I finally finished my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads! My goal was to read 30 books this year and I managed – miraculously – to accomplish that goal. To celebrate I thought I’d look back on some of the books I read as a part of this challenge, including post-read thoughts and highlights from the reviews I wrote. Note: title links lead to my review of each individual book.
The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
A book finale I won’t soon forget. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 but it still makes me smile with happiness and sadness to this day – so is the way of a story come full circle.
Review Excerpt: “The storyline was amazing and suspenseful. I thought, Holy guacamole! That just happened. and Oh no! and What in the world?! and Please tell me there’s a way out of this. I had no idea what would happen next or how characters would overcome, which made me feel fearful for everyone involved. The strain of it was exhausting but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was an entertaining story.”
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
Goodness, this whole series was a lot to take in but so worth it. I enjoyed each book and it all culminated into a wonderful finale. Snow Like Ashes series is now one of my new favorite YA Fantasy series
Review Excerpt: “A long read but worth it. I’m very satisfied with how everything came together as the conclusion of this series.”
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
I remember needing a book to read for something but I couldn’t use this one. I still kept the title written down to read later because the plot interested me and the cover was just gorgeous. I was so glad my local library had a copy. This book was amazing – as was book 2 – and I cannot wait to read book 3, Heart on Fire, when it’s released in early 2018.
Review Excerpt: “A Promise of Fire was really good. I couldn’t put it down and finished reading it within a couple of days. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a 400+ book so fast and laughed so much.”
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Zodiac by Romina Russell
I am so happy to have discovered this book because I am in love with this series. It’s so good and different and everything I love about YA sci-fi and fantasy. Rho is such aThe fourth and final book of the Zodiac series just came out and I can’t wait to read it.
Review Excerpt: “Zodiac has been one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. This book was amazing – I loved it so much. I had only read a few chapters before I decided that I had to read the other books in this series.There are so many twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing and enthralled for the entirety of the story.”
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Wandering Star by Romina Russell
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
From This Moment On by Lynn Kurland
I remember adding this to my reading list this year because the book I had read before it was just….ugh. I needed a pick me up and a Lynn Kurland romance novel was just what I needed. I would read this book a third time, it was that good.
Review Excerpt: “This is my second time reading this book and it was just as good and sweet and lovely as I remembered.”
Black Moon by Romina Russell
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (ARC review)
This was the first ARC I’ve ever read and reviewed and also the first book I read and reviewed for NetGalley. It was so good and refreshing to read. Loved it and the strong sense of community it highlights. I also did an interview with the author, which was really cool.
Review Excerpt: “Hannah Bucchin’s debut novel, Paintbrush, was a delightful story that had me falling in love with the characters, on the edge of my seat with its plot, and feel all the feels with its touch of romance. This was a big win for me. And I look forward to reading more from her.”
Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear, Pictures by Esmé Shapiro (ARC review)
A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis (ARC review)
Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (NetGalley review)
I really really want to read book 2 because this book was so amazing. I love werewolves in fiction so this was just right for me.
Review Excerpt: “This book was everything and then some – perfect for a paranormal romance-loving, wolf-obsessed, hopeless romantic like myself! One of my new favorite books ever and of 2017.”
Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland
Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis, Illustrated by Carmen Mok (NetGalley review)
The Hunters by John Flanagan
All Things New by Lauren Miller (ARC review)
I’m so glad I got to read this book! It’s just…everything you want from a book and does a great job expressing what mental health issues look and feel like.
Review Excerpt: “Beautiful, poignant, and honestly portrayed, All Things New is an enchanting story that gives hope for a brighter today and an even brighter tomorrow. I underestimated how good All Things New would be – it was unbelievably fantastic!”
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (ARC review)
I am still reeling over how amazing this book was. I highly recommend this wonderful middle grade novel based on a true story.
Review Excerpt: “Maddie’s voice is clear, distinct, and her personality shines through every line. Her active imagination colors every word and phrase, making the reading experience extremely enjoyable. Her perspective on life made me think about my own, especially when I was her age. I felt included in her world. Maddie is a sweet, admirable individual who anyone would feel lucky to have as a friend.”
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
This was the first book by Sarah Dessen I ever read and oh my goodness it was good. Any recommendations which other books by Dessen I should read?
Review Excerpt: “This novel really pulls at the heart-strings, especially with what incites the conflict and every obstacle that follows. What made me pick up this book was that it involved wedding planning and the premise seemed really interesting. Those two things combined surely would make a great story, right? It did. Also, let’s not forget that the cover is simple but gorgeous.”
Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (ARC review COMING SOON)
Me, Me, Me by Annika Dunklee, Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith (ARC review COMING SOON)