Best Books of 2016 Part 1: New Releases

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Of course I need to rant and rave about my best books of 2016 so I’ll be doing this in 2 parts. Part 1 will be the best books that were released in 2016 and Part 2 will be the best books I read this year that were published before 2016!

Keep in mind that these are ordered by the dates I read them (oldest to newest) and NOT by favorites, I love all of these books!

I also will link up full reviews for these books if I have them since I won’t be spending too much time going into detail about all of these (there are quite a few!).

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13.) The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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A very unique and refreshing YA Fantasy book with a very interesting magic system. Also the world building and characters are great as well, the pacing got a bit slow sometimes but that’s about my only complaint!

You can read my full review of “The Impostor Queen” here.


12.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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An excellent mystery/thriller that gets pretty dark and twisted for a YA book not to mention it’s totally unpredictable making it for one of my favorites.

You can read my full review of “The Darkest Corners” here.


11.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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An absolutely fantastic retelling of the Aladdin story along with some of the most gorgeous writing I’ve ever read. I think of this book as I kind of hidden gem since a lot of people haven’t read it.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.


10.) With Malice by Eileen Cook

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Another twisted YA mystery/thriller book where the main character wakes up with amnesia making it a lot of fun to read through and had some great plot twists. Plus I really love when books are set in Italy which this book’s flashbacks do.

You can read my full review of “With Malice” here.


9.) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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One of my new all time favorite books (and authors) I loved this book for it’s beautiful writing, fantastic world-building, and a downright dirty, gritty, dark, and twisted storyline.

You can read my full review of “Nevernight” here.


8.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

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This book has one of the most badass female protagonists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about, Lada is awesome! Also how can you resist a book that’s a gender swapped Vlad the Impaler retelling? This is very character driven and all of the characters are interesting and complex and very fun to read about.

You can read my full review of “And I Darken” here.


7.) My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

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This book is charming, silly, and just plain wonderful. It’s a historical retelling of the Lady Jane Grey (or the Nine Day Queen) and it is just so hilarious, light-hearted, and very fun!

You can read my full review of “My Lady Jane” here.


6.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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A beautiful book both inside and out full of magic and a kind of dark, twisted version of Wonderland. I loved this book for said magic and the fact that’s it’s something so unique and rarely seen in YA books, I also love the strong family dynamic.

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


5.) Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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If there is going to be one true hidden gem of a book that was released this year it’s this one, you all seriously need to read this beauty! We have an original fantasy world complete with magic, world building, and one evil villain and it also includes retellings of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, and Jane Austen’s Emma as well.

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.


4.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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First of all…just look at that cover! This is also one of the creepiest books I’ve read and it also really messes with your mind, in a good way that is. I love horror books and it takes quite a bit to get the hair on my neck to rise in terror and this book definitely had these moments!

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.


3.) This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

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A surprisingly great YA mystery/thriller that actually breaks the mold, it’s definitely not like others that I have read that’s for sure! You also won’t see these twists coming!

You can read my full review of “This Is Our Story” here.


2.) Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Probably the most surprising book for me this year since I did not enjoy Meyer’s book “Cinder” at all and here I am loving this book to bits and pieces. An origin story for the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and it’s sure to be a fun read for any Alice fan!

You can read my full review of “Heartless” here.


1.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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This was slow to start but then turned into something absolutely epic! Political intrigue, a badass heroine, a romance that I shipped so hard, and plenty of action! This was a seriously amazing book and I’m hoping to have my full review up soon.

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What new releases did you read this year?

Which ones did you like and/or dislike?

Have you read any of these 2016 releases?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

 

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Best & Worst Book Covers of 2016

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With December being the month that wraps up the year I figured I should do some posts that wrap up this year in reading as well. One of which is going to be the best and worst book covers of 2016! Of course there are far more covers I love than I hate so it was hard to narrow those down.

****Disclaimer!****

These are my opinions only and if you disagree with them that’s fine but please do not hate on me for disliking a cover that you like because I will not be changing my mind and I’d appreciate not being made to feel guilty about my own opinion. I’m not trying to offend anyone! Thank you!

