This list is completely about books. Books that were released this year that I read. There were a lot of book releases this year, some books that I really wanted to read that I never really got to, some that I read but didn’t really enjoy, and some that I loved so much. And this list is about the ten best books of that last category. I have sorted them on alphabetical order of the book’s title.
01. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey | 6 May | ★★★★★ | Review
I don’t really remember how I found out about this book, but from the moment I read the summary I was hooked. Aliens, and a possible end of the world, I love reading about aliens (which is why I’ve read a lot of Doctor Who books), and this book just sounded so awesome. When I finally bought it, and read it, I fell in love. It’s such an awesome story, and there was even a small Hobbit reference in it, which I loved, and oh I can’t wait for the second book in this series!
I think I was introduced to Divergent by the American Book Centre, who had this book on a shelf saying that fans of the Hunger Games would love it. Though I normally hate that kind of stuff, the summary of Divergent made me curious, so I bought it. And oh it was such an amazing story! I couldn’t wait to read the second book, and then of course the third book. And this third book was just as amazing as the first and second, though there was one tiny thing I didnt’t like – the dual POV. But other than that, I loved the story. But oh that ending, I had not expected that!
03. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling | 1 April | ★★★☆☆ | Review
I have to admit, if they hadn’t announced that Robert Galbraith was J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, I wouldn’t have read this book. Normally, I don’t read mystery or detective books, but I decided to make an exception for this book, mainly because it was J.K. Rowling. I ended up liking the book, but not loving it as much as I did Harry Potter (obviously). But hey, it’s a J.K. Rowling book, and it was an incredible story with a very surprising ending!
04. The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson | 26 February | ★★★★☆ | Review
I had read The Name of the Star a while ago, and I absolutely loved it. Though I would have liked it when the story stopped there, there was a tiny bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the story that made me want to know more. The Madness Underneath was less thrilling than TNotS, but it was just as awesome. And again there was a sort of cliffhanger at the end that made me sob and also made me want to read the third book so badly. But that one doesn’t come out until next year!
05. Parasite – Mira Grant | 1 October | ★★★★☆ | Review
I got this book via Netgalley, because I had been very curious after reading the summary. It wasn’t a story I’d normally read, because it’s not a Young Adult, but I ended up loving it! It was not as ‘scary’ as some people said it was, but it was thrilling and I found myself wanting to read more and more about these people. There was a plot twist at the end that had been very predictable, but it made me gasp a bit anyway. I might plan on buying a physical copy of this book so I can read it again.
06. Requiem – Lauren Oliver | 5 March | ★★★★★ | Review
The long expected end to the Delirium series. The part where Lena was going to have to chose between Alex and Julian. Though I actually really hate love triangles, this was actually quite likable. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, though I wasn’t really all too happy with the ending, because I wanted to hear more about how this world went on, but in stead it just ended right after the ‘revolution’ was won. But other than that I really loved reading this book, wow!
I loved Cinder, apart from the predictable ending, and I wanted to read more of these fairytale retellings. I saw that Scarlet was the second part of this series and I ordered it quickly after that. Though I liked Cinder more than Scarlet, I enjoyed it a lot; it was less predictable, and we actually heard more about Cinder as well. The only thing that was a bit of a pity, was the changing POV’s. I got used to it after a while, but it was still a tiny bit annoying!
08. Shades of Earth – Beth Revis | 15 January | ★★★★☆ | Review
I just loved Across the Universe the moment I read it, and A Million Suns was just as awesome. Shades of Earth was going to be the book where they finally set foot on the planet they were going to spend the rest of their lives on. I was so excited to read about all the things on the planet, from the creatures to the (dangerous) flowers. The only thing I didn’t like, were the many people that died in this story, I actually found myself wanting to stop reading because at one point, at least a hundred people died all at once, and it made me very sad. But other than that, this book was awesome! It’s a shame that this story is now over, because I would have loved to read more about their lives on the planet, but hey, it came to a perfect ending!
09. Shroud of Sorrow – Tommy Donbavand | 2 April | ★★★★☆ | Review
This is the first, and until now only, Doctor Who book with Clara as companion, and I LOVED it. There were some Hobbit references (houses that looked like Hobbitholes), clowns (though I am really scared of clowns) and oh it was just amazing! I really wish there were more books with Clara as companion, because I just like Clara a lot!
10. Splintered – A.G. Howard | 1 January | ★★★☆☆ | Review
Another fairytale retelling, this time it’s Alice in Wonderland. Though there’s a bit of a love-triangle going on in this book, I really liked the story, and I liked the fact that all the creatures were a lot more disturbing than they were in the original Alice in Wonderland story. This book actually made me want to read the original story, though I ended up not liking it much. I prefer watching the movie, and of course, I prefer reading this book! I can’t wait for part two, Unhinged!
And those are the ten best released books that I read this year! Tomorrow I’ll post about the best books I read (that were released in different years)!