I did not purposely choose to correspond the number of favorite books on this post to the number of days of blogmas that have passed, but here we are. I decided to limit myself to 5 favorite books because I thought it would be easier than 10? So we will see how this goes…
These are not listed in any particular order.
- To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo – This book, which was about a siren princess named Lira who is cast out of her kingdom and has to steal the heart (literally) of Elian, a siren-hunting prince, destroyed my soul and stole my heart. My heart is probably now under the sea with Lira’s collection of the hearts of princes she has cut out over the years. I loved this book so much. The fantasy world was so cool, and I love siren books, and the romance was slow slow burn burn and so on point.
- Sea Witch | Sarah Henning – I guess I was really in the mood for ocean fantasies this year, but I adored this Little Mermaid villain origin story as well. I loved the Danish seaside setting, which was so vivid, and the romance(s). I loved Evie and felt for her throughout the story and her relationship with Annamette and the darkness and atmospheric vibes of the whole thing. This was a perfect book.
- The Brightsiders | Jen Wilde – This was another perfect book and SO QUEER. The queer rep was definitely one of my favorite things about THE BRIGHTSIDERS, but I also loved that it was a new take on a classic trope of a washed up teen celebrity. This story made me feel so many things but ultimately made me feel hopeful and satisfied at the end. I definitely want to read more of Jen Wilde’s books (especially QUEENS OF GEEK!) after reading this one.
- Fairytales for Wilde Girls | Allyse Near – This is a weird little Aussie book I discovered I think via Paper Fury?? It’s hard to explain what it’s about, but it’s basically at its core a dark fairy tale and even has a book of fairy tales in the story itself. This book is deep and dark and twisty and scary and magical and so so heartbreaking. It is a gut punch that will for sure haunt you long after reading it. If you can get your hands on a copy, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you do so.
- Warcross | Marie Lu – I finally read WARCROSS!! I had been avoiding it because I’m not normally one for sci-fi, but I LOVED WARCROSS and fell for it instantly. The world building is one of my favorite things about it; everything is so vivid and unique and cool and makes you want to dive into the world for real. I didn’t love WILDCARD as much as WARCROSS, but overall my feelings about this duology are extremely positive and I will be recommending it forever and ever.