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Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews has read 7 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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Monday, December 31, 2018

Ang's Best Of 2018

Top Reads of 2018


Hello, Hi and Welcome Friends.

Its that time of year where we look back at what you have read over the year. On Instagram I have been posting Top Ten of 2018 prompts all week.

2018 was another good reading year for me, over all I read 73,718 pages across 278 books.

I had set my Good Reads reading challenge at 150 books and I defiantly passed that.

Books I wished I made time to read this year,
Stygian by Sherrilynn Kenyon
The Hating Game by Sally Thorn
Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole
Dreamers Pool by Juliet Marillier 
Circe by Madeline Miller
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Bad Boy Brody by Tijan
Nineteen Letters Jodi Perry


New or New To Me Authors In 2018
Jay Kristoff, Christina Lauren, SJM, Rachel Brookes, Amanda Bouchet, Alanna Alder, Nora Roberts, R.S.Grey, Jana Ashton and Kendall Ryan, Marjorie M. Liu.


Cover Love/Favourite covers of 2018
Radiance by Grace Draven
NeverNight by Jay Kristoff
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
King Maker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
ACOTOR by SJM
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M Liu
Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
and The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter.


My Top Reads of 2018
Because I read so many books this year, I went through them all and out of the 278 I had a lot of 5 star reads. I didn't know if I should list them all, so I'm legit just going to wing it and see what happens. I cant just narrow down 10. So I thought I would try and do 3 top reads for each of the months, (TRY) I can not promise It'll work out. So lets get to it. I do want to mention that I cant remember for sure what month I read these all in, I roughly remember. It was not until March-April I got my self a Planner. Even saying that I read a lot of these early because i was lucky enough to receive ARCs of a lot.

JANUARY:
A Promise of Fire and Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
What are you afraid of by Alexandra Ivy
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts


          https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Fire-Kingmaker-Trilogy/dp/0349412529/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1545965352&sr=8-5          https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Witch-Cousins-ODwyer-Roberts/dp/0425259854/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1545966911&sr=8-2



FEBRUARY
Radiance & Eidolon by Grace Draven
No Place To Hide by Megan Lowe
Feels Like Home by Jennifer Van Wyk


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B00S5IDLEQ&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_lRzjCbKE0EKXJ    https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B00S5IDLEQ&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_lRzjCbKE0EKXJ        https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B079KYL93N&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_B6zjCbYSDXEP0

MARCH
Hot & Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Breaking Down by Megan Lowe


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B073DN12HK&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_G7AjCbQR3FPAV    https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B074HZVK5P&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_KnBjCb0GP4Y17     https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B077SDPF88&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_urBjCb02VJFKM

APRIL
In The Night & Breaking Shadows by Melissa Sinclair
Monsters by Melissa Jane
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B075936LJL&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_HvBjCbVTWEFMA      https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B079KP41FC&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_jyBjCbYNNY1F4        https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B01EQOZ9Y2&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_1CBjCbCXF4X5T


MAY
A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series by Sarah J Mass
Illuminae Files Series by Jay Kristoff
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

       https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B01MUE4XRO&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_LKBjCbBX842AR    


JUNE
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Burn For Me (A Hidden Legacy Novel) by Ilona Andrews (This whole series is EPIC)
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young


       


  


JULY
Death Dosent Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
All I Need by Jennifer Van Wyk


 





AUGUST
The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter
Cross Breed by Lora Leigh




     



SEPTEMBER
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
Be My Temptation by Rachel Brookes
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott


           

OCTOBER
Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan
Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Rebel and Savior by Rhys Ford

NOVEMBER, (My Birthday Month and Slay Those Series Challenge, this was also my biggest reading month and I binged read the Beautiful Bastard series and caught up on series)
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Sin & Ink by Naima Simone
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
Burn (A Dark in You Novel) by Suzanne Wright




DECEMBER
You Will Suffer by Alexandra Ivy ( ARC copy for Jan 2019 Release)
Fumbled Love by Lila Rose
Tied Up In Strings Felicia Lynn(too bad the second book in the series got 2 stars)




Honourable Mentions, because well just because...
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
Misadventures with a Speed Demon by Chelle Bliss
Misadventures with a Manny by Toni Aleo
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (AMAZING, sad to see this series come to an end)
All My Life by Prescott Lane
I Wanna Text You Up by Teagan Hunter
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (this series is complete, do your self a favour and check this series out.)
Not So Nice Guy by R.S.Grey





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Yikes that is a lot, but you know what it is what it is, I read a lot and as I mentioned above it's really hard to just pick out a few. Though I have noticed something this last week having to do the Top 10 prompts that 10-15(ish)  books or series keep getting re mentioned over and over.


Radiance by Grace Draven
Kingmaker  Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
ACOTAR series by Sarah J Mass ( If you think this is YA, you are mistaken and very far from right, it is Adult romance or New Adult. There are explicit sex and so far from YA. I thought it was too but a dear friend set me right,and now its one of my fav series.)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, even Godsgrave this series is one for everyone to try!
Honey Badger by Shelly Laurenston (I adore everything she writes)
Illuminae Files series ( to get the best experience I would Highly recommend the AUDIO which is a full cast, and read along with your book, its epic! Seriously do it!!!)
Flirting With Forever by Kendall Ryan
and Rhys Ford's new 415 Ink  series blew my socks off.
Not so Nice Guy by R.S.Grey
Sin & Ink by Naima Simone
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, changed the game plan this year I found myself reading a lot more buy her.


