Top Reads of 2021

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.

2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.

With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order. 

Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.

Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:

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Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Shadowfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Series or Standalone:Fever #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I have been putting off writing my review of Shadowfever for a while now. It’s truly been a struggle to find the right words to capture my feelings on this book. The only way I can sum up this book was that reading it was an EXPERIENCE. I was literally saying ‘Oh my god’ left and right while reading it.

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Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
Series or Standalone: Fever #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Rape, sexual assault

Just when you think the Fever series can’t get any better, it does. I didn’t think Moning could top the action, emotions and ending of Faefever, but she somehow does with Dreamfever. Once again, I found myself screaming at the end of this book and looking back in awe at everything that transpired in this book. Moning manages to flip the world she created on its head and add more complexity and depth to it and the characters. 

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Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Faefever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Series or Standalone: Fever
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Rape

This book. THIS BOOK. I was already in love with this series before reading this book, but Faefever made me OBSESSED. 

In terms of a plot summary, I feel like I can say very little without spoiling major plot points in the series. Suffice to say, Mac is continuing to search for her sister’s killer while also trying to track down the powerful magical book, the Sinsar Dubh. The stakes get raised as Samhain quickly approaches since the boundaries between the Fae and human realm are the weakest that night.

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Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Bloodfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 16, 2007
Series or Standalone: Fever #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’m going to be honest – reviewing this book is hard because I loved it so much, but I also don’t want to give away any of the big plot things. Talking anything plot-wise with this series is incredibly difficult as there are so many fun twists and turns, and experiencing them for the first time while reading is magical.

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Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Darkfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
Series or Standalone: Fever #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Murder; sexual assault

I will fully admit, the first time I tried to read this book a few months back, it didn’t work for me. I think I was in the wrong headspace as I barely made a dent in it the first go around. HOWEVER. I am so glad that I picked this up again because I ended up binging the first five books in a crazy short amount of time.

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Trailer Tuesday: Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

For this week’s Trailer Tuesday, I’m kicking it old school. Okay, not really old school. This week i’m throwing it a few years back with the trailer for the final book in one my favorite series: Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, the last book in the Gemma Doyle series. It’s been 6 years since this book’s release and I’m still not over some of the things Libba Bray did that book (re:KARTIK!)

While this book trailer does not fully capture the awesomeness that is this series, it definitely stirred up my desire to reread the entire thing. If you’ve never read the Gemma Doyle series, I suggest you check it out ASAP.

Review: Sleepless

Sleepless
Cyn Balog
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Pages: 224
Ratings: 3.5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
Eron De Marchelle isn’t supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to–after all, getting too involved in one human’s life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?
In a genre dominated by vampires and werewolves, Sleeplesswas a refreshing and unique read. Cyn Balog takes the commonly known legend of the Sandman and adds to that legend with her own twist.
I loved the alternating point of views in this book. A lot of times, I feel, that alternating point of view takes away from the story, but I believe in this case it enhanced the reading of the story. I loved reading Eron point of view and seeing what it was like to be a Sandman, and learning from him, the difficulties of being a Sandman.
Cyn Balog did an excellent job of making me want to read more about these characters and the plot. There were many small mysteries, such as what happened to Julia when she was seven, that made me want to continue reading. The threat of danger to Julia also kept constantly shifting, making me want to keep reading to see who was actually the one who wanted to hurt Julia.
My only complaint was that this book was too short! I wish it was longer! Towards the end I felt the plot was a bit rushed and I just wanted to read about these characters and the world Cyn Balog created with the Sandman. I also must say too that at times I was frustrated with Juila for not seeing that her boyfriend was not as good as she thought he was and that he was a bad boyfriend. Overall though, Sleepless was a book that kept me turning the pages until the end and left me wanting more, always a good sign.