I read 145 books in 2020, and today I want to talk about my 10 favorite reads of the year.
This was extremely hard to narrow down, because so many amazing books came out last year, but I managed to do it! However, this list is in no particular order (except maybe #1 and #2, because they were truly amazing).
There were also a lot of books I wanted to read this year, that I just didn’t get the chance to. So, if you’re wondering why a popular book isn’t included, it’s probably because I didn’t get to pick it up yet. But don’t worry! I’ll be discussing my 2020 TBR soon, and you might see a few of those books there.
Also, if you’re interesting in hearing all of my thoughts on one of the books, just click the rating! It will take you to my full review of the book, if I have one.
Page Count: 326 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: 2/25/20 Rating: 5 Stars
Tricia Levenseller is one of my favorite authors, and The Shadows Between Us reminded me why. This is an addictive, fast-paced fantasy standalone following a girl determined to marry the king so she can kill him and take the crown for herself. I loved the characters and the romance, and I’m so excited to see what Tricia Levenseller writes next!
Wicked Saints was one of my favorite reads of 2019, so it’s no surprise that Ruthless Gods is on this list. If you haven’t already delved into this series, you definitely should. The series is a gothic fantasy with a true enemies-to-lovers couple at the center. The second book has even more angst and violence than the first!
Think Twilight but 2020 edition. This book follows a Grace, who must transfer to a mysterious boarding school in Alaska after the tragic death of her parents. There, she meets Jaxon, a dark and mysterious boy who she finds herself drawn to.
Renata Convida is a rebel spy working against the crown, but when her commander is taken captive, she will do anything to save him. As she goes undercover in the palace, she must convince those around her that she remains loyal.
Today, I want to talk about an amazing new release: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown! Not only will I be sharing my thoughts on this book, but I will also be included my favorite quotes, a mood board, and a giveaway!
The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
I feel like every year, there are just more and more new releases that I’m dying to read.
2020 has some impressive books lined up, and I would love to talk about all of them, but that would take days. Instead, I’ve decided to highlight my 20 most anticipated 2020 releases, and throw in an extra 140 amazing releases separated in lists so that you can check all of them out on your own!
Speaking of separate lists- I tried to organize these… somewhat. There are 4 different sections of releases: New Series– the book is the first in a soon-to-be series Sequels & Prequels– the book is a continuation of a series that has at least one book in it already Standalones– the book has little to no affiliation with a series and can be read alone The Untitled Section– can include any of those types of books above, but all of these books don’t have titles. I don’t know why I felt that needed a category, but I wanted to make one.
Release Date: 2/4/2020 Series: All The Stars and Teeth #1 Genre: YA Fantasy (Pirates) Publisher: Imprint Page Count: 384 When Princess Amora’s demonstration to prove her mastery of soul magic goes awry, she strikes a deal with a pirate, Bastian. In return for helping her prove she is fit for the throne, she must help him reclaim the magic that was stolen from him. I’ve been so excited for this book for years now, and I can’t wait to finally read it! Also, it comes out on my birthday, so I can tell this year is gonna be a good one.
Release Date: 2/4/2020 Series: Queen’s Secret #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Page Count: 384 Caledon is the Queen’s only assassin, and the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow dreams of becoming an assassin like him, training to join the Guild, while also learning to control her magic that is forbidden in the kingdom. When an attack brings the two of them together, they must team up to hunt down Renovia’s newest threat.
Release Date: 3/3/2020 Series: The Last Hours #1 Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Page Count: 544 Yet another new series in Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters. Chain of Gold takes place in Edwardian London, following the children of Will and Tessa Herondale- James and Lucie- as well as Cordelia Carstairs, whose name may sound familiar if you’ve read the The Dark Artifices series.