Books I’ve already talked about:
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Just Send Me Word by Orlando Figues
Amberlight by Sylvia Kelso
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti
The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta: I like Froi a lot, more than Finnikin, but I really really wanted the book to be pared down. There were so many characters and so many settings that I felt the emotional heart of the story got a bit lost.
Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis: I love this series! Middle-grade historical fantasy, set in Regency England. Third book soon!
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats: This was historical fiction, about two young women in Caernarvon during the early period of English rule. I liked the story, but I never fully warmed to either of the characters. Cecily was bratty for a little too long and Gwen didn’t quite become real for me.
Double Cross by Ben MacIntyre: Double agents in WWII! Non-fiction, but very well told and a fascinating part of the war story.
Deadline and Blackout by Mira Grant: The sequels to Feed, which I loved. This is one of those unfortunate series where I kind of wish that the original book had been left to stand on its own. There was nothing wrong with these two, but they didn’t pack the emotional punch that Feed did, leaving me a little disappointed.
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barrclough: Genuinely creepy and based on a old ballad; however, I felt that the plotting fell apart towards the end of the book, and that the pacing was a bit off. (Nothing happens and then too much happens.)
Miles to Go For Freedom by Linda Barrett Osborne: Highlights the rise and fall of segregation and the Jim Crow Laws. A lot of good information, but it never really popped for me–certainly didn’t impress me as much as Claudette Colvin or To the Mountaintop.
City of Bones by Martha Wells: I didn’t like this as well as Wells’ other books–just didn’t quite get into either the story or the characters–but it’s still very solid.
Ladies in Waiting by Laura L Sullivan
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castalucci
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, Vol. I by Ursula LeGuin
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant