Hey guys! Happy New Year! How’s your 2016 going so far? I just started school again (-_-), but at least spring break is soon, right?
Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve just been so busy! I’m so excited to come back and finally write some blog posts and reviews.
So, as you can see by the title, I’m going to be giving you guys a list of my favorite books from this year, with a few excerpts and information. Just so we know, I’m going to be mentioning books that I read in 2016 (that may not have come out that year), along with books that actually came out in 2016. Let’s go ahead and get started?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
★ pages: 640
★ genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, adventure
★ release date: may 3, 2016
★ rating: 4/5 stars
★ series: a court of thorns and roses
book one: a court of thorns and roses
A Court of Mist and Fury (forgive me for saying this) was SO MUCH better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. Maybe it’s because I was always partial to Rhysand, but I enjoyed the story and the characters much more than the first one. The new characters are exciting, and Rhysand’s Night Court and Velaris sound so beautiful. It really is a great book, but I don’t think that it actually deserved Goodreads’ Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy (I thought it should have gone to Heartless or Gemina, just saying).
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
★ pages: 528
★ genre: young adult, fiction, romance, contemporary, fantasy, lgbtq+
★ release date: february 25th 2016
★ rating: 4.5/5 stars
▽ (unrelated prequel): fangirl
Carry On is actually the cutest book I have ever read. It’s Cath’s fanfiction from Fangirl turned into a book (it’s nearly 600 pages long, you see why Cath couldn’t let go)! But Carry on is actually adorable. It’s pretty much a Harry Potter AU, where Drarry happens, but with funnier spells and more PoC characters. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did!
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
★ pages: 352
★ release date: september 20, 2011
★ rating: 5/5 stars
When I say you guys need to read a book, this is the one I mean. The Song of Achilles is my all time favorite book, and should be cherished and revered as one of the best books of all time! It is akin to Romeo and Juliet (in the sense that you walk in knowing exactly what will happen to Achilles and Patroclus in the end), but the journey Madeline Miller takes you on leaves you despairing and depressed anyway. She writes so masterfully! If you don’t take my advice for any other book, please read this one.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
★ pages: 449
★ genre: fairytale retelling, romance, young adult
★ release date: november 8th, 2016
★ rating: 4/5 stars
I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned this, but Marissa Meyer is by far one of my favorite authors. She writes so beautifully and so clearly and her descriptions are wonderful. She always has unique ideas and this story is so unbelievably different from the Lunar Chronicles. I also LOVE fairy tale retellings! Maybe she’s captivated me so much because she’s able to capture the essence of these stories while keeping true to their roots.
I hope you guys enjoy this list! Sorry it came so late ^_^