As 2017 draws to a close, it's time to look back on the many novels I read over the year I started blogging--the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. Because whatever the old adage says, a cover has the power to make or break a book, and here I share my personal list of 2017's best covers in Young Adult fiction.
Tag: New Adult
If I had to give my review in one word, it would be bravo. Painted with just the right amount of darkness, The Cruel Prince is a beautiful anti-fairytale with a jaded protagonist whose strength nonetheless shines through on every page. Holly Black's writing is as its most brilliant when she takes the luxury of time to explore the messy, tangled, and ultimately revealing relationships between characters.
S. Jae-Jones's lush, beautifully written retelling of Labyrinth meets Cruel Beauty is a heart-wrenching and bittersweet tale that, in a good way, leaves you with more questions than answers.
This NA high fantasy, essentially Macbeth meets And I Darken if Lada were Wu Zetian, is every bit as depraved as the reviews promise. Xifeng is a self-serving villain protagonist with zero redeeming qualities, but something in me wanted her to succeed anyway.
Nothing is as it seems in The Hanging Girl, a claustrophobic intersection of Gone Girl with One of Us Is Lying. Eileen Cook writes plot twists like second nature, artfully using thriller tropes in imaginative ways. Her skill at writing unreliable narration where the POV character deliberately withholds information is amongst the best, so that even when she uses well-known tricks, I couldn't see them coming.
Warcross is still silly and over-the-top, but it pulls it off with such aplomb and flair that I'm more than willing to go along with whatever Lu tells me. 18-year-old hacker gets caught up in the world's biggest conspiracy which all takes place in virtual reality? Heck yeah!
I have nothing against long books, as long as the amount of content justifies the length. A Storm of Swords justifies its 400k words. Tower of Dawn doesn't justify more than 100k. It's glaringly obvious that this was originally a novella that spiralled out of control when SJM couldn't be bothered to cut it down.