Yay, it’s finally that time when I get to rave and fangirl about my favorite books of the year! Am I the only one who spends pretty much the entire year looking forward to this post?
Anyway, as per usual, I made the graphic before the post, and, well, I have 11 instead of 10. (Well, technically I have 22 because of series.) But the more the merrier, right? Definitely. More books always = more happiness :-)
So here are my favorite books and series from the year!
Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if not for Dragonfly’s review because it isn’t my usual kind of read, but I’m so glad I did because she was right—it was fantastic! This post-apoc about people living in air ships and diving to the radiation-and-monster-filled surface was so intense and made me feel like I was there.
Nightingale Girl by M. R. Pritchard
The first book in this urban fantasy series was enjoyable, but the second one (this one) was phenomenal. The protag had such a unique and strong voice, and the stuff that happened in the book was simultaneously awful and interesting.
Chaos Station Series by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen
This M/M space opera had just the right amount of relationship angst, as well as sweet friendships and a whole cast of characters who felt real. But the world-building especially impressed me because there was so much thought put into everything and it just made the whole story seem that much more realistic and believable.
Steel & Stone Companion Collection by Annette Marie
I’m as shocked as you are to see a companion novel on this list ;-) But this one added so much to what was already an amazing YA urban fantasy series and really showed how much thought went into the books, including things the reader never even knew about.
Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat
I don’t tend to like hyped books, so imagine my surprise when this one totally hooked me and impressed me with how incredible the plot and world-building was, how much depth the characters had, and how tension-filled the romance was!
The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon
This futuristic cyberpunk/urban fantasy was shorter than I usually like and filled with a lot of sex, but it was hot sex ;-) and what really made it stand out was the main characters’ unique voices that were so completely different from my own.
Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
I know, I know, I put this urban fantasy series on my list every year. But what can I say? I just love it!
Lovesick Gods by Amanda Meuwissen
I wasn’t expecting to like this one much when I realized it was about superheroes/villains, but the characters quickly grew on me with their emotions and depth, and I loved their “this was just supposed to be sex but dammit now I have feelings” romance. This was the first of a duology, and I’m looking forward to the next!
Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Series by Amy Fecteau
I read Books 1 and 2 last year but was excited to reread them this year because I really enjoyed them, and then the final book turned out to be the best of them all. This M/M urban fantasy series was hilarious with a seriously slow-burn romance, but it got so much more intense, dark, and emotional as it went on and definitely left an impression on me.
Chester 5000 XYV: Isabelle & George by Jess Fink
Oddly enough, I almost didn’t read this because the first book was fun but just not quite my kind of thing. But gah! This odd little steampunk/erotica/historical graphic novel mash-up had me feeling all the feelings, literally bouncing around in my seat, and it turned out to be one of my only 5-star reads of the year.
Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen
I originally gave this 4.5 stars, but, as the year went on, I found myself still thinking about it and decided it deserved the full 5 stars. This was the best book I read this year, and it literally kept me up until like 7 in the morning because I just had to finish it once I started. It takes a really amazing book to hook me so much that I read it in one sitting! And this dark, twisty YA mindfuck about alternate realities was definitely amazing!