I know it’s not quite the end of the year yet but I really wanted to talk about the books that really took me by surprise while reading. So here’s a list of the good, and the not so good 2018 reads.
Eve of Man
A YA debut from Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. I had read good reviews for this book but had this nagging feeling that they were coming from fans of these already famous writers, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found when I finally read it. A really interesting dystopian plot about a world where no girls have been born in 50 years, until Eve arrives and is branded the ‘savior’, I’m sure there have been concepts like this written before but this was new to me, and it didn’t disappoint. For a full review click here.
This was a short story collection sent to me by the author, as someone who doesn’t read many short stories I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially seeing as they were all set in alternate realities of earth, but many of the stories were wonderful and I had a great time reading them. As with many collections there were a few stories that weren’t so great, but overall a great read. A longer review can be found here.
All that she can see
Carrie Hope Fletcher (sister to Tom/Giovanna) is an actress turned author and I finally decided to read one of her books this year, I was expecting great things from her and the plot seemed really interesting but it ended up being one of my least favourite books of the year. The overall theme/ plot was messy and there didn’t seem to be a discernible target audience, everything just fell a bit ‘off’. For a more in-depth review see here.
Leah on the Offbeat
Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda was one of my favourite books a few years ago and the film adapation was pretty great too so I was exited to read the follow-up novel by Becky Albertelli but I found it incredibly disappointing, which really surprised me considering the fantastic reviews I was seeing. This really didn’t live up to the hype for me, see a full review here.
Beasts of extraordinary Circumstance
Lets end this post on a high note with a book that surprised me in the most wonderful of ways. Ruth Lang blew me out of the water with this book and I can 100% say it’s in my top 5 books of the year (spoiler much?). With an incredibly whimsical writing style and wonderful characters it’s magical realism at it’s finest and I can’t recommend it enough. A full review can be found here.