Best of 2018

Wildcard – Marie Lu

With the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm being revealed, Emika and the Phoenix Riders are amongst the few not affected by it due to still using the beta lenses and they team up to stop his plans. But Tokyo is no longer safe for Emika, and with a bounty on her head, the only place she is safe is with the mysterious Zero and the Blackcoats. Zero’s motives are no clearer however, and Emika is still reluctant to trust him completely, especially given the betrayal she has just suffered. Hideo’s algorithm is fast taking effect around the world, it’s a race to figure out how to stop it before the closing ceremony of the tournament.…

A Reaper at the Gates – Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates is definitely more focussed on Laia and the Blood Shrike’s stories while the pieces are moved into place for the showdown at the end, which has all the drama I’ve come to expect from this series and more! …

Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

This was one of two most anticipated books this year for me, and it most definitely did not disappoint. It may have been two (painfully long) years since Empire of Storms ended on that heartbreaking note, but Kingdom of Ash was well worth the wait. Sarah J. Maas has a knack for absolutely epic conclusions…

Bright We Burn – Kiersten White

Historical fiction has sometimes been said to be boring, but books like The Conqueror’s Saga prove otherwise. Kiersten White has done a wonderful job of making the story her own unique take while still staying as close to history as possible, telling the tale in such a way that even if you are knowledgeable about this time period, each twist is still just as surprising.…

The Burning Maze – Rick Riordan

There is truly nothing negative I can come up with for this book. The final chapters left me quite speechless. The Burning Maze has its lighter moments, sorely needed in a book like this which has a markedly darker tone to it. …