WELCOME, to the first post of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, and let me just tell you – I’m starting with a BANG here. If you want more info on this awesome tour check it out here! Basically every Sunday for the summer I’ll be spotlighting a blogger because there are too many cool people out there that YOU need to know about.
Today we have Dawn from Bang Bang Books discussing her top 10 books of 2015, and how much of an EXPLOSION they had. (No, I will never tire of these puns)
Can I also say that Dawn rates books with bombs? Hardcore man. Get on her level.
Without further ado, let the countdown begin!
10. Devils Unto Daughters by Amy Lukavic
Although winter gets a bad rap because of Game of Thrones, this winter is coming tale was well written, engaging, incredibly creepy,
and an engrossing quick read. 4.25 Bombs
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Maas holds nothing back. This book is sexy and dirty. 4 Bombs.
8. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially Kell’s coat. The writing was beautiful and Schwab’s world was interesting. 4 Bombs
7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This was a quick witty read with relatable teens and their relatable teen problems. Simon is in the closet but it’s really not about his coming out which made this book different than a lot of other coming out books. It was more about Simon’s relationships with this friends and family. 4.25 Bombs
6. Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
This book is all about the writing. Once again Smith mixes science fiction with some harsh realities and throws in a dash of relatable teen boys. 4 Bombs
5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Ness takes a different approach to the traditional dystopian-chosen one-who-must-save-the-world novels. What about those other teens who have to live their lives while Katniss is fighting the Capitol? Find out in this book. Underneath the weirdness, this book deals with a common mental illness in a way that teens may not be familiar with.
4. Heart of Betrayal (Book #2 of the Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles is not black and white but filled with several shades of gray. You really have to pay attention and go back to book one to make connections. A book that makes you think and recall information makes for an enjoyable read. Lia is also a wonderful heroine and the world building is fantastic. I didn’t like it better than book one (which was my favorite book of 2014) but if you are a high fantasy fan, I HIGHLY recommend this series. 5 Bombs
3. An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Non-stop action, never predictable, and one of the best villains ever. 5 Bombs
2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I wasn’t expecting much from this book but Ruby’s writing hooks you immediately. All the character are beautiful-from the grandmother who only appears on a couple of pages to Finn, the main character. 5 Bombs
After the initial read, it seems to be lesson on beauty- how the world treats people based on the way they look. But beneath the surface, there are mythical and mysterious characters. Everything Ruby writes has a purpose-the bees, the horse, the corn, the ghost.
It’s a weird book especially if you are expecting a mystery or a straight up fantasy. If you can wrap your head around the fact that it’s contemporary with a hint of fantasy, you will enjoy it.
#1. Winner’s Crime (Book 2 from Winner’s Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski
Winner’s Crime was suspenseful, exciting, romantic, and every other adjective you can think of. The writing isn’t dumbed down and Kestrel is one of the best heroine’s I’ve read in the past three years. She’s not a fighter of fists but a fighter of the brain. She’s constantly thinking and is almost always one step ahead of everyone yet she shows a vulnerable side. 5 Bombs
Guys, that is a pretty COMBUSTIBLE list of books that go that’s really BOOMing. I’ve linked each book’s title to its Goodreads page, so you can check them out if they sound interesting! I know a couple of them ended up on my to-read list…
Next week we’ll be featuring Dana the Square in an exciting post about geometric shapes. And books, of course.