First Quarter Faves 2018

Today, I want to share some of my favorite reads of 2018 so far. Since we are in month 4, April, we are already a quarter through the year! Fortunately, I read a lot more at this time this year than I did at this time last year, so I’ll actually have books to talk about in this post. For now, I’m going to stick with sharing my 4 most favorite books so far:

The Belles

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My feelings about this one were actually quite mixed when I read it, and I was not sure if I really liked it or not. There were a lot of elements of it I did like, but I also had some doubts about other parts, like the romance, whether the MC was the right narrator, etc. However, since reading, I have not been able to stop thinking about this book. I loved the lush descriptions of Orleans and the beauty treatments, and also how dark and twisty it got as the book went on. The diversity aspect doesn’t hurt, either, and I think it was handled really well and gave this story even more of an impact. Though I wasn’t sure if I’d read the second book when I finished this book back in January, upon further reflection, I am very excited to see this series continue and to read more from Dhonielle Clayton.

 

Let’s Talk About Love

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If I had to describe Let’s Talk About Love in one word, it would be “darling.” This book is simply all kinds of adorable, while also dealing with important issues like figuring out your future, going after what you want, and understanding your sexuality. It’s the first book I’ve read with an asexual character, and while I can’t speak to the representation from a personal perspective, I thought the author gave a nuanced presentation of asexuality and made it complex yet comprehensible. Alice is also a delightful character to read about, and though the romance is kind of insta-lovey, I still shipped the heck out of it.

 

Sea Witch

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This one is pitched as a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but it’s actually an origin story for Ursula, the villain. I was a little unsure of this book when I first started it, but quickly grew very invested in it. I thought everything about this book was great, but especially the Danish setting and all of the relationships Evelyn had with the other characters, from Iker to Nikolas to Annamette. This book gave some seriously mysteriously magical vibes throughout, and I loved the inclusion of witchcraft and folklore and how those elements were woven into the story. I would absolutely die for a sequel to this book, and I’m sad I’ll have to wait until July for this one to be published because then it’ll be an even longer wait until Sarah Henning’s next book!

 

To Kill a Kingdom

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If I had to pick, I’d say To Kill a Kingdom is my favorite of the year so far. After Sea Witch, I was definitely on a fantasy kick, so I picked this one up and gobbled it up pretty quickly. Christo’s debut is wonderfully dark, stabby, and romantic, with lots of great worldbuilding, character development, and a slow-burn romance that I shipped instantly. Lyra is such a great character and her growth from villain to at least anti-hero is compelling and addictive. All the side characters are exciting as well, from Elian’s shipmates to the two female royals who end up getting married! TKAK is for sure a new favorite and one I recommend to all fantasy lovers, along with the aforementioned Sea Witch.

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