Best Books of the Year 2019

Best Books of the Year 2019


As we come to the end of the year (and the decade), here's a sample of my favourite books over the last twelve months!

JANUARY

The Binding by Bridget Collins
YA Historical

An alternate history, where memories are bound into books, and reading them is taboo.
Emmett is a trainee book binder, both hated and respected in equal measure. He has to uncover the truth - has his own memories been bound, and why?

Full review

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FEBRUARY

The Stone's Heart by Jessica Thorne
YA Sci-Fi

In the second book of the Queen's Wing series, Bel in consolidating her position as ruler, with the help of some old friends.
Petra is a warrior and a general, and has made a name for herself. Her confidence is tested when he ex comes flying back into her life.

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MARCH

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan 
Chick Lit

Grace and Audrey have nothing in common, but a charming little bookshop in Paris brings them together. They support each other and become like family. They start to heal from the grievances in their pasts, and learn to trust and love again.

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APRIL

The Problem With Perfect by Megan Mayfair
Contemporary Romance

After her husband's unexpected death, Marigold finds the threads of his life coming apart, to reveal that he was far from perfect. Helping her uncover the truth is ex-cop Finn, who has his own demons to deal with.

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MAY

The Raven Coven by Emma Miles
Epic Fantasy

In the second book of the Fire Walker series, Kesta returns to Chem to finish what she started. With her husband Jorrun, they are going to start a revolution and overthrow the necromancers once and for all.

Full review

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JUNE

Skin Hunter by Tania Hutley
YA Dystopian Sci-Fi

Milla steals the identity of a dead girl, for her chance to escape the danger of Old Triton. She ends up enrolled in a competition that gives her an experience she could never have imagined. Milla has to work out who to trust, and what danger her 'Skin' poses.

Full review

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JULY

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
YA Alternate History

This was the final book in The Conqueror's Saga, where Vlad Dracula is re-imagined as a girl.
Lana defies all expectations put on her, and shows a talent for cruelty. This trilogy has been a brutal, unforgiving story, of loyalty and betrayal.

Full review

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AUGUST

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
YA Dystopian

Tierney and the other girls in her town are raised to be perfect, obedient wives. Before they can join their husbands, they have to go for a year into the wilderness, to release all of their evil female magic.
A psychological drama, much like Lord of the Flies, not all the girls will survive, and no one will be in one piece.

Full review

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SEPTEMBER

The Black Hawks by David Wragg
Epic Fantasy

Chel is a nobody, who is never going to earn glory serving his coward-of-an-uncle. He takes the opportunity to create his own path, but now seems to be stuck with an irritating princeling, along with a group of mercenaries who may or may not kill him.
Plenty of British humour and foul language makes it an enjoyable story.

Full review

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OCTOBER

The Wicked King by Holly Black
YA Fairytale

This trilogy follows the story of two very different human sisters, brought up in the Fae court.

Jude and her twin sister are mere amusements, mortals that are fair game to their cruelty. Jude wants to make a name for herself, and she's ready to do anything to prove her worth.

Full review

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NOVEMBER

Keeper of Secrets by Lynda Stacey
Romantic Suspense

When some local ruins are being excavated, Cassie is drawn back to her hometown, to try and uncover her family's secrets. Someone may be out to stop her, and she has to work out who to trust.

Full review

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DECEMBER

A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
YA Fantasy

Inspired by Swan Lake, the noble class can transform into birds at will.
Aderyn has to hide the fact that she has lost the ability to transform, or she risks losing her lands to her greedy uncle.

Full review

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NOTABLE MENTIONS

Because 12 awesome books aren't enough:

The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath ~ Historical Romance
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty ~ Djinn Fantasy
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ~ Mexican Fantasy
Blind Date by Debbie Ioanna ~ Chick Lit
Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats ~ Sci-Fi
How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin' Days by Megan O'Russell ~ YA Urban Fantasy
Geekerella by Ashley Poston ~ YA Contemporary Romance
Taking Up Space by Chelsea Kwakye & Ore Ogunbiyi ~ Student Biographies



Here's to more great reads in 2020!



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