Happy New Year’s Eve, Faeries!
Who among you is going to a glittering fae party this evening? If not, how about joining me as I talk about some of my favourite reads of the past twelve months.
I’ve managed to narrow this list down to my 5 favourite books of 2018 (not including ARCs that I’ve read for 2019 releases) but let me tell you, it wasn’t easy! This year has had some amazing releases and trying to choose just 5 books out of the 30 I read was really difficult!
With no more ado, and in no particular order, here are my top 5 books of 2018:
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
This book was beautiful! Yes, it has a gorgeous cover which was an obvious draw for me in the first place, but the story itself was so wonderful and whimsical and magical, that I completely fell in love! As you may have guessed, I adore stories about the fae folk, and this story really brought out the best (and worst) of them. The story follows Isobel, a human artist known for her skill as a painter, on a treacherous journey through the fae realms alongside the handsome Autumn Prince, Rook. It’s a wonderful stand-alone novel, and really well paced with great description and dialogue. I realty enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to Margaret’s next book which is out in 2019!
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
This book couldn’t be more different from An Enchantment of Ravens if it tried! I discovered Holly Bourne’s books this year, and I’m so glad I did because they’re such fun reads. How Do You Like Me Now is Holly’s first adult novel, and it’s exactly the book that I needed to read this year. It’s the story of Tori Bailey, a successful thirty-something writer who is coming to the conclusion that maybe she doesn’t have her sh*t as together as she’d once thought. As a woman in my late twenties, I completely related to Tori’s character. She watches as her friends get married and have children and buy houses, and thinks that she has to want all those things to. But eventually she realises that you have to follow your own path, no matter which direction it leads. This book is honestly a fantastic, funny and thought provoking read and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett
I received this book in a Fairy Loot box earlier this year, and read it straight away (which is pretty unusual for me) and I’m so glad that I did! It’s a fabulous fantasy adventure story about Traitor Kate, a girl who has been exiled for a crime committed by her father and must now risk her life as a member of the Relay, the Imperial courier service. This may not sound dangerous, but throw in some nasty nightdrakes who come out to hunt as soon as the sun sets, and it’s a pretty terrifying job! Kate is also harbouring a secret that has the power to destroy her should anyone learn it. And let’s not forget her ex-boyfriend, Crown Prince Corwin, who fulfils all your requirements for a handsome love interest! I really loved this book, and I’m so looking forward to the sequel, Shadow & Flame, which comes out in 2019.
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
In case you haven’t yet figured it out, I love fantasy stories. I love the heroes and the heroines. I love the magic systems and the different worlds and the kings and queens and dragons that you can find in fantasy stories. For this reason, The Queen’s Rising is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2018. This is Rebecca Ross’ debut novel, and it’s definitely set the bar pretty high for the sequel! The world that she has created is full of smart, talented and powerful women who support each other and go after their dreams. There’s politics and intrigue in abundance, and men who support their wives and daughters rather than putting them down. Plus, the ending was absolutely perfect and made me desperate for the second book! I’m still not sure if this will be a duology or a series, but I definitely can’t wait to read more from Rebecca.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
I know I said this list was in no particular order, but this book is absolutely my number one favourite read of 2018! Laini Taylor writes magic. There is no other way to describe her books. Muse of Nightmares is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer (which was my favourite read of 2017) and it is the most perfect conclusion to the story of Lazlo and Sarai. I adored the growth that the all of the characters went through in this book, and the expansion of the world that Laini had created in Strange. What really nailed it for me though was the subtle nod to her first trilogy, the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books – you can tell how carefully Laini has planned these books, and how much love and thought she’s poured into the stories. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was a great debut and a really interesting read.
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez was the Tristan and Isolde retelling I didn’t know I needed.
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green was a fabulous fantasy story that I can’t wait to continue.
The Next Together by Lauren James was the perfect sci-fi time-travel romance to start my year.
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn was a perfect end to my reading year.
So there you have it! My top 5 books of 2018! Are any of these on your list of favourite reads for this year? Let me know in the comments.
All that’s left for me to say is I hope you have a very Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to chat about books with you next year!