Since everyone else does one of these, here is mine! Before reading the list, I wanted to shout out a few honorable mentions: Children of Blood and Bone, Sadie, Grace and Fury, Mirage, From Twinkle, With Love and The Hazel Wood. Without further ado, I give you my best of 2018 book list. Continue reading “Favorite Books of 2018”
As I near the end of the year, several books shy of my reading challenge goal, I am happy I picked up such a winner of a book. It’s been a mixed year in my ability to read–several hiatuses included–though it was not for a lack of quality books. Between this and my next read (Spinning Silver) that I hope to read before the end of the year, my 2018 reading time is sure to end with a bang and not a fizzle.
This book isn’t a retelling of Twelfth Night so much as it is inspired by it, but I would consider it a retelling all the same. In this book, learn how Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is used to snuff out a rebellion against the Queen in this alternate version of Elizabethan England.
If you’ve been wondering where my reviews have been, know that they were missing because of this book. This book, clocking in at almost 1,000 pages, was a beast to get through.
At this point there are so many characters and plot threads to get through that it would be impossible to completely describe the premise of this book with brevity. Truly though, if you are interested in this book you’ve already the previous six books. You know what’ll be happening at the start of this book. Aelin is held captive by Maeve. Rowan, Elide, Lorcan and Gavriel are searching for Aelin. Dorian is with Manon and is looking for the Wyrdkeys. Chaol is returning north with new allies. Aedion and Lysandra are on the front lines.
It’s a book I never would have thought to ask for, but I’m surprisingly glad for its presence all the same.
Frey is an impostor, assassin, body double. Few people know of her existence, and rarely does she get to leave her home for any reason other than as a brief stand-in at a party or presentation. Rafi, 26 minutes her elder, is her twin sister and the one Frey pretends to be, when she isn’t training to kill or hidden away from most of the world. This changes when her father decides to send Rafi as a hostage to a rival family. But it’s Frey who is actually going. She may have to pretend to be Rafi, but at least she is out in the world…
There are two things about this book that believe to be true. The first is that it is entirely worth the buzz, the NY Times bestseller status and a 5 star Goodreads reading. The second is that if you do not enjoy serial crime podcasts or the most disturbing episodes of Criminal Minds, and if you are easily upset by tragedy in the news…this book is not for you.
Between the alternating points of view of a podcaster, and Sadie herself, we learn more about what happened after Sadie’s sister, Mattie, is murdered.
With this book comes a surprise: my favorite part wasn’t the main storyline. It was the bits with Aaru’s past, a feature I didn’t even know this book would have.
In the present, Mira and her friends are on the run, while also trying to find a safe spot for the poached dragons.
In the past, we see Aaru’s life building up to the moment he is sent to the pit.
Though a bit of a drag in some parts, it is undeniable that this book had a grip on me. In part this is due to the unique premise, and the tantalizing memory surrounding it, but also because the narrative voice is strong and different and mesmerizing.
April May notices a peculiar statue during a late night journey home in NYC. She calls up her friend Andy to film her analyzing this statue, that she believes to be an art installation. This video leads to overnight viral fame. The statue April dubs “Carl,” is not just in NYC, but in dozens of cities throughout the world. And April might have made first contact…
Though Strange the Dreamer is delight and sweetness and mystery, Muse of Nightmares is a different story altogether. It is dark and solemn and so, so heavy. Where Strange the Dreamer hinted at horror, Muse of Nightmares brings that out to the forefront. The book leaves a bitter taste, but not for lack of quality or investment. It’s just the nature of the story Laini Taylor is telling.
Sarai is dead, now a ghost under Minya’s control. This changes everything. Instead of looking in fear at Weep, those around Minya hope to save it.
Mirage is one of those books I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s a very relationship-centric book, and mostly builds up to a plot without getting deep into it. In another book I might have hated the lack of “plot,” but here I loved it.
Amani is kidnapped and secretly brought to the royal palace. Here she discovers that she has an uncanny resemblance to the horrible half-Vathel Princess Maram. To protect against attacks on Maram’s life, Amani must learn to talk and act like Maram, to be Maram, in order to stand in her place in dangerous situations.