I haven’t been too active on commenting on your blog this year but you are still my go-to for great recs and bargain reads. I am also a frequent silent but observing member of the Goodreads group Maryse’s Book Blog….meeting place.
I had a fairly successful reading year and wanted to share some of my favorites as I’ve really enjoyed others’ favorite lists. So here goes in the order I found them this year.
The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller <— This was epic; it brought Ancient Greek and Trojan mortals and gods to life for me again from vague recollections of high school required reading. It was about the moving love story and life story of Patroclus and Achilles. The audiobook was excellent and helpful with the pronunciation of unfamiliar names. Wonderful read.
An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir <— Books 1 and 2 of a series and I was blown away by the multilayered and complex characters. This is a fantasy that is not straightforward but twisting with unexpected turns. Character pairings are uncertain and the world building is unique. Awesome reads.
Jennifer: Incredible series with fantastic world building, twists and turns. Can’t recommend it enough.
The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin <— These are book 2 and 3 of a trilogy. I rated the first book 4.5. Great book but it lost half a star because the author dropped the reader into the world, vocabulary and action with no preparation so it was initially disorienting. But books 2 and 3 were brilliant. Great fantasies with complex story arcs that kept evolving. I had never read a story like this, the author’s imagination is unbelievable.
Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate <— This was an emotional journey told from the past and alternating view of the present through a granddaughter’s eyes.. very compelling story telling and unbelievably disturbing that poor children were viewed as commodities to be sold. Amazing story.
And finally… the amazing Holly Black! I read The Darkest Part of the Forest (which Bev may have been raving about…can’t remember between the time I got this book and actually read it) and The Coldest Girl in Cold Town.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black <— the author cleverly set fairies in a small human town. Everyone knows they are there and lives with faery influence in everyday life. The author had realistic teenagers, a kick ass heroine, and great love of family. This is a stand alone and a great adventure story.
My favorite of the year may be The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Again very impressed with this author’s ability to weave fantasy elements into everyday normal life. This time she does it with vampires and realistic teenage characters.
Her heroine is a teenage girl with a strong moral compass who never gives up. This is a brilliant take on vampires, a romantic slow burn, with a twisting plot. Wonderful.
That’s it…not a huge emphasis on straightforward romance…I’m a big fan of fantasy/paranormal romance and M/M reads as you may be able to tell from the list. Merry Christmas and looking forward to a great 2019 reading year!
Thank you Jennifer!!! 😀
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