☆ Autumn by Ali Smith
Sometimes, a book comes along that simply, unexpectedly, blows you away. Other than a beautiful cover, and my favourite season for a title, I knew very little about the content of this novel before reading it. Never having read an Ali Smith book before, I was unsure of what I would think of her writing style. After closing the final page of this book, Ali Smith’s entire works found their way into my TBR! This is a melancholic, yet hopeful examination of post-Brexit Britain, and it was done thoughtfully and with just the right amount of wit. It was easily my favourite read of the year.
☆ Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval was pure fun to read. It felt like a Night Circus meets Professor Layton mash-up – in the best possible way. Not often do I finish a book and want to open it up and start again immediately, but this was one of those books. I’ve already planned my re-read to prepare for the release of the sequel in 2018.
☆ Magic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren
2018 has been a year of discovering lots of modern free-verse poetry. I think I’ve read seven or eight new collections (much more than my usual one or two poetry books a year). So I’m saying a lot when I say that Magic with Skin On was my favourite poetry collection of the year. This collection of poetry and prose was moving, lyrical and utterly breath-taking in its crafting of language. It has become the poetry book I recommend to all, whether poetry reader or not.
☆ A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
This was one of the first books I read in 2017, so it clearly stuck with me
throughout the year. A Million World With You is the conclusion to one of my recent favourite sci-fi series, and it was so refreshing to read a final book that satisfied every loose end, character arc, relationship and still kept me on my toes.
☆ Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
The sequel and conclusion to the Of Metal and Wishes duology; a steam-punk Phantom of the Opera retelling (yes, it is very cool). I enjoyed the first book, but the sequel made these books into some of my favourites. The characters were wonderful, and their development in this second book was brilliant. The exploration of culture and war was so interesting when set against a steam-punk backdrop.
What were your favourite reads of the year? Let me know in the comments!
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult
Published: 2nd May 2017
“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
Synopsis (from back cover):
She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
But while war rages, it is her heart that will face the greatest battle.
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Welcome to the place where my reveries burst out from ink, soak into my skin and settle in my daydreams. Welcome to my reading corner. Continue reading “welcome to my reading corner.”
Title: Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3)
Author: Christi J. Whitney
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
Published: 25th May 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
“Her smile destroyed the shadows”
Sebastian Grey’s sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans and to protect the girl he loves, Josephine Romany. But what happens when your guardian is the one in trouble?
When Kari Corsi is found dead in his trailer, all evidence points to him being killed by a shadow creature. This is a threat to the entire clan: frightened, rumours begin to spread among them, and Sebastian becomes the main suspect.
Josephine must risk everything to find the inner strength to save Sebastian and uncover the true killer. Then, and only then, can they be together. Can they prove that love is stronger than stone?
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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published: 12th May 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
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While I now don’t like the term “YA readers” or “adult readers” or “romance readers” or any other category that suggests a person is only a reader of one type of book, I viewed these as very separate things when I was struggling to branch out of reading YA as a teen. I found it difficult finding adult books that were accessible, enjoyable and relatable. So for those of you perhaps struggling with the same thing, I thought I would share some of the books that helped me to branch out of YA!
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About this time last year I was showing you the marvellous new cover for SHADOW (Book 2 in the Romany Outcasts series) by Christi J. Whitney, and I’m thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the final book in this YA urban fantasy trilogy, MIDNIGHT, which will be released on 25th May 2017. Continue reading “COVER REVEAL | Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J. Whitney”