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Omg we made it! This year has flown by and I feel like I read a lot this year (113 books as of typing, aiming for 125 by the time you read this!), but my first cut list for favorite books read this year only had 20, so it wasn’t so bad cutting down ;-). It’s funny how a book that I rated 5 stars at the time didn’t make the list while some 4-star books did. That is very much due to how much a book has stayed with me over the year. These are the books that I still get that happy-reader feeling when I think about them, or I can still picture a scene and THE FEELS from the book despite everything that has been in my brain in between. That’s says a lot about a book given my horrible memory ;-). In no particular order because that would be simply impossible…
Kinslayer ripped my heart to pieces! But in a good way? I connected with Yukiko so much while reading Kinslayer, feeling her pain for the impossible choices she was forced to make. Buruu soothed my heart by being freaking hilarious. All the grey characters, all of them! I don’t know who to trust and it’s wonderful :D.
Speaking of dark and gritty with comic relief! I listened to Days of Blood and Starlight on audiobook and the narration is definitely one of my favorite things about this series. On top of that, I loved that Days put the romance on hold and put everyone through hell because that’s what they needed to do. Oh Karou, I’m so sorry my dear *hugs*.
I knew things were off to a good start when Steelheart had me sobbing like a baby in the prologue. While things definitely got lighter from there (a relief to my nasal passages), there were all my favorite Sanderson elements: an awesome magic system, plot twists galore, amusing characters, mysteries that I can’t wait to figure out, and yes, more crying ;-). That ending was epic :D. (Pun totally intended :-P)
Speaking of amazing endings!!! Wow Bang, just wow. I went into this book looking forward to some funny pizza-restaurant feuding, weird visions, and a tough family situation. Bang delivered so much more. I love Lisa McMann so much for writing the plot that she did and delivering such a clear message about the horror of hate.
And now for something completely different! I fell in love with the fey-torn world of Ironskin and really enjoyed the Jane Eyre retelling aspect. However, Copperhead did such an amazing job proving to me that I shouldn’t make assumptions about characters (go Helen!), revealing more of this dangerous and intriguing world, and telling a really cool rendition of the feminist movement in an alternative history industrial revolution :D. Evil fey + feminist movement + steampunk = awesome.
Robin Hood! Will Scarlet is a girl! And she narrates first-person in dialect :D. I really just love the Robin Hood retelling plus cross-dressing Scarlet <3. Oh and the romance! And the villain! And oh my dear dear Much, you always get pushed to the side but you are really the strongest of the group *more hugs*. If you like retellings, you have to read this book. Now. There is still time before the sequel comes out (and it might be even better >.> just saying).
Of course, I can’t discuss retellings without talking about Cress. I was lucky enough to read a very early ARC of this one and I love it so hard. The Rapunzel retelling is so much fun, Cress is a great character, and we get to find out so much and see so much of this world. Omg that ending, I need Winter ASAP.
I am a horrible fantasy fan for not having read this series earlier, but I fixed it! I’m horrified at the idea that I wouldn’t have started this series if I hadn’t accidentally requested the third book for review without realizing it was a third book. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have requested it because I’m intimidated by long review books that I have to catch up for. However, listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora was amazing. The narration was flawless, Locke and Jean and the twins and Bug <3. Gah! If you’ve read the books, you know what that exclamation was for >.>.
At first I wasn’t thrilled with Hector having a POV in Bitter Kingdom, but don’t worry, I was converted quickly ;-). I read this whole series this year and I was so happy to encounter a trilogy that just kept getting better. The Bitter Kingdom is definitely my favorite of the three! The whole premise of this trilogy, the religious aspects, the magic, how everything went down regarding the magic, an overweight and lovely and wonderful heroine, and a romantic interest who is a guy I would actually be interested if I met on the street. What more is there to say really right?
Finally, I’ll conclude with the book that has been all over the blogosphere in recent months: These Broken Stars. I very much feel like this book is the product of someone snooping in my head and finding out exactly the kind of sci-fi I’ve been hoping to read for ages. The survival story was exciting, the creepiness was just the right amount to give me goosebumps but not nightmares, the romance developed just right, and omg that ending. I know some of you haven’t been a fan of some of what went down, but I freaking loved it! I was so torn by what the repercussions of those events would be and how Lilac and Tarver must feel about it all. I’m so excited to see what these two ladies cook up for the companion novels!
Whew, long post, but I really felt like these were books that should get their individual explanations, since if I don’t have something to write about these books, then what’s the point, haha. If you stuck through all the way, thank you! Also thank you for reading my blog in general, I really adore you all so much, even the lurkers who don’t comment ;-). Now the important question: what are some of your favorite books that you read this year??
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