My Top 10 Books of 2018

KAFKA ON THE SHORE BY HARUKI MURAKAMI

6564051I read my first Murakami book in 2018 and oh boy, this book is now one of my favourites of all time! One of those books I feel everyone should read at least once. I’m not a huge re-reader (ok not a re-reader at all) but I will for sure be reading this book again in 2019, and probably once a year until I die to be honest. Please read it!

SHADOW OF THE FOX BY JULIE KAGAWA

37004954Most people who have read this book describe it as being an anime in book form, and that is pretty accurate. What a fun, emotional ride. Being a huge fan of Japanese culture and mythology I enjoyed this SO much. Great cast of diverse characters, good and evil and a giant monstrous centipede. The sequel comes out in 2019 and I can’t wait.

VICIOUS BY V.E. SCHWAB

viciousMy first V. E. Schwab book and what a great introduction to an author. Self made super villains, switching timelines and great characters. This book challenges morality and the way we perceive what’s wrong or right. Who will you root for?

THE SOUND OF WAVES BY YUKIO MUSHIMA

628052018 was also a discovery of my new favourite author and I ended up reading the majority of his English translated work. Sound of waves in particular touched me and gave me all the feels, another one I will end up re-reading. I still have some of his books to read in 2019 but I’m savoring them like the precious gems that they are.

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

34433755I feel like this was quite a popular book from 2018 and rightly so. It has a lot of trigger warnings for sexual abuse, violence and rape though. It also features a F/F romance and is written really well in my opinion. The sequel is out in 2019 and I will for sure be picking it up, this book leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger and I need to know how this plays out.

REVENGE BY YOKO OGAWA

17789899Another awesome Japanese author discovery for me, this book is made up of 11 short stories that all inter connect in some way and will leave you feeling CONFUSED, but in a good way. An excellent unique read and another that I would recommend everyone to read at least once.

ALICE BY CHRISTINA HENRY

aliceI recently posted my review for this book but in summary, a VERY dark Alice in wonderland inspired story, set some years after the events of the original story. Trigger warnings for extreme violence and sexual abuse. Revisit all of the old Alice in Wonderland characters with a very evil twist.

SCYTHE BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN

scytheSet in the future where all illnesses are cured, humans can live forever, no poverty or hunger issues. So how do they keep the population down? Random people get chosen to become Scythes and they get to pick and choose who dies, for good. Great read aside from the unneccessary romance.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY BY SEANAN MCGUIRE

25526296A pleasant surprise, I went in to this thinking it would be more of a children’s book but I was WRONG and it was amazing. A school that children come to after they return from spending years in a different world. Loved the humor,  characters and dark themes.

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI

childrenofbloodandboneA great author debut from 2018. Multi perspective fantasy adventure trying to reclaim the magic that was taken from them very brutally. There is one character I didn’t really like and some insta love that didn’t make too much sense but over all a fun read. The sequel comes out in 2019.

Book Review: Recent Reads #2

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children book 1)

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

‘Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.’

Based in a boarding school for children that once upon a time stumbled through a portal into a different world, only to be spat out years later and unable to readjust to the regular world. From reviews I had seen before reading this, it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was prepared for a nice heartwarming story, but no, it is in fact quiet adult and full of murder, which made me love it more. All of the characters in their own way were likable and unique and even though this novella is fairly short, it still felt like I had read a properly fleshed out story and I wanted more! There are heartwarming aspects to this book of course, but it is far more adult than I was expecting going in to it and in some cases, quite graphic. Overall, I loved this and could have easily read another 200 pages of it.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children book 2)

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

‘Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…’

The second book in the Wayward children series solely focuses on 2 characters from Every Heart a Doorway and retells their journey from birth until they stumble out of their portal world full of monsters, vampires and mad scientists. I found this one interesting but didn’t enjoy it is much as the first book. It does highlight some important issues like the gender roles some adults force on their children and how crippling that can be for the child. It also features a same gender romance and once again, lot’s of death. I’m looking forward to reading the third book in the series very soon.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

‘The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.’

I think this book for me was way too overhyped and that had a part in me being disappointed when reading it. With so many people in the community claiming this book as their favourite of all time I guess I was expecting something amazing. It fell short for me and felt quite drawn out and took me twice as long to read as any other book would just because of how it was written. Overall I enjoyed the characters and the story, aside from the insta romance and THOSE  4 pages that I had to skim over. My favourite character by far was Minya, the mini sadist. The amount of times in this book that killing babies and infants are mentioned also made me close to DNFing this book entirely. I will wait a while before tackling Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to this book, but I will get to it eventually.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

‘Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…’

I finally decided to bite the bullet and see what all the Throne of Glass fuss was about and started by reading the 5 short stories prequel book. It didn’t disappoint, I was drawn to the main character, Celaena instantly and even though she may have made some stupid decisions during this book, I NEED to read the rest of the books just to see her get some kind of revenge, The end of this book broke me and made me so mad. I’m moving on to Throne of Glass straight away, let the Maas destruction continue.

All books featured in this review were purchased by myself