My Top 15 Books of 2015 and My 5 Biggest Let-downs

My top fifteen books are in order, but I did not include any re-reads or more than one book per series.

15. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, and gave it a five out of five stars. My biggest problem with this it is that the longer I go without reading it, the less I remember about it. I feel like the story didn’t stick with me, and I only remember the enjoyment I had while reading it.

14. A Curious Tale of The In-Between by Lauren Destefano: This was a children’s book that I read a while ago, which I thought was really well done for the age group. Lauren didn’t lower the intelligence level of her book because of her audience, but instead wrote her book the way she wanted knowing that her audience could keep up. Lauren’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and if you were not a fan of her chemical gardens trilogy I recommend trying this.

13. Alive by Scott Sigler: I got the first couple chapters of this book free as an audiobook on youtube and decided to give it a try. I ended up loving it and I immediately bought it off of amazon. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the ending near as much as the rest of it and it brought the book down quite a bit for me. I still loved it and plan to read the next ones.

12. Breadcrumb Trial by Adam Dreece: This is the sequel to the yellow hoods series and I loved it. The way that all of the fairytales were mixed into the story was so amazing and shocking. Adam has a way of just barely letting you know who each character represents through a certain quote or description and it makes the story so much more interesting.

11. Salt And Stone by Victoria Scott: This is the second book in the Fire and Flood trilogy and I loved this book even more than the first one. Everything that happens in this series is so crazy and scary and it is amazing. Victoria has a way of making her stories realistic even if the end doesn’t happen how you would like it to.

10. King of The Castle by Susan Hill: This is the first school assigned book that has ever been on any of my top lists. While this book is extremely depressing, it is important, realistic, and thought provoking.

9. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy: I just read this book in preparation for the movie, and while I did enjoy it, it was a bit of a let down. I had extremely high expectations going into this book and it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I felt like the characters were extremely detached and the story came off a bit choppy.

8. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen: This is the second book in the Scarlet trilogy which is a retelling of Robin Hood. The trilogy all around is amazing but this book was easily my favorite.

7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella: I think Sophie Kinsella did an amazing job of taking a topic as serious as panic disorder and still making it funny. This book never came off as depressing, but she still managed to get the message across and make the story as realistic as possible.

6. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes: This is the fourth book in the Falling Kingdoms series, and it is currently my favorite young adult fantasy series that I have read. Each book becomes more and more complex and the characters become more and more realistic as the story continues.

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer: This is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Marissa did an amazing job of making the first part of her book the introduction to the character Winter, and the second part an epic ending to her series. It was a great ending and it tied everything together perfectly.

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman: I heard about this book because of all the hype it was getting at BEA, and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it. This book is a “historical fantasy retelling” of Alexander The Great when he is sixteen. Eleanor Herman perfectly mixed accurate history along with her own fantasy world and magic system. On top of that, she had six different main characters to include and she did it with no trouble or confusion.

3. A Book of Spirits And Thieves by Morgan Rhodes. This is the first book in the prequel spin off series to the Falling Kingdoms series. I was a little nervous about this series because of how much I love the original, but there was nothing to worry about. I ended up liking this book even more than the original series, and when more books are released I am pretty sure this will move up to my favorite young adult fantasy series.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: I know that this book is one of the most popular young adult books ever and that it came out in 2013, but I just read it this year. I went to the bookstore earlier this year and bought the whole trilogy and marathon read them. They were all amazing but Clockwork Princess was definitely my favorite.

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Six of Crows with absolutely no competition, is my favorite book this year. Once again I heard about this because of BEA, and ended up getting an ARC of it. I have read the first book in the Grisha trilogy and while I enjoyed it, Leigh’s writing has grown drastically since then. Everything about this book was perfect, from the writing, to the characters, the plot, and finally the world building. Once again, this book has a large cast of characters, and Leigh manages them all perfectly with no one being put on the back burner.

Next, are my top five biggest let-downs

5. Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore: I have loved the I am Number Four Series for years now, and there was always supposed to have been six books in the series. It was just released that the authors didn’t think they could wrap the series up in one book, so they added a seventh. This book was book six, and absolutely nothing happened. This book could be totally taken out of the series and you would miss almost nothing.

4. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright: I watched the movie adaptation with my best friend before I read the book. I thought the movie was pretty good, and was excited to read the book. Unfortunately the book was a huge let down. The last 3o minutes of the movie were not in the book at all. The story never wrapped up and literally cut off in the middle of the story.

3. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch: I was so upset that I didn’t enjoy this book. I had heard nothing but amazing things about Snow Like Ashes, but I just couldn’t get into it. I disliked all of the characters and I didn’t care about the story. The only thing I will say is that the plot and world of this book are extremely unique and Sarah did a great job building her world.

2. Rogue by Mark Frost: This is the third and final book to the Paladin Prophecy trilogy. I love this trilogy and it could have been one of my favorites trilogies ever. The conclusion ended up being extremely boring and confusing and in the end I skimmed the last bit of it.

1. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Once again, with no competition, this is my biggest disappointment. For a while, it seemed that everyone loved this book, but I felt like it was a cheap copy of every other young adult fantasy/dystopian I have read. I saw the plot twist from a mile away, and when it happened I didn’t care because I disliked all of the characters. I do think that if this is the first young adult fantasy/dystopian book that you have read, you may like it.

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3 thoughts on “My Top 15 Books of 2015 and My 5 Biggest Let-downs

  1. I always enjoy reading the synopses of the books you’ve read. You are a great writer yourself and anyone reading your critiques should rely heavily on them and “take it to the bank” when they are choosing a book to read.