I saw this list on Buzzfeed ’30 of the best YA Speculative Fiction Novels of 2020’. So I thought I would go through that list and see what I think of those books and if I even read them!
Let’s go right in:
- A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow – Read it! This was okay to me.
- Ashlords by Scott Reintgen – Not read, don’t plan on it! I liked his Nyxia series, but I’m not sure if I would enjoy this one.
- Lobizona by Romina Garber – Not read, but want to! I’ve heard good things about this one, so very excited!
- Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older – Never heard about this one!
- Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho – Read it! Really enjoyed this duology!
- Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer – Never heard about this one!
7. Half Life by Lillian Clark – Read it! I think this one is quite underrated, surprised to see it here!
8. Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi – Not read, but want to! But first have to read book one!
9. Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud – Not read, don’t plan on it! Did not like book one..
10. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Read it! This was okay, expected to like it more!
11. A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – Read it! Favourite series!
12. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger – Never heard about this one!
13. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown – Read it! Really liked this one, can’t wait for the next one!
14. Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald – Never heard about this one! (love the cover though!)
15. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova – Not read, but want to! Sounds like something I would enjoy
16. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – Read it! Really liked it!
17. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – Never heard about this one!
18. Rebelwing by Adrea Tang – Never heard about this one!
19. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – Not read, but want to! This one sounds very good!
20. Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston – Not read, but want to! But dubious about this one, since I’m not a big fan of her other works.
21. Each of us a Desert by Mark Oshiro – Never heard about this one!
22. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – Not read, don’t plan on it! I don’t think this one is for me.
23. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – Not read, but want to! I’m very curious to the Persian Mythology!
24. Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McMillan – Never heard about this one!
25. The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Not read, don’t plan on it! I thought their previous work together was nice, but I think this one is not for me.
26. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Not read, but want to! I just bought this book, need to read it soon!
27. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz – Never heard about this one!
28. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – Not read, don’t plan on it! I really don’t think this one is necessary..
29. Teen Titans: Beast Boys by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo – Not read, don’t plan on it!
30. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – Not read, but want to! I’ve only heard amazing things, especially about the audiobook, so definitely will give this a listen!
Not read, but want to: 8
Not read, don’t plan on it: 6
Never heard about: 9
I’m very surprised that I only read 7, and that I never heard about 9 of them! That is like a third of the list.. And I thought I was quite up to date on new releases haha.
But conclusion is, I do not really agree with these books being the best of 2020. Of course I’ve only read 7, but of those 7 most were 3 star reads.. There are 8 more books on this list that I expect to enjoy, but still my list would look different haha!
To give an idea, here is my ‘the best 2020 releases’ post!