• Louise Rachel Malhi

My top 3 Books of 2019

It has been a while since I have updated my blog as things have been a bit hectic. But I thought it was a good time to reflect on my top 3 favourite books of 2019 that I read!

1. Without doubt, the best series I read was by Bianca Scardoni (The Marked Saga).

After seeing a FB advertorial, I was drawn in by the gorgeous book cover and the fact I had just finished watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix and this series compared itself to it. And oh my gosh, I wasn't expecting to be blown away by the series. I devoured the lot within a couple of weeks. It follows a 17 year old girl, who has lost both her parents and sent to a new school to uncover she is a 'vampire slayer'. She finds herself at school with two vampire brothers (one good, one evil) and other supernaturals. So I can hear you saying - "Isn't this another Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Isn't this just like Vampire Diaries and True Blood? Another Twilight?"

Yep, you are right. But it is the combination of all the classic tropes from these famous series that makes THIS series a recipe of pure delight! It has novel plots and plenty of twists to make it different enough. She is a best seller with a huge fan base, so the evidence is there! I loved it. And if you love YA, dark PNR, you will too!

2. Dying for a Living by Kora M Shrum

I saw this pop up somewhere online, I forget where, and the blurb drew me straight in. So, the MC dies for a living, literally. She has the ability to resurrect (sort of - it is complicated), and can replace a death of someone else. You are like whatttt, how! So, there is a corporation that can predict when people are about to die (to within 24 hours) and Jesse will be sent to them, and as long as she is within close proximity, she will die instead of them, as she can recover.

The complex plot and intriguing concept was what captivated me, along with the witty and sarcastic Jesse who told the story through her eyes. Constantly astounded by the unique premise and ideas, it kept me reading all night.

My only negative for this, was once most of the concept was uncovered, I wasn't as excited by the overall plot underpinning it, as I was for the whole death replacement idea and needing to understand it more. Still a great urban fantasy read for fans of crazy ideas and fast paced action.

3. Amendments by Hannah M Lynn

This book was a little different to my usual read. This was a clean romance with a unique sci-fi twist. Think Time Traveler's Wife. Every person gets 3 chances to amend a bad situation, they caused. For example, they crash their car into someone, they can go back 24 hours and redo that day. However, once they go back they forget their future memory, and only allowed to leave one small clue to help them know to avoid or change something to prevent the action they amended. The plot covers so many ideas and ethical decisions we humans make. From 'living with the coincidence,' to 'trying to change something that is unchangeable' to the 'butterfly effect'. Sometimes you may prevent something, but something worse happens as result.

The book is very descriptive and at times can be slow on action. But the emotional investment and beautiful prose keeps you reading to the very end. If you want a book to really make you think, this is definitely it.

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