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In 2015 I read a total of 153 books. This is a list of the best of those. I went ahead and included almost all of the books I gave 5 stars to. This is a mix of young adult and adult and is nearly half and half actually! I am listing in the order read from most recent.
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – This is a January release and my review will post in January. It’s a young adult book about a teen who tried to commit suicide and her journey to find a way to want to live again. It’s beautiful, powerful, and important.
Cress by Marissa Meyer- I’m sure you all know about this book already. 😉 Unfortunately I wasn’t able to squeeze in Winter but it’ll probably end up on a favorites of 2016. This series is frickin’ amazing!
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson- This is a young adult historical fantasy that is very light on the fantasy element. It’s very much a historical fiction about a girl traveling with a wagon train to California for the gold rush. This book totally captivated me on every level and somehow totally blew my mind.
Serpentine by Cindy Pon- This is a young adult Asian (Chinese) inspired fantasy. It’s very unique (if you didn’t get that from the title 😉 and extremely well done. I love all of Cindy’s books so far and I can’t wait for the next one in this series.
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman- This is a young adult historical paranormal. It’s a January release but my review will be up very soon as the release is very near! This book was absolutely fantastic! It’s about a well-to-do teen who has just been presented at court. Then she discovers that demons exist and she’s suppose to fight them. Part of her fights this and part of her embraces it. She has to decide. There’s a fantastic side romance that’s not quite a romance but builds some fantastic tension that I adored. Highly recommend!
The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder- This is a new adult urban fantasy that’s fun, funny, tense and romantic. It has kind of a bit of everything and the writing was smart and fantastic!
Prudence by Gail Carriger- I had thought this was a young adult but once I got into it it read as a new adult as Prudence is an adult (though barely). It’s similar to the Parasol Protectorate and it was fantastic seeing the familiar characters. But Prudence, wow, she was amazing! I’ll definitely be grabbing the audio of the second book the moment it releases. LOVED this!
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler- This is a young adult contemporary. When I finished this I just wanted to tell everyone to read this book. It’s emotional and sometimes not easy to read, but it’s so important and something that everyone should read. Especially if you have teens.
Hollie Porter Builds a Raft by Eliza Gordon- This is an adult romantic comedy and is the second Hollie Porter book. Hollie Porter is such a hilarious character but in this book we saw more serious aspects as well. It was fun and adorable. I highly recommend you check out the first book, Must Love Otters, if you haven’t yet.
Striking Out by Scarlet Bennett – This is a new adult Australian contemporary about a musician finding her way in a new city. It’s full of Australian slang and it was fantastic. It was something different for me and it was nice to visit an unfamiliar setting as well.
Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon- This is an adult urban fantasy with gods and goddesses in a modern day setting. It’s action packed but my favorite was the characters. This reminded me a little of the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.
Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander- This is an adult M/M romance/thriller/mystery. I listened on audio and will confess that there were lots of moments that were uncomfortable for me. But this book is not about the sex (though one of them thinks about it and isn’t shy to talk about it- which did make me uncomfortable because he really said it all) but is about two very unlikely characters coming together. It’s an emotional ride but it also made me laugh a LOT. And these characters are very, very different. They really jumped off the page.
When the Crows Fly Low by V.J. Patterson- This is an adult historical fiction. Freaking beautiful (beautiful!!!) writing. Totally blew me away. Fantastic romance that was beautiful and sad. Very well done! This is one that I knew was an award winner when I read it.
Liars Inc by Paula Stokes- This is a young adult mystery/thriller. Male POV, love it! This one had me on the edge of my seat and I loved every moment with these characters. Also, it was twisted and unpredictable!
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier – This is a young adult paranormal fantasy. For some reason I always seem to love this authors characters. Their personalities really click for me. I don’t usually love dream books but this one worked. Largely because of these amazing characters.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This is a young adult LGBT contemporary. When I read this I knew it would be on my favorites list. This is a book I could reread many times. It has characters that jump off the page. It’s funny, fun and just plain well done. Just read it, you won’t regret it!
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay – This is a young adult fantasy that’s a retelling (if you can’t tell). I really really loved it. It felt unique and really brought about all the feels.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- I know that everyone is already raving about this young adult contemporary novel. But it’s for good reason. It’s been a long time since I read it but it was a powerful read with fantastic characters.