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    Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018


    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    And thank you to everyone who participated, followed along, or shared their favorite reads in the comments on each of the hosts’ blogs and instagrams. Here’s to a great reading year. The books coming out in 2018 are going to be awesome!

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway is at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Books I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2018

    Okay, so for today’s list I have so many books I can’t wait to read that are coming out in 2018. (And one that I had on last year’s list that had a bit of a delay but now has an official release date.) So there is an honorable mentions list, because I just couldn’t stop at 10, especially since most of my top anticipated reads are continuations of series and there are quite a few standalones and new series that I’m excited about.

    #1

    THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole


    #2

    THE DARKEST LEGACY (The Darkest Minds #4) By Alexandra Bracken


    #3

    THE TRAITOR’S RUIN (The Traitor’s Circle #2) by Erin Beatty


    #4

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking


    #5

    UNEARTHED (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


    #6

    NIGHTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #3) by Elly Blake


    #7

    99 LIES (100 Hours #2) by Rachel Vincent


    #8

    DEFY THE WORLDS (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray


    #9

    GENESIS (Project Nemesis #2) by Brendan Reichs


    #10

    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves


    Honorable Mentions

    I have so many books I’m excited for in 2018 that I couldn’t stop at listing just the 10 above. And while this honorable mentions list doesn’t include every book I can’t wait to read, it does include just 10 more of them that I would have included above if “10” wasn’t quite so specific a number.

    And I also can’t wait to hear more about Marie Rutkoski’s upcoming series, the first book rumored to be slated for release this year.


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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Book Boyfriends


    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2017

    I haven’t read too many YA books this year where it was all about the swoon-worthy guy. So most of my book boyfriends are of the non-ya variety. But I did read (if not always review) a few fantastic reads where it was all about the swooning.

    #1

    Who: Vlad Tepesh. Why? Because it’s Vlad.

    INTO THE FIRE (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | AVONGOODREADS


    #2

    Who: Edward “Teach” Drummond. Why? Because Nicole Castroman turned the ruthless pirate Blackbeard into a swoon-worthy hero.

    BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | GOODREADS


    #3

    Who: Titus Alexander. Why? Because oooh the chemistry.

    BLIND TIGER (Wildcats #2) by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOODREADS


    #4

    Who: Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. Why? Because who doesn’t love the King of Hell?

    WICKED ABYSS (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #5

    Who: Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual. Why? Mmmm… sizzling romance.

    THE DARKEST PROMISE (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUINGOODREADS


    #6

    Who: Abel. Why? Okay, so he’s not exactly human. Or even living in the “normal” sense of the word. So, he’s definitely not a typical book boyfriend. But he’s amazing and adorable and funny and swoon-worthy. So I had to include him here. After all, I’ve swooned over vamps and demons, so why not…

    DEFY THE STARS (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDWEBSITE | GOODREADS


    #7

    Who: Max Holden. Why? Ahhh the angst!!!!

    KISSING MAX HOLDEN by Katy Upperman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANFIERCE READS | GOODREADS


    #8

    Who: Porter Roth. Why? Read it and you’ll know why… *grins*

    ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | RIVETED LIT | GOODREADS


    #9

    Who: Alexander Hamilton. Why? Okay, so maybe he’s not particularly swoon-worthy. And in reality he did not sound like such a great catch. But the fictional version was just so delightfully romantic and played the underdog well. And this is all about book boyfriends… so I couldn’t resist choosing him.

    ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #10

    Who: Leo – the Beast of Benwick. Why? He’s lethal. Oh, and not to forget…. the slow-burn romance of it all.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    I don’t have any honorable mentions, as most of the books I’ve read were about tragedies, strong heroines, life experiences. And while it’s entirely possible I forgot a few reads where I swooned a bit over the “hero” I’m perfectly happy with my ten choices.


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    Quickie ‘Thrillers or Contemporaries’ Giveaway

    The Thrillers

    The Contemporaries


    The Giveaway

    I have read a bunch of awesome books these past few months and have received quite a few new books to read and review. Since my shelves are getting pretty crowded, I’ve decided to box up a few of my recent reads and offer them up for giveaway.

    And I’m going to make it super simple this time around. (Though adding the books you are interested in to Goodreads by clicking their titles above would be super amazing!)

    What’s Up for Grabs

    • A box of four thrillers (ARCs) to one winner – US only
    • A box of four contemporaries (books/ARCs) to one winner – US only

    The Deets

    To enter, leave a comment stating whether you’d be interested in the box of thrillers or contemporaries and on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific I’ll throw names into Random and choose one winner for the thrillers and one winner for the contemporaries.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner for the box of thrillers and ONE winner for the box of contemporaries
    • Giveaway ends on April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winners will be chosen by Random on April 19th and contacted by email
    • Winners have 72 hours to respond or a new winner(s) will be selected
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    Review: 100 HOURS

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    Title & Series: 100 HOURS (100 Hours #1)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.

    Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

    While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

    But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

    Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the author and an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered for my collection.


    The Review

    Action-packed and suspense-filled, 100 HOURS takes readers on a harrowing and nerve-wracking journey through the jungles of South America from not one but two characters’ perspectives. With a pace that is lightning fast, tension that continues to build, and with a few surprise twists, this is a story you will not be able to put down.

    What starts off as a simple spring break vacation turns into a terrifying nightmare for Genesis, her cousins, and her friends. Used to being in control of every situation, she did not expect her decision to go to Colombia and hike to their beautiful remote beaches would be anything more than a mild inconvenience for her privileged friends and a step out of her comfort zone for her cousin Maddie.

    She couldn’t have anticipated the situation they found themselves in – on the run, fleeing from a gun-toting kidnapper, facing even graver threats. She didn’t think her life held as many secrets as it did. She never imagined that things could go from idyllic to deadly in just 100 hours.

    With a quick peek at the present, alternating points of view, and 100 hours to find out just what happened, Rachel Vincent created a gripping, electrifying, twisty-turny thriller. She introduced two female main characters to tell the tale – one who is strong, arrogant, entitled, manipulative and one who is cautious and caring, and who gains strength as the story progresses.

    Not everything is as it seems – so expect a few surprises. This is not simply a young, wealthy tourists kidnapped for ransom horror story. There are hidden truths, power struggles, conflicting agendas, and betrayals of trust at play. And because this is just the first book in a series, not everything will be revealed or wrapped up at the story’s end.

    100 HOURS promises to be a quick and enthralling read that will keep you on edge from the very first chapter where it teases what is to come. It delivers all the chills and anticipatory tension that can be hoped for. It drops hints at things that might be amiss. It reveals information from one character’s perspective that the other isn’t aware of. And it switches viewpoints, leaving you hanging for a chapter until the viewpoint switches back.

    Readers who love their stories exciting, intense, and climactic from start to finish, that have a bit of a mystery, a touch of romance, a pulse-pounding pace, and characters they can connect with, will not want to miss this first installment in a sure to be outstanding series.

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    About Rachel Vincent

    Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

    Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

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    Top 10 of 2016: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I am hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Book I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

    There are SO many books I can’t wait to meet in 2017 – some I don’t even yet know I want to meet – and even more books in series that I want to continue reading. But I had to choose just ten.

    However, for this post it doesn’t matter how few books I read this year, so I am totally listing a few honorable mentions.

    I just wish I knew whether certain series were continuing in 2017 or at all…. like Leah Clifford’s Resurrectionist seriesJenna Black’s Gifted series or Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs.

    And I WISH I hadn’t read a few books in 2016 that I totally would have listed as books I’m looking forward to in 2017 – 100 HOURS by Rachel Vincent, ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard, FLICKER AND MIST by Mary G. Thompson, and WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken.

    #1

    SPECTACLE (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

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    #2

    THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole

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    #3

    STRANGE THE DREAMER (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

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    #4

    BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman

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    #5

    NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White

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    #6

    THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

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    #7

    WARCROSS (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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    #8

    BLACKLIST (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noël

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    #9

    RISE OF FIRE (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan

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    #10

    PERFECT (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

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    The Honorable Mentions

    I could list dozens, but to be fair I’m only choosing ten. And they are…


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Covers of 2016

    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned yesterday…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book Covers of 2016

    I tried to include only covers for books I’ve read this year, but there are a few books on my TBR pile with covers that I’m madly in love with, so I just had to include them…

    #1

    BLACK MOON (Zodiac #3) by Romina Russell – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #2

    VAMPIRE ACADEMY (10th Anniversary Edition) by Richelle Mead – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDGOODREADS


    #3

    NEMESIS (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #4

    HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #5

    GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #6

    BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1) by Nicole Castroman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #7

    FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #8

    AND I DARKEN (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #9

    THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #10

    A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    And once again because I didn’t read a ton of books this year and have already favorited covers for books still on my TBR pile, I have not put together a list of honorable mentions. Though if I had, I would have definitely included the covers for THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkoski and CROOKED KINGDOMS by Leigh Bardugo.


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    While I haven’t read nearly as many books this year as last year – I still have so many, many must read books to read – I have read some pretty amazing books. And while choosing just ten was not at all easy, it was even harder figuring out the order…

    #1

    An ending that will kill you….

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    A kick-a** read with an amazing quest…

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    Title: NIGHTINGALE, SING
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 23, 2016
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    To cure her dying sister, Sabra Tides must race to solve a web of riddles and find a mythical flower, while a ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get there first. This powerful YA thriller is perfect for fans of The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, and The Conspiracy of Us.
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    A STREETWISE VIGILANTE
    who will do anything to cure her dying sister

    A RUTHLESS GANGSTER
    on a grisly quest to attain immortality

    A DESPERATE FATHER
    who crossed oceans to free his enslaved son

    A TRAIL OF RIDDLES
    and the mythical treasure they all seek:

    THE SERENGETI SAPPHIRE

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    #3

    An awesome, nail-biting, fast-paced and unputdownable sequel…

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    Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: August 16, 2016
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    One spark will rise.

    Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    #4

    An original, dark and bloody good first installment…

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #5

    An enchanting and magical read…

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    #6

    A heartbreaking and epic adventure…

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    Title: HEARTLESS
    Author: Marissa Meyer
    Release date: November 8, 2016
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 a secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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    #7

    An emotional, heartbreaking and intense read…

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    Title & Series: THE WAY I USED TO BE
    Author: Amber Smith
    Release date: March 22, 2016
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    #8

    An imaginative, beautifully told and heartbreaking tale…

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    Title & Series: ROSEBLOOD
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

    At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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    #9

    A breathtaking and emotional rollercoaster…

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #10

    A spellbinding, romantic, pirate-in-the-making story…

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    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.

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    And as I haven’t read all that many books in 2016 I’ve decided for the first time ever not to do an honorable mentions list… though there are so many that deserve it.


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