Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things On My YA Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

So as the title suggest these are all things on my YA reading wishlist so basically things I want more of in YA! These are in no particular order and I will provide links to my reviews to the example books if I have them!

Also if you guys have read or heard of any books with these themes then PLEASE let me know about them in the comments below, I’d really appreciate it!

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10.) Diversity!

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Examples: The Hate U Give, Labyrinth Lost, & The Seafarer’s Kiss

Of course diversity is definitely an easy thing to pick since it’s very important to have in books, obviously! Unfortunately there really aren’t as many out there as you would think and definitely not as many that are problem free. However, these are some books that are very enjoyable and have diverse main characters!


9.) More Morally Ambiguous/Grey Characters

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Examples: Vicious, I Hunt Killers, & This Savage Song

I love reading about characters like this so, so much! I love when they aren’t truly good or evil but a bit of both instead. It just adds a lot of complexity and development to the story this way, in my opinion.


8.) Dark, Grungy Mystery/Thrillers

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Examples: The Darkest Corners, I Hunt Killers, & With Malice

This one is a little more self explanatory but I LOVE YA mystery/thrillers that really toe the line between what is considered too dark for YA and what’s not. Maybe it’s just me but I like dark, twisted mystery books! Plus it’s always an upside when you don’t see any of the plot twists coming!


7.) Terrifying YA Horror

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Examples: Daughters Unto Devils, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, & The Girl From The Well

I feel like there aren’t that many YA Horror books out there in the first place and there definitely aren’t as many of them that are truely terrifying. Or, you know, fun to read at the very least. These ones that I used for examples were magnificent though if you’re looking for some good chills!


6.) Ancient Civilization Setting (Not Fantasy)

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Examples: And I Darken & My Lady Jane (sort of…..)

Mostly what I’m talking about with this one is any ancient themed historical fiction, if that makes sense. Such as Medieval England, Ancient Egypt, or really any other ancient civilization because I feel like these really aren’t done in YA that often. Sure there are many YA fantasies that have these themes but I’m talking based off of REAL history or a retelling of real history.


5.) Contemporaries Featuring Royalty

I don’t read contemporary all that much but what would definitely get me reading it would be tales of modern royalty! This may have to do with my love for movies such as The Princess Diaries (no I have not read the books, sorry!), The Prince and Me, and What A Girl Wants. I’m not talking about dystopians or fantasies or any of that either because there definitely are plenty of those!


4.) Peter Pan Retellings

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Examples: Tiger Lily

There are a few of these out there and I do have most of the good ones on my TBR already but I feel like we should just have a TON of Peter Pan retellings because I just adore Peter Pan! “Tiger Lily” is an amazing retelling of the story and I have read “Unhooked” and was not a fan of it at all.


3.) Vicious and Badass Female Characters

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Examples: And I Darken & The Diabolic

I LOVE heroines who are cold, calculating, fierce, and actually badass! Two of the best examples I’ve seen in YA are Lada Dracul from “And I Darken” and Nemesis from “The Diabolic, both these women are all of those things! There’s no “damsel syndrome” with these two at all and it’s nice to have heroines who don’t get all distracted with ball gowns and love triangles.


2.) Sympathetic Villains

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Examples: Illuminae & Heartless

This kind of goes with “Morally Ambiguous Characters” a lot because I really love when villains in books are in a grey area, you find yourself hating them and loving them all at once. So of course that usually means the villains are more sympathetic, and for some reason I love this I think it makes the story ten times more complex!


1.) Westerns

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Examples: Vengeance Road

There are actually quite a few YA westerns popping up and while I do own a couple I also have yet to read them. I will say though “Vengeance Road” was pretty fun to read through and I just really love the “wild west” setting!

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What are some things on your reading wishlist?

Do you agree with any of the ones I listed?

Have you read any of the books I used for examples? If so what did you think?