Also these will be US covers only and my opinions on the covers don’t reflect UK or any other international cover.

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8.) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This cover is not terrible by any means but I personally just don’t like it all that much. There is so much potential for fantasy books to have amazing covers and with all of the magic in this book I feel like that could have been integrated into the cover more. Also I just don’t really like people on my covers all that much…..

You can read my full review of “Truthwitch” here.


7.) Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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I KNOW this isn’t technically part of the Harry Potter series (even though it kind of is in my opinion) and the cover isn’t supposed to go with the series but really? This is what we get? Apparently I’m missing the metaphor with the cover or something, maybe it’s signifying Albus leaving the nest? I don’t know. I think it’s ugly.


6.) Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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This is an interesting cover and definitely isn’t horrible but it’s something that doesn’t really draw my eye all that much. It’s kind of blah. The story itself is actually really interesting and cute though.

You can read my full review of “Timekeeper” here.


5.) Ruined by Amy Tintera

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This cover just seems a little blah and boring to me and no I have not read it yet so I’m not sure if the cover ties in well with the story or not BUT like I said I think this is kind of boring.


4.) The Reader by Traci Chee

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I’ve said before I’m not usually  fond of covers with cover models but even so this one is pretty bad in my opinion. Usually cover models look less….animated, which I think this one looks like it is.


3.) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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Just…no. I’m sorry but this cover is hideous to me. I don’t like people on my covers! It creeps me out sometimes.


2.) Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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I’m having a hard time figuring out just what this is supposed to be doing? What? What is with the weird textures? No. I’m sorry but putting flowers on the cover doesn’t make it automatically pretty.


1.) Nemesis by Anna Banks

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I’m sorry but this one definitely earns the worst cover in 2016 from me. It’s a silver painted girl? That’s it! Like I said I think fantasy books have the most potential for great covers and we get a painted cover model? No.

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8.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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This is such a gorgeous cover and the designs on the front are also scattered throughout the book with the chapter headers as well and they’re just so beautiful.

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


7.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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This is a case where I found the cover gorgeous but didn’t enjoy the book itself so much which is a shame because come on….the cover is awesome. It’s a CROWN made out of Russian architecture! Because it’s set in Russia and it’s ya know…called “The Crown’s Game”. So cool.

You can read my full review of “The Crown’s Game ” here.


6.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)

I may do a post comparing US and UK covers because of this book, both covers are insanely gorgeous! I think it actually reflects Lada’s personality perfectly even though she isn’t the only protagonist. Lada (our female Vlad the Impaler) is supposed to be a princess and act all delicate (like a flower) when in reality she’s actually quite vicious, hence the spear impaling the flower. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but that’s how I interpret it and think it fits as well as it being just a pretty cover too.

You can read my full review of “And I Darken” here.


5.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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THIS is how you do a book with a cover model! Not having the model be the sole focus but adding in other…pretties if that makes sense. The font itself is also just gorgeous. This book is amazing by the way and every bit as pretty as its cover.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.


4.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cover! Not only is the font very pretty but also the silhouette of the violin (? Sorry! We didn’t have string instruments in our band! It could be a cello, I don’t know!)in the background is genius.


3.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

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This cover is all kinds of beautiful, seriously everything about it is pretty. I haven’t read it yet but there’s quite a few mixed reviews on it so I’m not sure if the pretty cover is worth it.


2.) The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

I love all of the glittery, blue smoke! Actually anything with shimmers will probably please me come to think of it…..I hear the writing in this book is just as beautiful as the cover and I hope when I get a chance to read it that proves true!


1.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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This is my favorite cover of 2016, I’m really partial to things that are hauntingly beautiful like this cover. Also I find trees to be really pretty on covers period. The book itself is very creepy and wonderful as well, highly recommended!

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.

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Do you agree with any of my opinions on these covers?

What were some of your favorite book covers this year?

What covers did you not like so much?

Did you read any of these books? Love them? Hate them?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

2016 Releases I Own and Still Haven’t Read Yet

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Hello everyone! I’ve been brainstorming quite a few ideas for random posts such as this and decided to do this one because there are quite a few books that have been released this year that I purchased right away aaaaannnnddddd still haven’t read them. It’s so sad and it’s already November so the chances of me reading them before the end of the year are slim. So I decided it would just be a fantastic idea to share this TBR misery of mine with you all! Yay!

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Basically this whole post is a testament to how awful I am at reading the books I buy….

Also I’ll be putting these books in order of the date they were released so the older they are the farther up the list they are! Which would leave the book that’s been out the longest (and also the longest unread by me) at the top. This list is also excluding books I have on my November TBR.

This is going to be a pretty long post!

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15.) Crooked Kingdom (The Dregs #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 27th

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I really, really need to read this because of course I loved “Six of Crows” and want to continue with the story. I received this as a birthday gift so I do want to hurry up and read it too. However, I just don’t think I’ll have time to squeeze it in these next two months so more than likely it will get read sometime next year.

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14.) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Release Date: September 20th

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Another birthday book for me and it’ll probably be a while before I actually get to it read too. This book is a few pages shy of 300 though so maybe I could get it in for a quick read next month!

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13.) Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)  by Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 20th

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Right away I desperately wanted to get my hands on a copy of this because it not only sounds very dark and awesome but also because I really liked Kendare Blake’s “Anna Dressed in Blood”. However, I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews for it and so now my copy is sitting on the shelves and I’m not in such a big hurry to read it either.

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12.) This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: July 5th

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It’s definitely no secret that I love Victoria (aka V.E.) Schwab’s writing and I want to read everything she writes. So I was very excited when this finally got released and bought it right away aaaannnndddd it’s still sitting on my shelf unread…..awkward. I really do want to read this though and might be able to fit it in next month…..

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11.) Everland by Wendy Spinale
Release Date: May 10th

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I love Peter Pan so it just makes sense that I would want to read every Peter Pan retelling that comes out and this one is steampunk! Unfortunately there are just so many other books that I will choose to read over this one so it might not get read for a while.

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10.) True Born (True Born Trilogy #1) by L.E. Sterling
Release Date: May 3rd

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I loved the cover, the premise sounded interesting, I bought it, and now it sits on my shelf. Will I read it soon? Probably not.

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9.) The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th

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This book is so beautiful and I’ve heard the inside is the same. I really, really want to read it because I love lyrical writing and mythology but I just haven’t picked it up yet and that saddens me. I probably won’t get to it until the beginning of next year too.

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8.) A Study In Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: March 1st

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Sooooo I actually read maybe half of this book and returned it to the library and then bought my own copy because I liked what I had read. However, it still sits on my shelf (although it’s only been a few weeks, I swear!) waiting for me to finish it. I do think I’ll finish it sooner rather than later though.

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7.) Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Release Date: February 23rd

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I bought this when it first came out due to reading Emily May’s review on Goodreads and it is still sitting on my shelf unread and it honestly might stay that way for a while….

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6.) After The Woods by Kim Savage
Release Date: February 23rd

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This cover is gorgeous so it does make for a very pretty shelf ornament. I did start to read it and then had to set it aside for reasons I don’t remember but I do hope to finish it before Kim Savage’s new book comes out in February.

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5.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Release Date: February 2nd

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I LOVE this cover and the premise sounded so unique and there was a mish mash of so many wonderful genres! I bought this book right away and still haven’t read it…..

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4.) Assassin’s Heart (Assassin’s Heart #1) by Sarah Ahiers
Release Date: February 2nd

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Pretty much the sole reason I purchased this book was because it was on sale on Amazon for $1.99 on Kindle. It didn’t get great reviews but it sounded interesting at least so for $1.99 you can’t really go wrong. However, this just means it’s definitely not a priority.

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3.) Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
Release Date: January 26th

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Once again this was on sale for Kindle for $1.99 and it sounded interesting so I bought it. No big rush on this one either unfortunately, if you couldn’t tell I’m big on shopping and acquiring things.

