Saturday, July 15, 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017!

           
It feels like this year has flown by! We're halfway through July, and there's been a ton of awesome releases this month, and there are a ton of incredible looking books coming out in August as well. I'm going to start a new series this month where I write a post of my featuring most anticipated reads of the upcoming month starting this month, so I hope you enjoy!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer By Leigh Bardugo
SynopsisShe will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Reason why I'm looking forward to it: I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo's writing, so I'd pick up any books she's involved in. Besides having Leigh Bardugo as the author, the Wonder Woman movie has had me craving more stories involving Diana since I saw it, and the synopsis of Warbringer has me hooked!


If you would like to pre-order Wonder Woman: Warbringer:
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
SynopsisKissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I've already read and reviewed an ARC of Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman, and I love, love, LOVED it! (here's the link to my review) I can't wait for other people to get to read Max and Jill's story because it was such a fun, cute, contemporary read that I think everyone can enjoy

If you would like to pre-order Kissing Max Holden:
Zenith (Book #1 of the Andoma Saga) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
SynopsisMost know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situationand at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: SPACE PIRATES!!! Who wouldn't want to read about Space Pirates!?!? Hahahaha, besides Space Pirates, I'm really looking forward to this novel because I've been watching Sasha on her booktube channel, abookutopia, for about three years now, and I really enjoy all of the content she puts out, and I haven't read a good sci-fi book in a while now, so I'm hoping this is good!

If you would like to pre-order Zenith:
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
SynopsisWhen Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I can't really put my finger on why this book captured my attention, but it just does! I don't think I've read a book with a similar plot before, and I'm hooked by the synopsis. It sounds like a fun, romantic, fantasy novel that I'll be able to get through in one sitting.

If you would like to pre-order The Hearts We Sold:

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović
SynopsisAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: Wicked Like a Wildfire just seems like a truly beautiful book--and I'm not just talking about the cover. The synopsis is lovely, and a majority of the reviews I've read called Popović's writing some of the most beautiful writing they've ever read.

If you would like to pre-order Wicked Like Wildfire:

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee
SynopsisNew York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Thousandth Floor, and I hope I like this one just as much! Also, I've met Katharine twice now (once when she visited my creative writing class at school and once at Teen Book Con), and both times she's been so nice and fun to talk to which makes me want to have her books even more.

If you would like to pre-order The Dazzling Heights:

That's it for my most anticipated YA releases of August 2017! I'd love to know which books you're looking forward to down in the comments! Hope you have a great day! 
-CG

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kissing Max Holden - Spoiler Free ARC Review

Kissing Max Holden

By Katy Upperman

Spoiler Free!





Details:

Title: Kissing Max Holden

Author: Katy Upperman

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Publication Date: August 1st, 2017




Synopsis:
      Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

      After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

      With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

My Review 
             I received an advanced readers copy of this book off of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

            Katy Uppeman takes her own unique twist on the classic boy next door story in her debut novel. It's the perfect amount of fun, witty, and serious, and I think that Upperman did a fantastic job. She created lovable characters, hatable characters, a ship that everyone will enjoy, and some seriously awesome make out scenes without making the book too cringe or too unbelievable. 
            A majority of the Contemporary YA Romances set in high school read as completely unbelievable or fake, but thats not an issue I had at all with Kissing Max Holden. By the title alone I thought I was gonna be in for another cheesy teen romance, but I ended up finding so much more. Both Max and Jill have a lot of shit going on in there personal lives, and Upperman does not skip over that. She goes into deep detail on how Max's father's stoke has effected him and how the strained relationship of Jill's parents (and her father in particular) change her over the course of the novel. I feel this is something most typical YA romances lack, and I found it rather nice.
            One aspect I believe Upperman did particularly well was create sone truly incredible characters. There was Jill and Max and Betsy and ivy and Leah and the parents and so so many more. Max as well as Jill go through some major character development throughout the story that really helps to build their personalities past the cliche good girl and bad boy. i especially loved how Jill was a pastry chef--I found myself craving cookies and brownies and cakes on more than one occasion. Upperman didn't skip out on the side characters as well, all of Jills friends had interesting characteristics and I would kill to have a friend as great as Kylie. Also, I think that families/family dynamics that Upperman created were just outstanding. With Jills family, I thought that having a new baby on the way which caused some financial issues helped to set up for later....things (I WANT TO RANT SO BADLY BUT NO SPOILERS!), and that Meredith and Jills relationship wasn't terrible like the normal stereotype of stepmother/stepdaughter relationships. Now, Jills father may be my least favor character. He just has no bounds, and even though I could see where Upperman was going with his character I still hated him so, so much. Max's dad (Bill), on the other hand, I really felt for. Having had a friends father go through a similar thing (a stroke that lead to him just living in a vegetative state for years) really helped me imagine Max's family and understand them better. Max and Ivy (his younger sister) both act out in response to this, their poor mother tries to keep their family together, and their old sister treats Bill like he can't do anything on his own. I found all of the character so intriguing and I really have to give Upperman major props for this feat.
            The story itself was fantastic, but as I stated with Jills father, I could see some major plot points coming from a mile away. This isn't a terrible thing, but I found some things to be very predictable and almost wished that Upperman went in a different direction to change things up to make a fantastic thing even better. She did manage, however, to throw me off guard with sever things as well. One thing in particular that had me literally scream out "HOW COULD THEY!" has to do with Meredith's medical bills--you'll just have to read and see. To summarize things, it was just really cute, fun, and I really enjoyed it.

