I am, unfortunately, hit and miss about giving a rating to books I’ve read. If I am writing a review for it here then it obviously gets rated and my review posted on Goodreads, but most of the time, the only thing I change is the status to read. I don’t even usually change it to currently reading since I read roughly a book a day so I don’t see the point in it. That being said, I am excited to look over the highest rated books I have read each year.
Highest Rated Book for 2019: Paroxysm Aftermath (Paroxysm #2) by Ashleigh Reynolds *4.75 Stars
Four months. That’s how long it took for civilization to fall.
Gemi finds herself at the end of a losing battle as she fights to keep the remaining military personnel alive and her sanity intact after being stranded inside a remote building. As it turns out, the crazy people on the outside may not be the only threat.
With the pressure rising and time running out, she sets her sights on an old abandoned military building that could hold the key to their survival. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems in a world controlled by a population of rage filled lunatics
I really liked this series, so I am not surprised it was rated highly, however there are only a few reviews and as I mentioned in my Least Popular Books I’ve Read post, the third book was the least read book. I hope by me posting about it more people are turned onto this series and have a chance to read it because I thought it was a really great science fiction dystopian read.
Highest Rated Book for 2018: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas *4.52 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Okay, I am not going to spend to much time talking about this book because I have talked about it a few times previously in my Book Recommendations and My Favorite Book Adaptations post , so I have obviously really enjoyed it. It is a book I recommend everyone reads. Please stay informed on the numerous social and systematic issues that impact minority groups and POC. It is up to all of us to be better and more moral than those before us.
Highest Rated Book for 2017: A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir *4.3 Stars
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
I remember really liking this series, however, I have only read the first two so far. At the time I read this book, the 3rd book wasn’t out yet and since the 3rd and 4th in the series has been released and is sitting on my TBR shelf. I really hate when I wait so long because I struggle to remember what the story was about. I think writing this post is the kick I need to read the books, because obviously this book is well liked and written well.
Highest Rated Book for 2016: Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout *4.48 Stars
As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoon worthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself
I love Jennifer L. Armentrout, as you guys already know so I am glad this book was rated so high. The Covenant series was great and is the epitome of a fantasy series; a Alex is a strong, rebellious, female lead, a society of oppression, and of course, a love interest. The series is sort of Vampire Academy meets Greek Mythology.
Thanks for reading folks. This is the last post in my Goodreads series, but I will probably do one for a year end wrap up when GR comes out with my 2020 Year in Books page. What are the highest rated books you’ve read?