has had a difficult life, but still manages to take care of herself, her family, and be a great friend to Rose. She does keep to herself a bit, not allowing people to become her friend, because she already feels too much responsibility to her family and the lighthouse on Lumiere Island. When she meets Bo the same night of the Swan party, things are set in motion that she never expected. Hell, I didn’t see them coming – and I’m usually pretty good at predicting what is going to happen! She’s a captivating character, and I found myself wanting to know more about her and her life the more I learned.

“I don’t allow myself to look away from him – I need him to speak, to wash over my words with his own.”

The novel brings up some questions for me: What would I do if I discovered someone I loved wasn’t who they’d pretended? Could I forgive an unforgivable act? Do I have the kind of compassion for people’s potential to change? Can someone ever really change entirely? And does the ultimate act of sacrifice level us with past transgressions? Also, (and yes, I realise this is fantasy) if you were possessed and unable to control your body, how would you feel then learning about the actions you committed while under possession? This was a heavy book if you allow yourself to get deeper into the themes and stuff, but it’s also just a really great spooky read!

“And it has tilted my universe off center, the frayed edges of my life starting to unravel. Loving someone is dangerous. It gives you something to lose.”

Now, I cannot wait to see Netflix’s adaptation of The Wicked Deep!! I truly hope it lives up to Shea Ernshaw’s writing…

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“But I know who the sisters really are”

BLURB: Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge – and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything…

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

“We wait for death. We hold our breath.

We know it’s coming, and still we flinch when it claws at our throats and pulls us under.”

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