I can’t believe I’m actually doing this second week in a row! (I am very good at delaying things). This week it’s all about favourites from 2018! And of course, it’s books… I’m going to try to keep this to books published in 2018, but I may slip since I read a few books last year that were published years ago.
6. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
I know not everyone loved this book, but I truly enjoyed it! I read it twice and I may end up reading it again before Through the White Wood comes out this year. It was a mix of Norse mythology and Pagan beliefs from when Vikings were conquerors and Christianity was taking root. It had a dash of magic. I loved the characters, Leif and Ciara, and their development throughout the story, as they’re enemies who have to learn to trust each other. (Enemies to lovers trope right here for those interested!)
5. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
I read the entirety of this trilogy in June last year (or the end of May) and I loved it! Hero at the Fall tied up the trilogy in a perfect manner, leaving no cliffhangers, plenty of pain and an empty hole where a part of my heart was (just a part because I love other books as well… let’s hope they don’t leave a hole!) I will forever miss that one character and I will always be there for my Foreign Snake and Blue-eyed Bandit!
4. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Onyx and Ivory was a book I wanted to read solely because I saw it had been a part of the Fairyloot May 2018 box. I saw the black sprayed edges on sale in London during YALC and seized my opportunity to grab the book. However, I didn’t started reading this until around September/October but when I did… I fell for the characters hard! There is no Insta love and it’s partially enemies to lovers but more than that, there’s history you get to uncover with and about the characters, and it makes you see the imperfections but also their strengths. I can’t wait to see more of these characters in Shadow and Flame.
3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
This was ‘The Little Mermaid’ retelling, I didn’t know I needed. It was perfect and I wish there was more! As much as I love standalones, I hate the feeling I’m left with after reading an amazing standalone and I realise… there’s no more freaking pages left. Where’s my endless story so I can stay in the world forever?! Definitely recommend this book!
2. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
There is no need for me to explain how much I love this book as I’ll put up a review shortly but this book was amazing! I can’t wait for the sequel and all my gushing will be up with my review 🙂
1. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
It’s probably no surprise this is number one for me since I’m so heavily invested in the Shadowhunter Chronicles but wow. That ending was not what I was expecting and I feel like I was cheated since I have to wait till about 2022 to see some characters make it up… not cool Cassie!! Spoilers coming up because I need to talk about this.
I love the exploration of the alternate dimension, where you get to wonder… what would have happened if they didn’t win in City of Heavenly Fire… and this book answers it. It also explores more of the dimension travel that was done in CoHF as they travelled to Edom there but Thule in this book.. I eagerly await the release of The Wicked Powers in 2022!