Normally on a Tuesday I post a book review. And today’s review was meant to be the current Stephen King book that I am reading, however, I haven’t had the chance to finish reading the novel so I came up with this little idea instead.
Not everyone buys a book to read just because it is new. I am constantly finding books that I have never even heard of and they were published years ago. So I decided I am going to give you my top five recommendations. These are the books I think you should read if you haven’t read them already. So here we go.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Alternative Dimensions
Published: 24 February, 2015
‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ in the first installment of V. E. Schwab’s series. The story follows Kell, who is a rare magician who has the ability to travel between worlds, and Delilah, who is a thief. These two characters are thrown together after Delilah steals from him and then also save him from a dangerous enemy.
The overall story is a thrilling read and never gets boring. Excitement lays over every page and the characters are hard not to love.
‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ was my favourite book of 2015, and the sequel ‘ A Gathering of Shadows’ came out earlier this year.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia, High Fantasy, Romance
Published: 28 April, 2015
‘An Ember in the Ashes’ follows two points of views. Going back and forth between Laia who is a slave and has her whole life turned upside down, and Elias who is a soldier and has been trained to be one since he was a child. Both of them want to be free, but both of them are stuck.
The first book is Sabaa Tahir’s series, ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ is a thrilling journey for these two main characters. The whole book is addicting and with every page I wanted more and more, and when it ended I just wanted to cry. There are no boring sections in this book, it is fantastic from start to finish.
Horns by Joe Hill
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Published: 1 March, 2009
With a name like Ignatius Perrish and a pair of horns growing from a head, I couldn’t really tell what this story was going to be about. But by the end I was amazed. Joe Hill, did an amazing job creating this story about Ignatius, or as he is called Ig, who wakes up one morning with horns growing from his head. You quickly learn that Ig’s long time girlfriend has been murdered and the whole town believes that Ig is guilty, but he didn’t do it.
From beginning to end the story is interguing and keeps you wanting to read. The only thing that disappointed me were the last few pages. I feel the ending pushed the story too far. But ignoring that small section the story is fantastic.
If you have seen the movie, which starred Daniel Radcliff and you didn’t enjoy it, well ignore the movie and pick this book up. It is just amazing.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Published: 6 May, 2006
From the author who brought the world ‘Twilight’ comes a story that it completely different. There are no sparkling vampires or hunky werewolves, instead there is a thrilling story about a human, Melody, and an alien that takes over her body, Wanderer.
Stephanie Meyer brings a new life to her writing with a Science Fiction story that has friendship, family and romance, along with action and fighting for survival. Personally I think that the host is a better story that the ‘Twilight’ series. ‘The Host’ is thrilling, and interesting and not a boring read. The movie isn’t bad either. If you didn’t like ‘Twilight’ then do not fear because this book is nothing like it. In fact the two different stories didn’t feel like the same author.
The Book of You by Claire Kendal
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Contemporary
Published: 1 January, 2015
This breathtaking story follows Clarissa as she becomes more paranoid that someone is stalking her. At the beginning of the story Clarissa is selected for jury duty and she can’t help but feel that it is a safe haven from her stalker. She becomes more unnerved though when she recognises parallels between her life the story of the trails victim.
The story is a great read and keeps you on your toes. It isn’t the type of book I would read alone in your house, or on the train at night. Through some part of the story it almost felt like I was Clarissa. I was pulled so far into her story that I felt like I was being stalked. (I didn’t become paranoid though.)
The story also holds romance and betrayal, as well as friendship and mystery. It is an overall great story line that brought me back to the world of mysteries.
I hope you all have had a chance to read these amazing novels. These are some of my favourites. They are all amazing in their own way.