I don’t know what it is about this year, but man I have been reading a lot. Here is a look at the books that have kept me entertained in the past couple of months. I hope at least a couple get added to your summer/winter reading list, depending which hemisphere you are in!
Warning: a lot of YA fantasy ahead. I don’t know why I’ve read so much of this genre this year, but you have been warned.
♥ Red Queen & Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I remember Kaelene recommending this book on her blog awhile ago, and I finally picked it up at the library this month. I then followed this up by downloading the sequel onto my Kindle. The series is about reds versus silvers, and a girl who finds out she doesn’t fit in either category. It took me awhile to get into the first book, as I couldn’t figure out where the story was going, but once it picked up I was hooked. I also didn’t see the ending coming, and I wonder if others felt the same way? The sequel was good but I hated the ending. It was one of those climaxes that makes the whole book seem pointless. But you know the “red queen” will come out on top in the third book (right?!)
♥ Rapture by Lauren Kate
I finished the Fallen series. Rapture is book 4 and offers readers an apt ending to the teenage/angel love story that has lasted for millennia. Although this hasn’t been my favourite YA series this year, I am glad I finished it. I just wished I could have skipped book 3.
♥ Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling
So I kind of didn’t read Mindy’s books in chronological order (I have already finished Why Not Me?) but I’m sure she won’t mind. Whereas her last book focused primarily on The Mindy Project, her first book talks a lot about The Office. How she became one of America’s best female comics is a fascinating, and obviously humorous, story.
Thanks to these books I am also now up to season 4 of The Mindy Project. If you like lighthearted comedy, I recommend her books and TV show.
♥ Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Another book 4, but this one is not the ending of the Throne of Glass series. Apparently a fifth book is coming out this year, which I know all of us readers are thrilled about. Queen of Shadows is a fast-paced novel that includes magic, murder and a lot of sexual tension. The powerful and stubborn main female protagonist is made for movies.
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♥ The Heir by Kiera Cass
I read The Selection series last year, and it was an easy read following the story of a prince who has to choose a princess. Well now they are grown up and their daughter must go through her own selection. The main character is a little hard to like with her tough personality. But I feel like she will become a bit more open in the final book, so I shall let you know once I read it.
♥ Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbaldon
I loved the Outlander sequel. These books take me a long time to read, but I enjoy them nonetheless. Dragonfly in Amber follows 20th century time traveller Clare and her 18th century Scottish husband, Jamie as they venture to Paris, face old foes, and then return for battle in Scotland. The book is full of surprises, as at the beginning and end of the novel Clare is back in the 20th century. If you like historical fiction, and the TV show, I highly recommend this series. Plus the actor who plays Jamie isn’t awful on the eyes.
♥ Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
It has been awhile between Picoult reads for me, which I have always loved (along with millions of others). My favourites include Nineteen Minutes and The Pact, but Plain Truth is now up the top too. It is about an Amish girl on trial for allegedly murdering her newborn baby. The way Picoult delves into Amish life was interesting for me, as my Amish knowledge is fairly minimal. I also found I had conflicting feelings for the main character, which is Picoult’s specialty. If you have never read one of her novels — if that is even possible — Plain Truth is one of her bests, in my opinion.
♥ City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Another day, another YA fantasy novel. I thought I’d start reading this series after enjoying watching the TV series, Shadowhunters. It is the second book and includes evil dads, impossible love stories, plus some werewolves, vampires and demons thrown in for good mix. It was an easy-to-follow read too. Only like five more books to go or something? Simple.
♥ The Younger Man by Zoe Foster
I have been a fan of Foster for years, but for some reason I had never read this novel of hers. I devoured it in one weekend, as it was just too easy to read. The title is basically the novel’s synopsis: older career woman meets younger man, thinks he’s too young, but falls in love nonetheless. I loved it, although Playing the Field is still my Foster favourite, if you haven’t read it.
♥ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
When I finished consuming Queen of Shadows, I knew I needed a new book on my Kindle stat. Thanks to Amazon, I realise Maas had written another YA fantasy series. SOLD. The similarities include strong female leads, magic, and evil leaders. But this series takes place in another world with entirely different magical beings. It also has a slight Beauty and the Beast element, which I love. Although Throne of Glass is still my favourite, this second series is still excellent.
Okay, that’s all I’ve read lately, promise. But you know I am always up for recommendations.
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