I don’t give out five-star ratings that often. A book has to be extremely good for me to give out that rating. I mean, it has to be amazing. It practically has to be able to do a dance and hand out baskets of puppies. I had a look at one of my older blog posts, What Makes A Favourite Book? — and that sort of coincides with what I need to hand out five stars. So I decided to have a look through my shelf and see which books I’ve given the illustrious five stars to recently.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Technically, Heartless received a rating of 4.5 stars, but I couldn’t not mention it, because it was such an amazing story. Also, our blog is called Of Wonderland, so I kind of have to. It’s in my contract. While the story was a bit slow, I don’t think I ever got bored — I really loved Jest and all the luscious food descriptions. Awesome Wonderland retelling.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
There are no words to describe Illuminae.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Okay, so technically this is 4.5 stars because there are some minor issues I have with The Deal, but overall it’s one of my favourite books (and favourite series). It’s the perfect re-read, the perfect comfort book, the perfect feelgood book. It’s filled with banter, it’s hilarious, it’s feminist, it’s sexy — what more do you need?
Girl Up by Laura Bates
Oh man, Girl Up was so good. SO GOOD. I’m still planning to write a review for it, but I feel like words cannot do this justice. It’s a non-fiction book about contemporary feminism and sexism, dashed with a healthy dose of humour and vagina pictograms. Even though it’s targeted at teenage girls, I really enjoyed reading this.
Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph
Dancing in the Rain was a really unexpected gem — I’d requested it from NetGalley, but didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It tells the story of 9/11 through the eyes of two children, and damn is it beautiful and damn is it moving. Severely memorable.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
I’d had The School for Good and Evil on my to-read list for aaaages before I finally got around to it, and I could have kicked myself for waiting this long! Even though it was more middle grade than young adult, I had so much fun at this boarding school for fairytale characters. It was just an easy read, lots of enjoyment.
Winter & Cress by Marissa Meyer
It’s funny, because I wasn’t that impressed by Cinder or Scarlet. But Cress was spectacular! I absolutely loved this Rapunzel retelling, and this was also the book in which I fell in love with Captain Carswell Thorne. Adding Winter here too because it was a spectacular, all-encompassing finale to the series. Absolutely brilliant.
The Last Olympian & The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian were rereads for me, in honour of the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon we hosted in July. I was quite late to the Percy Jackson party, but I quickly fell in love with Percy’s sass, Riordan’s humour, and Luke’s good looks. Instant favourites.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Oh, you guys. This book, you guys. THIS BOOK. I can’t say enough about this book. Everyone who’s even got a smidgen of creativity in their noggins needs to pick up this Big Magic. It is beautiful and motivational and inspirational and magical and about a gazillion more raving adjectives. You need this book in your lives.
So yeah! What I’m seeing here is that you win bonus points if you can make me laugh — which I already knew. But it was great to see some action and moving stories in there as well!
What are your last five-star reads?