We’re just over half way through the year, so it’s about time to round up what the best books of the year have been so far! So far I’ve managed to read 48 books in 2017, it was a tough choice to whittle it down to 10, but here goes:
1. Godblind – Anna Stephens
This is definitely my favourite book of 2017. Dark and brutal, it’s a stunning example of grimdark fantasy. Featuring vengeful gods, ruthless war chiefs and a kick ass slave turned warrior, it has everything you could possibly want. Check out my review here!
2. Showstopper – Hayley Barker
In a dystopian society where anyone not classed as ‘purely English’ is forced to live in poverty or work as servants for the Pures. Some are forced to perform as part of the deadly circus, performing and dying for the entertainment of others. This book is a gripping and compelling YA story. Check out my review here!
3. The Wages of Sin – Kaite Welsh
Dark and dingy Victorian Edinburgh. Sarah Gilchrist is a fallen woman, attempting to overcome prejudice and become a female doctor, but when one of her patients is murdered, she must risk her reputation even further to uncover the truth. This book is really fantastic, it’s gory and intense, and history fans will absolutely love it. Review here!
4. Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell
When everyone in your family is a powerful spellcaster, what do you do when you have no magic? This story of young Kellen as he attempts to find his magic and discover his place in the world is full of adventure, mystery and of course magic. Check it out!
5. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. A fictionalised account of the Lizzie Borden murders, this book is dark and spellbinding. Review here!
6. Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
This book was probably my most anticipated of 2017. I love Mark Lawrence’s books so much, and this absolutely did not let me down. Kick ass nuns, mystery and adventure, this book was everything I could possibly have hoped for. Review coming soon!
7. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Lazlo Strange is the most perfect character. My first outing with a Laini Taylor book, this story hooked me from the very beginning and refused to let me go. If you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely have to pick it up. Read more here!
8. The Scarecrow Queen – Melinda Salisbury
The stunning conclusion to the fabulous Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You always wonder if the conclusion to a series you love will live up to expectations, but this one absolutely did. Filled with Melinda Salisbury’s trademark shock and heartbreak, this book has stayed with me long after I finished reading it. See more of what I thought here!
9. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
I was sent an ARC of this book without knowing too much about it, however after a few pages I was absolutely hooked and this story completely blew me away. Full of magic and folklore, I am absolutely champing at the bit for book two. Read my review here!
10. Dawn Study – Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder’s Study series is a series that is very close to my heart. I first read the books a long time ago (the original three – Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study) and they are partly the reason that I love fantasy books so much. When Maria announced that she would once again be returning to the story of Yelena and Valek I did a literal happy dance. Dawn Study is the final book in the series, neatly tying up the loose ends, and providing a wonderful conclusion to the most amazing series. Take a look!
That’s my round up of favourite books of 2017 so far. Have you read any of these yet, what did you think? And of course what are your favourite reads of 2017 so far?