           In conclusion, I give Kissing Max Holden four out of five stars. It was really adorable and fun, but also believable with interesting characters. The only issue I found with it was there were some predictable plot points. I highly suggest Kissing Max Holden to anyone looking for a fun contemporary read, and if you go pre-order Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman  there's a pre-oder giveaway going on for it right now, and everyone gets a prize if you email proof of purchase.




If you would like to purchase Kissing Max Holden
-CG

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Book Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin 

By Sarah J. Mass


DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!



Details:

TitleA Court of Wings and Ruin

AuthorSarah J. Mass

Page Count: 699

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017



Synopsis:
      A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.(Goodreads summary)

My Review 
             I honestly went in to ACOWAR thinking that Mass was gonna try to rip out my heart, then repair it, then rip it out again, step on it, roll it in some broken glass, and then throw it into a bucket full of lemon juice--and boy was I right.
             The book begins with Feyre causing havoc in the spring court as revenge for Tamlin siding with the King. I personally loved seeing the manipulative side of Feyre--especially when she used it to make Ianthe look like an idiot. I also loved how Lucien teamed up with her and became more of an interesting character than he was in the first and second books.
             Nesta and Elain are two characters who also develop quite a bit in this novel as well. We readers got a glimpse of what they were like when they were thrown into the cauldron, but Mass did a fantastic job with them in ACOWAR. Elain begins the book as a frail little thing who doesn't do anything other than mope around, but by the end she's holding Azriel's dagger on the battle field (...I kind of ship Elain and Azriel more than Lucien and Elain DON'T KILL ME PLEASE). Nesta, on the other hand, was a spitfire even before she was thrown into the cauldron, and that just intensified afterwards. She and Cassian are my new favorite ship, and I especially love the scenes where they just bicker back and forth. Both girls play a key part in ACOWAR, and I really can't see the novel being as good as it is without them.
            Though the inner circle has gotten bigger by adding Nesta and Elain, the original members are still going strong. Amren continues to be one of my personal favorites, and the sacrifice she makes at the end was really touching, and I'm so glad that she's still with them. Cassian and Azriel are still the best Illyrian warriors ever, and I think that they got a little bit more 'air time' so to speak in this book and I loved it. Now, Mor....I had some issues with her in this novel, but that can wait for a later paragraph.
             I can't believe I've gone this long without talking about everyone's favorite High Lord, Rhysand. I think we all went through an emotional roller coaster ride with Rhys in this novel--especially when Sarah ripped out all of our hearts by telling us that he had died. Of course it was only a momentary death before all of the high lords (yes, even Tamlin....I now consider him less of a prick) helped to resurrect him and bring Amren back to her human form. Also, Feyre and Rhysand's relationship develops so much 
            Aside from the Characters, I believe that Mass did a fantastic job in concluding the series. I know that there are going to be more books in the ACOTAR world, but this is teh last book with Feyre and Rhys as the main characters, and Mass ended their story well. The past two books have been leading up to the epic battle between Hybern and Prythian, and the battle itself did not disapoint. Mass also did well in displaying the politics side of war with the discussions of alliance and battle tactics between all the high lords. Almost every scene throughout the novel had me fully invested, and I can't wait to see what the next books have to offer.
             I'm glad that everyone's story had a somewhat happy ending (well....besides Hybern), but here is also where all of my happy thoughts about the book ends and I have to talk about everything I didn't like. Before I dive in on the deeper issues I just want to discuss some of the smaller things. Starting off, I think that bringing in Feyre's father as some pirate like figure was completely unnecessary and random. I get that Sarah had to get a ton of other troops to the battle field to help the good guys win, but Feyre's father was such a small character. Plus, he was only there for a chapter or two before he got killed so I really think it was not needed. Another minor complaint I have is that I think the sex scenes were a bit blasé compared to those in ACOMAF--if not a bit redundant.
             Now onto the bigger issue that I think a lot of people have been talking about--the lack of diversity. Honestly, before all these people started complaining about it, I didn't find any issue with it. Looking back on great series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings there is a lack of diversity in those books as well, but it's not that big of a problem to me since it doesn't effect the content of the book itself. Don't get me wrong--I think it's important to have diversity and recognize different races, sexualities, etc. in literature, but I don't think it's good when it comes across as forced, and that's how I felt about it in ACOWAR. I think Mass was trying to overcompensate for the apparent lack of diversity in the other books by making Mor a lesbian and adding characters like Helion and co. She almost plays into the slutty bisexual stereotype with Helion, and if she had made Mor come out in the earlier books it could have made a stronger impact and would have felt much less forced. I just wish that Mass would've left her story alone and not let other people's criticisms effect her story as much, or that she could have at least waited to add some more diversity in the story in a smoother way.
           In conclusion, I give A Court of Wings and Ruin four out of five stars. I thought that despite some of the issues I had with the amount of diversity in the world and the way Mass addressed this, the story line, character development, and overall kick-ass-awesomeness that ensured outweigh the problems leaving the reading feeling completely satisfied. I highly suggest the ACOTAR series to anyone interested in fantasy at all as it is one of my absolute favorites.         




If you would like to purchase A Court of Wings and Ruin
-CG

Monday, April 17, 2017

But Then I Came Back - Book Review


But Then I Came Back by Estella Laure Review


TitleBut Then I Came Back

AuthorEstelle Laure

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers 

Publication Date: April 4th, 2017 

DISCLAIMER: I was provided a ARC by the publisher off of NetGalley for review



Synopsis:
       Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”

“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”
“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then what?”
“Then we ask her to come back.”


Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.

Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.

Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.(Goodreads summary)

My Review 
           When I started reading But Then I Came Back, I didn't immediately realize it was a companion to This Raging Light--it was only at the very end that I was able to realize they were connected. I think that's really cool for fans of This Raging Light because it adds more to the story, but it's not so connected that someone couldn't just pick up But Then I Came Back off of the shelf and start reading it without reading the prior book.
           This was a very believable story, and Eden was an extremely realistic character for a YA novel. I like that she didn't immediately bounce back from being in a coma like so many characters in YA literature who magically heal from being sick and go back to regular life. I was rooting for Joe and Eden from the very beginning, and my little fangirl heart died a little during every romantic scene, but I wish there was more. Lastly, there's Jasmine. She was such an incredible character, but I feel like she got lost in the story, and I would have really liked for her to have a larger part.
          Now lets talk about some of the things I didn't really like. The beginning for me was a little bit confusing, but that passed (thankfully). Also, the story seemed to get...distracted in some parts--going off on tangents and things just unrelated to the main story line. And that is it for the dislikes! I really overall liked this book, and I am so thankful to have received an ARC of it.

             In conclusion, I give But Then I Came Back Four stars for being an interesting, believable story filled with such incredible characters. I highly suggest this to anyone looking for a realistic read that can be easily read in one sitting.

              
          

If you would like to order But Then I Came Back
-CG

Saturday, April 8, 2017

March Book Haul!

March Book Haul!


Hey Guys! I finally created my own booktube channel, VibreantReads! Here's my first video, my March book haul, and it would mean so much to me if you would go like, comment, and subscribie.
Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otcLW_ffipc
Thanks! - CG

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Geekerella - Book Review



Geekerella by Ashley Poston Review



Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Quirk Books

Publication Date: April 4th, 2017 (MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!)

DISCLAIMER: I was provided a free eARC of this book by the publisher off of NetGalley in return for my honest review



Synopsis:
       Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

          Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.(Goodreads summary)

My Review 
          Geekerella being the first YA book Quirk Publishing has published since Miss Peregrines, I was expecting a lot--and I was certainly not disappointed. I managed to finish this book the day I downloaded it off of NetGalley, and I can't wait to get my hands on a hard copy! Poston relates to the geeks inside of all of us with several nods to Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and many, many more. Geekerella is a well written combination of cosplay, fandom culture, mistaken, secret messages, and incredible characters. To me and every other fangirl out there, it is absolute perfection.
          The story itself is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella with a geeky twist. There's still the evil step mother and step-sisters, fairy godmother (but in this case she's a green-haired, vegan-food-truck-driving, fashion-designing lesbian), and, of course, Prince Charming. I loved the fact that the ball was a cosplay contest and that the main characters, Elle and Darien, accidentally start talking because of a stereotypical case of a wrong number. It was simply adorable, and such a fun story that was east to follow.
          Now, a story wouldn't be complete without some kick-ass characters, and this book was full of them! I personally loved Gayle, Darien's caretaker of sorts, because she's kind of a mess who somehow gets it together, and Sage, Elle's estranged best friend who likes to food poison people with week old vegan chimichangas. I kind of got Simon Lewis vibes off of Darien with him being such a geek and all, but Darien seems much, much buffer. The main character, Elle, starts off as a somewhat lonely girl with one true love (Starfield), but as the story progresses she makes some new friends, her blog blows up after writing a post bashing her unknown prince charming, and opens her life up to a whole new realm of possibility.

             In conclusion, I give Geekerella five stars for being a breath of fresh air. This book was so light and fun and filled with an array of wonderful, diverse characters. It was so...geektastic and was, unknowingly, just what I was looking for to pull me out of a reading slump. I highly suggest this book to anyone who has ever fangirled or fanboyed over anything in their lifetime, or to anyone who's looking for something fun or light to read.

              

If you would like to Pre-Order Geekerella
-CG

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top 5 Books of 2016

Top 5 Books of 2016!


         
            2016: A great year for reading, but a shit year for almost everything else. I read so many amazing books this year, I don't know how I'm going to cut it down to just five, but without any further ado (and in no particular order), here are my top 5 books of 2016!

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

I could not make this list without including at least one Sarah J. Mass book, and ACOMAF beat out Empire of Storms for me. I thought that ACOMAF was incredible and far, far better than ACOTAR. ACOTAR was one of my favorite reads of 2015, so for ACOMAF to beat it out is simply amazing. I thought Mass did a fantastic job in developing the characters of Feyre and Rhys more deeply, and I absolutely loved all the new characters she added and where she is taking the story. I have an entire review for ACOTAR here and for ACOMAF here, and I suggest you go check them out if you're interested!
If you would like to purchase ACOMAF:

CROOKED KINGDOM

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Another big surprise, Crooked Kingdom made my list. Crooked Kingdom was absolutely fantastic! 2016 may have been the year of sequels because there were so many amazing sequels released this year. Leigh Bardugo has earned the title as one of my favorite authors with her incredible novels. Six of Crows left me on the edge of my seat, and I waited so, so long to see what would become of the cliffhanger ending, and I was not at all disappointed. A full review should be coming soon, so be on the lookout for that, but for now, you can find my Six of Crows review here.

If you would like to purchase Crooked Kingdom:

LADY MIDNIGHT 



Aaaaannnnd once again you should not be surprised to see Lady Midnight on my top five list. If you've been following me or reading my blog for any amount of time you should be able to tell how much of a Cassandra Clare fan I am. Lady Midnight was the perfect start to The Dark Artifices series, and is filled with even more amazing characters for me to love. I thought that it was fun filled, action packed, and is soon to be one of my favorite series when the rest of the books come out. If you want to read my full review on Lady Midnight, you can find it here.


If you would like to purchase Lady Midnight:

P.S. I LIKE YOU


One of the most surprising books of the year for me was P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. I'm not normally one for contemporary romance, but when I received this in an Owlcrate box (Unboxing can be found here), I couldn't resist picking it up. This book was like a breath of fresh air as well as a nice break from all the intense fantasy books I was reading. It was so funny and cute, and it actually helped me get out of a reading slump. If you would like to read my full review of P.S. I Like You, you can find it here.



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THE RAVEN BOYS SERIES



Ok, so I'm kind of cheating with this one because it's not a book, it's a series, and only one of them came out in 2016, but I read this series for the first time this year, and it was incredible! I never quite understood what The Raven Boys was about from the synopsis, but I'm glad I went in blind because it made the reading experience so much more fun. I thought that Stiefvater did an amazing job in creating a story unlike any other, and making the reader really feel something for the characters. #SaveGansey


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           And that's it for my favorite books/reads of 2016! These are only some of my favorite reads because of course I wasn't able to put them all in. I want to know in the comments what were your favorite reads of 2016 and what books are you looking forward to the most in 2017? Happy New Year!
- CG