Hey lovely readers,
Today’s post is in celebration of of the new year that is just around the corner! I want to talk about my top 5 books of 2017. These books are ones that influenced me this year and inspired me to start this blog. So I’ll go ahead and start on the list, these are in no particular order. And the list will definitely contain SPOILERS!
Off Limits by Chloe Walsh
The first book is Off Limits by Chloe Walsh, the first in this series of three books. Okay so first off I just want to say that Chloe is an amazing author. I only discovered her books a year ago and they really changed my life. I was inspired to write my own book and to start this blog. And if you like this book you should definitely check out her other books, I actually did a review on her latest release. So definitely check that out!
Anyway…let’s get into why I loved this book. This a New Adult novel, really the first of this genre that I ever read. And it sparked my interest in a bunch of other books from this genre. It’s a love story about a teenage boy and girl who have been friends their entire lives. The boy is a year older and is the girl’s brothers best friend.
Andi has always loved Nate even though her parents would never approve since he’s from the “wrong” side of town. And the fact that Nate has been acting as though he hates Andi for the past few years. For reasons I won’t get into the two of them begin fake dating and of course realize they have feelings for each other. The story is beautiful. It’s about self discovery, learning to love yourself, and finding someone who will love you for exactly who you are. Plus all of Chloe’s books have the most bad ass female characters and really sexy boys! And some very good sexy times! If you enjoy stories that have angst, lots of ups and downs, but end with a Happily Ever After this is a book for you!
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
The second book, or entire series, on my list is the ACOTAR series. This whole series, particularly the first book really reignited my love for Young Adult books. This genre has always been my favorite and before I discovered this series I hadn’t read a great YA series in so long. I’ll be honest and say that when this series first came out, I wasn’t interested. But what really got me was several popular Booktubers including the first book in videos about fairy tale re-imaginings. I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast and since ACOTAR is a lose retelling of that story I had to read it.
Now here’s why I love it! Well that’s easy, Rhysand! I will admit freely that I really didn’t like him at first, even when he started helping Feyre. I was very firmly team Tamlin (yes even when he was being a total ass). Because I believed he was just terrified to lose Feyre and that justified his actions. But the more I read about Rhysand, specifically in ACOMAF, the more I realized how extraordinary he was. I’ve said before that I read a lot of YA and he is the first truly selfless character I have ever encountered in a story. The most selfish act he commits throughout the entire series is “kidnapping” Feyre. And he only does that to save her. This book has everything I love about YA all wrapped into one. One brave female heroine, a love triangle, a “villain” you can’t help but love, a “hero” you love to hate, and a save the world plot. But I have found something fresh and captivating within this story. Something that has me going back and reading it over and over again. So I invite you to dive in and fall in love with Rhysand!
Altered – Carter Kids #6 by Chloe Walsh
The second Chloe Walsh book on my list. In case you can’t tell already, I adore her and her books. I won’t go into a lot of detail about this book, because I have posted a non spoiler review of it on my blog. So if you want a little more depth you can check that out. Anyway….this book is amazing. I have had the privilege of getting an inside look at this book while it was being written, thanks to Chloe’s Facebook group! Readers only had to wait two months for it to be released and I was still so impatient for this book. Chloe has a way of writing her characters so that you actually kind of believe they’re real and you become completely invested in their lives.
This story is told from three points of view and they are all equally as enthralling. The book deals with really tough issues: adultery, drug use, rape, alcohol addiction, abuse, murder, everything. This is not your typical romance novel, so if you’re looking for something hearts and rainbows steer clear of this book. But if you want to go through a range of emotions in one book, to have your heart broken and put back together in one story read this book. Through all the heartache, despair, joy, sadness, elation, and discovery you will hurt when these characters hurt, you will feel joy when they do. And you will want them to succeed even when it feels like you shouldn’t. This book is a true work of art, truly the best of 2017.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I used to love mystery novels when I was a teenager, Agatha Christie, Joan Lowry Nixon, I read them all. But over the years I had somewhat forgotten about this genre. A friend recommended Gillian Flynn and I remembered what I had been missing. This book is truly twisted, but in the best way. This book is dark and scary. Your heart aches for Libby, but at the same time she makes you incredibly angry. And though the book implores you to hate Ben for what he’s done you can’t help but feel that something about that night doesn’t add up. And let me just say that I did not see the truth coming.
When then twist is revealed it is pure genius writing. And I felt both happy and sad that I didn’t figure out what happened even though it is right in front of you the whole time. The book goes back and forth between the POV’s of Libby and Ben, Ben’s POV leading up to the night the event occurred. And Libby’s being in the present day. I was very happily surprised by this book after having read Gone Girl, which I felt was fairly predictable. Dark Places is a novel that will keep you hooked until the very end.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
I’m going to start by saying I decided to read this book for two reasons only. Number one because it was all over Booktube and number two because of the gorgeous cover. I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis for some detail. Normally I always want to know something about a book before I read it, but I wanted to try doing something new. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Kacey Young is a complete mystery. She is forced to move in with her estranged father and his family in a small town in Wisconsin. By the way I’m from Wisconsin and I fangirled a little reading a book set in my home state. Anyway, the story is another murder mystery and the book takes you through Kacey’s life after the murder has occurred. One of her best friends has been killed and she desperately tries to figure out who killed her friend all while trying to keep her friends secrets. Without revealing the ending I will say that I did not even fathom who the killer was. And I loved it! There are times when I was so conflicted because of Kacey, she’s not your average novel protagonist. This novel was not what I expected and that’s why I loved it!
Well guys there’s my list, I hope you find something new and exciting to read this year! And I hope you’ll consider reading the books on this list. Let me know what you think about my choices here or on my twitter! I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna