2017 was a great reading year and I can’t wait to see what books 2018 will bring. I have so many books I have been anticipating this year and I’m so excited to get my hands on some of them. Read on to see some of my favourites from 2017 and a Happy New Year to you all!
Ive read some amazing books in 2017 but my all time favourite that I read at the end of the year was ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.
The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Hate U give is about a sixteen – year – old girl Starr and how she finds her voice.
It’s really hard to review a book that in my eyes has no flaws whatsoever. The story line\plot was one of the best I have ever read. I was not much of a fan of contemporary novels but Im excited to pick up more after reading this one. The Hate U Give surely stands out from many other books I have ever read and is now my all time favourite.
Starr is an amazing main protagonist and is an inspiration to others who are looking to find their voice. At the beginning of the book she was a shy and quiet young girl but what she goes through makes her stronger and gives her the courage to stand up for what she believes in, and reading about her is such an honour.
I love the family relationships in this book… WOW! They are really genuine people and feel so realistic.
Starr’s parents are just like any other normal parents; they argue a lot, but they love each other so much and would do anything for their children. The sibling relationships are also really relatable. They remind me so much of the way me and my siblings are by the way they argue and tease each other but no matter what thy will always protect one another.
The novels main focus is on the ‘Black Live Matter Movement’ with aspects of police brutality, political criticism, racism, and discrimination. Many teens would benefit from this book because its so educative and I loved learning from it.
I have said this about many books before but when I say I recommend this book to everyone and that you will not be disappointed I mean it, you will not regret reading it.
The rest of the books I talk about are in no particular order of favourites but the next one is Cloaked In Shadow by Ben Alderson.
Cloaked In Shadow By Ben Alderson
I already have a review posted on my blog for this book. When this book finally came out on release day I was so excited as Ben is one of my all time favourite book tubers besides from Sasha Alsberg (who was the first ever book tuber i came across). Ben’s writing definitely lived up to my expectations.
For fans of elves, shape-shifters and elemental control.
Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.
Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.
Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.
Elves, shapeshifters and elemental control, Ben’s debut will not disappoint.
I liked how the main protagonist is a male, as you don’t see that much in YA fantasy and that’s what stands out, as well as the gay romance in this book. The LGBT romance in this book is just spot on. Zacriah had no problem with his homosexuality and it just flowed really nicely, and I loved how he knew he was gay from the beginning.
The character development in this book was amazing. The characters you meet along the way are so likeable. I loved Nyah’s whitty humor and Hadrian… OH, Hadrian. All I thought throughout this book is how I wanted a Hadrian for myself, and also to have a friend like Nyah. The weird feeling I had with this story is that I connected better with Hadrian and Nyah more than I did with the main protagonist and I don’t usually feel like that with other books.
Ben’s writing style is just amazing, it flowed so nicely and it was a really quick read. I am actually sad that I finished it so soon because now I have to wait for the sequel, and because I’m so slow at picking up series that people love I rarely have to wait for the next book to come out.
Ben’s debut was great and I can’t wait for the sequel and to see more of the characters, I loved them.
The next book Im about to talk about is one of my most favourite series and I read this at the start of 2017. I loved ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
** spoiler alert ** Great book! Fast read! There was mostly a lot of world and character building in this book and Jacob learning mostly about his Grandfathers past. Towards the end of the book then it started to get exciting where Jacob and the Peculiar’s fight the monsters to save Miss Peregrine.
I really loved reading this book. The photographs also makes the book feel really gothic like and creepy which I like.
The only thing I don’t like- (I shouldn’t have watched the movie before reading the book)- is that they switched Emma and Olive.
I do rather Emma in the movie more than the book but it’s nice that the movie wasn’t like the book completely and there were more interesting scenes in the book than they were used in the movie.
Overall I really recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the sequel Hollow City to see what happens next!
I pulled this review from my Goodreads and was it was the start of 2017 I was still particularly new to reviewing books so I wouldn’t say it is a well written review but my thoughts are still in there and thats all that matters.
Now is anyone thinking the same as me and is still wondering when Ransom Riggs is going to gives us more updates on the companion series he is supposedly coming out with, i need more of this world and characters. If anyone knows anything please leave a comment letting me know?
I have many more favourites but Im going to share one last book with you and that is ‘The Song Of The Mermaid” by M. Ganendran.
The Song Of The Mermaid By M. Ganendran
A modern mystery story which revisits the past and makes use of the scenic coastal landscape of Zennor in Cornwall, The Song of the Mermaid is suitable for able readers of approximately 11 or 12 and upwards. No strong swearing, some ‘adventure’ violence and a slightly ghostly theme running through the book. 50,000 words and split into 17 chapters for a fast-paced adventure for everyone.
The synopsis for the book on Goodreads is not very informative but here are my thoughts on the book;
The song of the mermaid is about a girl Stef who goes to stay with her aunt in Zennor, Cornwall. She wasn’t too happy about staying there, but stayed anyway to do some research for a new book about mermaids. While there, her mother asks her to also do some research on her family history for a family tree that she’s making. While doing so she finds that looking through was going to be more interesting than she thought. What she found so far dated back all the way to the year 1812, a year that began to cause a lot of drama and up-roar for her family.
This book had a mixture of folklore and modern day vibes to it and being set in a coastal town gave it a bright and vivid feel. There was a great connection of the past and present day. This made it so intriguing to read and the characters were developed nicely, I found a real connection to them, especially Steph, Aunt May and Arty; and we can’t forget about Arty’s lovable Labrador.
I loved looking back at the history of Step’s ancestors and all the secrets and drama, it kept me wanting more and more and that’s what Melissa’s writing does; always has you wanting more. This is an enjoyable and intriguing read and I think young adults and adults will love this book.
The author of this book reached out to me asking could I review one of her books called ‘A Summer Of Witches’. I read it and I absolutely fell in love with her writing, so i went and bought her other two books on kindle and one of them was this book, which is my favourite out of all three. M. Ganendran is not a well known author but please go pick up her books because they are great and I assure you won’t be disappointed.
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I hoped you liked my little round-up of some favourite books of mine and if your interested go look them up on Goodreads and I will also leave links to were you can purchase them. Happy Reading!
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