Top of 2018

We’re midway thru 2018 and if you are looking for one good book before the September books come out, here’s what I suggest.  Some of these books aren’t published yet because I can to include ARCs due to the fact that I couldn’t find five already pubs that I gave a high rating.

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Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18

Dance of Thieves takes place a couple of years after the war between Lia and the Komizar.  We follow a new character Kazi who is part of Queen Lia’s special army. Kazi and her three member home girl crew are tasked to infiltrate, locate, and bring back a traitor.

Initial Rating: bombbombbombbomb

Publication Date: August 7th

You can download it on Edelweiss

You do not need to read Kiss of Deception first although you should because it’s amazing. I will warn those of you who do not like a character driven plot. If you didn’t like Kiss of Deception and are thinking, “Everyone else like KOD so maybe I’ll give Pearson’s next book a try,” you probably aren’t going to like DOT either. It’s character driven which means the plot is slow.

Kazi is a good character; she has an interesting backstory and she extremely driven. Jase is similar in his drive to be a great leader and I liked the pair a lot. It did get a little sluggish in the middle and that’s the reason why I didn’t rate it higher.


children of blood and bone

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of this book but just in case you haven’t…Zelie (Zel) lives in Orisha where the non magical king has made it his mission to eradicate the Maji or magical people and he does so by murder. Zel’s mother was one of the fallen and Zel was born a diviner-magical child of fallen maji. Amari, the king’s daughter, is indifferent until an event forces her to take action against the king. She meets Zel and her brother Tzain, and they set off on a journey to restore magic back to the maji before it is gone forever.

Initial Rating: bang

Zel was a pretty well rounded character. Inan realistically struggled with his demons. I enjoyed the world building and the pacing. One thing I liked was that I didn’t immediately root for the good side. I could understand the revenge driven king.  Is it the most original story? No but this version was well done.



Sadie is told in two perspectives, West McCray a Serial-type- podcast and Sadie. When Sadie’s grandmother contacts West to investigate Sadie’s sudden disappearance, he tracks her through interviews of people Sadie encountered.

Initial Rating: bang

Sadie can currently be downloaded on Edelweiss.

This was a tough book to get thru because of the subject matter but it was very well written.  Some readers might be put off or get confused by Summers quick transitions but I believe it was done on purpose and it was effective. Get out your tissues.

Because the book is about a podcast, the trailers are podcasts which are very good.



Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames

Initial Ratingbang

Thunderhead is non-stop all the way to the end. Shusterman went there and that’s all I’ll say. You’ll have to read Scythe first then this book to see what I’m talking about.



Furyborn is told in duo POVs. Rielle, the daughter of the king’s commander and Eliana a hired killer living 1000 years after Rielle.  (OMG, there’s so much story I don’t know where to begin).  Okay, let’s go back. The book begins with Rielle giving birth and in the room is her new husband Garver and his seven year old son Simon.  At one point, an angel named Corien comes and that’s all I’ll say.  Rielle’s story is then told two years prior to the birth of her child.  Legrand slowly reveals how Rielle came to be pregnant and married to this Garver guy, what Simon is, and the significance of Corien.

Initial Rating: bang

This is a very polarizing book. The Goodreaders who rated it low was because of the bi representation.  I’m not bi so I didn’t catch that issue.

I did however really like Furyborn and it will end up in the top three of the year because I don’t see me reading much better. I thought the POV’s had different voices and were developed well. Eliana was a conflicted and flawed character who made horrible choices and I enjoyed her character arc. The prologue is basically the middle of the story/series which is different and was intriguing. The world building wasn’t contrived and the story went against trope. There were twists and turns and great secondary characters.

So if you are on the fence because of all the one stars on Goodreads, keep in mind that there are a lot of four and five stars on Goodreads and maybe give it a go.

What have been your faves of 2018 so far.  What did I miss and need to read ASAP?


One thought on “Top of 2018

  1. *flails and tries to contain her fangirl long enough to form words*

    I’m so excited to see Thunderhead on your list. I just finished reading it last month and OH MY GOD, I CAN’T. I JUST CAN’T. The Toll can’t be released soon enough, at this point.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Children of Blood and Bone, if I’m honest. I thought it was good, but not great, but I know SO MANY people who loved it that I still often recommend it because I am for sure in the minority here. xD

    And I’ll be reading Furyborn probably next month (because I am hopelessly behind at this point). This is a great list. 😀

    Shadowsong (and probably also Wintersong?) by S. Jae-Jones would probably be in my top releases this year, but you really have to like her writing style or it’s going to be hard to get through, I think. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was FANTASTIC and I’m still not over it.

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