Favourite Books of 2013

1) The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – an amazing, action packed novel. This series is phenomenal and just keeps getting better.                                                    2) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, so this may be a little biased but in my opinion he hit it out of the ball park with this novel. A creepy, nostalgia free look at childhood.               3) The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand – I devoured Claire’s debut book The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls last year and was so excited to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed. Olivia is such a great character, and the storytelling was mature, beautiful and at some points downright creepy. Claire’s take on The Nutcracker, Winterspell, is out next year and I AM SO EXCITED!   4) Wonder by R. J Palacio – I’ve recommended this book so much this year. A brilliant, moving story about a small boy with a facial deformity, this is sure to tug at your heartstrings.                                                                                                     5) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – a book about cultures colliding in New York. Beautifully written, a great fantasy debut.                                            6) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys  – Please don’t confuse this with Fifty Shades of Grey, this book is WAY better. A story about a girl and her family deported to Siberia in the run up to the second world war. A story of horrors and hope.                                                                                                                                       7) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – a story about first love. This book is truly magical, and definitely deserves the hype. I need to read Rainbow’s second book, Fangirl, ASAP.                                                                                                          8) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This book is about a boy who’s mother has cancer, and a monster that helps him through it. This is beautifully done, and made me cry buckets.                                                                                                         9) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – AHHH this series. Set in a Russia inspired country, Alina has to navigate through the politics and danger of the Royal Court all while being proclaimed as the savior of the country. An inspired book that made YA fantasy feel fresh again!                                                                10) Seraphina by Rachael Hartman – Its a book about dragons! Do I NEED to say more!? This is gorgeously done, I am very excited for the sequel and did I mention the dragons? DRAGONS!!!

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