So I’ve been reading a lot these past few months and I have read some amazing books and I just want to showcase some of the most outstanding ones….BECAUSE THEY WERE MAGICAL!
Books read in May:
While there were some great books I read in May 3 of the above really stand out because they were extraordinary and are now some of my all time favourites. Bonus check out my song pick for each book, each song to me embodies the story.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This gripping historical fiction about 2 women during WWII who become best friends and intertwined in the war effort was a heart-wrenching read. This book broke me…in a good way?
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
A dying teenager agrees to a radical new procedure as a last resort. So basically they cut off his head, freeze it and reattach it to a healthy body once the medical technology has been developed. When he wakes up to a new healthy body for him no time has passed, but everyone else they have lived without him for 5 years.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
An epic fantasy this book reignited my love for classic fantasy. While being a completely riveting and original story Uprooted made me think to all my favourite fantasy novels growing up and how for a time they were all that I would ever read. Finishing this book was such a satisfying feeling and I loved every moment of this novel, plus bonus it’s a stand alone which can be so nice after seemingly endless trilogies.
Books read in June:
June was a great month with lots of really good books and a special shout out to Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster for sending out ARCs and making my life complete.
All these books were excellent reads (for the most part) and I felt so lucky to read one amazing book after the other.
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The long awaited sequel to Queen of the Tearling, this book blew me away. When those beautiful humans at HarperCollins sent a copy to my work I jumped with joy. Non-stop action and intrigue. While the first instalment of this series felt at times a little slow, all that world building in the first novel really allowed this one to be so fast paced. With a breathtaking, edge of your seat ending I am once again counting the days until the next book.
(yes it is that level epic)
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
I didn’t know what to expect with this book but the synopsis seemed interesting so I requested a copy, and then the practically perfect people at Penguin granted my request and I am eternally grateful. With a super cool premise including demons, an all controlling Church religious governing power and real life exorcists, The Stars Never Rise was an incredible read that I could not put down.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (ARC pub. Sept. 2015)
I felt like I inhaled this book. I started reading it and quickly became lost in Bow’s amazing writing and unique characters. Salutations to those stupendous souls at Simon & Schuster because wow this book blew me away and I can’t wait for everyone else to read it come September. In world on the edge of disaster an artificial intelligence unit takes control over the mess that humanity has become and created. To keep the peace each nation must send their rulers child to live segregated with other such children to act as collateral should the leaders disobey or start a war with another nation their child is killed as punishment. MESSED UP RIGHT!? So do yourself a favour and keep an eye out for this book because it was flipping fantastic.
Honourable mentions to Armada by Ernest Cline because ALL THE STAR WARS REFERENCES + ALIENS, and Damage Done by Amanda Panitch because it’s like Gone Girl but with teenagers and just super messed up.