Top 5 Friday – Books of 2021

A little late, but there were so many amazing books that I read last year that I just had to write this post, late or not! Trying to whittle down the 100+ books that I read last year down to a list of my five favourites was incredibly difficult so there may be a part two to this post, but then I will probably want to do parts three, four, five… So, let’s dive in! Just a heads up, these novels aren’t in any particular order!

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A little late, but there were so many amazing books that I read last year that I just had to write this post, late or not! Trying to whittle down the 100+ books that I read last year down to a list of my five favourites was incredibly difficult so there may be a part two to this post, but then I will probably want to do parts three, four, five… So, let’s dive in! Just a heads up, these novels aren’t in any particular order!

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The Coward by Stephen Aryan

Firstly, a huge thank you to Caroline and Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of The Coward in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date:
08/06/2021
Length: 412 pages
Genre:
Fantasy

CW: violence

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Kell Kressia is a legend, a celebrity, a hero. Aged just seventeen he set out on an epic quest with a band of grizzled fighters to slay the Ice Lich and save the world, but only he returned victorious. The Lich was dead, the ice receded and the Five Kingdoms were safe.


Ten years have passed Kell lives a quiet farmer’s life, while stories about his heroism are told in every tavern across the length and breadth of the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north. Beyond the frozen circle, north of the Frostrunner clans, something has taken up residence in the Lich’s abandoned castle. And the ice is beginning to creep south once more.


For the second time, Kell is called upon to take up his famous sword, Slayer, and battle the forces of darkness. But he has a terrible secret that nobody knows. He’s not a hero – he was just lucky. Everyone puts their faith in Kell the Legend, but he’s a coward who has no intention of risking his life for anyone…

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The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier

Firstly, a huge thank you to Caroline and Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of The Phlebotomist in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date:
08/09/2021
Length: 344 pages
Genre:
Sci-Fi | Dystopian | Horror

CW: graphic violence

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In a near future where citizens are subject to the mandatory blood draw, government phlebotomist Willa Wallace witnesses an event that makes her question her whole world. To recover from a cataclysmic war, the Harvest was created to pass blood to those affected by radiation.

But this charitable act has led to a society segregated entirely by blood type. Patriot thanks and rewards your generous gift based on the compatibility of your donation, meaning that whoever can give to the most, gets the most back. While working as a reaper for the draw, Willa chances upon an idea to resurrect an obsolete collection technique that could rebalance the city.

But in her quest to put this in motion, she instead uncovers a secret that threatens her entire foundations…

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Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker

Firstly, huge thank you to Angry Robot and NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date:
13/04/2021
Length: 400 pages
Genre:
Dystopian

CW: n/a

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In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. Though they hardly know each other, everything seems to be going perfectly—from the home they’re building together to the ring on Norah’s finger.

But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. And the earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in. Fortunately, Easton Grove is here for that in the form of a perfect little bundle to take home and harvest. You can live for as long as you keep it—or her—close. 

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