Prepare for a long post guys because there’s quite a few books I loved reading this past year! I will also be doing posts for all of my “meh or liked but not loved” books as well as all of my least favorite books of 2017, so keep an eye out!
These are in no specific order and I will link reviews if I have them!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This book was AMAZING! It was the perfect blend of horror, suspense, and mystery and for being such a long book I absolutely flew right through it. I really loved how dark it became and the mystery was very unpredictable as well, it was interesting learning more and more about the cult horror director that went off the grid and whose daughter committed suicide….or something worse happened to her. This is the perfect book for a rainy day, you won’t be bored!
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
I loved Chupeco’s other book “The Girl From the Well” and was super excited to read her new dark fantasy book, which didn’t disappoint. The world building was insanely creative with the different magics, Tea’s necromancy, and of course the dangerous monsters! It could get slow in some parts but I thought the world was just so interesting I had to keep reading.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
One of the most popular books ever and one that everyone has been telling me to read forever too! This was such a magical and atmospheric books I have ever read, it was simply beautiful. I loved all of the acts of magic displayed in the story and usually I don’t enjoy more romance driven books but this was just amazing.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
I have a sort of morbid curiosity about cults which is what this book is more or so about. I thought Minnow was a great, strong character and the bits of flashbacks she had back to her time with the cult were interesting as well.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I don’t think I need to really hype this book up any more than it already is but trust me when I say it’s powerful and 100% worth ALL of the hype.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I’m always up for “Peter Pan” retellings and this one is excellent. It’s about the romance between Tiger Lily and Peter before Wendy shows up and it’s told from the perspective of Tinker Bell. It’s a very dark, grim, and sad version of Neverland but incredibly well done.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I finally read this! It was perfection! It’s got both fantasy and sci-fi elements and the action, twists, and characters are all amazing! I seriously have nothing bad to say about this book.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This is actually really comparable to “Red Rising” it’s set in a very brutal and Roman inspired world that’s also filled with bits of magic. The twists are crazy in this story and I absolutely loved Elias and Laia.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This is probably one of the most diverse and relatable books I’ve ever read. It’s about children that come back from magical worlds and go to a home to cope with being back in reality. It’s a quick read as well.
Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan
A very Resident Evil style Alice in Wonderland retelling that’s fast paced and creative. It’s also pretty underrated I recommend checking it out!
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
While not something I would normally read it’s a great fast paced mystery/thriller about a family entangled within the web of gymnastics politics.
Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
An interesting graphic novel series about a bunch of paper girls who end up facing some alien type creatures as well as time travel. It’s kind of reminiscent of Stranger Things.
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
This was actually surprisingly good, it’s full of magic, badass women, and it’s very fast paced.
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
I am a HUGE fan of Henry’s horror retellings and this one was no exception. It’s a Peter Pan retelling from James Hook’s POV and it gets very dark but it’s also incredibly creative.
The Wicked + The Divine Volumes 1-4 by Kieron Gillen
Gods reincarnated every 90 years in the forms of pop stars, how can this go wrong? These graphic novels are amazing and the art is absolutely gorgeous.
Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Another surprise for me this year! This was a horror/sci-fi book about a group of teens with sleeping disorders becoming trapped inside their nightmares.
Alex + Ada Volumes 1-3 by Jonathan Luna
A short little series of graphic novels about a man and an android and a forbidden romance.
Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
A western graphic novel about the daughter of Death himself. The art was pretty and the plot, while confusing at times, was very interesting and fast paced.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
A very diverse book about romances and friendships at SupaCon. I loved the anxiety rep and the characters were amazing.
Monstress Volumes 1 & 2 by Marjorie Liu
AMAZING art and plot, these graphic novels are seriously perfection. I loved the world building the most I think, there’s so much going on and it’s all interesting.
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This story is fast paced, well written, and hilarious. I also loved Percy and Monty’s relationship plus the multiple European settings didn’t hurt either!
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
A fast paced fantasy story featuring a genderfluid thief who enters a competition to become one of the queen’s assassins. It’s so freaking good too!
The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
A revenge tale about a Romani girl who was brutally assaulted and must collect the body parts of her assailants through witchcraft in order to save her friend’s life.
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
This is a pretty fast paced mystery thriller full of twists about a girl who fakes being psychic and ends up helping the police try to find the town’s missing golden girl.
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
This is a slower book that concentrates more on the characters but there’s a F/F romance and the world building was very interesting.
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
A surprisingly scary story about some girls facing off against Bloody Mary! It’s a quick read and actually very entertaining.
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
This is sort of magical realism and while I felt a few things weren’t explained it was a great coming of age adventure with some great characters and a great mystery.
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
An amazing sequel that was just as fast paced and twisted as the first! I was not fully prepared for all of the plot twists!
Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
I loved learning more about Jack and Jill and their world, the Moors. I’m excited to read more of these short novels as the world building and characters never seem to disappoint!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
The writing in this story was just gorgeous as was the world building and romance, it’s such a fun book! Also if you love the Fae you’ll probably love this one as well!
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Just as amazing as “The Hate U Give” about a boy who writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in order to deal with the issues and difficulties he faces every day as a young African American man. Very powerful and very important.
Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
This was actually a lot of fun! There are lots of different mythologies included in the world building along with the main mythology of the Valkyries, it’s also very fast paced.
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
While this book was a tish bit on the slower side I thought it was still so, so good. It’s very much like Avatar (the movie not the show) and the planet of Failov is full of amazing creatures and peoples. It’s so freaking interesting!
Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?
What were some of your favorite reads of 2017?
Let me know in the comments!