(As always, a big thanks your to the fab bloggers over at The Broke and The Bookish for this weekly meme!)
I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I loved Days of Blood and Starlight. I loved Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Honestly, this series near single handedly made my reading year. It was one of the first books I reviewed properly to get my blog up and running and it was an epic choice. Laini Taylor is easily one of the most imaginative and original authors I've had the pleasure of reading, lifting what could have been a fairly run of the mill series into something spectacular.
In my haste to devour anything remotely related to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I accidentally picked up Shadow and Bone, thinking it was in some way part of the stories. At first I was crushingly disappointed that it was something else entirely. The stage after crushing disappointment is apparently hopeless addiction. I loved this book, abruptly switching the target of my obssession and reading all three books in Leigh Bardugo's trilogy. Plus the first in her new duology Six of Crows.
I came for the gorgeous cover. I stayed for the beautiful story. I've long harboured a secret obsession with mermaids, ever since I watched The Little Mermaid as a kid and wanted to be Ariel. This was the first book I read by Laura Dockrill, the utterly charming and bittersweet story making me shed a few tears in public. I love this book, I love this author!
The Queen of the Tearling was sat in my TBR pile for the best part of a year before Lydia over at Something Like Lydia finally convinced me to read it, sand I'm so glad she did! Erika Johansen's no nonsense writing and kick ass heroine Kelsea Glynn made this one of my favourite books of 2015. The Invasion of the Tearling was sent to me courtesy of Charnell at Reviews From A Bookworm, and I couldn't believe I hadn't read this series before. Bring on The Fate of the Tearling!
As much as the cliffhanger to this one killed me, I practically ate the pages to Melinda Salisbury's debut novel! This book kept popping up everywhere online, like it was taunting me with its unreadness. It's cool though, because the sequel The Sleeping Prince is out in early 2016. And the obsession begins again ...
We Were Liars was another book which kept getting a lot of love in my reading circles. I'd never read anything my E Lockhart before starting this book, coming in off a glut of YA fantasy, so the real world setting threw me for a loop initially. Another one that almost had me (alright, did have me) in tears, a big thank you to the guys on #ukyachat for putting me on to this author!
I signed up for a blog tour for Wildfire, the second book in the Everealm series by J D Wright. I didn't have any expectations when I started, but after devouring Wildfire, I promptly went back and read Everealm and loved it even more! Author J D Wright is one of the loveliest people too, and more than willing to put up with my fangirling about the series. Roll on the finale of the trilogy, Blood Moon, out in January!
I can't believe I hadn't read any Jojo Moyes books until this year! I sobbed my way through Me Before You, Ship of Brides and The Last Letter From Your Lover. After You is sat on my bedside table, but I can't bring myself to read it yet. I don't think my heart can take it!
Seraphina and Shadowscale were gifts because "they looked like my kind of thing", and I fell in love with Rachel Hartman! I ended up reading both on super long train journeys in Europe because my friend was constantly falling asleep the moment we set off and didn't wake up again until the train pulled into the station. These books are so good I wasn't even mad at her. Rachel Hartman has got a way of getting you completely lost in the world she's writing. Truly epic writing!
I honestly cannot believe that I hadn't read anything by Marie Lu before! I really want to finish this series before I start Young Elites. It's a case of having too many books to read!
How about you guys? Any new authors discovered in 2015 I really should be checking out in 2016? I really feel like by tbr pile iesn't quite big enough ...