There were few books more highly anticipated in the YA fantasy genre than The Queen of Nothing. The concluding book in Holly Black’s highly successful Folk of the Air trilogy, every fan of the series has been desperate to get their hands on Queen of Nothing to find out how Jude's story ends. I thought the first book in the series was a huge mess and the second book was absolutely fantastic, so I was very curious to see what I'd think of the concluding novel. I didn't love Queen of Nothing, but thought it was a satisfying conclusion to the series.
I went on a big crime novel binge in October and The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake was one of the books I picked up. I adore the author as a person, having met her a couple of times at events like YALC, and this was the perfect time to pick up her latest book. I was absolutely delighted by this fantastic, twisty YA Nordic thriller.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but when I do pick it up I tend to lean toward history books. My friend Amber listened to the audiobook for The Five over the summer and it sounded so intriguing! I ended up picking it up and absolutely loving it too, not just for the social history aspect but because it, for the first time, gives a voice to the women who were murdered by England’s most infamous serial killer.
I hadn’t read much YA crime, however Truly Devious got me interested in the genre and I devoured a ton of it in October. One of the books I read during this binge was One of Us is Lying, one of the most popular books in this genre. Having heard so many mixed opinions on it, I was super curious to see what the story was. One of Us is Lying is a delightfully twisted tale that reads like The Breakfast Club, but with more murder.
I read Age of Assassins this summer and absolutely loved it — that book also led me to Barker’s latest book in a new series, The Bone Ships. I picked up Blood of Assassins the other month and while I didn’t love it as much as the previous book, I thought it was a fantastic sequel.
Julie C. Dao is one of my auto-buy authors -- I totally fell in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and adored The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. I thought that with the completion of the Rise of the Empress duology, we would leave the world of Feng Lu forever. So imagine my surprise and delight to discover that Song of the Crimson Flower, her latest book, was set in the same world! This book completely stands alone from the Rise of the Empress duology, but will still delight fans of the original books with some familiar faces and themes.
Empire of Sand is one of those books that has left a lasting impact on me as a reader -- it is a beautiful book with gorgeous magic, a lush world, and one of the best slow burn romances I’ve ever read. So naturally I was absolutely thrilled to hear that the next book, Realm of Ash was coming out this year. I had sky-high expectations for this book and had absolutely no worries that they wouldn’t be met. And I was right -- this book is absolutely magnificent.