1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this the first time I picked it up – I know, blasphemy! But honestly, I thought it was really slow. I thought the writing was beautiful, but other than that, I wasn’t interested. I’m happy I did pick it up again, though, because I am in love with the world Laini Taylor wrote.
2. Scarlet by AC Gaughen. At first I was very against reading this one because of the dialect the main character uses. But then everyone went nuts over Lady Thief and of course I fell victim to the hype. And I’m SO GLAD. Scarlet is now one of my favorite books and it features one of my favorite ships.
3. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. So, this was really, really dry for the first half or so. I think maybe that has to do with translation issues, but whatever caused it almost made me abandon the book altogether. But I decided to stick with it and it ended up being one of the scariest things I’ve ever read. Seriously, I stuck the book in the freezer so I wouldn’t have to look at it until I returned it to the library. SO SCARY.
4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This is one of my favorite reads this year and I have Jessie and Blythe to thank for it. I initially DNFd Cruel Beauty because the beginning was a huge ass info dump trying to establish this strange world. Once you get past the beginning, though, this book will blow your fucking mind.
5. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Not gonna lie, I hated the main character in the beginning of this one. I was not a fan of the fake suicide attempt thing she did, or the way she tried desperately to conform to her idea of what popular people were like. But she showed so much growth throughout the novel, that I thought it was entirely worth the read.
1. After by Amy Efaw – At the start, this book unnerved me and the main character rubbed me the wrong way. I was ready to set it to the side and give up, but the ending sold me, and I was thrilled with the message of this book.
2. A String in the Harp by Helen Bond – This overlooked MG book tends to get a lot of slack due to the dry writing, however, I was charmed by this family-oriented book. I’ll admit that I was ready to cast it to the side, but I’m quite happy that I stuck with it.
3. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – I’m sad to say that I nearly quit this one. The start of the book was rough, but this book didn’t fail to let me down. Buruu, Buruu!!
4. Angelfall by Susan Ee – Outstanding story, but the gore was a bit high. I stuck with it, and I am better for it.
5. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Another sad admittance. When I first tried this one, I stopped reading it about 20 pages into the story. I pushed it to the side and forgot about it, until I heard Steph and Kat at Cuddlebuggery rave over it. I picked it up a second time, and I quickly became one of my favorites!