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Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill
Horror tends to be much less character driven in general but I think Joe Hill does a great job balancing plot and character in HORNS.
1 / 10
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This is story (trilogy) is heavily focused on the character's growth as a pivotal part of the plot. Definitely recommended for fantasy fans.
2 / 10
A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) by Deborah Crombie
As with horror, the mystery genre is known for being particularly plot driven but I find series do allow for more character development spread over time. Crombie's series in particular is very heavily focused on characters even within each individual installment.
3 / 10
One Hundred Names: A Novel by Cecelia Ahern
Honestly I think any Cecelia Ahern title fits this topic! I loved this latest from her. The character's growth is an essential part of the overall plot.
4 / 10
Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
Not only is this a fabulous character driven novel, Joyce plays with the reader's perceptions with an unreliable narrator.
5 / 10
The Curiosity: A Novel (P.S.) by Stephen P. Kiernan
I adored this book. It's told from four viewpoints giving the reader a chance to see the story through the eyes of four different characters - including the curiosity himself.
6 / 10
Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Ned Hayes
This was one of my favorite books this year. It is probably equally character and plot driven but I wanted to include it because Mear is such a strong character and fabulous voice for the story.
7 / 10
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie
Like Ahern, anything by Catherine Mckenzie would fit here. I adore her books and her characters.
8 / 10
Nowhere but Home: A Novel by Liza Palmer
Another favorite author of mine. Palmer's characters always face really tough decisions and yet the books themselves are fairly lighthearted in tone. Makes it easier to swallow the hard stuff.
9 / 10
The Circle: Book I (The Engelsfors Trilogy) by Sara B. Elfgren
I was really torn on my final pick but I had to include this series. It's a witchy teen trilogy with a paranormal plot but the pains of being an adolescent (ALL the pains) play a big role in the story. The ensemble "cast" of characters are wonderfully developed in my opinion, making this trilogy a standout for me.
10 / 10