They say that when you get older, time speeds up and years flash by. I never could have imagined that this would be true for me.
I mean, didn’t I just graduate from college and get married!? Well, my graduation was over 2 years ago, and I just celebrated my one year anniversary in April. Wow- that was fast!
It really shouldn’t surprise me that 2011 is already half-over, but I’m in shock. To help cope with the loss of half of a year, I wanted to share with you the best books I’ve read so far!
In the following categories, we have…
Best Novel by a Debut Author
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I really enjoyed the strong, quiet nature of this book. Rhine’s story of kidnapping, love and loss is told beautifully, and I can’t wait to read what DeStefano writes next!
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The romance in this book had me turning pages like a mad fiend!! It was steamy, complicated and completely unresolved (in the best way possible). 😀
Cassel had me laughing, crying and dying for more. I’m in love this curse-working con man!!
Most Interesting World/Setting
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
You really can’t top Europe as a setting, right? In this book rustic Eastern Europe, romantic Paris and historical Germany were some of the highlighted locales. As a bonus, the characters are also briefly on a luxurious, high-spped train!! (Swoon!)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Not only did I not predict the ending of this book, but it absolutely shocked me! It had me saying out loud, “You’ve got to be joking!!” This book definitely WASN’T joking, and the ending was a welcome surprise.
Most Exciting Plot, or the Top Book I Wanted to Re-Read Immediately
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (review to be posted tomorrow!)
This novel really taught me what steampunk is all about. But even more than that- it was a fantastic novel overall. The action and adventure were well-paced and extremely exciting. It definitely got my blood pumping!!
And now for the “best of” you’ve all been waiting for…
Best Book I’ve Read All Year (so far)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
This book rocked my socks!!! It had everything I look for in books (romance, action, drama, mystery) and executed it all perfectly. I can’t even count the number of friends I’ve told about this novel. If I had to guess, I’d say it would be in the teens… haha!