I’ve read various books this year, from dark fantasy to urban fantasy and even contemporary fantasy. Regardless, the romance genre has remained consistent throughout. Without a romance plot of any kind, I’m not interested. I enjoy the different tropes, conflicts, and atmosphere romance books create.
So, with that being said, here are my top 5 favorite books of 2022 (in no specific order).
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Sorcery of Thorns was spectacular and such a refreshing book to read. Margaret Rogerson’s mind and creativity are captivating, and I can’t wait for her new release in 2023: Mysteries of Thorn Manor.
The refreshing creativity along with lovable characters and living grimoires is what got Sorcery of Thorns onto this list. Even if the book was YA and had relativity younger characters, the storytelling is beautiful and so enticing.
If you wish books were alive and like a sweet, supportive romance, then this book is for you.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
When I originally picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone I had no idea what it was about. I only knew that it took place in Prague, my favorite city, and I had to read it. And I am so happy I made that decision.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a beautifully written book with a grunge style. The alternative characters, their style, and their personalities all made this book so pleasant to read. After a while, most of the main characters of fantasy books kind of blend together. However, Laini introduced exquisite characters and settings that set it apart from other books.
So if you’re tired of the same old same old in the fantasy romance world give this book a chance. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
From Blood and Ash was first introduced to me on Tik Tok. So many people were ranting and raving about this series that I decided to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed.
I was so immersed in this book that I couldn’t put it down. I was giddy every time I got to read it! The pace and the way Raven Kennedy set up the entire story was masterful. Some people may not enjoy the slow intro and build into the story, but I loved it.
We were set up on a strong foundation that once established threw us over a cliff with the twists and turns presented later on. I was obsessed.
If you like a slower book that takes its time but is still eventful and sinfully sexual, then read this book!
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
Oh Elise Kova, the way you’re able to write a standalone book with suspense, sexual tension, and tender moments was beautiful.
When I read this book, I was in dire need of a standalone. I was so tired of reading multiple books to get a full story. I was ready for something simple and romance-focused. And Elise Kova delivered!
A Deal with the Elf King is a tender and simple book, but the storytelling and characters are lovable. The words swept me away and on an adventure so pure and enjoyable that I craved more.
The bonus scene Kova sends once you sign up for her newsletter is also worth it and puts a nice bow on a sweet story.
A Deal with the Elf King is for those who want a standalone romance with a strong-willed woman and a whimsical world.
Gild by Raven Kennedy
Before reading Gild I never knew of Midas and his golden touch. I actually had to look up the original story! But this retelling through the eyes of the golden “prize” is enthralling.
Gild takes a slower and more methodical approach to storytelling. One where revenge and secrets drive the plot.
If you are looking for a story where the main character overcomes an abusive relationship and self-discovery with a dark and sexual twist, then Gild is for you.
Runner Up: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
The Ex Hex is the runner-up for the top favorite books because it portrays a secret witchy world and a comically faulty hex. The blend of witches living a normal, modern life is one I didn’t expect to enjoy.
The comical characters and strong plot made this book unforgettable. It even opened me up to the possibility of reading other contemporary romances, as long as it has witchy/magical things!
So, if you want a comical romance with witches, curses, and ghosts, then read The Ex Hex.
All of these authors listed above are ones I have never read before, but best believe I am a new fan of each one! I’m excited to see what new books they write and for the new books, I’ll read in 2023!
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