2017 is behind us (don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out!) and we’re looking forward to 2018! But before we start thinking about the upcoming releases in the New Year, it’s time for us to reflect on our favorite reads of the last year.
Curious to see how our Faves stacked up against our Most Anticipated of the year? Check out our predictions from January 2017 here!
Also, stay tuned in the next couple of days for a big announcement from the Just Love team!
Peter Darling by Austin Chant completed captured my imagination with his trans reimagining of Peter and a daring enemies-to-lovers romance with the dreaded – and dashing – James Hook. The book indiscriminately wrung laughter and tears from me while keeping me on the edge of my seat from its very first page. Those too few hours spent within its pages easily remain my fondest book memories of 2017. (Nicole’s Review + Mel’s Review)
The Remaking of Corbin Wale, Roan Parrish (Kristie’s Review)
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic, by F.T. Lukens was an absolute pleasure to read. Mythological creatures, high school drama, romance, and a hilarious cast? RRMM is the rare book where everything comes together perfectly– the title is fun, the plot is intriguing, the characters are delightful, and the writing is captivating. I couldn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it. (DMac’s Review)
Saving Mona Lisa by Claire Davis & Al Stewart: It’s not often I’m completely and utterly overwhelmed by a book, but this novella left me absolutely undone. It broke my heart and put it back together, as it does every time I’ve read it, and to call it perfect would be an understatement. It’s emotional and lovely, and there is no question it was my favourite book of the year. A must-read. (Goodreads)
Draakenwood by Jordan L. Hawk: I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s a very rare thing indeed to have a book series go to its ninth installment and still be just as compelling and interesting as the first one. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Whyborne and Griffin series has gotten *better* with each book and Draakenwood is all the proof you need. What Widdershins magic makes this possible? I don’t know. I only know that I don’t want it to stop. (Goodreads)
Kith and Kin by Kris Ripper: This book is about families – the ones you make and the ones you are born into. I loved how emotionally honest this book was and how everyone felt familiar. You know these people because they ARE your friends and your family. The relationships between couples, siblings and parent/child are explored, as well as the relationships between friends. This book was written with love and sensitivity, and it’s some of Kris Ripper’s finest work. (Goodreads)
Dali by EM Hamill because a space opera wasn’t something I thought I’d like but it was wonderful & I still think about the story months later. (Pixie’s Review)
The Layover by Roe Horvat was a close second. It was a book full of emotion and I felt every one of them deeply. (Pixie’s Review)
Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge was a wonderful start to a series that had it already been out in its entirety I would have binged but sadly I have to wait until 2018 to see how the relationship between the two MCs ends up. (Goodreads)
The Black Tides of Heaven & The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang: The twin novellas by JY Yang are the most imaginative and innovative books I have read in a long time, both regarding queerness and fantasy. (Mel’s Review + Trans Book Month)
Shades of Magic series, by V.E. Schwab (Mel’s Musings)
Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore was in turns beautiful and haunting. (DMac adds: “I second Wild Beauty!!!! It had depth and lesbian WOC and magical realism.”) (Natalie’s Review + Interview with Author)
Joy by C.S. Poe was short and sweet and a brief respite from the worst of this year. (Natalie’s Review)
My fave was the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan!!! It had a great queer character and a great Muslim character as well as great storytelling. Also I always love Riordan because he takes constructive criticism about the representation in his books and makes changes. (Goodreads)
Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren, because it was really funny and a great YA book about a bisexual boy that actually had him dealing with his bisexuality instead of him suddenly realizing he was bisexual. (DMac’s Review)
Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End: This book has stayed with me ever since reading it. Silvera’s intriguing plots and well fleshed out characters are something I’ve come to expect from his writing, but if a book with a title like that makes me relish, rather than regret reading it, then I know I’ve found something truly exceptional. (Rita’s Review)
Where Loves Leads by Erin McKenzie. So cuuuute. (Caissa’s Review)
As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper was great too! (Caissa’s Review)