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Books of 2016: Best Of

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Boy did 2016 pack a hard punch! My year was so hectic, I doubted I would be able to meet 2015’s 100 books. The fact that I made it to 99 makes me so proud of myself! Granted, a good percentage of the books are re-reads (The Lunar Chronicles minus Winter, the Mara Dyer trilogy minus Retribution, everything Shadowhunters, the Gone series and BZRK)- but hey, it’s still good! I read so many good books this year, it was such a headache choosing my favorites. So here I go- my favorite books that I read in 2016, not necessarily published in that year. So without further ado:

1) Solitaire by Alice Oseman: I have no idea how I stumbled upon this rare gem of a book, but I am so glad I did. Tori’s cynical view of life and school is shockingly relatable, and the portrayal of depression with the slight thriller element was amazing. Highly, highly recommend this book, especially to those struggling in school.

2) A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Faeries and magic and rich world building and biting-your-nails-till-they-bleed adventure? The novel inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Sarah J. Maas- author of the Throne of Glass series- has done it again. Her work only gets better and better as time goes.

3) The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee AhdiehIn the retelling of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, we are gifted with badass female characters, believable villains, beautiful scenery, heartwarming romance, and a unique magic system. Toss a generous dose of diversity in there, and there you have it: the perfect blend for a perfect novel.

4) Illuminae & Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Wow. These books are absolute stand outs. Science fiction in SPACE, crazy artificial intelligence, and… actually, just read Kristoff’s review, he explains it better. The books are written in the form of files: Case files, chats, transcripts- it’s such a fun read. Although they’re large in size, the formatting makes it quick to breeze by. Best science fiction I’ve read this year, hands down.

5) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This dual perspective novel is perhaps the most brilliantly written fantasy I’ve read this year. In this Rome inspired novel, we follow Laia- a slave, attempting to save her brother from the clutches of the Martial Empire- and Elias- a soldier at a brutal military academy struggling to succeed in whatever way possible. The action in this book is unbearable- Sabaa Tahir is, once again, simply brilliant.

6) Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareAnd we finally got Lady Midnight! I have a feeling this series will be my favorite of them all, if I’m being honest. For those who are clueless about the latest Cassandra Clare book, it’s a spin-off sequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments series, following characters who fight demons in our regular world. Listen- it’s a hundred times cooler than it sounds. Trust me.

Honorable Mentions: The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, & Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

And there you have it folks- my 2016 wrap up! I hope you had the best year you could, and have an amazing 2017 filled with lots and lots of good books!

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Until next time!

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Book Review · Contemporary

Current Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

22822858The tail end of this year has been a horrible one in terms of reading- I’ve been in a perpetual slump since September, so much so that I’ve completely given up on TBRs. And to think I was ambitious enough to try for 120 books this year!

With my recent Book Outlet purchase- I’m planning a haul post soon!-, I bought A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Continue reading “Current Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara”

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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Mini Review

17290266*I’m going to be starting a new segment on Book Savant: Mini Reviews! In these short bursts, I’ll be summarizing the book, commenting on what I liked and disliked about it, and if I would recommend it to a friend. Short, sweet, and perfect if a fellow reader wants to know whether to pick up a certain book or not. And we’ll be starting Mini Reviews with The Infinite Moment of us by Lauren Myracle!*

Summary: Wren Gray graduates high school, ready for whatever life has next for her. She deferred university for a year in favor for travelling to Guatemala for a volunteer project. Enter Charlie Parker: a poor and underprivileged kid who falls for Wren over the summer. The Infinite Moment of Us is a young adult contemporary between a girl and a boy who couldn’t be any more different. Continue reading “The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Mini Review”

Book Review · Contemporary

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander: Review

17296690He says: Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls has got it made—a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High. She says: Football, shmootball. Here’s what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.

He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi—with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter. The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out! Continue reading “He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander: Review”

Fantasy

The Wrath & the Dawn by Ren‎ée Ahdieh: Review

18798983.jpgOne Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end. Continue reading “The Wrath & the Dawn by Ren‎ée Ahdieh: Review”