The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
I started off reading a lot this year and January was an incredible month for books. The Call stood out above the others though as a book I couldn’t put down. It creeped me out but had me hungry for more and I’ve been recommending it all year.
Honourable Mentions: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff and The Yellow Room by Jess Valance
Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy
This was a really raw and powerful book which I, appropriately, read during Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It was difficult to read at times, but in a good way, and the writing and characters were excellent.
Honourable Mentions: Silver Stars by Michael Grant
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff
This prequel just blew me away. While I loved Maresi, this one sucked me completely into the world and characters and they felt so real to me: their pain was my pain. It’s not the nicest of stories but it’s powerful and there’s hope there too.
Honourable Mentions: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill
This was a fun read and I think I really connected with it from my drama days. I can’t wait to read both the sequels next year.
Honouable Mentions: Girlhood by Cat Clarke
The Fallen Children by David Owen
I loved this take on The Cuckoos of Midwich -this is one of those books I wish I’d written and I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
Honourable Mentions: Release by Patrick Ness
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This was one of the most hyped books of this year, and with good reason. It was the cutest little romance and I couldn’t help but love Dimple and Rishi.
liHonourable Mentions: Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfiled
And I Darken by Kiersten White
I completely fell in love with this retelling of Vlad the Impaler as a woman. Lada is now one of my favourite anti-heroes and I can’t wait to see how her story ends.
Honourable Mentions: Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
Charlotte Says by Alex Bell
Frozen Charlotte is one of my favourite horrors and I was super excited to read this prequel. It was creepy and atmospheric and didn’t disappoint at all.
Honourable Mentions: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
I raced through this book and loved every second of it. Space, loneliest, distant love – what’s not to like? It’s made me crave more sci-fi YA, especially ones set in space.
Honourable Mentions: No Shame by Anne Cassidy
Monster by Michael Grant
Despite hacing not read the Gone series, I really loved this continuation of that world. Grnat’s writing can be brutal and I love that – will be checking out the Gone series next year for sure!
Honourable Mentions: Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick
Wild Fire by Anna McKerrow
This was the thrilling end to an amazingly different series. I love the world that it’s set in and loved learning about the different goddesses – and seeing Melz get a happy ending!
Honourable Mentions: Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge’s writing makes me marvel and despair: I love reading her books but it makes me feel useless in comparison. She’s just magical with words and I loved this book
Honourable Mentions: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
I’ve read some amazing things this year, and am looking forward to doing the same in 2018. I feel like blogging has taken a backseat towards the end of this year as I’ve been focussing on family and writing. While this will probably carry on into next year, I will be making an effort to have at least one post per week.
Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2018 is wonderful for you all!