My first book review of 2018! I tend to gravitate towards historical fiction (especially in the winter), but surprisingly there are none on this list! I started off with Big Little Lies (so good!) then followed up with one of my favorite thriller authors, and finally picked up the best juicy YA series. Needless to say, it’s been a good few months for reading around here. My weekends have been pretty uneventful, l so I’ve been able to read a lot more than usual. I’m currently reading The Paris Wife and loving it!
Let me know in the comments what books you’re currently reading and any of your favorite authors that I should check out!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty has definitely been the best book I’ve read so far this year. I started watching the mini series on HBO (still haven’t watched the last episode) and decided to read the book because I had it on my list. The book is almost 500 pages but you can easily go through 100 pages at a time. The characters are really well developed, the plot is fantastic, and it’s just overall a great read. The plot follows (for the most part) the lives of three women who live in Pirriwee, Australia who are all completely different. Jane is a 24 year old mother to a five year old boy named Ziggy, whose father is a mystery. Celeste is a gorgeous mother of two energetic twin boys, and she has a dark secret that she is very good at keeping. Finally, there’s Madeline, the peppy blonde who is struggling in her relationship with her teenage daughter, Abigail. It also doesn’t help that Abigail’s father lives in the same town and also has a daughter with his new wife Bonnie that is in the same class as her youngest daughter, Chloe. The drama, humor and suspense of this book makes it a classic! Definitely put this one at the top of your list!
Burntown by Jennifer McMahon: I read The Winter People last year, and when I saw Burntown was released I knew I had to read it. Burntown follows a girl named Necco, who has been living on the streets with her mother after her brother and father where killed in The Great Flood – their home destroyed. Now Necco’s mother is dead and her boyfriend was murdered, with Necco being the prime suspect. On the run, Necco makes some unlikely friends and learns that everything she thought to be true, is not.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor with a little Cinderella thrown in- I think that’s a fairly accurate description of the first book in The Selection trilogy. I read this book in less than 24 hours (it’s a YA novel) and quickly became obsessed. The book takes place in Illea (formerly known as the United States) after the Fourth World War. A caste system is in place and the government is now a monarchy with a royal family. A girl from each province of Illea (35 total) is chosen to compete in The Selection, where they compete for the prince’s heart, and to ultimately become Queen of Illea. I loved that this book was a quick read and extremely entertaining. I would equate it to the reality TV of novels, so if you enjoy reality TV (like The Bachelor), I bet you will devour this book.
The Elite by Kiera Cass: I thought that this one started a little slower than the first, but it picked up quickly. The Selection has been cut from 35 girls to 6. The plot gets thicker and the stakes are higher, and I could not put this one down.
The One by Kiera Cass: The final book in The Selection trilogy. I felt that the beginning of the book dragged a little because the situation between America and Maxon was more or less the same as it was in the previous two books, so it started to feel a little tired. Things got better after the first 70 pages thanks to a lot more action (Hunger Games style) than the other books. After that, there was no turning back and I finished the book within hours.