Do you have any recommendations for books that match these themes?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest YA Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is covers, anything to do with covers! It’ll definitely be interesting to see everyone’s take on this and I decided to go with the creepiest book covers, because I looooove horror books. Of course there are actually quite a few creepy covers out there and these are just a couple of my favorites, some I have read and some are just on my TBR.

I will link up a review if I have one! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) And The Trees Crept In (or The Creeper Man) by Dawn Kurtagich

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For this book I just HAD to have both the US cover and the UK cover since they’re both creepy as hell! I do love the US cover more because it’s more beautiful than it is creepy but I can’t deny that the UK cover is probably the creepiest book cover I’ve ever seen.

Also the story is creepy and amazing so you can judge this book by its covers! It’s about two girls living in a mansion with their aunt and they notice that the trees are creeping closer to the house and that the entity known as the Creeper Man that watches them from the woods is getting closer too.

You can read my full review here.


9.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Two Dawn Kurtagich books? Yes! She’s becoming a queen of YA horror in my book and her covers match the stories perfectly too. This is a very creepy psychological thriller about a girl with a split personality disorder or maybe….it’s something more sinister than that.

You can read my full review here.


8.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Creepy cover? Yes! Creepy story? Definitely yes! This one revolves around a family living out on the prairie, their secretly pregnant daughter, and well…..demons. This one is pretty insane but also scary, highly recommend!

You can read my full review here.


7.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

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I’m sorry! I’m done with the repeat authors now I swear! I really love the typography on this cover, it is super eerie. The story is about a girl whose aunt tragically goes missing and her cousin claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice inside the house’s walls…..

You can read my full review here.


6.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I don’t know it could just be me but I find the creepy rabbit head pasted over top a man’s body to be very creepy. This is a very, very graphic horror retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I found it to be absolutely amazing. This one definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted though.

You can read my full review here.


5.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Quick story time: when I was 10 years old I made the mistake of watching “The Grudge” and am now forever terrified of Asian ghosts. Therefore this book’s cover (and the book itself) creeps the shit out of me! It’s a very interesting and scary book revolving around the spirit Okiku, who takes vengeance on wrong-doers.

You can read my full review here.


4.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Whatever that thing is on the cover it’s disturbing and it creeps me out, but I suppose it fits the stories in this YA anthology perfectly in that case. There are TONS of creeptastic (shhh that’s a word) stories in here and pretty much all of them are amazing with the exception of 1 or 2.

You can read my full review here.


3.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

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Is it just me or are mirrors super creepy? So yeah, ghostly reflections in them = creepy. I have yet to read this one but it’s a take on the Bloody Mary urban legend.


2.) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Blurred/scratched out old timey photos are creepy, actually a lot of old photos are creepy but especially when they’re blurred or scratched out. This is a pretty popular book that I also have yet to read but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.


1.) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Look at that black, gaping ghost and tell me it isn’t creepy! This is a book I have sitting on my shelf currently awaiting to be read and it’s about teenage ghost hunters basically.

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What do you think of these covers? Creepy or not so much?

What are some of your favorite creepy YA covers?

Have you read any of these books or anything similar?

What cover theme did you choose for you TTT this week?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is bookish turn-offs, you know those books we shoot down completely because of these things. I’ve got quite a few that revolve around YA romances!

I’d also like to just add before I start that of course there are always exceptions to these but a majority of these types of books will turn me off.

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Romance Being the Central Focus In A Non-Romance Genre

Just to make sure everyone understands this: I am not saying romance in any book is a no-no for me only when I’m reading say a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel and it’s more about romance than action or anything else. That drives me nuts. I signed up for death, revenge, and action not kissy faces and moony eyes!

I just really don’t like when romance becomes the sole focus of a book when the book itself is supposed to be about more than that.


Love Triangles

Most of the time love triangles in books are unrealistic, I can totally be on board with a love triangle if it’s believable. Such as if both love interests have good reasons to attract the attention of the main character (similar interests etc.), but unfortunately most of the time it’s just “Hey he/she is super hot! Oh hey so is he/she! I will like both of them!”.

