The goth boy with the cheerleader has been done before (in sometimes cringe-worthy ways), but Kelly Creagh's characters are so emotionally-gripping that they feel like real people. That and the paranormal Edgar Allen Poe themed-plot kept me turning pages long after I should have been in bed. I still need to pick up the sequel.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Author N.K. Jemisin really hooked me with her interesting fantasy world and a cast of gods who seemed like real otherworldly beings, not just humans with superpowers. I seem to enjoy fantasy books with cutthroat political maneuvering, and so I loved seeing how the main character adapted when she was just chucked into the middle of things. I really enjoyed the created mythology and am anxious to know where things go from here. I still need to pick up this sequel as well.
I was skeptical about this book at first. I was just about sick of stories about “high schools for people with powers,” but this one really delivered something special. The main character’s voice is wonderfully sarcastic and I frequently found myself snorting at her humor. I can’t wait to read the spin-off novel next year!
I’ve been a fan of Myra McEntire ever since my friend Shalena over at Writer Quirk brought me the first novel in the series, Hourglass, as a birthday present in 2011. So I snatched up this sequel as soon as it was available. I really enjoyed Kaleb’s character in the first book so I was stoked to discover that he was the POV character for Timepiece. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of a male for once, and thoroughly enjoyed getting into his head and seeing his developing relationship with a certain other character. Of course there is also the aspect of time-travel, which I always love.
The Near Witch
I was thinking I read this back in 2011, but according to Goodreads, it was this year, so yay! This story is poetic and beautiful without being overly flowery. I ate up every word. I also got an advanced copy of Victoria Schwab's next book,"The Archived," and let me tell you, it's even better than her first book. I can't wait to see more stories from this talented lady!