Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Why it made the list: The sequel to Six of Crows had me just as enthralled, if not even more. I think it helps that I already knew the characters and didn’t have any trouble getting back into the world. If anything, I wanted a little more from certain characters, but it’s tough when she has to balance so many different perspectives. Which makes it all the more impressive how easy it is to follow given the number of perspectives. I also liked that it was a clear end to the story rather than making it into a trilogy as is the common thing to do. Duologies are the new thing!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Why it made the list: Wow. This one is powerful. I then went and read Between Shades of Gray shortly after this one, and it’s great as well. But, for some reason this one really knocked my socks off. Another book that features multiple perspectives that are distinct and interesting in their own ways. The fact that I knew absolutely zero about the real-life event this was based on made it all the more intriguing (and made me want to look it up to find out what had happened before finishing the book, but I stopped myself!). If you like historical fiction even a little bit, you’ll like this one.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Why it made the list: I wasn’t sure about this one at first, then it steadily drew me in just as Shazi drew in Khalid. I also read the sequel this year, but I don’t think it’s as strong as this debut. The two leads spend too much time apart in the sequel, though it does end in a very satisfying way. This book is very romantic while also building up a sense of mystery and intrigue and kept me hooked throughout.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Why it made the list: Yes, this is another in the Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling aka Robert Galbraith. However, I think this one may have been my favorite out of all of them so far. The other books focus more on Strike than Robin, whereas this one really brings Robin to the forefront, delving into her relationships and feelings for the two men in her life. Not to mention she’s basically being stalked by the killer. It ends on a note that makes you want the next one right now as well, which I think is always a good sign!
You can check out all of the books I’ve read on my Goodreads page, but let me know if you’ve had any favorites from this year that I should check out!
My Favorite Books of 2015
My Favorite Books of 2014
My Favorite Books of 2013
My Favorite Books of 2012