TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

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.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

 

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

TOP TEN TUESDAY : RAINY DAY READS

Top Ten Tuesday Time! It’s a blog meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl currently.

The theme this week is Rainy Day Reads. And I think it fits me perfectly because it’s been raining constantly over here for the last few days. I’ll just go with the books that I feel would be perfect read for the season. It might be because of the theme of the book, the comfort I get from it, or simply just what I feel like reading in rainy days. I’m not in the mood for dissecting the reasons for my selection or why I feel they’d be great. I guess, sometimes it’s just better to go with the feeling.


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HARRY POTTER

 

 

JELLICOE ROAD

 

 

ELENAOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

 

THE BEANTOWN GIRLS

 

A COURT OF ROSES AND THORNS

 

THE LUMATERE CHRONICLES

 

TRANSCEND

 

MAKING FACES

 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

 

THE START OF ME AND YOU


 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : Best Reads of 2018

Happy 2019, everyone!!! Here’s to a better and more amazing year to all of us. I was gonna do a separate post on my favorite reads of 2018. But I’m guess I’m gonna use the TTT topic this week for that, after all. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl for the unacquainted. Okay, here we go.


The Simple Wild

This was such a beautiful surprise of a book! I loved it for a lot of reasons. But mostly because of the setting that the author could portray so perfectly. I also loved the characters and the emphasis on the theme of family and self-growth.

You can read my full review here.

 

 

Sadie

Another book that totally took me by surprise! Sadie is probably the best crime-suspense I read this year. Highly recommended

You can check my review here.

 

 


Look The Part

This wasn’t an easy read by any means, nor was it the most perfect book. But it captivated me with its flawed characters and their flawed decisions. One of my favorite romances of the year.

 

 

 


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This was released back in 2017 and became of my favorite reads of 2018. I loved it because it thwarted my expectations at every turn. I love Eleanor and this beautiful tale of her growth and an even more beautiful friendship.

You can check out my review here.

 

 


Vicious 

Another non-2018 release that I was a late to the party for. There are a lot of reasons I love this book. The main being Victor Vale.

Here’s my review.

 

 

 

 


The Cruel Prince

I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about this book! So I guess that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But I loved it. I know that people had a lot of problems with the protagonist and the (anti)hero. But I love this about the book that these characters are all flawed and fucked up. Makes the ride all the more interesting. I find that this series holds a lot of promise and I can’t wait for The Wicket King to come out next week!

 


Transcend Duet

I am not a fan of reincarnation tropes. Only Jewel E. Ann could convince me to give this trope a shot and love it. There’s a this feeling of yearning and ache in this duet that I just can’t get over. I also love that the covers actually have a meaningful story behind them.

Find my review here.

 


The Start Of Me And You

I read this 2015 release beginning of the 2018. I went through a phase of a lot of YAs back in January and February. This one remained as my most favorite of them.

 

 

 


Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

Probably my favorite romance of the year. Christina Lauren does the friends-to-lovers trope so well here! I absolutely love Josh and Hazel. This one’s for the keeps. !

Here’s my review.

 

 

 


Muse of Nightmares

This is arguably my best read of 2018. I guess that sums it up.
Here’s my review.

 

 

 


I enjoyed this trip down the memory lane! Honestly speaking, I’m not entirely happy with my reading for 2018. I feel that I stayed in the safe zone and didn’t experiment too much. I hope to change that in 2019! Happy New Year again, everyone! And Happy Reading!

TAG: Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0

I got tagged by the awesome Sara @ Bibliophagist for this really fun prompt! Perfect first tag for October, right? I love tags and love it even more when I get tagged. So thank you, Sara! ❤


Rules
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

WITCH
A magical character or book


Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone | Literally the first book that comes to mind when I think of magic.

 

WEREWOLF
The perfect book to read at night


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | I haven’t read enough horrifying horror books or horror books in general. I do think that nothing beats the feeling of reading a thriller at night. And The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is perhaps the most thrilling book I’ve read.

 


FRANKENSTEIN

A book that truly shocked you


Sadie |I was shocked by how good this book was. I didn’t expect to be phenomenally blown away when I started it. The book itself has quite a lot of shocks.

 


THE DEVIL

A Dark, Evil Character


Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter | Probably the only villain I’ve read who I never could sympathize with andwhose evilness I never doubted for even a second during the whole series.

 

GRIM REAPER
A character that should never have died


Allegiant | The only reason I could find for the death of (spoiler) at the end of this book was that the author simply wanted to prove a point. A point nobody cared for.

 

 


ZOMBIE

A book that made you “HUNGRY” for more


The Girl In The Spider’s Web | Even thinking about it makes me long for the impossible – another book by the original author.

 

GARGOYLE
A Character that you’d protect at all cost


The Trio From Transcend | They probably don’t need me to protect them but I’d do it anyway.

