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THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year
We are at the end of June! Right now is the perfect time to stop and reflect over the last six months. Well, book-wise, that is. So far, I have not been overly fond of 2016. But the books have been great. That is the only positive thing keeping me from moving to the moon.
This week, Kara and I are sharing our favorite books for the first half of this (horrible) year.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
One of the worst cons of becoming a bookworm is that there is a certain magic that is lost when you read the same stories over and over. I find that I am becoming much more cynical and harder to please and thrill in the YA world. AcoMaF helped me break out of the funk that has plagued me this year. I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with the characters and the world building. I haven’t found myself fangirling in a long time, but I did with this one. With each page, with each chapter, I was there, crying, screaming, cheering, and sighing. I was so very excited to have a book that brought out that inner swooning girl in me. Not only did I want this book, I needed this book this year.
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
I get so happy when Claire releases a book, and this one rivaled A Year of Shadows. So many MG books seem to fall off the radar, but this book was an awesome, delicate blend of sweet, heartache, and magic. This novel tackles metal illness and the trials that younger children face when battling their own stigmas when it comes to depression and anxiety. This one needs to be on everyone’s TBR list this year.
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
This is a series that gets better with each book, and the first book was outstanding. If I could fall into a world and never come out of it, it would be the world of the Others. The world building is unlike anything I have ever seen, and there is an endless list of people to love here. The humor and the antics make me love being human and help me appreciate nature, and I honestly wish that this book was reality. Because we need a little of this right now in our own reality.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Sarah Fine’s books set the mark for fantasy – she is such an underrated author, and I will push her books until I am on my deathbed. She takes a real world issue, adds magic, and creates a wonderful story, an awe-inspiring realm, and characters that resonate with the audience. This book makes me so angry in a good way. The Impostor Queen captured the spirit of gender inequality, socioeconomic issues and sexuality concerns without setting up propaganda within fiction. It simply reflected some of our real issues in an approachable manner while spinning a wonderful story in the process.
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
I added this one in last minute, since I finished it towards the end of the halfway mark. This book was just made of magic, and the imagery and the prose was fluid and beautiful. This book did remind me quite a bit of Laini Taylor, but it also stood out on its own. I’m so happy that this one is a series. There were some things that came up in the book that need to be explored, and to see that the story will continue actually made me even more excited for this book. If you need something with a bit of sweetness and a dash of magic, then this one should be in your hands ASAP.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
I haven’t read much middle grade this year so far. I love middle grade, I do, but I’ve been reading a lot of my ARCs and I just don’t get sent a lot of middle grade. I wish I did though, because this is one of those rare books that I received that I absolutely adored. It was charming, haunting, and engrossing, with magical touches and lovely writing. The little details are what made this book so special.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Okay, so I’ve been raving about Outrun the Moon since I read it, and I’ve been pushing it at everyone because it was FANTASTIC. I expected to like it, but it went so beyond that. This book is an all-time favorite. It’s one of those rare books that live up to the hype you created in your own head. The female friendships were absolutely fabulous. The historical element was flawlessly done. The diversity was lovely. This is an author to watch.
Tumbling by Caela Carter
Rarely do books with more than two POVs work for me, or for anyone for that matter. But Tumbling had 5(!!!) POVs and each was distinct, developed, and completely different from the last. The characterizations were special and realistic; each of these girls had their own demons to battle. I’ve read sports books and usually they are a romanticized, poorly researched look into a sport the author doesn’t know much about. That is not the case with Tumbling. Highly recommended.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
I don’t really know what to say about this book, except that it was weird, quirky, unconventional, but compulsively readable. There really isn’t another book even remotely like it that I can think of. The protagonist is an ass, but the plot and mystery keeps you reading, as done the author’s unique way of weaving a story. This book was the perfect book for me to read at the time that I read it. It’s like an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
This book wins my award for favorite world-building of the year thus far. The ending needed a little bit of work, but everything leading up to it was fabulous. It was exciting, evenly paced, and the writing was excellent. I loved the characters and the setting, and I loved how atmospheric and rich the writing was. The diversity was some of the best I have read, and it really felt like it belonged there, and not like it was put in the story for the sake of having diversity. When the book was done, I really missed being in that world.