It’s almost the end of 2018, which means time for me to list my favorite reads of this year. Since I have way too many I thought I would divide it into sections. This post is about stand alone books. As in books that aren’t part of series and resolve themselves in the one book. Personally, I get too attached to the characters and the story to usually be satisfied with just one book. So Most of the books I read this year were part of series. But the stand alones I did read this year surprised me in how much I enjoyed them.
So here are my Top 5:
In no particular order.
1. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
I recently posted a review of bonfire *Spoiler* I loved it. This was new one for me as I don’t read mystery or thriller books often. Especially not adult mystery/thriller books. Bonfire is about Abby Williams who escaped from small town life as soon as she graduated high school and never looked back. Until her job as an environmental lawyer has her right back in Barren’s Indiana. And she finds out Barren has more secrets than just the contaminated water.
2. Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West
Dreamers Often Lie is a contemporary YA novel. The only one in the post, and probably the only one I read this year. Ooops! Not much a of contemporary reader myself. But this book had a little bit of extra *something* in it that made me like it. The book is about Jaye, a high school drama performer who wakes up after a serious accident seeing Shakespeare’s characters. Throughout the book, she has trouble distancing fiction from reality, is losing time and begins to think she isn’t making up the Romeo look-alike in her science class. I know almost nothing about Shakespeare besides general information but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I imagine Shakespeare fans would enjoy it even more.
3. Book Jumpers by Mechthild Gläser
The Book Jumpers is a YA Fantasy book. It was originally published in German and is the authors first book translated into english. This one is tricky I simultaneously loved and was disappointed with this book at the same time. The Book is about Amy who finds out she is descended from a family of Book Jumpers. As in up to a certain age, people in her family can learn to jump inside stories and make sure everything is running smoothly. Throughout the book you see her jump into books like The Jungle book, shakespeare’s plays, Alice in Wonderland, and The Little Princess. The conflict happens when important pieces and characters in stories start going missing, thereby affecting every copy of that book ever made. It was really good and the story line is every book lover’s dream. BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE!
This should not have been a One-off. It seemed rushed towards the ending. It had too much potential and good story that its ending was unsatisfactory. There was information added in that just wasn’t put to use. There was so many ways this story could have been expanded into a series. This book I feel is mostly on this list because of its potential and originality. It’s a good premise and kept me reading until the end. It just shouldn’t have been the end. To this book or what could have been this series.
4. The False Princess by Ellis O’ Neal
The False Princess is a YA Fantasy Adventure novel. On goodreads it says #1 but aside from a short story there is no indication there will be a second book and it seemed resolved enough with the one book. Since it came out in 2011 and there is no word of a sequel I am pretty sure its a stand alone.
This is not your typical princess story. The book follows Nalia as she finds out on her 16th birthday that she is not actually the princess she thought she was. Rather she is a stand in for the real princess who was prophesied to be murdered before her 16th birthday. Upon being told she has been living a lie, Nalia is kicked out of the castle and shipped off to her only known relative who she has never met before and pretty much hates her. Nalia soon realizes magic runs through her veins and she doesn’t belong there, also something isn’t quite right about the new princess.
5. Hunted by Meaghan Spooner
Hunted is a YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I feel like Beauty and the beast has been the basis of so many romance books. And probably my favorite despite it being so controversial. Quiet good girl (Beauty) meets Dangerous bad boy (Beast) and despite him pushing her away, they fall in love and he softens for her. *Swoon* Classic. I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a “Beastly” Male Character and just the sprinkling of Insta-Attraction. Hunted was not like that. Beauty or Yeva as she is called mostly in the book was not a typical soft female character, She was a hunter. And throughout almost the entire books She wants to kill the Beast, a few time she even tries. But the beast is immortal, trapped in between a man and a beast and desperately trying to break the curse before his animal side takes over. And this time, it’s not as easy as finding true love.
Do you prefer stand-alones or series? What was your favorite stand-alone book this year? Let me know in the comments!
If you liked this article, keep a lookout for my list of favorite series reads and debut series reads of this year!
Thank you for reading!