Top 10 of 2015 | Most Anticipated 2016 Releases

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Today the fifth and final day of Top 10 of 2015 hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader! Top 10 of 2015 is a five day event in which there is a different Top 10 topic each day. For more information about the event and what the topics are, go here.

Today’s topic is “Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016“. Obviously, only 2016 releases should be on your list. This was SO hard to do because I’m greatly anticipating a lot of books in 2016! The following list is in no particular order.


1. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Series: The Trials of Apollo #1

Genre: Middle Grade, Mythology

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis: How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. 

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

2. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

3. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Series: Untitled #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

4. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Fake Cover)

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Series: Six of Crows #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis: Following Six of Crows, this is the second book in a new fantasy epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo.

Six of Crows took Leigh’s fans back into the world they know and love, and now she continues the adventure in the dangerous and fascinating underworld of Ketterdam city.

6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Series: The Witchlands #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Series: Monsters of Verity #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Series: Untitled #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Links: Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

10. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #2)

There is not a lot of information about this book at the time. However, I just had to put this on my list because I’m dying to see what happens next in the series!


Honorable Mentions

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Which 2016 releases are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 of 2015 | Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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Today is day 4 of Top 10 of 2015 hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader! Top 10 of 2015 is a five day event in which there is a different Top 10 topic each day. For more information about the event and what the topics are, go here.

Today’s topic is “Best Book Boyfriends of 2015“. These characters must be from books released in 2015 and from books you’ve read in 2015. The following list is in no particular order!


1. Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

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2. Paul Markov from the Firebird trilogy

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3. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows

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4. Rafe from The Remnant Chronicles

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5. Kai from The Lunar Chronicles

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6. Ezra Mason from Illuminae

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7. Percy Jackson from The Heroes of Olympus series

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8. Dorian Havilliard from the Throne of Glass series

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9. Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes

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10. Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series

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Note: None of the fan art belongs to me. Credit goes to their owners.


Did you acquire any new book boyfriends/girlfriends in 2015? Let me know who they are and if we share any in the comments below!

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Top 10 of 2015 | Books I Wish I Had Read in 2015

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Today is day 3 of Top 10 of 2015 hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader! Top 10 of 2015 is a five day event in which there is a different Top 10 topic each day. For more information about the event and what the topics are, go here.

Today’s topic is reader’s/blogger’s choice where you pick from a list of ideas (best villains of 2015, best couples of 2015, etc) and make a post based on that idea. None of the choices were really calling to me so I decided to check out what the hosts did and I really liked the idea that Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads came up with. (Click her blog name to be taken to her post.) That being said, I’ll be talking about the books I wish I had read in 2015! The following list is in no particular order.


The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir


What are some books you wish you had read this year, but didn’t get the chance to? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 of 2015 | Best Book Covers of 2015

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Today is day 2 of Top 10 of 2015 hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader! Top 10 of 2015 is a five day event in which there is a different Top 10 topic each day. For more information about the event and what the topics are, go here.

Today’s topic is “Best Book Covers of 2015“. These must be books that have been released in 2015. You can include books you have read or haven’t read. My list includes a mixture of both and is in no particular order!


1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

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2. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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3. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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4. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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6. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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10. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

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What are your favorite covers of 2015? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 of 2015 | Best Books Read in 2015

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Hi everyone! I’m participating in a fun event called Top 10 of 2015 that starts today! Hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader, this five-day event goes from December 21st to December 25th with a different Top 10 topic each day. For more information about the event and what the topics are, go here.

Today’s topic is “Best Books I’ve Read in 2015“. It does not have to be books released in 2015, only books you’ve read in 2015. The following list is based on when I read the book because I didn’t feel like torturing myself by choosing a number 1.


More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This

This was my first favorite of the year and also my first time reading a Patrick Ness novel! At the time, I picked up the book on a whim while at the library and I’m so thankful that I did! The writing was fantastic and the amount of twists and turns always kept me wondering what would happen next. This is an awesome, gripping novel that I highly recommend!

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The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus series

Rick Riordan quickly became one of my favorite authors this year! I started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in February then continued on with the Heroes of Olympus series in April. While I loved PJO, I really fell in love with The Heroes of Olympus. There was an amazing cast of characters as well as tons of action and adventure!

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

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Before reading this book, I read someone’s review in which they said that they thought this book would be considered a classic in 100 years – and I couldn’t agree more! The story surrounds two girls – one black and one white – who fall for each other in a time where this wasn’t tolerated at all. It’s a wonderful story that not only highlights the hardships the girls had to face regarding their sexuality, but also the horrors that people had to face because of the color of their skin. If you’re looking for a beautifully written story with a diverse main character, then this is definitely the book for you!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

This was such a fantastic debut novel! It was wonderfully written and had characters that I truly connected to. Each one of the characters hadn’t had an easy life, to say the least. They had all been through one tragedy or another. However, because of this, I was able to truly feel for the characters. Sabaa Tahir did an extraordinary job of making this possible!

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Another awesome debut novel! I just have to say: this book was so gosh darn cute. The relationship between Simon and Blue was so adorable! I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. I’m pretty sure I was up until 3 am! I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in reading more LGBTQ+ YA!

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering Darkness

I read the first three books in the Falling Kingdoms series this year, but Gathering Darkness is definitely my favorite! With each book, the series gets better and better. One thing I really like about this series is that there is a large cast of characters. I also liked the fact that no one is really safe – it’s terrifying but it always keeps me on my toes! If you’re a fan of fantasy, this definitely isn’t a series you want to miss. Even if you’re not totally feeling the series after book 1, considering giving book 2 a try. Like I said, the series gets even better as it goes along!

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal

While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Kiss of Deception, I found The Heart of Betrayal to be even better! The plot is so intriguing in this series and I’m really loving the characters. I can’t wait to see how things end in the last book!

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter

The Lunar Chronicles will always be one of my favorites series so there was no way this book wasn’t making it on my list! While Winter wasn’t my favorite in the series (Cress was), I still absolutely loved it! The cast of characters in these books will always be some of my favorites. I will miss seeing their interactions and adventures! It was so sad having to say goodbye to all that. After Stars Above (the novella bind-up), I don’t know what I’ll do!

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

I loved this book so much that I actually read it twice – once in October, once in November! I absolutely loved the formatting of this book, with all its documents, emails, IMs, and such. I was worried that the formatting wouldn’t allow me to connect with the characters, but I’m so glad that that wasn’t the case! I was so invested in the story and terrified that Kady and Ezra wouldn’t make it. I highly recommend checking out this book if you like science fiction, unique formatting, and crazy AIs (artificial intelligence).

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Before reading Six of Crows, I read the first two books in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. I was told that while it wasn’t necessary to read the trilogy before Six of Crows, it may be helpful in terms of understanding the world. While I didn’t care for many of the characters in those two books (which is why I didn’t read the third), I was definitely interested in the world and Grisha powers! In my opinion, Six of Crows was so much better than Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. The plot was very consistent and it always made me want to keep reading on! I loved the characters so much, especially Kaz and Inej (and Jesper and Wylan and Nina and Matthias… okay them all!!) Highly, highly recommend this book to everyone – even the people who didn’t care for the Grisha trilogy. In my opinion, you get so much more in this one book than in the two novels I read of the trilogy.

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Honorable Mentions

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I just couldn’t not include these books when discussing the best books I’ve read this year. All five of these were such fantastic reads!


What were some of your favorite reads of 2015? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know in the comments!

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