Love triangles just tend to make things messy and add a lot of unnecessary drama to the story and what’s worse is when the object of said love triangle strings both love interests along. Just….no.

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Urban Fantasy (Anything With Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, etc.)

This genre is just a huge no-no for me, I’ve been there and done that! I was part of the Twilight phase and everything that came and went with it and that’s how I found out Urban Fantasy is NOT for me! I find that most of the time these books are riddled with the usual YA romance tropes that I can’t stand: insta-love, love triangles, etc. and are also full of air-headed characters that go around breaking all of the rules for said urban fantasy world.

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The only real exception I’ve found for this was Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and I’m not sure if that would hold up my scrutiny anymore these days.


Unappealing Covers

This may sound pretty shallow of me but I think we are all allowed to dislike ugly covers, right? I mean after all the book cover is supposed to draw your attention not make you cringe away! I usually wait to read other reviews before I read something with an unappealing cover….


Insta-Love

This one goes hand in hand with both #10 and #9! I cannot stand insta-love, it’s just unrealistic to me. I don’t believe in love at first sight (I do believe in attraction at first sight though) so having characters fall head over heels in love instantly just isn’t something I can take seriously. I want a slow-burn, developed romance!


Predictable/Over-Used Plots

You know the ones….the books that are referred to as the next “Hunger Games” or the next “Twilight”. I want more unique books, not ones that fall into the same old YA rut.

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All Talk and No Action

I like my books action-packed and fast-paced so when the narrative drags on and on inside of a characters head instead of having exciting things happen, that’s boring. I can understand taking your time to set things up but I really can’t stand having pages and pages of inner monologue and no dialogue or action.


Not Enough World Building (Fantasy Lite)

I am the type of person that NEEDS intricate world building because I read to escape reality and I want to be completely immersed in the world the book is throwing me into. It’s kind of hard to get into the book when the world has no structure or information at all.


Under Developed Characters

Nobody likes dull characters. Nobody. I find that well written and complex characters can either make or break the book, it’s a lot easier to read a book with great characters and a “blah” plot than vice versa. If the characters are developed I’ll be more invested in what happens to them and therefore enjoy the book a lot more.


A Story That Is Completely Different Than What Was Promised (False Advertising!)

Okay there really isn’t anything I hate more than getting a book, reading it, and finding out that it is NOTHING like what the synopsis promised! Prime example: “Blackhearts” by Nicole Castroman. It’s supposedly Blackbeard’s origin tale! So of course I expected some damn pirates! Did I get any pirates at all? NO! What I did get was a trope-filled historical romance.

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Do we have any bookish turn offs in common?

What are some of your bookish turn offs?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is pretty simple and straight forward, what books are on our spring TBRs. I personally am terrible when it comes to sticking to a set TBR since I’m a mood reader so while these books on my list are ones I’d like to get to sooner rather than later these are by no means set in stone.

I will also link each title to its Goodreads page in case you guys want to check out any of these books!

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10.) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I have a feeling I’m either going to love this one or really hate it since I’ve seen reviews that swing both ways. I’m not the most patient of readers so slow pacing really kills me and I’ve heard this book is pretty slow. However, I do love YA fantasy so I’m hoping it will be worth it.


9.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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I’m a HUGE Peter Pan fan so of course it’s my mission in life to get my hands on all of the retellings! Unfortunately it seems there really aren’t any amazing ones out there but “Tiger Lily” has tons of glowing reviews but at the same time a few people haven’t liked it. So I’m a little nervous about this book but I’m hoping it’s actually a good Peter Pan retelling.


8.) The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

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I’ve heard about this book a lot but at the same time I never hear it mentioned, it’s very underrated. While it’s listed mostly as a dystopian I think it’s YA horror as well, with some Irish mythology mixed in! I think it will be a very thrilling, quick book so I’m hoping to get to it.


7.) Front Lines by Michael Grant

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An alternate history book where women and girls were eligible for service during World War II, how does that not sound awesome? I’ve always loved learning everything I could about this era in time so it’s definitely right up my alley and I am hoping to make time for it (finally) this spring!


