This was a difficult list to make because when I looked at what I had read this year, many of the authors were new to me!
A summery theme for these first three.
Sunkissed rocked my actual socks.. and gave me such a strong case of wanderlust. The writing hit all the right notes too; it was cute, cringey, heart brakey, and just so much fun. I can’t wait to read the others in this series.
Remix was a real hoot. I loved the honest edge Non Pratt’s writing has, it’s just the right amount of real, mixed with a little bit of fantasy (because I think everyone has those fantasy moments in their life anyway). The relationships were written perfectly and I’m now a Non Pratt fangirl.
And then there’s Lisa Glass… damn that woman is trying to kill me with this series. So many feels. I came across these books at just the right time and place, methinks, which made me love them even more. The story has so much heart and character.. and surfing, man! What more do you need? I’m totally stoked for the release of Ride next year.
And now for a darker turn…
Killer Instinct shocked me, and that’s no easy thing to do. It’s difficult to show me something that I’m not comfortable with… But this book? I’m still not sure how I feel about it, not really. That said, I have to applaud the writing. It’s brave and it’s bold and one heck of a story! I will be reading the next in the series, for sure.
Aww, The Accident Season was so many things. It was a fairly short read, but I enjoyed it so very much. Moira Fowley-Doyle writes with an elegance and finesse that is enviable! Some really lovely touches to this quirky, kooky story.
And I finally read a Derek Landy book!! I’m actually glad I started with Demon Road. It was a riot! So much fun. I’m sold on his writing; I’ll be reading more from him for sure.
Juvie was such a surprise. I picked it up on a whim and totally fell in love with it. I’d not even heard of the author before (soz..) but I’m a fan now, for sure. One of my favourite reads from the year, actually.
Ahhh! Vendetta! I am so excited to read Inferno next year. I actually won a sneak peek at the first chapter (signed by the author too) at YALC… but I couldn’t bring myself to open it. I don’t want to ruin the surprise when I finally get my hands on the book itself. Addictive writing.
So I’m late to jump on the Kody Keplinger band wagon, but people, please believe me when I say I’m all aboard now. Full steam ahead. I loved The DUFF, and I got to read LOL too. Similar to what I thought of Doyle’s Vendetta, addictive storytelling.
So, chosing this last one wasn’t easy. There are so many I could add to this list… But Blood and Salt is still lingering with me long after reading it. It was just right up my street and I am really looking forward to Kim Liggett’s next works.