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Whoa, the year really isn’t allowed to be half over already…. I always have difficulty picking my top favorites since that means comparing across genres and age ranges, but I will try for your sakes, my lovely readers! These of course come with the huge caveat of “I just really really liked them, that doesn’t mean they are objectively the best or anything” ;-). Oh and they aren’t in any actual order since that would be actually impossible
- Cruel Beauty – The sky is made of paper and there are old references to Greek gods and goddesses. This is on top of the awesome Beauty and the Beast retelling with great characters! There is so much more but I can’t tell you because you must discover it on your own!!
- Where the Rock Splits the Sky – The Earth’s rotation has been halted by aliens who also blew the Moon to smithereens. The western US is stuck in eternal twilight because that is the way they were facing when the aliens came. The West is filled with weird quirks of physics and creepy aliens and awesomely described landscapes. This book was a treat to read!
- Words of Radiance – It is Brandon Sanderson, and therefore of course the world is amazing. However, the world is even more amazing because there are sketches included to really bring it to life and we’ve gotten a lot of different perspectives from characters all over the world. Book three now please?
- In the Shadows – All right, maybe “world-building” isn’t quite the right word, but because In the Shadows is half graphic novel and half text novel, it was able to pull me into the mystery so much more compellingly than the text on its own. It is so much fun to actually get to see the world as the authors see it!
- Gasp – This is the conclusion to the Visions trilogy and I literally read it in a four-hour sitting. It isn’t that I couldn’t put it down, I just really didn’t want to because it was so awesome. I love the mystery in each of these books since someone has a vision of an accident and then they have to figure out where and when to try to stop it. The characters are great and the pacing is just phenomenal.
- Earth Star – So I really like aliens when done well and Earth Star did spectacularly. I really enjoyed having this looming threat hanging in the sky while Jarra tried to go about her less-than-normal days at future Earth’s archeological sites. The ending was white-knuckle reading!
- Among Thieves – I read this one while riding in the car for six hours and am still astounded at how well it kept my attention and how quickly I read it. There is just so much swashbuckling and thieving fun that I was never bored.
- The Ophelia Prophecy – And by action I mean ;-). The Ophelia Prophecy has some pretty steamy sexy times along with a really cool plot involving genetically-manipulated insect hybrids!
- Horizon – So we already know that I absolutely love the friendships in books and Horizon is the concluding book of a trilogy full of awesome friends. I especially like that the boy and girl that start as friends end as friends with no romantic interest in each other because boys and girls can be just friends!
- Mistwalker – Mistwalker is such a wonderful haunting book, but completely separate from the mystical element is the friendship between Willa and her BFF Bailey. Bailey is gay and out to their small town, and even though she is having relationship problems as they think about college, she is still around for Willa and a friend I really wish I had. She actually really reminds me of good friend from college so that’s probably why I love these two so much, haha.
What has been your favorite book(s) so far this year??
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