Today’s prompt for Bookending Winter is Fireside Favorites, Best Reads of 2018 from Lauren over at Northern Plunder, check out her post, she has lots of great reads in it! If you don’t know what Bookending Winter is… what are you doing? No seriously, click here and find out. It’s an amazing way to boost your stats or just participate in some festive fun this December.
Best Reads of 2018
I had SO many reads that I wanted to share with you. But I decided that I would share all of my 5 star reads of the year and then some of my notable 4 star reads. This year has been amazing. I discovered a new favorite author (Laini Taylor), I read a bunch of mysteries, my blog took off and I have read a bunch of amazing fantasy novels.
5 Star Reads
The Black Witch – An intricate fantasy world with some of the best character development and character arc that I have ever seen.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor’s creative mind brings to life my favorite love story in a richly imagined world.
Muse of Nightmares – The sequel of Strange the Dreamer returns to the beautiful fantasy world I love and made me grow to love a character that I had previously despised.
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black brings faeries, deception and sisters who betray each other.
The Wicked King – The sequel of The Cruel Prince out shined the first book. An amazing sequel that left me hungry for the third book.
Sadie – The best YA thriller of the year. If you haven’t read this book you have been missing out. It will break your heart and show you the true meaning of unconditional love.
Flawed – If you want a book to open your eyes, this is the one I would recommend. A dystopian that feels allegorical to society today.
Graceling – Kristin Cashore brings adventure in this story with amazing characters. A story of survival.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – This is the book that started my love of Laini Taylor. This fantasy obviously comes from the mind of a creative genius.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Beautiful gothic prose and some characters that will remain in my heart forever. This book is on my favorites list and is a hidden gem.
Deadly Sweet – This is a wonderful series that I have discovered that combines magic with baking.
Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody crafts this dark fantasy with a criminal feel. The world in this book is one of my favorites.
The Dream Daughter – Diane Chamberlain created a tale that should be talked about more than The Time Traveler’s Wife. This would be a perfect book club pick.
Believe Me – A psychological thriller that you will whip right through. When reading I never knew who to believe.
Fawkes – Nadine Brandes may have woven fantasy into a historical novel, but somehow keeps the historical accuracy in this novel about Guy Fawkes.
Mirage – A novel full of culture with a villain that you love to hate.
Another Faust – If you are looking for something different, this is it right here. I have to return to this series soon, because it was unlike anything I had ever read.
One of Us is Lying – I loved reading this one. I felt like a detective the whole way through. It felt like The Breakfast Club met Clue, a very fun read.
Illusionarium – This novel by Heather Dixon stretched my imagination. I am excited to return to her writing with The Enchanted Sonata.
The Kiss of Deception – Another series that I am hoping to return to soon. This novel shocked me with the twist.
What were your favorite reads of the year? Have you read the books I listed? Is there anything that you read this year that is a hidden gem? Based on the books I listed are there any books you would recommend?