2017 may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate some of last year’s finds.
I selected 5 of the most memorable books that I read this year, and I’m feeling slightly nostalgic. I sense possible rereads coming on??
#5 Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
This was one of my last reads of 2017, and it happened to make my top 5. This book was full of surprises, and I really enjoyed it.
“Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends
Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen”
This book killed at characters/setting/literally-everything. The author was developing three different main characters, each with their own settings, friends, and issues. I was never confused, but rather intrigued. Usually with novels like this, I fixate on one of the story lines and ignore the others. However, that was not the case with this novel. Right after I finished this one, I ordered and read the sequel, but it wasn’t as good as the first novel. I have yet to decide if I want to continue the series. Overall, if you see this book in your local library, I would recommend picking it up!!
#4 The Rose Society – Marie Lu
This novel has stuck with me throughout 2017 because of the vast difference in this book compared to all other books I’ve read. The first book in this series is titled The Young Elites. The story line behind that book followed a young girl, Adelina Amouteru, that was affected by a sickness. Other children that were also affected had started to show up with abilities, and all of a sudden so did she. She took refuge in her newly found friends, but at the end of the book, they betray her. So, the next book, the one I’m featuring, is about Adelina and her path of revenge. This novel embraced her dark side, and we all know that I love a good villain, especially the ones we don’t expect.
#3 Obsidian – Jennifer Armentrout
I’m nearly certain that I got this book for free, and if I’m correct in that thinking, then that makes me even more excited by the fact that this made it into my top 5. I found this book series to be similar to the I am Number Four series, but I think that this one takes the cake. (Also I read that series in 2016, so I couldn’t include it *insert frowny face*) Anyways, to sum this one up, it features a race of aliens, and people who want to hurt them. Our favorite main character Katy (who happens to have a book reviewing blog! I need to be her) meets Daemon, the cute male you see on the front cover, and from then on it’s history. (Well, kinda, he’s arrogant and she’s stubborn so it does take a bit). But, long story short, it’s a great read, and the endings will make you want to read more.
#2 Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
This was definitely one of the more popular books read last year. That may or may not have had something to do with the movie that came out based on this book, but either way it was a great read. I came across this novel on one of my many book store binges, and was drawn to it because it sounded a tad bit like A Fault in Our Stars. While this plot line was obviously nothing like that, the soft characters did remind me a little of the other novel. So, this novel was based around the life of a girl named Maddy, who was so allergic to everything, that she had to stay inside all day everyday. Her life changes when she meets her new neighbor, Olly, and they begin corresponding. It forms a young love, and a beautiful relationship. (This book made me swoon for days)
#1 A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
I had a hard time selecting which books went where in my ranking, but I instantly knew which novel would be at the top of my list. Before we dive into the story and what I love about it, can we please take a moment and appreciate the fact that this author has also written the Throne of Glass series, which is a huge thing right now. To connect that for you, this author has two amazing series that she’s currently working on right now. (Again…. can I be her???) Anyways, onto the story. So, this book takes place in a world where humans fear faeries. However, a treaty bans faeries from entering human lands, unless a human kills one of their own. That’s exactly what Feyre does, which then calls Tamlin into her lands. He takes her back into his world, and that’s where the story really takes off. This series is amazing, and I can’t wait for the fourth novel to come out later this year!!! If you’re into YA, you need to read this.
Whew! That was harder than I thought, and this post actually took me a few days to write. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed!