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A Year in Review | Alice’s Book Awards of 2018

Hello, friends! Arisutocrat Awards 2018 is finally here (after months of delay)! I worked hard on ranking my favorite reads and favorite book characters in 2018.

Read in 2018, not necessarily published in 2018


Hopefully the titles should be straightforward. For Best Book, I chose the book I thought was hands down the best in craft. My personal favorite designates the book I loved the most. All other favorite categories are ranked after taking quality and personal preference into account. Unnumbered listings signify no ranking or overall similar levels of quality/enjoyment.

Books that Brought Home Honor

Best Book of 2018: Circe by Madeline Miller

Personal Favorite: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

Favorite YA Fantasies:

  1. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  2. Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody
  3. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie Dao
  4. Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Perez

Favorite YA Non-fantasy:

  • Want – Cindy Pon
  • Shadow Girl – Liana Liu

Favorite Adult Fantasies*: 

  • City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
  • Jade City – Fonda Lee
  • Deathless – Catherynne M. Valente
  • Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

*Excluding Circe.

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4 stars · book review

review: The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Resistance (Queen’s Rising #2) by Rebecca Ross

★★★★☆ // 4 out of 5 stars

Previous review of The Queen’s Rising: here

Goodreads review

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After feeling a little kink-shamed about the Queen’s Rising (book 1) last year, you bet I’m gonna tell you how I feel about the sequel!

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monthly wrap-ups

February 2019 Wrap-Up

I finished 4 books in February and still have quite a few books in progress.

  1. Kingdom of Copper – S. A. Chakraborty | 4 stars
  2. King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo | review | 1 star
  3. The Girl King – Mimi Yu | review | 3.5 stars
  4. Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody | review | 3 stars

In-Progress Reads

  1. Lady Smoke – Laura Sebastian | in progress
  2. The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill | in progress
  3. Baker Thief – Claudie Arseneault | in progress
  4. Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee | in progress

March TBR

  1. Ruse – Cindy Pon
  2. Queen’s Resistance – Rebecca Ross
  3. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
  4. Artemis Fowl 2 + 3 – Eoin Colfer