Since I’ve been a bit MIA in 2018, I thought I’d share the top books in 2018, according to yours truly.
In no particular order.
Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
This past year, I’ve come to LOVE Mariana Zapata’s books. She writes the best slow burn romance with hard-to-love jerkface heroes and the super relatable and quirky heroines who break down their walls. This particular title is my favorite of hers so far because of the cool setting, where the main character paints cars for a living. I’ve never read anything like it.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I mean, really, did you think I wasn’t going to include this in my top books list? I love SJM and I loved Kingdom of Ash. It was a very fitting end to the Throne of Glass series. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, where it was all about the characters’ inner struggles and how they save themselves. There is also an epic, I mean EPIC, scene with the Thirteen that made me bawl my eyes out. I probably cried at least eight times with this novel. SJM knows how to create a hopeless situation and then something comes out of left field to save the day. So. Good.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
If you have not read the Illuminae Files series, you need to in 2019. This epic YA Sci-Fi is told in such a unique way with great characters, amazing battle scenes and the most touching and heart-wrenching relationships. Gah! This series had me breathless, on the edge of my seat and bawling my eyes out. It’s that good, people!
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
This book was such a wonderful surprise! It had a badass heroine who fought with an axe. It was so inventive and original with the enemy viking tribes. I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance and this one delivered!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This book really is one of the best romances of 2018. I read it because I saw that SJM recommended it during an interview, and it did not disappoint. I could not put this book down. It was addictive and compelling and sweet and steamy and ALL THE THINGS! Just read it!
Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa
Anyone who needs a good Rhysand fix (from ACOTAR) needs to read The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa. Her world of Fae is unique filled with danger and desire. I love that her heroines are always snarky and her heroes are always too alpha for their own good. I loved this series and can’t wait to read more of her work.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
It wouldn’t be 2018 if I didn’t mention Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This YA Fantasy took readers by storm and I thought it was magnificent. It has everything I love in a YA Fantasy, including gladiator-style fights to the death.