 

VAMPIRE
The book that sucked the life out of you


Gone With The Wind | It drained the life out of me in a good way, I think. I cried for like half an hour after finishing the book and felt depressed for the next week as if somebody had dumped me.

 

GHOST
A book that still haunts you


The Magnolia Inn | How could a book be SO boring? Nothing ever happens!

 

 

DEMON
A book that really scared you

The Silent Child | I was really scared by the behavior of most of the characters of the book. Especially, the protagonist’s paranoia was frightening to read about.

 

 

SKELETON
A character that you have a bone to pick with


Colin Fitzegard from The Chase | I had such high expectations from this book. But Colin let me down. I was so frustrated by his actions or lack thereof throughout, that at one point I wasn’t even sure I wanted him to be with Summer.

 

 

MUMMY
A book that you would preserve throughout time

Harry Potter | What can I say? I’m a Potterhead.

 

 

CREEPY DOLL
A cover too scary to look at


Unwind| I can’t think of any scary covers but I find this cover very creepy – probably one reason I never read it.

 

 


MONSTER MASH
It’s fun to be with friends on Halloween!
Tag your friends!
Meltotheany |Fictionnochaser | Rebecca | BriannaAlyssa | Mewocartblog


There’s no pressure if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like doing it. If I did not tag you and you still want to do it, that’d be great! Just link me on the tag if you do end up doing it! Happy October to you all!

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Helloooo peeps! I’m back with my entries for Top Ten Tuesday. I sadly missed doing it last week. I’ll try my best not to repeat that as I really enjoy these things.

The topic for this week Top Ten Hidden Gems (AKA the books that I think deserve more recognition and wasn’t marketed or talked about much).

Without further ado, here goes my list.



 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

This 10-book series is criminally underrated. Kate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite badass heroines. This urban fantasy series is like a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If only they were marketed better. Look at half of these covers and tell me if you’d check them out without hesitation. It still surprises me that I did. Thank God I did!


 

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

I’ve rarely seen such beautiful world building and brilliant writing in a fantasy series. Lumatere Chronicles and its diverse ensemble of characters – with their own arcs – are very close to my heart. It’s a mystery that Lumatere Chronicles is not as popular as it should be. Is it because the author is an Australian or was it the timing of the publication? Whatever it is, this series deserves all the accolades and love.


 

From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon

This book about a Jewish girl and a Catholic priest during the World War II deserves a lot more love and buzz than it received. It’s not the most intriguing historical fiction you’ll ever read and romance is the more focal-point; but the emotions it invokes in you are no joke. Amy Harmon did her research and delivers with a masterstroke.


 

How to Kill A Rockstar by Tiffany Debartolo

Contrary to its name, this book is not for aspiring-murders. It’s for lovers of love stories, music, and writing so beautiful that every line strikes a chord with you. Tiffany Debartolo needs to write more books.


 

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Not only Foolish Hearts, every book by Emma Mills is a hidden gem. She writes female friendships like nobody else. She writes YA like nobody else.


 

Angie Pallorino Series by Loreth Anne White

                                     

I randomly discovered this series recently and was intrigued by the cover and blurbs. I ended up devouring the books in 3 days. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of these books before. It’s a gritty and hard hitting series with an edgy heroine. Perfect for fans of mystery, suspense and crime thrillers.


 

Love Me With Lies Trilogy by Tarryn Fisher

Okay, I wouldn’t call these books unpopular. But I feel that they’ve been boxed into a certain category by general readers. This series feels so much more than a Contemporary Romance to me. This was not even a mere love triangle like I assumed it to be when I saw the synopsis at first. It felt like a character study on what people can do for love. I’ve never enjoyed unlikable characters as much as I did here. I wish everyone could read this series.


 

Hydraulic Level 5 by Sarah Latchaw

This little known gem apparently started off as a fan-fiction. But don’t let that deter you. This is no 50 shades of grey. It is about two lost souls. This book deals with issues like mental diseases, grief, and of course, extreme sports.


 

Transcend Duet by Jewel E Ann

                                                     
I feel like I’m the only one I know who’s read these books. I’d like more of my friends to read this series, and if that’s impossible, then I’d want to make new friends with people who’ve read this series.


 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, considering that it was a spontaneous pick. There was a freshness to it that I appreciated.  A sequel was released very recently. I plan to start that soon.



 

So, this was my list of books that haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly, that I think deserve some recognition, in my opinion.

A few of these books have admittedly done well but not as much as they deserved, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, while making this list, I was thinking of all the books that I found to be overrated. Now, that’s another list I wouldn’t mind making! =^-^=

 


 

I hope you enjoy this list. Let me know what you think about it. Do you agree with any of my choices? Leave your thoughts below. I’m also interested to look at your lists too! So join in on the fun!

Book Review: Epoch (Transcend #2) by Jewel E. Ann

 

Who do you choose between your soulmate and the love of your life? What are the limits that you can cross for your love? Should you cross them? At what point do you stop looking for answers and let go?  Can you defy your fate? Do you have the right to decide the fate of someone else’s life?

