I cannot even begin to tell you guys how hard it was to put together my Top 5 Published books for 2018. Mostly because which one will be the #1. Honestly I don’t even know if I can rank them but I guess we shall see. I even had to limit myself to what was published just in 2018 so I wouldn’t get too crazy. So lets do this!
Save the Date
By, Morgan Matson
Synopsis: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. Except everything that can go wrong is.
Thoughts: If you noticed this is my only contemporary romance in my pile. So it is pretty much amazing. It is a subtle romance instead of all about the romance. Instead the book focuses on family, future, and saving face.
I read this in one sitting and absolutely loved it. The characters were hilarious and you wanted to take the rose colored glasses off Charlie through the whole thing. I highly recommend if you are looking for a contemporary to read!
Beyond a Darkened Shore
By, Jessica Leake
Synopsis:The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.
The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.
Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more.
Thoughts: I received this in a book box and honestly had no idea what it was about. On a whim I read it and I am so glad I did. Enemies to lovers, mythology, and bloody battles are just some of the amazing things you will find in these pages. The best part? It doesn’t leave you with a gigantic cliffhanger. It really has all the pieces to my favorite genres and it was only of my only 5* reads in the published side.
The Traitors Game
By, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Synopsis: Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary.
Thoughts: Here is where my choices get hard. The top 3 are all basically top 1 but lets try it this way. Twists, turns, plot twists galore. The traitors game has it all. It will keep you guessing till the very end. I absolutely loved this book. The characters were genuine and believable. Add on the romance and I could reread it now and be happy. (you may notice an enemies to lovers theme going on here)
#2 maybe tie with 1?
By, Sara Holland
This one and my #1 are basically tied. I can’t choose because they both were just so well written.
Synopsis: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again.
Thoughts: A story that begins as revenge turns into so much more. An original story that takes a look at blood money and the difference between classes. If our blood was the money used to pay for everything. The poor bleed their lives away while the rich stay young for hundreds of years by consuming the blood coins of others. My favorite tropes are represented and the twists are so well written that I didn’t see them coming. It leaves off in the perfect spot for you to want to just jump into the next books.
Sky in the Deep
By, Adrienne Young
Synopsis: Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.