Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Favourite Young Adult Reads of 2018

This year has been such a good year for new book releases, specifically in YA, and since Cassius has gotten old enough for me to actually have the spare time to indulge in reading again, I've done as much as I could and found some great reads that I want to share with you all!  These are only a handful of books that I’ve loved this year, the list would be huge if I included everything and not all of them were actually released this year, but I’ve focused on ones that are currently popular in the book world and that most of you will have heard of, no doubt :)





A lusciously dark horror mystery that blew me away with the main character being a strong willed, sassy, independent woman who despite being the daughter of a Lord and having to be an upstanding female member of society, has a deep unladylike fascination with dead bodies and studies them secretly with her Uncle and trusted partner in crime, Thomas. Inspired by the infamous Ripper murders in London, this Victorian treat was a welcome change from the usual fantasy reads filled with faeries and vampires and exceeded my expectations, a perfect Halloween read. The other two books in this series are amazing too!


I'd been dying to read this, ever since I saw the stunning cover reveal and synopsis on Pinterest months ago and was so so happy when a beautiful hardback copy came in my October Fairyloot box. Based in a world where demons rule over mortals, it follows two Chinese-Malaysian human girls who meet and fall in love whilst working as concubines to the Demon King. An incredibly dark, gripping, emotional rollercoaster, this was probably my favourite read of 2018 and I cannot wait for book two! Natasha did an excellent job with this world, everything was crafted so  beautifully from both mythology and her own experiences growing up and I couldn't put it down. I wont lie, there are parts that were disgusting to read through but are integral to the plot and ultimately make the story so read at your own risk. TW: sexual assault and violence.


I've reviewed this on my blog before and couldn't resist adding it to this list. A unique read full of mystery, intrigue and twists that you will not see coming, I loved the descriptive world building and I that it wasn't primarily based on a romance but more on female friendships and self discovery of the main protagonist. In a kingdom where time is currency and you can extract it from blood to add/subtract to your lifespan, it follows Jules who has to make the difficult decision to return to work at Everless, an estate owned by one of the most powerful families in the kingdom - a place her and her father used to work in a decade ago before having to flee mysteriously in the dead of night - to earn more time to save her father from dying. Before she knows it, she is thrown into a web of secrets and lies that could change the fate of time. That ending has me dying for the next book! 



Another book that I've reviewed on my blog before and still giggle as I think back to when I read it. Told in a diary form from Ellen, a middle-class working mum of two, this book details her everyday life from taking the kids to school and wading her way through the 'coven' of overly perfect yummy mummies to struggling with her impossibly recalcitrant children, her tech loving husband that avoids his parental duties whenever possible and her ever growing collection of relatives that drive her up the wall to the point that she drinks herself silly at any opportunity. It's an over exaggerated and brutally honest outlook on the crazy ride that is motherhood and gave me a lot of Bridget Jones' Diary feels which I really enjoyed. Whether you're a parent or not, this will definitely provide you with more than a few laughs and you can't enjoy it without a good old glass of wine!


I really loved this dark retelling of the Little Mermaid; it's full of adventure, banter, sirens, pirates, princes and a savage but strangely relatable female protagonist that had me at the first few chapters. It follows Lira, a dangerous siren known as the Prince's Bane and Elian, a prince who is also a siren killer and how their lives intertwine. I liked the split POV of the two characters as we got an insight into two very different outlooks on the world that ultimately brought them together in an epic love story. It was an addictive and fun read that made me want to read more about sirens and pirates throughout the year - bring on Sea Witch & Daughter of the Pirate King ;)


Oh my gosh, I can't even explain my love for this book. Being the avid Alice in Wonderland fan that I am, I was super excited to find this Queen of Hearts adaptation and it did not disappoint. It follows Catherine, the daughter of a Marquess, who wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with her dearest friend but instead is pushed into becoming the future bride to the King of Hearts to please her parents, despite being in love with someone else. I absolutely adored the intricate descriptions of Wonderland and mention of many of the beloved characters from the original and all the talk of yummy cakes made me hungry throughout the whole book. That ending, however, just destroyed me. You know it's not going to be happy ending, but you're still holding out for a miracle, you know? :') A must read if you like AIW!


Now don't attack me - I know this got a lot of hate when it was released earlier this year but I generally enjoyed it. Despite the novella not having much point other than the Inner Circle getting ready to celebrate the Winter Solstice and us getting a feel of the aftermath of ACOWAR, it was fun to read from different POVs and have a bit of time with the characters I've come to know and love without any crazy life-threatening drama going on. Sure, I coulda done with a little less Feysand smut that we always get and savage Nesta bitchiness, but overall, I don't think it was bad for a filler before the next series comes out :) 


What were some of your favourite reads of 2018? Read some of the books I've mentioned here? Tell me what you thought of them! 


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  1. I've heard amazing things Stalking Jack The Ripper! I personally loved The Tattooist of Aushwitz, it was definitely one of those books that hit you right in your heart!

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  2. Every single one of these books you describe sound so good! I think my faves would have to be Stalking Jack The Ripper and Why Mummy Drinks. I have read A Court of Frost and Starlight and I enjoyed it but not as much as the others! Like you said, a good filler! xx
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