ALL My Favorite Books of 2017!

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Prepare for a long post guys because there’s quite a few books I loved reading this past year! I will also be doing posts for all of my “meh or liked but not loved” books as well as all of my least favorite books of 2017, so keep an eye out!

These are in no specific order and I will link reviews if I have them!

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book was AMAZING! It was the perfect blend of horror, suspense, and mystery and for being such a long book I absolutely flew right through it. I really loved how dark it became and the mystery was very unpredictable as well, it was interesting learning more and more about the cult horror director that went off the grid and whose daughter committed suicide….or something worse happened to her. This is the perfect book for a rainy day, you won’t be bored!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I loved Chupeco’s other book “The Girl From the Well” and was super excited to read her new dark fantasy book, which didn’t disappoint. The world building was insanely creative with the different magics, Tea’s necromancy, and of course the dangerous monsters! It could get slow in some parts but I thought the world was just so interesting I had to keep reading.

You can read my full review here. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

One of the most popular books ever and one that everyone has been telling me to read forever too! This was such a magical and atmospheric books I have ever read, it was simply beautiful. I loved all of the acts of magic displayed in the story and usually I don’t enjoy more romance driven books but this was just amazing.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

I have a sort of morbid curiosity about cults which is what this book is more or so about. I thought Minnow was a great, strong character and the bits of flashbacks she had back to her time with the cult were interesting as well.

You can read my full review here. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I don’t think I need to really hype this book up any more than it already is but trust me when I say it’s powerful and 100% worth ALL of the hype.

You can read my full review here. 

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I’m always up for “Peter Pan” retellings and this one is excellent. It’s about the romance between Tiger Lily and Peter before Wendy shows up and it’s told from the perspective of Tinker Bell. It’s a very dark, grim, and sad version of Neverland but incredibly well done.

You can read my full review here. 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I finally read this! It was perfection! It’s got both fantasy and sci-fi elements and the action, twists, and characters are all amazing! I seriously have nothing bad to say about this book.

You can read my full review here. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is actually really comparable to “Red Rising” it’s set in a very brutal and Roman inspired world that’s also filled with bits of magic. The twists are crazy in this story and I absolutely loved Elias and Laia.

You can read my full review here. 

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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is probably one of the most diverse and relatable books I’ve ever read. It’s about children that come back from magical worlds and go to a home to cope with being back in reality. It’s a quick read as well.

You can read my full review here. 

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan

A very Resident Evil style Alice in Wonderland retelling that’s fast paced and creative. It’s also pretty underrated I recommend checking it out!

You can read my full review here. 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

While not something I would normally read it’s a great fast paced mystery/thriller about a family entangled within the web of gymnastics politics.

You can read my full review here. 

Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

An interesting graphic novel series about a bunch of paper girls who end up facing some alien type creatures as well as time travel. It’s kind of reminiscent of Stranger Things.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

This was actually surprisingly good, it’s full of magic, badass women, and it’s very fast paced.

You can read my full review here.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

I am a HUGE fan of Henry’s horror retellings and this one was no exception. It’s a Peter Pan retelling from James Hook’s POV and it gets very dark but it’s also incredibly creative.

You can read my full review here.

The Wicked + The Divine Volumes 1-4 by Kieron Gillen

Gods reincarnated every 90 years in the forms of pop stars, how can this go wrong? These graphic novels are amazing and the art is absolutely gorgeous.

You can read my series review here.

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Another surprise for me this year! This was a horror/sci-fi book about a group of teens with sleeping disorders becoming trapped inside their nightmares.

You can read my full review here. 

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Alex + Ada Volumes 1-3 by Jonathan Luna

A short little series of graphic novels about a man and an android and a forbidden romance.

Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

A western graphic novel about the daughter of Death himself. The art was pretty and the plot, while confusing at times, was very interesting and fast paced.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

A very diverse book about romances and friendships at SupaCon. I loved the anxiety rep and the characters were amazing.

You can read my full review here. 

Monstress Volumes 1 & 2 by Marjorie Liu

AMAZING art and plot, these graphic novels are seriously perfection. I loved the world building the most I think, there’s so much going on and it’s all interesting.

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This story is fast paced, well written, and hilarious. I also loved Percy and Monty’s relationship plus the multiple European settings didn’t hurt either!

You can read my full review here. 

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

A fast paced fantasy story featuring a genderfluid thief who enters a competition to become one of the queen’s assassins. It’s so freaking good too!

You can read my full review here. 

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

A revenge tale about a Romani girl who was brutally assaulted and must collect the body parts of her assailants through witchcraft in order to save her friend’s life.

You can read my full review here.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

This is a pretty fast paced mystery thriller full of twists about a girl who fakes being psychic and ends up helping the police try to find the town’s missing golden girl.

You can read my full review here. 

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The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

This is a slower book that concentrates more on the characters but there’s a F/F romance and the world building was very interesting.

You can read my full review here. 

Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

A surprisingly scary story about some girls facing off against Bloody Mary! It’s a quick read and actually very entertaining.

You can read my full review here. 

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

This is sort of magical realism and while I felt a few things weren’t explained it was a great coming of age adventure with some great characters and a great mystery.

You can read my full review here. 

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

An amazing sequel that was just as fast paced and twisted as the first! I was not fully prepared for all of the plot twists!

You can read my full review here. 

Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

I loved learning more about Jack and Jill and their world, the Moors. I’m excited to read more of these short novels as the world building and characters never seem to disappoint!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

The writing in this story was just gorgeous as was the world building and romance, it’s such a fun book! Also if you love the Fae you’ll probably love this one as well!

You can read my full review here. 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Just as amazing as “The Hate U Give” about a boy who writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in order to deal with the issues and difficulties he faces every day as a young African American man. Very powerful and very important.

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

This was actually a lot of fun! There are lots of different mythologies included in the world building along with the main mythology of the Valkyries, it’s also very fast paced.

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A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole 

While this book was a tish bit on the slower side I thought it was still so, so good. It’s very much like Avatar (the movie not the show) and the planet of Failov is full of amazing creatures and peoples. It’s so freaking interesting!

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

What were some of your favorite reads of 2017?

Let me know in the comments! 

The Sassy

My Votes Are In! 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

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100% credit for this post idea goes to the wonderful Melanie @ Mel To The Any so be sure to go check out her post as well as her amazing blog!

This post is pretty straight forward in that I’ll just be sort of discussing my votes in the Goodreads Choice Awards. If you haven’t gone and voted already be sure to go check it out, voting ends November 27th and the winners are announced December 5th!

I will only be discussing the categories I actually submitted a vote in, there are PLENTY of categories with nominees that are on my TBR but since I haven’t read them I didn’t feel it was very fair for me to vote for them (with one exception I will discuss below).

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Best Horror

My Vote: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

I will probably always and forever vote for Christina Henry’s horror books because they’re so well done and well written and just everything in general is fantastic about them. This is a retelling of Peter Pan from the POV of a young James Hook and serves as an origin story for the classic villain. I loved how Henry put such a unique, dark and twisted spin on the original tale it was so well done and utter perfection in my opinion.

You can read my full review of “Lost Boy” here, if you’re interested!

Best Young Adult Fiction

My Vote: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

There were actually a few I wanted to vote for in this category but “The Hate U Give” is such an important, powerful, and well written story I couldn’t stand the idea of NOT voting for it! This book is perfection, PERFECTION! It deserves to win every award and if you haven’t read this book already I highly, highly urge you to do so because it’s game-changing and powerful.

You can read my full review of “The Hate U Give” here, if you’re interested!

Best Debut Goodreads Author

My Vote: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

As I said, SHE DESERVES EVERY AWARD! When I was reading “The Hate U Give” I was blown away by her writing, it didn’t feel like I was reading a debut at all but more like the billionth book of a seasoned pro. I am very confident this book will win in both these categories!

Best Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction

My Vote: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

So as I mentioned I usually don’t vote for books I haven’t actually read BUT I decided I need to make an exception and here’s why:

I love Laini Taylor’s books and I’m 100% confident I will love “Strange The Dreamer”. But another reason I wanted to vote for this book (besides the fact that I will love it when I do get around to reading it) is that I’m really tired of Sarah J. Maas’s books winning every year JUST because they’re Sarah J. Maas’s books. I’m sure her books are good but I’d like to see A DIFFERENT book and author win for once and so I wanted to help boost Laini Taylor because she deserves it.

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

Did you vote for any of these books in the Goodreads Choice Awards?

What books did you vote for?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017!

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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 self-explanatory: our most anticipated releases for the second half of the year! There are so, so many wonderful ones that are coming up but these are a few of the ones I’m the MOST excited for!

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10.) The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

The Hanging Girl

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

I really enjoyed Eileen Cook’s “With Malice” and so of course I’d like to check out her newest book especially since it sounds just as thrilling and maybe even a little spooky.

9.) The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

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Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

First of all the tag line just grabs my attention immediately! I also really love the unique and Asian-esque fantasy theme, there’s demons, and sounds like the female characters are going to be BADASS!

8.) There’s Someone In Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

It is being marketed as a sort of YA version of the Scream movie franchise which has me 100% sold right there because I love those movies…. plus there really aren’t enough YA horror books out there and especially not that many slasher stories!

7.) The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

The Arsonist

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

I read and loved Stephanie Oakes’ novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” and so I’d really love to read her new books just because it’s her. I’m very curious to see how all of these different timelines and characters will interconnect though, sounds very intriguing. Plus look at how gorgeous this cover is!

6.) Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

I know I JUST said I don’t think there are enough YA (this may be considered more new adult or adult though….) horror stories including slasher stories? Yeah, definitely excited there’s another one coming up! This one sounds very suspenseful as well as terrifying and I’ve always found the “Final Girl” concept really interesting!

5.) Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

I did enjoy “Vengeance Road” although I did still have some issues with it, the romance in particular but I’m definitely not going to deny I’m still excited for a companion novel! YA westerns are another genre that isn’t very common so I’ll take what I can get and especially with a cover that dang pretty!

4.) The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

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From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.

It’s no surpsie that I’m excited for Amy Lukavics’ newest novel since I really enjoyed both of her previous ones. These are usually very short, terrifying YA horror novels that are also always very unique in one way or another and a new one with …..zombie sister sounds amazing!

3.) Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

I NEED this sequel like I need oxygen! It’s no secret I practically worship the ground Jay Kristoff walks on when it comes to amazing storytelling so I’m super pumped to see where this series is going to go next, especially after all the hell that went down in the last book!

2.) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Kara Thomas’s debut novel “The Darkest Corners” was one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read, it was dark, gritty, and very twisted! I could not see any of the twists coming at all and it was very suspenseful, I’m expecting her newest book to be exactly that too!

1.) Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I didn’t think I could wait a year for this sequel! This is a series that is a very dark, dramatic retelling of the history around Vlad the Impaler except in this he a female known as Lada who is just as vicious and fierce. I am practically screeching in excitement for the next book because it’s sure to be just as entertaining as the first!

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Are you excited for any of these releases as well?

Have you read any of them yet/ did you receive an ARC?

What are some of YOUR most anticipated releases for the second half of the year?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy