Hello my lovely Faerie Friends!
Can you believe we’re half way through the year already? I certainly can’t – where have the last six months gone?
I’ve had a great start to the year as far as my reading goes. I’ve completed my Goodreads challenge (I did set it quite low), I’ve managed to read and review some of the ARCs on my shelves and I’ve read some all around AMAZING books. So I thought now would be a good time to highlight a few of my favourite reads of the first half of the year.
Read on to see which books I’ve particularly loved so far!
WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal
I will never stop going on about this book! No word of a lie, it’s one of the best debut novels I’ve read. The writing is lush and beautiful, the world building is inventive and the characters are so much fun to read! I was also lucky enough to be chosen as a member of the street team for We Hunt The Flame, so it’s been extra special for me to see how well this book has done.
For a spoiler free review of We Hunt The Flame, check out my blog post here.
THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury
I love a good retelling, and when it’s done as well as this one, I adore it. If I’m completely honest, I haven’t read any Aladdin retellings… I’m not sure how many there are. But boy am I happy that this was my first, because it is absolutely 110% amazing! Jessica has managed to weave the classic story that we all know and love with her own version of the tale, and it’s so well done. I kind of wish that Jessica’s version was the actual version… I’m here for the awesome female genies, sassy street rats and warrior princesses!
Check out my spoiler free review of The Forbidden Wish here.
VIPER by Bex Hogan
Who knew I needed a YA pirate themed story in my life? Apparently, FairyLoot did! Viper was included in the March box, and I’m so glad it was as I was umming and ahhing about whether or not to buy this book for myself. Well, I read it and I fell head over heels in love with it! Bex Hogan has somehow managed to write a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque swashbuckling adventure story with a sassy heroine, a terrifying pirate lord and loads of page turning drama. I’m ridiculously excited for the sequel to this book (you can probably find me on Twitter asking Bex when it’ll be finished)!
Fancy reading my review of Viper? It’s here.
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
I was so apprehensive about starting this book. I love Viking inspired stories, and last year I read one that was pretty underwhelming, so I was a bit worried that this one might make me feel the same way – especially after all the hype surrounding it. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong as Sky In The Deep is an absolutely terrific story and I somehow managed to read it in around 6 hours! The writing is so gripping and the characters and story are brilliant – this is definitely worth checking out if you, like me, enjoy Viking inspired stories full of drama, warring tribes and enemies to lovers tropes!
Check out my spoiler free review of Sky In The Deep here.
VENGEFUL by VE Schwab
Yes, I know. I should have read this book ages and ages ago. But I haven’t, and I’m actually quite glad about that. I’ve miraculously managed to avoid any spoilers for both Vicious and Vengeful, so I was able to read both of these books at my own pace and just enjoy the wild, scary and brilliant ride that is the Villains books by VE Schwab. And I really did love them – Vengeful just a little bit more than Vicious. As usual with Victoria’s books, her writing is completely enthralling and I fell in love with the characters in these books. I especially love the way the story developed in Vengeful, and I’m so excited to see what happens in the next book (because apparently there’s a next book)!
For my spoiler free review of Vengeful, click here.
Well there you have it, friends! My top five books from the first half of 2019 – and what a list! I can’t wait to see what the rest of my reading year has in store for me!
Check back here soon for a post on what upcoming releases I’m looking forward to over the next six months. Until then, what have your favourite reads been recently?