“I think a part of you will be mine to love in every life.”

These are some of the questions that went through my mind while reading Epoch. I never thought I’d be thinking such deep thoughts when I’d read the first of the Transcend, the prequel to Epoch.

Swayze has dreams for her life. Dreams that involve Griffin, the love of her life. And yet, she can remember memories from another life. Memories that makes her aware of exactly who the reason was of the death of the person whose memories she remembers. And although she loves Griffin from the core of her being, she also can’t let go of Nate. Nate who tells her that she is the reincarnation of Daisy, his first love. Daisy – who died the year Swayze was born. Daisy – whose life is so entangled with Swayze that she can’t escape those memories.

Epoch is all about Swayze fighting to learn more of her past. Swayze is not the brave and carefree Swayze we saw in Transcend. She is scared for her life. She knows the man who was responsible for Daisy’s death is roaming freely and she has nothing to prove her claims. She loves Griffin. She wants to grow old with him. But she can’t stop thinking about Nate. He has an allure to her that goes beyond her soul. And Nate’s daughter Morgan too. These two are her connection to a past she can’t let go of. And Griff is the future she wants.

“What if some people are meant to pass through our lives instead of walking along beside us?”

Griffin knows Swayze is the one. He is ready to start his life with her. But Swayze is so hell bent on finding the truth behind her memories, that Griff feels like he’s losing her. He is ready to do anything to make Swayze feel safe. But is that enough?

“I’m not going to watch you self-destruct. I’m not going to watch you fall in love with another man.”

Nate has lost the two loves of his life. He only had his third and final love, his daughter Morgan before Swayze stormed into his love. Discovering his first love and his best friend in her was a relief for him. But now he is conflicted by the separate space Swayze has created in his heart, separate to the part of her that is Daisy. But Swayze is not his and he can’t selfishly keep her from her life, a life which was perfect before she met him.

“It’s just what’s always been in my heart. You died, but I lived and so has my love for you.”

We see these three characters struggle with the curveball life threw at them in Epoch.

This book wasn’t perfect. Many readers might be frustrated by Swayze’s indecision throughout the book. I was frustrated too. But I never got annoyed with her. The author was successful in conveying Swayze’s inner turmoil to me, and I really felt for her. At one point, when Swayze reaches a decision, my heart broke. And then when another twist comes, my heart mended and slightly broke again. But then the epilogue mended my heart again and some more.

This book had a shocking twist that made me actually stop and think about how I felt about it. I didn’t expect that twist from this book. But by the end of the book, I was comfortable with that twist.

Normally, I detest love triangles. And I’m always on a team. But this duology felt more than a mere love triangle to me. It was more than about who she ends up with. I was invested in a happy ending for all three of them, even if neither of them got the girl.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget Swayze, Griff or Nate.

In the end, neither Swayze nor the readers do not get all our questions answered.  But I think there’s a beauty in that. The beauty in letting go.


 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Book Review: Transcend (Transcend Duet #1) by Jewel E. Ann


“In another life, she was my forever.”

An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby.

He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store.

Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test.

She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident.

“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”

Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?


 

“A single touch can say things twenty-six letters can’t even begin to say.”

Some books stay with you long after you read them. Transcend was one of them.

This book has had me so strongly in its grasp from the very first line. And I was drawn right from the beginning. Some books take a long time for you to slowly drown in it. To engage you from the very first line? That in itself is a gift for an author.

The plot was just as the blurb describes but yet so much more. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just if you believe in fate, you’re gonna love this book.

However, it’s quite clear that this book plays with the theme of reincarnation. And that was the only thing that had me dubious about starting the book. Reincarnation is not my thing, really. But the blurb had me fascinated and so I went in any way. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

I was afraid about how the book would play out the reincarnation plot but the author handled it in such a believable way. And she wrote the characters so beautifully.

I’m in love with the female protagonist. Swayze was strong, fierce and vulnerable all at the same time.

The two male characters had me so conflicted. Like, they both seemed perfect to me. Griff might just take the award for the best book boyfriend. He seemed so perfect at times that it felt unrealistic. Because let’s face it – not guy can be this perfect. Nate, on the other hand, had my heart aching for him. I felt like splitting Swayze up so that both guys would get their happy endings. Yeah, I’m crazy like that.

“The people in our lives give color to our existence. When we love, we choose to let part of our heart—part of our soul—live inside of another person. Their happiness is our happiness. Their grief is our grief. And when they die … part of us dies too.”

I need to be able to relate with the characters for me to like a book and sure enough, I loved Swayze. Something in me resonated with her. It also helps that Nate and Griff are so polar-opposites and yet equally swoon worthy. I wanted to give them hugs.

This is a read I won’t easily get over. I have high expectations from Epoch now!
Jewel E. Ann, don’t let me down!


My Ratings: ★★★★★