As we are slowly but surely reaching the end of the year, I thought I would start looking back at all my reading during 2019 to allow myself to share some of my favourites from it. So today, I am going to doing exactly that by talking about some of my favourite series that I started this year, which seems like a particularly relevant post considering how many first books in series I did read over the last 11 month! As I am talking about series I started, alot of these are also series that I have yet to continue on with past the first book, so I am only really talking about my thoughts on how these series started out as opposed to the series as a whole.
So here are six of my series I started this year!
Somehow this adult sci-fi managed to completely capture my heart this year, and I more than ready for the sequel to do exactly the same in 2020. The characters are what really made this book into what it was, an space adventure about a mix-matched group of people, and I can safely say that I fell in love with each and every one of them. The world-building was exceptional, with so much detail put into the history of this universe and the species we encounter, and the story itself was perfectly paced to allow the characters growth to shine through whilst still keeping you engaged and interested in their journey through the stars.
Everyone was raving about this book when it was released in 2018, and at the start of this year I finally discovered why as I was thrust into the magical world of Orïsha. I adored following Zélie on her journey to try and save magic in her kingdom, and the many different problems she had to overcome throughout it. Again, the characters were one of my favourite parts of this story with all of them so gorgeously written and developed, and Zélie and Amari’s strong friendship something that was so refreshing to see in a fantasy novel. The world-building was beautifully done, and I just can not wait to return to this story in the sequel.
Somehow a book that was pitched as Stranger Things meets The Raven Boys did not disappoint me?! This was just the perfect supernatural story that had everything I could have possibly wanted in a good book. The cast was spectacular and I loved reading and learning about each of them in turn, as well as the complex relationships between them, whilst the small town setting suited the story so perfectly as secrets and old family mysteries were slowly revealed. After reading this one I can tell that this series is just getting started and so considering how much I adored this first book I can not wait to see what could possibly be in store for Four Paths next.
This book was almost a guarantee to be on this list even before I started it, and now that I’ve finished it, I can confirm my expectations that this was one of my favourite books of the year and so definitely one of my favourite series that I started this year. It was the perfect start to a trilogy that, whilst having Ronan as one of its main characters, is quite separate to The Raven Cycle whilst still keeping the same gorgeously whimsical nature to it. I adored how we got to meet other dreamers and explore this whole world so much more, with every chapter just adding more to this intricately woven story of magic, mystery and Fairy Markets. We also got to delve so much deeper into the relationship between the Lynch brothers, and overall I am just so in awe of how Maggie Stiefvater has yet again managed to create another truly beautiful story.
I can not believe it took me this long to pick up this hugely popular series, but I am very thankful that 2019 was the year that I finally did. This book was action-packed and addicting, with Kell & Lila both gorgeously written main characters who I grew to deeply care for. The villains were also one of my favourite parts of this story as they were just as well written as the protagonists and I was generally scared of them, which is exactly how I know they are a good villain! I adore the magic system in this world and the idea of multiple London’s is done so well that I can not wait to explore it further in the next two books.
Amanda Foody became one of my new favourite authors this year, and so I had to include the first book in her The Shadow Game series on this list. This book had me hooked from the offset with its gorgeously rich City of Sin setting and dark story line that just kept surprising me with its intricacies and twists. Enne & Levi’s character growth were both so well done, with Enne becoming such a strong and badass heroine whilst still keeping her femininity and Levi learning to trust and lean on others when he needs to. And after that ending, I am more than ready to dive straight into King of Fools!
What are some of your favourite series that you started this year? Have you read any of these – what did you think?