I read quite a few books that were released this year and I’ve chosen my 5 favorites! Note, I’ve limited this list to books that were published this year. These are my top rated books of the year. In fact, I gave the first three books ratings of 5 stars! (Clearly, YA Fantasy is my genre of choice.)
1) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. If you haven’t read this, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your time. Work doesn’t matter. Friends don’t matter. This book is your new top priority. I didn’t know anything about this book when I dove in, and I highly recommend that’s how you approach it. All I’ll say is that it involves some Ocean’s 11-type heisting, smart magical elements, and top notch characterization.
5 stars ALL OF THE STARS [Read my full review here.]
2) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
This book has been a long time coming. In case you’ve been living under a rock of solitude for the last couple of years, this is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and it is seriously EPIC. I don’t think I can say anything about this book without spoiling the previous 3, but I WILL say that it has bad-a queenliness, some shocking WHAT moments, and mastermindedness. [Read my full review here.]
3) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and I. Loved. It. Now, I’ll be honest and say that I was really in the mood for everything this book served up when I read it, so I enjoyed it more than the average reader. I acknowledge that. This book was so refreshing and I read it in one sitting. [Read my full review here.]
4) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I read this book into the wee hours of the morning for a few nights in a row. I was victim of the classic, “Just one more chapter” phenomenon. This book had me at hello. Seriously, after the first few pages I was like YYEEEESSSSS here we go! This book has a unique spy vs soldier dynamic, a lot of twists, and some serious intrigue. I can’t wait for the sequel. [Read my full review here.]
5) The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Last, but certainly not least, I loved this book. This is the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling, which I only picked up because Emma Watson said she loved it. I didn’t even know what it was about, I just wanted to see what type of literature excites Hermione Granger. I really enjoyed the first book, but the SEQUEL?…amazing. I had a few small, personal issues with some elements…but they’re things I can get over. [Read my full review of the first book here.]
What are your favorite books released in 2015? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn