Best Books of 2016 Part 2: Backlist Books

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As promised here is part 2 of my best books of 2016! This time around I’m doing books I loved and read this year that were NOT published in 2016.

Also as with the other post these are in no particular order and I will leave links to my full reviews if I have them!

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11.) The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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This is an excellently written historical fiction/horror combo and when I say well written I mean the writing is definitely one of the best parts. Plus it’s got monsters, awesomely creepy and horrifying monsters!

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


10.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I don’t think I need to even explain this do I? A group of criminals in a wonderful fantasy world plan and execute a heist, how the heck does this NOT sound awesome? Because it is!

You can read my full review of “Six of Crows” here.


9.) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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This was a fun, entertaining, and light-hearted read that is full of awesome art and humor too! I adore this book it’s definitely my all time favorite graphic novel.

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


8.) Through the Woods by Emily Caroll

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This is a quick and super creepy graphic novel full of short stories with some great art. When I say creepy I mean creepy too!

You can read my full review of “Through the Woods” here.


7.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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This is probably the best sci-fi book I’ve ever read and it has everything! A cool formatting, space viruses, crazy AIs, and just overall space epicness.

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


6.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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This book was definitely a huge surprise for me since the covers made me expect some light, fluffy YA Fantasy book which wasn’t the case at all. I especially loved Kestrel the main character because she’s definitely not your ordinary YA heroine!

You can read my full review of “The Winner’s Curse” here.


5.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Not only does Laini Taylor have the some of the most beautiful writing but this is just such a great, unique, story. The mythology and world building is seriously fantastic as well.

You can read my full review of “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.


4.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Yet another really surprising book for me since it seems almost every YA paranormal book is disappointing to me, I’m glad that wasn’t the case with this one. I loved how mysterious and driving the story-line was and all of the characters are just…wonderful.

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.


3.) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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This is the book that officially made Jay Kristoff one of my favorite authors and made me want to get my hands on all of his books. For me this is how you write fantasy books perfectly. Great world building, mythology, characters, and mind-blowing plot twists!

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


2.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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I don’t think there are enough GOOD AND ACTUALLY SCARY YA Horror books out in the world but this is one of the few. It’s short, terrifying, and has a few great twists as well…..but mostly it’s just terrifying.

You can read my full review of “Daughters Unto Devils” here.


1.) Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

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This is a middle grade graphic novel series that is just as fun to read as an adult, trust me! It’s a mix of fantasy and a bit of sci-fi as well and the overall story line is very compelling and fun to read through.

I’m hoping to have a review up for Volumes 1-7 soon as well!

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What were some of your favorite backlist reads in 2016?

Were there any that were disappointing for you?

Have you read any of the books on this list?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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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