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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #165 – Most Anticipated YA Releases (First Half of 2019)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.


This Week’s Theme:
Most Anticipated YA Releases
(First Half of 2019)

Initial Thoughts:

My [most] anticipated YA releases has probably changed by the time you’re reading this. I have no chill.

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[Review] The Wicked King – Holly Black

Book Title: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #02)
Author:     Holly Black
Number of pages:  336


After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

(re: Goodreads @ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– The stakes in court drama and political intrigue are higher and further developed; shifting powers and old/new players make their move
– Setting showcases new environments but often lacks nuance to support the change in scenery, the magic involved, and vivid imagery
– Romance feels more slow burn now (but the previous love square is now a love triangle.)
– Some continuity issues in the writing from info. established in the first book that may just have not been explored rather than being a discrepancy (e.g. Jude’s lying, use of mithridatism, use of magic)

Initial Thoughts

This review has been a long time coming, and I do apologize because a lot of it is going to be based on my notes I wrote months ago. Spoiler level is low-moderate.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Wicked King from Hachette at Book Expo.

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The Thinker Awards – Best in 2018 Fiction

Thinker Awards is posted under the umbrella of Top Ten Tuesday, an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it’s yearly prompt of “favourite books of x year”.

The Thinker Awards:
Best in 2018 Fiction

Hello, friends! Welcome to this year’s installment of the Thinker Awards, a yearly book awards ceremony hosted here on my blog celebrating the best in fiction experienced during 2018. Joining me in this year’s shindig are fellow buds of mine from the YA community –

 2018 Thinker Award Panelists:

Cherry (at) _forevermint (instagram)
Aimal (at) Bookshelves and Paperbacks (blog)
Inah (at) The Bibliophile Confessions (blog)
Joey (at) Thoughts and Afterthoughts

The only rule is that choices had to be experienced and/or read for the first time in 2018 but is not limited to 2018 titles.

But I’d like to hear from you! Which book gets your award of “Best Overall Book of 2018“?


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