5. Sarah J Maas
The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas is loved by many for the most part. However, I've noticed that it's the second book in the series that tends to receive more praise than the first. Although I adore all the books in this series the first has an awful lot of issues. The relationship between Tamlin and Feyre is problematic to say the least. He's incredibly controlling, manipulative and smothering. We see the effects of this more so in the second novel where his actions are condemned...to an extent. But in ACOMAF we get more healthy relationship(s) which continue onto A Court of Wings and Ruin.
I have a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here.
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen tends to divide the reading community. Some adore it others completely hate it. I fall into the camp of loving this series though, like ACOTAR it isn't without it's flaws. I feel like with each book Victoria Aveyard's writing has come on leaps and bounds. I can't wait to read Red Queen #4. One of my favourite things about this series is how the world grows. With each book the world expands, the politics expands. Everything gets bigger and bigger. The plot most definitely thickens!
I have a review for King's Cage here.
1. Pierce Brown
Anyone that has ever talked with me about books, be they friends, strangers or customers at work, nine out of ten times I've tried to get them to read this series. Whenever I'm asked the question 'What's your favourite book/series?' my mind jumps straight to the Red Rising trilogy. Think Game of Thrones meets Star Wars with a dash of Greek culture. Yes, I know. It's cool as all heck. Similarly to Red Queen this series also expands astronomically. With it being set in space we see worlds expand, characters grow and experience these new places. Please go read the bloodydamn thing.
1. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
In my previous store my manager and I gushed over every single book in this trilogy. Melinda Salisbury's writing improved with every single novel. The finale of the trilogy being my favourite. It was so rewarding to watch everything she had hinted at and laid out in the previous novels come to fruition. Initially, it seemed as though the second book in the series had absolutely nothing to do with the first. Then as you continued reading it the reasons behind how the second instalment worked unfolded and my god it was clever. If you haven't read this series you must, you simply must.
I have a review for the Scarecrow Queen here.
3. Samantha Shannon
If I remember correctly there is meant to be seven books in this series...SEVEN. Currently, there are only three out but each has been better than the last and I'm betting that trend is going to continue right up to book seven. I picked the first novel up on a whim and after I read it immediately went out and bought the second. Fast forward to this year and I received The Song Rising* as an ARC/Proof and did a happy dance. Set in a futuristic London controlled by a government that criminalises anyone with clairvoyant abilities. Paige Mahoney is a dream walker, able to enter the minds of those around her. With each book her life, friends and position in society is threatened. Just your typical young adult life...
I have a review for The Song Rising* here.