6.) Starflight by Melissa Landers

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YA fantasy and sci-fi are two of my absolute favorite genres and unfortunately I don’t think there are enough good YA sci-fi books out there. However, “Starflight” appears to be one of the few with all of the glowing reviews and from the sample I read it deserves every one. I’m super excited to get to this one!


5.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Super popular and super hyped I’ve been wanting to read “Red Rising” for a while and FINALLY got a cheaper copy off of Book Outlet. I’m excited to see if this one lives up to expectations!


4.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

I’m slowly trying to get through some of the more popular and hyped books on my TBR so this one definitely needs to get read here soon.


3.) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Once again really popular book and I am ALL for an “Iliad” retelling.


2.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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I have this weird sort of morbid kind of curiosity concerning cults so a book about a girl who lived 12 years in one really appeals to me. I’ve also heard TONS of good things about this book so I’m definitely going to read it soon, if not next!


1.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

This will be my first new release purchase this year because I MUST HAVE IT! And once I get my mitts on it I will drop everything and read it right away!

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What books are on your Spring TBR?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are any of these on your TBR as well?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books Into YA Fantasy

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is gateway books into our favorite genre! These are books that I feel are great to introduce readers into the world of YA Fantasy, which are just my own personal picks! YA Fantasy is hands down my favorite genre after all though I read many, many others as well. Hopefully some of these might interest you and get you into this genre too!

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5.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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While world building is definitely an essential part of every fantasy book and in “The Winner’s Curse” it is considerably light on that matter, I still consider it a great gateway book into Young Adult Fantasy.

It has a fantastic heroine, Kestrel, who isn’t a damsel or a warrior, she is in fact, a master strategist which is a breath of fresh air in a world where most YA heroines usually are either damsels or very gifted warriors. The politics that are so much fun in fantasy books make an appearance here as well with Kestrel using secrets ad information to gain the upper hand.

It’s such a fun book and definitely a recommendation from me!

Read my full review of “The Winner’s Curse” here.


4.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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While I had problems with Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy I had none with the first book in her new series The Dregs. What I found lacking in “Shadow and Bone” I found plenty of with “Six of Crows”, there was fantastic and unique world building and a top notch cast of characters. I could go on and on with this rant but just trust that you won’t be disappointed with this one and once you’re done you’ll be looking for more just like it which is why I consider this to be an excellent gateway book into YA Fantasy!

Read my full review of “Six of Crows” here.


3.) Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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This is a book that I can only describe as a YA version of the A Song of Ice and Fire series complete with betrayals, revenge, and other really fucked up happenings that will make you want to throw your book down. It’s awesome. So if you want to get into fantasy books but just can’t gather the courage to read the whopper of a book that is “A Game of Thrones” then maybe go ahead and give “Half a King” a try because not only is it as good but it also has less pages……

Read my full review of “Half a King” here (and forgive me it was one of my very first reviews).


2.) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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While some people may not consider this an actual YA book, I do. It has a young adult protagonist and there aren’t any elements that I would see as strictly “adult” or things that might fly over a young adult’s head. It has everything any fantasy book needs: great world building and mythology, great characters, and a great story these are also things every book needs period. “Stormdancer” is one of my favorite books of all time for sure!

See my full review of “Stormdancer” here.


1.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This, I think, is a very popular series and for good reason it’s simply amazing. For those of you who like a little more swoony romance in your fantasy books it’s absolutely perfect and if you’re like me and don’t really want that….it’s still perfect. Fantastic world building and such a unique premise this book is worth all the hype and is one of the best books to introduce you into the world of YA Fantasy!

See my full review for “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.

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That wraps up this week’s Top 5 Wednesday I hope you all enjoyed it!

Are any of these books on your list this week?

Have you read any of these?

What books do you think are gateway books into YA Fantasy or other genres?

