Favorite Reads of 2018

By Reader Voracious

By Reader Voracious

This Mortal Coil

Emily Suvada

$19.99 $18.39

This is my favorite series! I honestly think about this book so often and it has become my mission to get everyone I know to read it. The book is fantastically written with masterful exposition and world-building; the characters are complex, scarred, and so perfectly human.

Ace of Shades

Amanda Foody

$9.99 $9.19

Ace of Shades swept me away and is the first book that I ever upgraded from the Kindle to physical format because I loved the book so much. This book has it all: strong female characters, lovable and morally grey characters, gangs, and magic.

Contagion

Erin Bowman

$17.98 $16.54

Contagion was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and it did not disappoint! I LOVED IT. Such a wonderful science fiction and horror mashup that I will scream about for ages to come.

The Siren and the Specter

Jonathan Janz

$14.95 $13.75

This simply blew me away! I love horror movies but don’t read much horror, and this book brought a love out in me that’s led me to explore more of the horror genre. As someone that is difficult to scare, Janz managed to creep me the heck out with the Long Room scene and I slept with the lights on in my apartment.

Mirage

Somaiya Daud

$18.98 $17.46

Mirage was magical read for me! This is a powerful own-voices Moroccan inspired SFF tale of culture, family, oppression, and rebellion with a diverse cast of complex characters that I absolutely adored reading. I feel like this book straddled the fantasy and science fiction line well – it’s science fiction for fantasy lovers that is easily accessible.

Pitch Dark

Courtney Alameda

$18.99 $17.47

I was blown away by the narrative and atmosphere, and absolutely loved the philosophical underlying theme of whether or not humanity is worth saving and what it means to be worthy of redemption. I was immersed in the story and Alameda builds the horror so that this fast-paced read has you on the edge of your seat. The diversity in this book, especially reading Spanish, is fantastic and I definitely recommend reading the Afterword when finished to see where Alameda got her inspiration for this story.

The Rending and the Nest

Kaethe Schwehn

$26.00

This is one of the most compelling, unique, sad, and hopeful books that I have read. At its core this is a character-driven book set in a post-apocalyptic setting, using that setting to delve into topics of community and the human condition… when everything we knew from before is left behind, how do we persevere?

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

$18.99 $17.47

Tomi Adeyemi blew me away and I am grateful that I was granted an eARC by the publisher so that I had a chance to read the book before the hype train took off. I was able to read it without expectations and absolutely devoured it.

Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One

L Penelope

$26.99

This is well written and delves into very important topics of race, privilege, power, corruption, and a refugee crisis without overburdening the fantasy story. I loved the world-building and even the budding romance here (gasp!).

Anger Is a Gift

Mark Oshiro

$17.99 $16.55

The first book of the year to make me ugly cry. This is an incredibly powerful novel about resilience in the face of adversity and loss. It is about the community. It is about taking a stand against the system of oppression, even if it seems hopeless. This is an incredibly difficult read, but it is such an important read.

Jar of Hearts

Jennifer Hillier

$26.99 $24.29

An unputdownable mystery that gripped me from the first page. I loved trying to figure out just what happened and appreciated how everything tied together at the end.

Strange Grace

Tessa Gratton

$18.99 $17.47

This is a truly magical and odd reading experience. It really felt like reading someone’s lucid dream but I absolutely adored the characters and their love for one another.

Trail of Lightning, Volume 1

Rebecca Roanhorse

$27.99 $25.19

This is a fantastic urban fantasy set in an alternate America after a cataclysmic flood and is a fast-paced adventure. The characters are all wonderful and the worldbuilding offer just enough to whet the appetite, and while there are Navajo words and phrases used I never once felt lost. I appreciated the glimpse into Navajo mythology and culture that this own-voices story gave as well.

You can see this list (with links to my full book reviews) on my blog: https://readervoracious.com/2018favorites/