Heather’s Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2018!

Hi y’all! I have not completed a post like this in several years and I must say that it was very difficult to decipher my favorites! But I have narrowed it down to my top 5 and here they are:

#5 Echoes by Alice Reeds

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive.

I reviewed this book for a tour and was so happy that I decided to join in. The story was jam packed with action and emotions. The reader never knew what lurked around the next corner and I am still crossing my fingers for a sequel! Find my original review HERE!

#4 Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.


This book was fantastic and I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! I adored the main character of Zera because of her sarcastic nature. I took to her immediately and had a hard time putting this one down! Read my original review HERE!

#3 The Initiation by Chris Babu

As featured on CNN, The NY Post, and Bloomberg!

Everyone is equal. But no one is safe.

In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth.

A timid math geek, sixteen-year-old Drayden watches his life crumble when his beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister secret: New America is in trouble, and every one of its citizens is in jeopardy.

With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty subway tunnels—a perilous journey of puzzles and deadly physical trials. Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. But failure means death. Can Drayden conquer the Initiation, or is salvation out of his grasp?

I cannot stop raving about this series! I was approached by this author and thought I would take a chance, boy was I surprised!! I normally am not into books with male leads but this one kept me fascinated the whole way through and then some! I recently reviewed the second book in the series and am patiently awaiting the third! Read my original review HERE!

#2 Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton

Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

With limited medical supplies and only herbal alternatives, his prospects of surviving this mystery illness are bleak. But saving Tommy is just the beginning. The infected are not the only monsters that exist in this new world, and human nature can be more destructive than the dead.

In a race against time, Alyx and her best friend Will stop at nothing to protect him, even from the same people that swore to protect them all.

Kill or Cure is a dynamic, multifaceted story of teenage love and gut wrenching loss in a dystopian world.

This book completely tore my heart out! I am a sucker for a good post apocalyptic read and honestly will read every single one I can get my hands on. no, seriously…I. Love. Them! This one was no exception. The female lead tends to be a little on the immature side but I can overlook that for a good story line. Read my original review HERE!

#1 Sadie by Courtney Summers

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

This was another blog tour read that I am so happy that not only did I decide to join but also was accepted to take part in. This book was emotionally draining but oh so worth it. It was completely differently written than anything you would ever expect from Ms. Summers. I encourage everyone to experience it for themselves. Read my original review HERE!

So there you have it! My top 5 favorites from 2018. Have you read any of these? Tell me your favorites!

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