It’s hard to believe we’re already 3/4 through 2018 already! I’ve read so many spectacular new releases this year, including some really hyped ones, but it’s time to spread the love for some of the lesser well known novels I’ve adored this year so far.
When I read Heart of Mist last year, I honestly didn’t know how Helen Scheuerer was going to one-up herself. But like Heart of Mist happily surprised me by how much I adored it, Reign of Mist was just as incredible. This series is such a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy that will captivate you from the very first page and won’t let you close the book until you’ve finished and craving more. Reign of Mist picks up right where Heart of Mist left us, again taking us on a journey filled with magic and secrets and intrigue. If you’re a fan of fantasy, this is definitely a series that should be on your radar.
I was desperate to get my hands on Heretics Anonymous ever since I heard about it, and this was definitely a book that didn’t disappoint. It talks about religion and friendship and hypocritical beliefs. Not only does it introduce us to a diverse cast of characters who I loved getting to know, but it also has an adorable romance that I desperate wish we could get another book about. Heretics Anonymous is such an exceptionally-written YA contemporary, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Mercy Point is definitely one of my favourite #LoveOzYA novels of 2018 so far, and I’m desperate to get my hands on the next book already! Mercy Point introduces us to this mysterious town and a range of characters who we get to read from the perspective of, and it sets up the story to be a crime / thriller, and then everything is turned on its head. We’re forced to rethink what we think we knew about the town, and then race towards the ending in the desperate hopes of finding out the truth. It was such a fast-paced novel and I need more people to gush about it with me.
When a new queer novel is released, you know I’m going to rush out and get my hands on a copy. Skylarks was so much more heart wrenching than I expected it to be, and it was just so utterly perfect. It’s a book that takes everything I love and merges it into something that has seared itself onto my heart — cute library scenes and banter and a romance that had me swooning. It also talks about class and privilege, and I really loved that aspect of it too. I just loved Skylarks so much!
I don’t get to read free verse poetry novels that often, but when I get my hands on one, I drop everything to sit down and read it. The Art of Taxidermy was a stunning novel that I devoured in one sitting and I’ve been thinking about ever since. It’s about a girl with a fascination with taxidermy, and how her obsession with preserving stems from a particular loss in her life. This is a #LoveOzYA novel unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and if you have an interest in history and like something a little bit different, you need to add this one to your TBR.
What a stunning conclusion to the Sleeping Giants trilogy! I loved listening to these books on audio and I definitely recommend that experience if you’re wanting to pick up this one — which you definitely should. It’s told in such a unique way, and the characters end up feeling more like family than people you’re just reading about. This book caused me so much emotional pain, so of course, it’s one of my favourite novels of the year. Sleeping Giants and all the characters we get to know have such a special place in my heart.
Let’s Talk About Love is the first book I’ve seen the entirety of how I identify represented in a book, and that was just such an incredible experience. I’ve read about bisexual and asexual characters before, but this was the first time I read about a biromantic asexual girl who’s my age! It was just so affirming. This book is everything I had hoped for an more. It takes place in college, there are a ton of scenes set in a library, and it explores the nuances of sexuality. I just have so much love and respect for this stunning novel.
I’m definitely a contemporary-lover through and through, and I’ve got to say, Far From the Tree is undoubtedly one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read. With three rotating points of view, Far From the Tree is a book that intertwines themes of family and belonging and adoption into a poignant, moving story that will stay with you long after the final page. And it also has a queer romance! I formed such a close bond with the characters through the short time I spent racing through this novel, but the impact their stories had on me makes Far From the Tree a novel I’ll be recommending for quite some time to come.
Have you read any of these ones? What other books do you think should be on this list? I’d love to know!