Feel free to link up your T5W as well!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Posts on The Sassy Book Geek

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is your favorite posts you did on your own blog, not anyone else’s but your own! I don’t know about you guys but that’s a very fun and different idea! It can be discussion posts, reviews, or just any other type of post. So these are a few of the posts that made me feel just a tad proud.

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5.) Discussion Post: Tackling That TBR Pile

My very first discussion post and let me tell you they take a lot of time and effort! This one is all about how we manage our TBRs and what to do to manage it better.

4.) Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

“Vicious” was my very first buddy read ever that I did with Ariana from The Quirky Book Nerd! Not to mention it’s an amazing book with superpowers and morally ambiguous characters plus it’s by V.E. Schwab and she’s  straight up amazing.

3.) The Skyrim Book Tag

It’s no secret that I’m in love and obsessed with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, OK? One of the greatest video games in all of creation period! So combine that with my other great love, books, and you get one of my all time favorite posts: The Skyrim Book Tag!

2.) 11 Haunting Books To Read This Halloween

I looooove recommending books and I also really love horror books so of course when it was around Halloween time I combined both of those loves into a post! Just a list of some of my absolute favorite horror books that I think will scare your pants off!

1.) Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

One of the most surprisingly emotional as well as enjoyable books I’ve ever read and there’s just constant action and feelings! Feeeeelings! This is one of my longer reviews and I put a few gifs in it ( I love gifs) making it one of my favorite book reviews I’ve done.

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What are some of your favorite posts on your blog?

Feel free to link up your favorite post or your Top 5 Wednesday!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

I have to tell you guys that I freaked out a little bit when I saw this week’s theme: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far. I thought to myself “I don’t think I’ve even read that many this year!” Turns out I have but they weren’t all great so I tweaked my theme here a little bit so instead of my favorite 2016 releases this will just be 2016 releases I’ve read this year period.

I’ll also link my reviews for these books if I have them up!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

3/5 Stars: Indifferent

I didn’t really get the hype with this book and while it was interesting I thought there wasn’t enough world building and it left me with too many questions at the end.

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The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

4.5/5 Stars: Loved It

This one’s a very underrated and under appreciated book if you ask me, it’s everything I love in a YA fantasy and it’s executed perfectly. The magic system is fascinating and the world building is great, not to mention our main character really gets put to the test.


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

3/5 Stars: Indifferent

Not exactly the great mystery I was expecting but I really do love Tucholke’s writing style, it’s just so gorgeous. I wanted the characters to be a little more deceptive then they ended up being and mostly I was just confused a lot, I still don’t think I know what went down.

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A Fierce & Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

2/5 Stars: Meh

I like that this had a diverse setting and some diverse characters but overall the plot was really messy and a bit confusing at times while the pacing was all over the place.

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

4/5 Stars: Loved It

This is a dark, dark YA mystery thriller, this might be as dark as you can get while still being a YA book and not an adult book. I loved the twists and the turns and the suspense, really I just loved everything about it.

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

5/5 Stars: Perfection

Such an amazing Aladdin retelling, complete with an ACTUAL heart-warming romance and beautiful, descriptive writing. Absolute perfection.

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Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

2/5 Stars: Meh

I love Peter Pan and that’s no secret so of course I want to get my hands on every retelling. Unfortunately this one SOUNDS amazing but the execution is poorly done and I didn’t like the way the characters developed. Think a love triangle between a roguish, young Hook and a brave, handsome Pan is a great idea? Not in this book.

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

I won’t include the description here for this one since it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anyone who has yet to read the first book!

4/5 Stars: Loved It

This was a pretty great ending to this duology but I really don’t think it was as great as the first one, I thought the beginning was a bit too slow but other than that it’s the world and characters I love!


With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

3.5/4 Stars: Really Enjoyed It

This is one fun, fast paced thriller and it’s great at keeping you guessing. Not anything really new but it’s definitely an enjoyable read!

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A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

A Drop of Night

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

3.5/5 Stars: Really Enjoyed It

This book is YA horror and it does get a bit weird but overall it’s fun, interesting, and you never know what will happen next. In this case weird is good.

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