January 02, 2016

Varsha's Top 5 Reads of 2015

2015 was a wonderful year for me in terms of reading. Even though I couldn't read as much as I wanted to (thank you Uni), I enjoyed almost all the books that I did read and also discovered so many new authors.


Genre: High Fantasy
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The amazing series tops my reading list for 2015. Melina Marcehetta has this way with words that just leaves me awestruck and having read her contemporaries, I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started this series but boy was I wrong. This series is full of real characters, mystery, action, adventure and hope. 
What's the first book about? It starts with three friends, a prophetic dream and a blood pledge, 
Followed by an invasion, a terrible curse and the struggle of one people to take back what they lost. 

This series deserves all the love in the world so go read it, ya'll :)

“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?” 
-Melina Marchetta 

2. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fanstay
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A book centered around a heist? It has to make my list :P I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up loving this book because I am not a fan of Leigh Bardug's Grisha trilogy. But this one blew my mind. In this book, six misfits come together to pull off an impossible heist and I loved every page of it. The plot was epic and crazy and adventurous and just grabs your attention and does not let go till the very end. The world building is done beautifully and what I loved the most about this book is the characters. All of them were so incredibly well fleshed out and the interactions between them was so entertaining. 
Highly recommended. 

"“A gambler,a convict,a wayward son,a lost Grisha,a Suli girl who had become a killer,a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
-Leigh Bardugo

3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy
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One of the best sequels I've ever read. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the 3rd book in The Raven Cycle quartet and is one of the most unique books I've ever read. I was mesmerized by the complexity and ingenuity of the story. Blue Lily, Lily Blue took my breath away. It was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

Seers, clairvoyance, Welsh kings, dreamers, all this sets up this vivid, palpable atmosphere that I could feel deep in my bones.  The last book, The Raven King is my most anticipated release of 2016.

". . . what she didn't realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another."
-Maggie Stiefvater 

4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy
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Besides Winter, QoS was my most anticipated releases of 2015 and it also turned out be the best in the series so far. I love how this series keeps getting better with each book and the characters, they grow stronger and deadlier, more fierce and passionate. We see in QoS how they're a far cry from the characters we met in the fist book, hardened by blood and betrayal.  Maas is a genius for the way she went about the character and plot development. The plot in this one was constantly changing and Maas' writing was fantastic. I loved the changes of mood and atmosphere, how quickly it happened and yet it did never left me unbalanced.  Cannot wait for the next book. 

“They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.” 
-Sarah J Maas 

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Genre: Fantasy 
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A Beauty and the Beast retelling with a touch a Greek mythology. It's everything a fantasy lover could ever ask for. It had everything I look for in a book; an imperfect heroine, unpredictable mystery, fascinating setting and backstory, characters that are as real as you and me and beautiful writing. This wasn't a light read but I liked that it showed the most evil aspects of human nature and the dark and twisted side of fairy tales. This book was truly mesmerizing.

"He is a monster, I said. Maybe I m a monster to pity him.”
-Rosamund Hodge

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