I loved the magical, mystical, magical adventures of Lazlo Strange as a librarian with dreams of visiting a lost world. With an antagonistic alchemist, a mysterious blue-skinned goddess who explores nightmares and dreams, and lots of ancient creatures and characters, Strange the Dreamer was such a memorable read.
Antagonistic romances are my favourite and the one between the fierce princess Gauri and the false prince Vikram was memorable and exciting. I loved the magical Tournament of Wishes and the trials they had to undergo to escape their circumstances. A magical story based on Indian mythology.
Like every book lover, I love it when series get better and better over time, and The Song Rising was a fantastic third book in the Bone Season trilogy. The dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has gone through so many trials and tribulations, and in this one she really comes on her own. With a secret underworld run by the seven orders of clairvoyance, aliens and a London influence, this is a unique supernatural dystopian series.
The only contemporary on my list, Always and Forever Lara Jean was such an adorable, nostalgic fluffy read about finishing high school. From figuring out what you want to do with your life, to trying to save a high school romance and realising that you’re going through a tidal wave of change, I loved every minute of it! Plus Peter and Lara Jean are so adorable.
I love magical realism and this book had a wonderful combination of romance, family and magical realism elements. There was so much to love about it and I absolutely flew through the book. I thought it had a really interesting concept and definitely one for contemporary lovers out there.
It’s not secret that I love the Shadowhunter Chronicles and Lord of Shadows was yet another brilliant instalment in The Dark Artifices trilogy. The plot was extremely exciting and the development in the characters made it a really enjoyable read. I’m sad that we’ll have to wait at 2-3 years for the last book in the trilogy.
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series of all time and I was so excited to find out that there would be a graphic novel spin off/continuation. Wires and Nerve is about Iko’s story after the events of The Lunar Chronicles and I absolutely fell in love with the story. All of the other characters in the main cast feature in this graphic novel and it was wonderful being able to reconnect with them all.
This was definitely the surprise of the year so far for me. I had expected to like it but I never thought that I would love it as much as I do. This novel has one of my favourite second chance romances that I’ve read for a while and the story and its family elements made me fall in love with the book.
I literally can’t recommend this book enough. This is the book I needed growing up. Genie Lo is a fantastic main character who will call you out on your BS, love interest or not. There is integration of Chinese folklore in a way YA has never done before. I LOVE THIS BOOK. And everyone needs to read it. If you didn’t like it, I will fight.
10. Want by Cindy Pon | My Review
A science-fiction set in futuristic Taiwan, Want explores environmental concerns and class hierarchy, all while incorporating diverse characters and a glimpse of Taiwanese culture. Jason Zhou is a broody boy who will steal your heart with his butterfly knife skills and loyalty towards his squad. And plus points for characters with colorful hair.
Important, poignant, raw, and gripping, this book made me cry, ache, and hope throughout the whole story. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter but extremely relevant today – and the days to come – The Hate U Give will make readers see their privilege and open their eyes with a personal account of new articles that populate America today. Starr is formidable and bold, and her love with her family and friends will fill readers’ hearts.
This is another science-fiction story, this time set in futuristic Korea, whose capital is now split between Neo Seoul and Old Seoul. You’re going to love the bromances and friendships in this one. Character camaraderie is A+ as this sci-fi book will blend K-drama feels with mecha anime to create a terrifyingly fun, action-filled plot.
Which of these books have you read this year?