Top Favorite Books of 2017
Wow! Is it that time of year again? 2017 was so busy for us and truly flew by with moving and tons of work and events. Between house shopping, unpacking, and creative writing, I managed to discover some really enjoyable reads! Here are my favorites from my reading challenge this year:
By Your Side by Kasie West - Well, if I had to be locked in anywhere it would be a library! This early 2017 read was a sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious life issues. If you enjoy YA romance and love The Breakfast Club, you'll adore this breezy read.
The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas - Oh, Pandora, such an unusual name for a unusual, eccentric, wallflower heroine. She was a woot. I liked her as a supporting character in Marrying Winterbone and was excited to read a novel focused on her. Her personality carries the book and makes it worth the read.
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden - An awesome, even romantic Star Wars adventure. At first I was a little concerned, because I'm not completely up to date on the extended universe. But it's such a fun and quick read for anyone who enjoys science fiction!
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi - Ok, what rock was I under when I missed the original release of this series?? I thought I was done with dystopian. But this one is poetic, a bit paranormal, and intense. I'm so glad I'm caught up and ready for book #4, Restore Me.
Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne - Intense, historical feels. A romance for the ages that ended, tragically, too soon. Keats poems are a must. They'll melt your heart and break it, but the journey is beautiful.
The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon - A new fantasy favorite for years to come! In a world where magic is outlawed, a girl is cursed not to speak for her own protection. When she's taken prisoner by the king, who may just need some magic to help defeat his paranormal enemies, the plot thickens. Being introverted and socially anxious, I really identified with the heroine and her speaking struggles.
Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Strong, mysterious space pirate heroine, anyone? Yes, please! I wanna cosplay as Queen Emeraldas. She is the very definition of cool. Kudos to Matsumoto for awesome art and a memorable female character.
Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn, Molly Ostertag - This was a happy surprise! After the human race is enslaved by warrior aliens, the heroine, who knew privilege but now toils in a factory, finds herself joining the revolution to free her home world. Secrets. Romance. Fight to save family. I didn't want to put it down.
Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Leia has been my hero since elementary school. It was exciting to see Claudia's take on her early years, right before she joined the rebellion. I loved learning more about her home planet, parents, and traditions. Also brings up memories of Carrie Fisher, RIP.
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare - Tessa really knocked the marriage of convenience trope one out of the park for me with this book. By the end I really felt the hero and heroine completed each other. Plus, added bonus, meddling servants, secret identities. Laugh out loud moments.
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle - A classic that I finally picked up this year! Why didn't I read it sooner? Enduring and clearly still influences all the great Childrens and YA lit released today. Check it out before the new movie!