Our Top Five Tuesday continues a tour of the alphabet! This week, Bionic Book Worm would like to know some favorites for F-G-H-I-J. This was a tough category for a few of the letters, as there were so many good options to choose from! I’ve tried to go with a couple lesser known titles that need some love. So without further ado, my Top Five Tuesday List! Covers link to Goodreads.
FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
Okay, I know I said I wanted to go with lesser known titles, but FOUNDRYSIDE is one of my favorite reads of the year and I just couldn’t leave it off my list. The characters and the world building all come together in one action packed story. If THE DIVINE CITIES trilogy (which I love) was a little too cerebral for you, you’ll find FOUNDRYSIDE a much more accessible read. The sequel comes out early next year and I’m so excited!
THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker
This is a truly beautiful historical fantasy set in New York in 1899, where two magical creatures who have immigrated to the US under various circumstances become friends as they try to figure out how to get by on their own. It’s been a number of years since I read this one, but it’s stuck with me and I definitely recommend for those who like “real world” fantasy. The golem in particular is fascinating to watch as she tries to figure out how to integrate into human society.
HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn
This is a light fun fluffy book about Evie Tanaka, personal assistant to superhero Aveda Jupiter. When Evie starts to develop powers of her own, she tries to keep them under wraps so she doesn’t steal the spotlight from Aveda, but that soon proves to be too tall an order. Any book that spends time waxing poetic about Michelle Yeoh gets automatic brownie points, in addition to the brownie points from being attacked by a horde of demonic cupcakes.
THE IMMORTALS by Jordanna Max Brodsky
What if the goddess Artemis was alive and kicking in New York, working as a private eye? That’s the premise of THE IMMORTALS, a decent fantasy-mystery novel and first in a trilogy. I will give the book credit for surprising me with the ending, even if Selene/Artemis could be a bit overbearing at times with her superiority complex.
JADE CITY by Fonda Lee
This letter was a no-brainer. Contender for one of my favorite reads of the year, JADE CITY is a mashup of 50s gangster film, Chinese culture, and magical martial arts. The characters are incredibly well-written, and as we alternate between several characters over the course of the story, we can see their sometimes flawed perception of the reasoning for other characters’ actions. JADE WAR is out soon and I’m very excited to read!