Best Books I Read in 2018

Time for part 2 of my end of the year series! We went from a bad note with my Books I DNFd in 2018 post to a good note with Best Books I Read in 2018!
This list will be split into standalones/first books in a series & sequels. Lets jump in!

Standalones & First books in a series

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This is a really interesting and intense YA Dystopian novel. This does have some romance themes in it which I wasn’t a huge fan of but I loved everything else about it enough that I was able to overlook the romance. The romance isn’t bad, I just don’t particularly care for romances. As I said everything else about this book was AMAZING! I honestly loved the writing. The book hooks you and does not let go from the first page! I always describe this book as amazing but a little fucked up and that is 100% accurate. I tentatively compare this book to Harry Potter & J.K. Rowling purely because both authors have a way of throwing all these little things at you, which at the time don’t full make sense, and then by the end everything falls into place and you are able to now see why those little things were introduced and are important. I also loved all the characters in this book. Good and bad guys they are all done so well and fleshed out marvellously. Highly recommend this book!
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

This is only the second book I have read by Amanda Foody and she is already an auto buy author for me. I loved Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody which was her debut that released in 2017. So of course I was excited for her second release and I was not disappointed!
Amanda Foody’s writing is amazing! She builds these worlds that are so vivid and unique. She creates these characters that are complex and interesting. She also writes diversity amazingly and also so naturally. Everything in this book just falls together seamlessly to create a spectacular YA Fantasy with a Mystery twist and I loved it!
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Jackaby by William Ritter

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. I had seen the cover around and had always been drawn to it. I knew it was a mystery but had never actually read the synopsis. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out this isn’t just a mystery, it is also fantasy. I absolutely loved this book! The writing was extremely captivating and I loved the setting of 1892! I also adored the characters! Abigail is an awesome protagonist and Jackaby was just so loveable! Also, no romance! Which scores points in my books!
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Wanna guess how much I enjoyed this book? I’ve read it twice this year and already have the sequel pre-ordered. Also it is on this list. So yes, I loved it! This is YA mystery and I didn’t really know what to expect having known nothing about it except the genre when I first picked it up. Whatever I expected I was not disappointed though! I was guessing the entire time. The characters were very well done and the setting is awesome. A school for unique students up in the mountains with a lake? Sounds like freaking Hogwarts to me! Highly recommend if you are looking for a good YA Mystery.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Oh my god. This book & series is insane! This is an adult Sci-Fi book that is so freaking impactful you will be tearing up at 20% because of characters that you don’t even remember the bloody name of yet! This book is insane!! I can not recommend this enough to any Sci-Fi lover. Also highly recommend the audiobook. It is spectacularly done.
Something to note is this book is written in a similar format to books like The Illuminae Files where you are reading a dossier of documents. The format was perfect for the story so don’t be scared just because of the format. If you can’t get into it physically then try and the audiobook!!
You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

Sequels

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This was an amazing finale for this series! I absolutely adore this world and all the characters we get introduced to throughout the 3 books. I love that in Obsidio we follow not only 2 new main characters but also the 4 main characters from Illuminae & Gemina and of course all the amazing side characters. I just love everything about this book and this series. Especially the characters and the format of the books. I also highly recommend the audiobook, especially if you are having trouble with the unique formatting.
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

This series has been a little all over the place for me but I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in the series! I enjoyed book 1 but then didn’t love book 2, so I was a bit iffy going into this one as I didn’t know what to expect but it surprised me immensely. I loved exploring more worlds in this book and also following characters that were fun and enjoyable. I can’t wait to see what book 4 brings!
You can find my mini spoiler free review, as well as a review of the audiobooks for the series so far HERE!

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

This one I started off a bit iffy. This is the sequel to a book I read and LOVED in 2017, A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. When I first started this book I didn’t know it was a companion, not a direct sequel, so we follow new characters. As I said, I loved the characters from book 1, so it was a little disappointing at first. I soon got into it though and fell in love with these characters as well. This series is a very character & world driven story, so it may not be for everyone but if that is something you like then I highly recommend. The world is so vivid and immense and I loved discovering the races that live in this world. They are so interesting and so well developed.
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

This was a very long awaited series finale but I also wish it wasn’t over! This series was just amazing and this finale was just perfect. This series is action packed, the characters are awesome and the world is amazingly done! I had so much fun with this book and it’s characters! I can’t wait to see what Alwyn Hamilton does next as this series was her debut, so I’m interested to see where she goes from here.
You can find my full spoiler free review HERE!

Graevale by Lynette Noni

This freaking series guys! This is a less known series, mainly because it is only available in Australia by Pantera Press but I wish every fantasy lover could read this as it is just so damn good! I love the characters so much and especially the friend group in this book! Alex, Jordan, DC & Bear are one of my favourite friend groups I have ever read. Only second to Harry, Ron & Hermione! They are just such a fun group and I adore them all! I also love the world, it is so interesting and unique! I just love this series and I still haven’t gotten a chance to read We Three Heroes which is 3 short stories following Alex’s 3 best friends. I really want to read it but as I have very little time to read at the moment my priority has been my ARCs & BOTMs for my Facebook Group, The YA Book Nerds.

Well I think that is it guys!

