This weeks Top 5 Saturday is all about standalone books. I love a good standalone, there’s something comforting about reading them, knowing that whatever happens the story will come to a close before the end, there will be no cliffhangers, no plot holes left unanswered, it will simply end. I’m all for a good series, the longer the better, but standalone’s are great for knowing you wont have that torturous wait between books.
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Uprooted – Naomi Novik
I love this book so much! Beautifully written, with amazing characters and a plot wondrously intricate. Novik’s second standalone Spinning Silver is also amazing, however Uprooted will always have a special place in my heart.
Gods of Jade and Shadow – Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
This book blew me away when I read it earlier in the year. Steeped in Mayan mythology (and you know I love a good mythology) its a beautifully written coming of age story filled with gods, demons, romance, adventure and a stubborn and beautifully strong female protagonist. You can find my full review for it here.
Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow
This is definitely going to be on my favourite reads of the year. I knew very little about this story going in but the authors prose and wondrous storytelling swept me away on an adventure I was completely unprepared for. January is an amazing character and I thoroughly enjoyed following her journey. You can read my full review here.
Brightfall – Jaime Lee Moyer
I received an ARC of this from the publisher and I LOVED the story so much. An almost gender-bent re-telling of Robin Hood, but set years after the story we know and love. The plot follow Marion living her life after Robin abandoned her and their two children. Full of magic, dragons, and mischievous fae, the story took a completely different turn than what I expected but it was beautifully done. You can read my full review here.
The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
I held off reading this book for so long, put off by the sheer size of it but I needn’t have worried. Shannon’s storytelling has you flying through the over 800 pages . She manages to create a whole new ‘universe’ and all the while shes drawing you into her amazingly woven plot she manages to introduce tid bits of a the history around the world she has created. You can read my full review here.