I recently looked back on the books I read in 2017, and I got all the feels thinking about some of them again! Some stories just stick with you, and that’s what I want to share — my thoughts on five of my favorite Young Adult reads from 2017!
Oddly enough, I rated a couple YA books higher than some of these, but there was just something about the books I chose to share here that keeps me talking about them, fangirling over them, and recommending them to others. These were not all new releases last year, but let’s see what I have for you, shall we?!
*Sorry in advance for my excessive use of exclamation points that is about to occur and likely abundance of capitalization for emphasis.
- Roar by Cora Carmack
HANDS DOWN my favorite read of 2017 — Roar! I absolutely devoured this book! I adored the world-building, the plot, the characters, Carmack’s writing…everything! This was a book that I could not read fast enough but was terribly disappointed when it ended because I just wanted more. I have been eagerly anticipating its follow-up, Rage, which is my most anticipated release of 2018.
Check out my full review of Roar here.
2. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Love & Gelato sparked an interest in YA Contemporary for me. It was a quick, light read that was perfect for summertime, which was when I read it. I was a huge fan of the female lead, Lina. There were several times as I was reading this book when the thought crossed my mind that a younger version of myself would absolutely have befriended her! I also really enjoyed Welch’s writing style. It was evocative and a different author may not have been able to make me FEEL the way she did. And now, of course, here I am anxiously awaiting Welch’s next book about Lina’s BFF, Love & Luck, which comes out this year!
Check out my full review of Love & Gelato here.
3. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
Ever the Brave was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, and I felt that it lived up to my expectations! Guys, I need to learn to shoot a bow ASAP — it seems necessary to be a badass female protaganist in YA lit! This is the sequel to Ever the Hunted, so I had already loved so much from the first book and was just eager for more. I don’t want to say much regarding the plot because *spoilers,* but I can say that Summerill’s writing improved a lot, I thoroughly enjoyed the multi-POVs, and there was enough action and suspense to keep me satisfied.
Check out my full review of Ever the Brave (also includes my review of book 1) here.
4. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
THIS BOOK!!! I wanted to be a little festive this Fall, so I picked up How to Hang a Witch for an October read, and it was completely unexpected! The story spins the Salem Witch Trials in modern times with “Mean Girls” vibes, and I loved it! The plot was really driven, so I had a hard time putting it down. I also adored the brazen, snarky lead (I know she won’t be for everyone, but I liked her). I picked up Mather’s follow-up book, Haunting the Deep, which I’m looking forward to reading.
Check out my full review of How to Hang a Witch here.
5. Traveler by L.E. DeLano
I read Traveler when it first released with an online book club, and it happens to be one that I talk about most often with some of the friends I’ve made through bookstagram. I’ve got two words for you all — PIRATE. FINN. Okay, okay, there is more to this book than that, but I fangirl most over him *swoons* The premise of this book is so great! Sliding through reflections and dreams into alternate realities?! Yes, please! This was another quick, fun read for me, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Dreamer, this Spring.
So, there you have it! Were you a fan of any of these Young Adult books? Tell me what you think below or share your favorite YA reads from 2017 with me.
Until next time… xo