**The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag**


Jo from the awesome overtherainbowbookblog has nominated me for the mid-year freak out tag. I’ve really enjoyed doing this as it has made me revisit some of the books I have read so far this year, so thank you for the nomination Jo. If you haven’t already do go and check out her fabulous blog http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com

So here are the questions and my answers:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017? 

Ooh that’s a tricky one I have read so many fabulous books! But if I have to choose I would be hard pressed to choose between these two.

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne


Expertly plotted and wonderfully written this novel made for haunting and compelling read, it’s one of those books that just begs to be read in one satisfying sitting. This is one book I will be recommending to anyone and everybody.


Block 46 by Johana Gustawasson,

Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017. Why? Because it’s a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil, good versus bad, death versus life, it’s complex, fast paced, and disturbing, all the elements that make a crime read stand out from the norm.

Best sequel of 2017 so far?

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza


Anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of this author and I love the Erika Foster series so I was eagerly waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. Last Breath is a truly dark, disturbing and most definitely a gripping read, one that will make your heart pound and the paranoia kick in, but my god it’s definitely worth the ride. What I particularly like about this series is how original each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Mayfly by James Hazel


Need You Dead by Peter James


Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

House Of Spines by Michael J Malone


I loved A Suitable Lie so I can’t wait to see what this very talented author comes up with next.

Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech


Another authors work I really enjoy reading Louise Beech books are so different to my normal reads. I’m lucky that I’m not going to have to wait long to read either books as I’m on the blog tours for both.

Biggest disappointment of 2017?

He said She Said by Erin Kelly?


I know I’m in the minority with this one as most people loved it but though it made for an enjoyable read, I really struggled with the characters and the whole eclipse plot, it did leave me feeling disappointed especially as I had read so many fabulous reviews for this book.

Biggest Surprise?

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins


I thought I might enjoy this book, but I was surprised by how much I loved this book considering it’s much slower paced than my normal reads. For me personally The Night Visitor made a refreshing change from the usual crime read, I found it to be a riveting and unnerving read, beautifully written with characters you won’t forget about in a hurry.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?


Rob Ashman, I bought Those That Remain without any expectations. To say I loved this novel is an understatement it’s probably one of the best debut crime thrillers I’ve read this year in fact. Rob Ashman’s superb writing drew me in from the first chapter and I’m sure I spent much of my time reading this book in stunned silence (not a mean feat, I can tell you!).

Newest fictional crush?

I wouldn’t say it’s a crush but I’m rather fond of Detective Jake Flannagan he appears in The Detriment and The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette. Jake’s a bit of a bad boy and he gets caught up in some “thrilling” events, he’s a very likeable and credible character.


Newest favourite character?

It’s gone to be Mechanic who features in Those That Remain by Rob Ashman, this is one seriously twisted serial killer who made my blood run cold, and what a complex character. Luckily for me there’s another couple of books in the Mechanic series to come and I can’t wait.

A book that made you cry?

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow


The last book to make me cry was The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow I was privileged to be one of the first people to read an early ARC and I loved it Christie’s characters are so believable you can’t help become involved in her characters life’s and when things go wrong I found myself crying along with the characters.

Books that make you happy?


That’s a hard one as I mostly read crime and psychological thrillers so I wouldn’t say they make for a happy read. Christie Barlow’s are always garenteed to put a smile on my face and I’m a huge fan of her writing even though her books are the complete opposite to my usual reads.

Favourite movie adaptation of 2017?


I’m not a big fan of movie adaptions I’m afraid I much prefer to read the book and leave it at that!  I usually find if I watch a movie adaption I spend the whole time thinking “well that didn’t happen in the book”. I would mind watching the remake of It by Stephen King that’s a book that still gives me nightmares.

Favourite review you’ve written this year


I wouldn’t say I have a favourite review as once they’ve been posted I tend to reflect and pick fault with everyone of them. So I’m going with the post that has the most traffic it’s Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris an author interview and even though it was posted in February 2016 it continues to get views every day I’m not sure why or how people find it but they do.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

As I tend to read mostly crime and psychological thriller I wouldn’t consider any of them to be beautiful. Although I did buy The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley which has a beautiful red and gold cover and it really stands out on my book shelf as most of my books have dark covers. I’m a huge fan of Lucinda Riley her books are mega reads (700 pages+) but she certainly knows how to tell a good story.


Books you need to read before the end of the year?

The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister and The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley, they are a series of books about seven sisters,  but as they are such long books I’m waiting until I have time off to read them all in one go.



I’m not going to nominate anyone as I know how busy everyone is, and I would hate to put more pressure on you all, but if you want to take part consider yourself nominated.

18 thoughts on “**The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag**

  1. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    I’m still not over Block 46 and I think it will never happen! The combination of the writing and the plot is so perfect! We share two anticipated reads! House of Spines and Maria in the Moon are THE books I’m gonna take all the time to enjoy and love!

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  2. Vicky

    This round-up is so cool. When you read a lot it’s easy to forget what you’ve read and I totally struggle with what the best book I’ve read in the last six months is.

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