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H – The ABC Book Challenge

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For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter H. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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Half Bad by Sally Green

This is a YA Diver Fantasy and the whole series was really good! I listened to this trilogy on audiobook, which I highly recommend. As I said this series is diverse as it has LGBT Main Character and Characters which is so good!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Do I really need to explain this?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I don’t think I really need to explain this one either, let’s be real! But of course, this is a super important book right now!

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

This is the best end of a trilogy ever. I absolutely adore this series so much! The characters are amazing, the world is super interesting and this book was ridiculous but epic and I absolutely loved it!

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G – The ABC Book Challenge

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For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter G. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This is a fun, diverse historical fiction. I absolutely love this book. The characters are amazing and I specifically enjoyed Felicity, so I am so excited for book 2 which is a companion from Felicity’s POV.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This i a YA Contemporary Cinderella retelling. Even though I am not generally a contemporary fan I did really enjoy this. I loved the fandom side of things and loved all the little references to Cinderella throughout. It was super fun.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

THIS BOOK!! I’m pretty sure this is my favourite book in The Illuminae Files. The Illuminae Files is in my Top 5 favourite series and I adored Gemina! I love the character we get to meet in this one and the chaos that happens throughout! I just love this series so much!

Graevale by Lynette Noni

Graevale is the 4th book in The Medoran Chronicles series which is my second favourite series of all time and it’s not even all out yet! This world is absolutely amazing, the characters are spot on, the friendship is the best I have seen since Harry, Ron & Hermione. I absolutely adore this series and everything about it!

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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F – The ABC Book Challenge

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Do I need to explain this?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Or this one?

Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins

This book has 3 stories about 3 women that make scientific discoveries throughout history. This book is written in verse and this was actually my first time reading in verse. I personally do not like poetry but I really enjoyed this book. I also loved the background on the discoveries made. It was super interesting.

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

This is the first book in the Kanin Chronicles. The Kanin chronicles is the companion series to the Trylle Trilogy. I really enjoyed these books but it’s been a long time since I read it.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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E – The ABC Book Challenge

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I missed last Saturday as I went to 2 car shows in one day, which also involved about 6 hours altogether driving an I was just exhausted when I got home. You can find all the photos on my photography blog Dusk Angel Photography if you were interested in vintage Aussie cars.

For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter E. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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There is only 2 for this month. For the most part, the books starting with E were either meh or I didn’t like at all. But here are the 2 books that I have read and loved that start with E.

Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

This is the first book in the Mr Lemoncello’s Library series. This is a fun, amusing and action-filled middle-grade book. This is full of books, libraries, knowledge & famous new & historical people. Overall it is just super fun and I loved listening to the series on audiobook! Highly recommend.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is the first book in the Wayward Children’s series and while this book is not my favourite in the series I still really enjoyed it. It is a mystery book and I love a good mystery. I also love the range of diversity we saw in these characters.

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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Evermore by Sara Holland

Ever the Hunted by Erin Sumerill

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

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D – The ABC Book Challenge

For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter D. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This is the first book in the, now series, The Darkest Minds. I love this series so much and I can’t wait to get to the new 4th book, The Darkest Legacy. There is so much to love about this book including the characters, Ruby, Chubs, Zu & Liam! Chubs is probably my favourite of the main group. The world is also very detailed and vivid. The plot is also hectic & full of twists and turns.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

This is one of my favourite books of last year! Not only is it super rare to find a good standalone fantasy but this book is also full of diversity. The world of Gomorrah is extremely unique and interesting. The abilities in this book are also really interesting and I would have loved to learn more about them, but I’m not complaining as like it said, standalones are rare!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This is the first book in a fantasy duology (also fairly rare). I listened to these books on audiobook & I highly recommend them! The audiobooks are very well done and the narration is really good. As for the book itself, this has a pirate ship full of badass females and this book has pirates & sirens! What more do you want?

Draekora by Lynette Noni

Definitely my favourite book out of this list! Draekora is the 3rd book in The Medora Chronicles series. The Medoran Chronicles is my 2nd favourite series of all time! Only second to Harry Potter. This series is filled with amazing friendships, hectic adventures and a super interesting world! Also, did I mention that it has dragons?!

Dragon on Trial by Tui T. Sutherland

More dragons! This is the 2nd book in a fun middle-grade series, Menagerie. Like I said, this book is really fun and entertaining. The first book starts off when a young boy wakes up to a Griffin cub hiding under his bed. This book is full of amazing and interesting magical creatures! If you’re looking for a fun, easy and entertaining read, then I highly recommend this series!

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

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C – The ABC Book Challenge

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Argh, I’m hopeless at remembering to post these! This is the one that should have gone up on Saturday!

For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter C. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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I don’t have as many books for C that I love as I have for A & B.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. While there are a couple things in this series that I don’t love, for the most part, I did really enjoy them. They are fun and action-packed. Also, the world is very well developed and vivid.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This is the amazing sequel to Six of Crows! These books are intense, action-packed and very enjoyable to read. The characters are very well developed and so is the world. Though I do recommend reading at least the first book in the Grisha Trilogy before starting Six of Crows as the magic system isn’t explained in Six of Crows at all, so that could be found confusing. I personally read in this order Shadow & Bone, Six of Crows, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising & Crooked Kingdom.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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