This might be a little belated but seeing as the new year has started I thought I’d do a quite round up of my top 10 reads this year. So in no particular order:
1. Caraval – Stephanie Garber (coming January 31st 2017)
The magic and mystery of this absolutely gripped me. What’s real and what’s part of the game? I’m desperately waiting for book two in the series. Read my review of this gorgeous book here!
2. Frostblood – Elly Blake (coming January 10th 2017)
Fire and ice have been at war for centuries, but with ice being the ruling class, Firebloods must fight to survive. Strong and firey Ruby swears revenge on the ice king and winds up getting a whole lot more in the bargain. This book is filled with action and magic. I absolutely loved it, and I just wanted to continue reading for ever and ever. Read my review of the stunning Frostblood here!
3. Geekerella – Ashley Piston (coming April 4th 2017)
When I was little I was absolutely obsessed with A Cinderella Story. A modern retelling of Cinderella with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray as teenagers who meet on an online forum. Although it was good, Geekerella is a hundred times better. Elle is a massive Starfield fan who enters a cosplay contest. Darien is a young actor taking on the major role in the Starfield reboot, but what happens when their worlds collide? I love this book. It’s so geeky and wonderfu
l (so many references!) It made me laugh so many times and I can’t wait to share my review with you all!
4. The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown (coming March 2nd 2017)
This dark and compelling tale tells the story of Matthew Hopkins and his sister Alice. The story is a fictionalised account of the witch trials that resulted in the murder of one hundred and twenty seven women. The story is masterfully told, gripping you from start to finish. My review for this one will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that!
5. What Alice Knew – T. A. Cotterell (released December 2016)
What would you do if you found one someone you loved committed a murder? How far would you go to protect your family from the consequences of a single night? This taught thriller is wild ride, and was a big highlight of my 2016 books. You can read my full review of this one here!
6. The Outrun – Amy Liptrot (released January 2016)
Right off the bat I’m going to say that I definitely don’t read enough non-fiction. So When I was asked to participate in a shadow panel for the non-fiction Saltire Society Awards, I absolutely jumped at the chance. There were some fabulous books, but this one was my favourite. Contrasting life as an alcoholic living in London with her childhood and current life in Orkney, The Outrun is a frank and beautiful piece of writing that has definitely encouraged me to pick up more non-fiction titles.
7. The Sleeping Prince – Melinda Salisbury (released May 2016)
I had never heard of The Sin Eater’s Daughter until I received an email asking if I’d like to participate in a blog tour for the second book in the series – The Sleeping Prince. I gave book one a whirl and absolutely fell in love. I devoured both The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince in days, and I’m so glad I got the chance to stumble upon this glorious series. I am now of course (not so) patiently waiting the release of Scarecrow Queen. You can read my review for The Sleeping Prince here!
8. The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johnanssen (released July 2014)
My boyfriend picked this up for me in Waterstones, and what an excellent choice he made. Strong and powerful queens ruling the kingdom, magic, mystery, danger and a little spot of romance? It ticks all the boxes. There’s also an exciting movie soon to be released starring the wonderful Emma Watson, so now’s your chance to read it before the film! Review for this one also coming soon!
9, A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston (released October 2015)
This little beauty is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. Sporting an absolutely glorious cover, the book is beautifully written and I absolutely loved it from start to finish. You can read my review here or you can check out my interview with the lovely author herself, here!
10. The Study Series – Maria V. Snyder (Dawn Study coming January 2017)
This one is technically cheating because it is more than one book, but I just had to mention it. The Study series is one of my absolute favourites, and so with the release of Night Study in January 2016 I decided to reread the whole series. If you haven’t checked it out you absolutely have to. Yelena and Valek will forever be two of my favourite characters. Now with the next book in the series Dawn Study coming at the end of the month (look out of my stop on the blog tour coming early February) now is the perfect time to check out this wonderful series!
Honorable mentions also go to Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and The Blackout by Marc Elsberg. Thanks for checking out my top 10 reads, and here’s hoping 2017 brings just as many wonderful and exciting new books.