Favourite Books of 2018
2018 was a year of change. I spent the first half in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, teaching Biology at an international school and the other half in the Cairngorms. Living abroad made it tricky to find books in English, but luckily I had my Kindle.
There were some great books in 2018 - some of which I've since gone back to re-read.
So here are my 5 favourite books of 2018.
#1 - The Wicked King by Holly Black
This book cemented Black as my favourite writer.
The story is a sequel to The Cruel Prince but I found it even more exciting and twisty. The ending totally broke me but I have my own theory.
The final installment, The Queen of Nothing, is out in November 2019.
#2 - Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This was definitely not a YA book but what an adventure!
Mia Corvere is determined to become an assassin, to avenge her family. However, first she must train with the Red Church and survive their tests. The lessons are a battle of life and death, with great action and twists and turns.
#3 - Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
This is the final book in the Throne of Glass series. I didn't enjoy this book as much as Empire of Storms (mostly because it was very sad) but I loved seeing all the characters coming together.
I especially enjoyed the beginning of the book, which was pretty gruesome.
#4 - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is the story of Juliette, a teenage girl held captive by the Reestablishment, who's skin can kill with one touch. The government releases her from her jail with the aim to turn her into a weapon, but a childhood friend is determined to help her.
I think Mafi's writing style is a bit love-or-hate, but I love it. After reading Shatter Me, I downloaded the next four books in the series. The love story was one of my favourites, but I don't want to give too much away.
#5 - To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Lira is a siren, a sea creature who kills humans. A princess herself, she has a taste for royal blood. Enter Prince Elian, the heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world.
Believe it or not, this is a love story - though it is also a fast-paced adventure.
I loved cheering on Lira and Elian and absolutely hated Lira's mother.