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2.) Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse #1) by Kathy MacMillan
Release Date: January 19th

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So I haven’t had this one since January but I’ve had it for a few weeks and I might sit on this one for a while because there have been quite a few negative reviews for it. I’ll read it one day!

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1.) Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5th, 2016

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So this book had soooo much hype at the beginning of the year and so of course I ordered it but I haven’t read it yet. I know, I know! I’m awful! I have had this book for almost a year and still haven’t read it! I hope I can finish it before the sequel comes out……

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What 2016 releases have you not read yet?

Which ones HAVE you read? Any of these?

What 2016 releases are you looking to finish before this year is over?

Let me know in the comments!

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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Have you read any of the books listed here?

Did you enjoy them or dislike them?

What 2016 releases have you read so far this year?

Which ones did you like or dislike the most?

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

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday:Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! So head on over there to check it out and participate!

This week’s theme is 2016 releases we are most anticipating, well the first half of the year anyways….

I have a LOAD of options for this but alas I must limit it to only ten, also I’ve done a similar post to this you can find here. So even though there are some books in 2016 I’m anticipating MORE, I’ll find new ones for this post so I don’t sound like a broken record.

Here goes!

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#10.) Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)

Release Date: January 19th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Why I’m Excited:

I think you all know by now that I LOVE Fantasy! That also leaves me being quite picky though. I need a cast of characters, unique mythology, and some fantastic world-building if I’m going to love a fantasy book. I’ve seen some positive reviews for this book and I’m hoping it fits my high fantasy standards! So far I’m moderately excited for this one, still pretty unsure on it since that romance sounds like it might annoy me…..

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#9.) Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Description From Goodreads

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.  

Why I’m Excited:

Well I think this pretty much sounds like “Outlander” in Young Adult form, and even though I haven’t finished “Outlander” YET it was pretty good from what I did read. Plus there’s time travelers, what’s not to be excited about?

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#8.) The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Release Date: February 16th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Why I’m Excited:

That’s one long description isn’t it? Pretty much the whole reason I’m excited is that it sounds like one kickass Snow White retelling. I can’t wait to see how the Huntsman (Kol) will be portrayed, and then you know there’s magic.

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#7.) Ruined by Amy Tintera

Ruined (Untitled, #1)

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Why I’m Excited:

This sounds freaking AWESOME. A heroine who’s hellbent on revenge? And she marries the Prince in order to get it? What part of that doesn’t sound awesome I ask you? Like I said I love fantasy, especially betrayal and revenge filled fantasy! Hopefully this one delivers all of that, I’ll be disappointed if she chickens out and doesn’t kill anyone…….

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#6.) Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight

Release Date: March 22nd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

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.

Why I’m Excited:

What can I say? I love anything creepy, and this book sounds like it would deliver just that. I also really enjoy books with unreliable narrators, I think it really adds to the suspense and also sets the story up for non-stop plot twists. Hopefully this book lives up to these expectations, I read Tucholke’s short story in “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” and wasn’t really a fan but she also selected all of the stories that went into that book. She had great taste, except her own story I thought fell a bit short. Like I said I hope she proves me wrong and this book ends up being fantastic!

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#5.) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Description of Goodreads

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Why I’m Excited:

It’s in a very unique and exciting setting, a desert nation with a very Arabian feel. Plus there’s mythical creatures and magic! Sounds like a very interesting fantasy book, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before. The romance might put me off a little bit but I’m guessing if the world is built well then I won’t mind.

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#4.) Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Never Ever

Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Description From Goodreads

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.

Why I’m Excited:

Peter Pan is my favorite Disney movie, so yeah I like him. This is a Peter Pan retelling, yes I want to read it. I don’t think it sounds AS good as “Unhooked” however, I’m hoping it’s something that will be worth my time.

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#3.) Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

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?

Why I’m Excited:

Another Peter Pan retelling…… So I’m pretty damn excited for a darker version of Neverland and a possible love triangle between Gwen, Peter, and Hook. You have NO idea how much I want that love triangle! I love Hook and Peter and having that play out in a book is a dream come true for me, seriously!

