Every June, we celebrate the year being half over by checking in with our reviewers and seeing what they've loved, so far.
Today, long time star reviewer Katie gives it a go:
This is a “Best of (so far)...” list for readers who love a good romance (with a side of drama and/or adventure) across genres. I’m predictable like that. :-)
It may have been the magical realism or the setting or maybe just a younger brother named Finn, but whatever it was, at times this book reminded me of Maggie Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races, which is among the highest compliments I can pay a book. It’s the strange, wonderful story of Finn trying to find the missing Roza and so much more that can’t be fit in a two or three sentence summary. Read it.
In this book Heather Demetrios combines the tropes of small towns, leaving for college, and returning from war, into a beautiful and gorgeously-crafted summer read. Skylar and Josh’s story is angsty, heartbreaking, and ultimately an immensely rewarding romance.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
I was late to the Sarah Dessen party, but I’m here now, and this was one of my Dessen favorites. It’s about living with the bad choices of others, especially those closest to us, and one of the truest books I’ve read all year.
This is a fairy book. Depending on the kind of reader you are that will either send you leaping in the air with joy or running as far as you can in the opposite direction. I would argue, though, that this is the fairy book to bring those two sides of the spectrum together. Holly Black creates a fairy world that is so rich and fascinating that it reminds you less of fairy books and transports you into the world of fairy tales. It’s strange (as you’d expect) and wonderful.
This series is the very definition of a space opera (which Google tells me is “is a subgenre of science fiction that often emphasizes romantic, set mainly or entirely in outer space”) and manages to own the drama and adventure that definition entails. Even better, This Shattered World completely rejects the idea of a second book slump, layering a new romance on top of an ever-growing mystery.
Honorable Mention: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, because your summer most likely needs a romance involving motorcycle gangs even if you don’t know it yet.