If I were to categorize them all it would be 5 PNR/Fantasy books, 2 YA (mature) one being about Vikings and 1 being Sci-Fi books, 7  Contemporary Romance books, one of them being an Assassin book,2 being Rom Coms and  2 MM Romance books.

Looking back I am pretty proud of my reading this year 75-80% I read in paperbacks and the rest in ebook form. At the beginning of the year I set out a TBR Goals list, and to be honest I knew I would not have stuck to it. But lets take a look at it, and see what I actually completed.

















First, I had down read the Mortal Instruments series, and that was a no, no, as got ridof them all, well they went to my son and I still cant get passed the similarities with them and my fav series Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn.

Second Read at least 1 Angsty book, this I actually did! I would say Sin & Ink was pretty full on and so was Savior by Rhys Ford

Third, Read at least 5 books from your TBR shelve (paperbacks) ahh, this was meet even though I can not remember what was on my tbr shelve as I put all my shelves into alphabetical order by last name. I defiantly read more than 5 shelved paperbacks.

Fourth, Read at least 5 books from your TBR good reads shelve, I done this too.

Fifth,  Catch up on Alexandra Ivy Vamp series, This was such a let down I didn't get to them at all this year.

Sixth, Finish Reading Gena Showalter Atlanta series, and read the YA series that also on my book shelve. Nope, well that's not true. I did read all the Atlanta series, but I never looked at the YA series. I might have given them to my son to read.

Seventh, Read the Talon series, NOPE  I didn't do this.

Eighth, Read Vlads book by Jeanine Frost, I actually picked the first one up to read but i didn't finish it nor remember to go back to it.

Ninth, Re Read Shelly Lauernston Pride Series, Yass, Yass I did this and I also re read the other ones too.

Ten, Pull at least 5 picks from your TBR Jar, I did pull from it a few times.

Eleven, Read Caraval. I started the audio and DNF it.

Twelve, Re Read Fallen, Nope. didn't happen.

Thirteen, Read Nineteen Letters, Didn't happen!

Fourteen, Read Sleeping Beauties, and Fifteen was to read Buying Thyme and I did NOT do any of these. I think I thought about it, but never followed through.

So what I learned about setting Reading Goals, is that I can not stick to them, I am too much of a mood reader. Though I can do smaller challenges with the mood I'm in to read. It is weird.I participated in all the Harry potter challenges, the NEWTS and OWLS and a few 24 hour Readathons. For my 2019 Reading Goals I am going to keep them simple a smaller then what I did this year. That will be a new Post. This one is far too long, if you made it this far you are a champion. 

My 2019 so far is filled with a few fun challenges already and I cant wait for them.

Look out for the Year long challenge Romance-opoly, its a fun challenge for all us book nerds, I am doing it, Its legit going to be one of the most fun reading years.

Hopefully your reading year was successful too, if you wanted to see what read this year all the ratings and reviews, they are all on my good reads. I am pretty sure you can click on my goodreads challenge for 2018 and it will bring up everything.

Ang
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Well, this book. I am not even sure where to start to be honest, this book has so much buzz surrounding it and its also been a my most anticipated reads of the year list. It was the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and some drama. But for me I couldn’t connect. I liked the characters enough, I just didn’t love it like so many others have.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading it, it was fast paced which I really enjoy, the romance its self wasn’t enough for me. I loved the representation of Stella being autistic. I liked Michael, he was enjoyable. It is a very easy read and I appreciate that.
Each to their own, that’s the way I look at it. I am defiantly looking forward to seeing how the next book is like.
I just wished I had loved the plot as much as everyone else has, the escort thing was what bugged me the most. For Helens debut and winning Romance of the year award on goodreads is spectacular. I understand now the hype and buzz surrounding TKQ.
4/5 stars
Ang
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Friday, December 7, 2018

JOCK RULE by Sara Ney - Review Blitz













JOCK RULE
JOCK HARD #2
By Sara Ney
Release Day: DEC 6th

Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.
He's a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.
The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she'd been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry "friends."
Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He's a goner.
Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favourite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colourfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.












                               REVIEW




Jock Rule by Sara Ney
Hey, hello and thank you for stopping by.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, yes that would be my 3 stars on the newest Sara Ney book in her Jock Hard series.
So, it wasn’t that I didn’t like the story I just couldn’t connect with the characters for some reason. I liked the dude Kip, I think it was the chick Teddy who annoyed me but not, I don’t know this always happens to me when I haven’t read the author before, I was luck enough to grab Jock Rule as an e-arc from the tour company.
I giggled a lot, and I swooned a wee bit too, I did not like Teddy’s friend Mariah she was a bitch, no one in their life must put up with a shit friend like that.
This story was cute though, about a wallflower, Teddy she is socially awkward and shy, and Kip is this hot bearded rich dude, in hiding because he doesn’t want to be used for his money.
Anyways they meet and form a funny friendship, which leads them to fall in love.
Everyone will love this story, I rated it overall a 3.75. Looking back on it now I don’t think it was the characters, that I didn’t connect with I think it was the age they were and the setting, I have grown out of my University romance phase. In saying that,it flowed nicely and no angsty drama which is 100% perfect. For a first-time reader of this author I will check out her other books sometime in the future.
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