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#2.) The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen (Untitled, #1)

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined 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, the 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 the love she has 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 align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Why I’m Excited:

First of all there was no hint at romance in the description, I like that. Her love is torn between two groups of people not two boys, I like that A LOT. Plus it’s got all of your basic magic and fantasy elements, I guarantee I’ll love this one. Plenty of reviewers are RAVING about how excellent this book is and I’m hoping it delivers.

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#1.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Why I’m Excited:

I am SUPER excited for this book, I NEED it NOW! There’s Russian culture, magic, and a game that requires the two enchanters kill each other off? Sounds freaking awesome!  Also I don’t know what it is but I find Russian culture very fascinating, so adding that into a fantasy world will be great!

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That concludes this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Hopefully you guys found some new books to add to your TBR’s!

Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in the comments below!

 The Sassy

2016 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

 

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Well the title of the post is pretty self-explanatory. It’s all about 2016 book releases I can’t wait for, these are what I have SO FAR. Emphasis on the so far. There’s plenty and there’s bound to be far more coming!

Trust me when I tell you I really narrowed down my selection for this post, I had at least 20 to pick from. I chose to do a solid ten, for now.

Hopefully I can help you guys find some books to add to your every growing TBR piles!

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Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

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.

Why I’m Excited:

I’m a HUGE fan of the fantasy genre, seriously I will read anything and everything I can get my hands on if it’s fantasy. This sounds like one hell of a fantasy novel too so it’s not surprising I’m super excited for it.

 

After the Woods

After the Woods by Kim Savage

Release Date: February 23rd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

Why I’m Excited:

I requested an ARC on Netgalley for this baby and *fingers crossed* hopefully I get it because it sounds pretty great, right? This isn’t my usual reading material but if a mystery/thriller is done right then I’ll love it.

A Gathering of Shadows  (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2)

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 23rd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

***Spoilers From A Darker Shade of Magic #1***

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Why I’m Excited:

Did any of you read the first book? It was amazing! Of course I’m excited for the sequel! I can’t wait to read more about Kell and Lila and we finally get to see some more of Black London! Bring it on!

I also have a preview excerpt from Netgalley and as soon as I finish it I will post a mini review of it!

 

Revenge and the Wild

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

Why I’m Excited:

Well firstly do you see how gorgeous that cover is? Besides I’m 100% all for a western with magic and monsters, a western fantasy sounds sooooo sweet. I was pretty disappointed with the other YA western I read this year “Vengeance Road” so hopefully this one is better.

 

Blackhearts

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Release Date: February 9th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Why I’m Excited:

Pirates. That’s it. I’m a big fan of pirates and there aren’t enough YA pirate books in the world! I’m not a big fan of romance but if they do the pirate aspect well then I don’t care!

 

The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Why I’m Excited:

It’s based on a Grimm fairy tale called “The Singing Bone” so it’s basically a fairy tale retelling and it sounds a little dark, so I’m in.

 

Riders (Riders, #1)

Riders (Riders #1) by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: February 16th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

Why I’m Excited:

Well I think the fact that it’s about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is super interesting, I can’t wait to see how well it’s executed in this book.

I have a preview excerpt of this book from Netgalley right now as well so as soon as I finish it I’ll post a mini review!

 

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

The Rose & The Dagger (The Wrath & The Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m Excited:

I read the first book “The Wrath & The Dawn” and I freaking loved it, this is a romance based series and it really says something that I enjoyed it. So I’m DYING to get my hands on the last book in this duology.

 

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Why I’m Excited:

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book FOR AN ETERNITY. Not only does the blurb sound absolutely fascinating but I also heard there were pirates….as you already know I’m a sucker for pirates.

 

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman

Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Why I’m Excited:

It’s a fantasy, historical fiction, and maybe even a bit of mystery/thriller. I need that mix up in my life, needless to say I hear nothing but good things about Alison Goodman’s works. Yes I started reading “Eon” and loved it but alas I didn’t get to finish it yet. YET.

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That wraps up my first post about book releases in 2016 that I need in my life, there’s definitely more to come!

I hope you guys found some interesting books to add to your TBR’s as well, that way we can all fangirl together! Woohoo!

The Sassy