My Favorite Books of 2015 So Far

We are only a little over halfway through 2015 and we’ve already been fortunate enough to get a whole bunch of amazing new releases, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve read so far.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)   The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)   A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)   The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1)   Shutter

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I absolutely adored this book beyond words. Sarah J. Maas is a master at creating a beautiful story full of interesting and well developed characters, suspense and mystery, and romance that makes your toes curl. This book made me laugh and cry and swoon and bite my nails in suspense, I’m counting down the days until we get the sequel.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: Having never read any of Jodi Meadows’ other books, I didn’t know what to expect, but I ultimately ended up being impressed with this book. I found the fantasy world super intriguing and loved the idea of this “orphan queen” trying to reclaim her throne and save her people.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: This book blew my mind in the best way possible and I raced through the whole thing in one sitting. An intense and fascinating story of magic, mischief, evil, parallel worlds, aspiring pirates, multi-sided coats, and a black stone that’s far too clever for anyone’s good. Not to mention Kell, who won my heart almost immediately.

The Story Spinner by Becky Wallace: I completely judged this book by it’s less than attractive cover and assumed it wouldn’t be any good, but damn, was I wrong. Similar to Falling Kingdoms, this book has multiple lands and perspectives, events that don’t seem connected until they are. It was ten times more intense and intriguing than I had expected.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda: Normally, spooky YA books don’t really do it for me, having to tone down the creep factor for a younger audience kind of kills it for me. But this book was subtly chilling and refreshing in all of the right ways. No love triangle, no insta-love, a cast of fun characters, and a world full of creepy crawly monsters, I’m eagerly awaiting news of a sequel.

Crimson Bound   Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)   The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)   An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)   Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: A fairy tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with darker twists and a tormented heroine. Although the gorgeous cover initially drew me in, the story was so interesting and the characters so realistic that I found myself struggling to put it down.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Another case of cover lust that ended well, this world and the struggle between classes is only made more awesome by the superpower elements. Mare was a heroine that I found myself really enjoying and that, mixed in with the unpredictability of just about everything in this book, made this one especially stand out.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Having never read anything related to A Thousand and One Nights, I found this book to be super refreshing and unpredictable. I absolutely adored the romance between Shazi and Khalid, and their constant internal struggles over loving each other and what it meant. It was dark and depressing at times, but also beautifully sweet and hopeful.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: One of my favorite books so far this year, by far. I loved the Roman inspired fantasy land, every single character we get introduced to, even the evil ones, and I honestly cried when I finished it, knowing that I would have to wait a whole year for the next one. Sabaa Tahir is one of the most exciting new authors of this year and I can’t wait to see what else she delivers.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop: This is the third book in my favorite urban fantasy series right now and I love each book more than the last. The thing about this series that really does it for me is that the world is so dark and realistic and like nothing I’ve ever really read before, in the best way possible.

What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read so far this year?

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June Wrap Up!

It was another slow month for me, reading only 15 books again, and about half of those were volumes of Deathnote which makes me feel like a little bit of a cheater. I had a few exciting standout books and a few big letdowns this month so it was definitely just a mostly okay sort of reading month.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg   The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg   Death Note, Vol. 3 by Tsugumi Ohba   Death Note, Vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba   Death Note, Vol. 5 by Tsugumi Ohba

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: I was a little nervous by how short this book was but it was so fun and whimsical with darker undertones, I had such a good time with it. Even though it was short, you get a feel for the characters and the world and find yourself wanting more just because it’s so interesting. 

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: The sequel to The Paper Magician, and maybe even more fun than the first book. The sequel gives you everything you were hoping to get after the first one, more depth in the characters you love, more world-building, and an equally exciting plot.  

Deathnote Vol. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 by Tsugumi Ohba: I’m just going to have one summary for all of the volumes I read this month because the verdict is basically the same for all of them; each one just gets better and better. This manga is constantly blowing my mind with all of the twist and turns and I just absolutely love how smart it is and how nothing is really black and white. 

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop   Death Note, Vol. 6 by Tsugumi Ohba   Death Note, Vol. 7 by Tsugumi Ohba   The Cage by Megan Shepherd   Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop: I waited so long for this book and it was just as amazing as I had hoped. This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, each book more intriguing and suspenseful than the last, adding so many layers and depth to the world and characters and I absolutely love it. If you haven’t read this series yet, you should definitely check it out. 

The Cage by Megan Shepherd: I really loved this author’s other series, The Madman’s Daughter, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book and see what new story she was delivering. This book actually didn’t really work for me, the strange insta-love/love triangle romance mess that took up most of the book and ruined the potentially interesting story of survival, making it difficult to trudge through. 

Shutter by Courtney Alameda: I was so surprised by how awesome this book was since I haven’t heard any hype about it. This book was so cool and creepy and badass and extremely refreshing in comparison to a lot of YA books I’ve been reading recently. All of the science and spooky stuff was intriguing, the supernatural creatures and creepy settings give you the chills, and the characters really grow on you. I would definitely recommend this as a nice break from the typical YA books I’ve been reading lately. 

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan   Death Note, Vol. 8 by Tsugumi Ohba    Death Note, Vol. 9 by Tsugumi Ohba   The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson   The One by Kiera Cass

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: This book actually ended up being a huge disappointment to me, which I wasn’t expecting. I kept hearing about how this was a dark, gritty story about revenge, and I was beyond exciting. But don’t be fooled, ultimately this book is just a weird story about a super cheesy romance that makes all other aspects of this book, including the revenge, take second place. 

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I re-read this book in preparation for the sequel coming out in July. Reading it while you know which boy was which was definitely a different experience than when you first read it, but I still had a few minor problems with the story. I’m definitely excited to see where the next book takes us though. 

The One by Kiera Cass: I finally got around to reading this book and it went almost exactly as I had expected. Honestly, this whole series really annoyed me; America annoyed me, the plot annoyed me, the romance and love triangle annoyed me, and the happy ending annoyed me. Annoyance was definitely a main emotion I felt while reading this book.