A Happy (Late) New Year! I hope that yours was fun and safe!
It is so damn crazy to think that 2016 is now over and that we have officially entered into 2017! For me, 2016 introduced me to a plethora of wonderful new books. Some of these were released in 2016, whilst others have actually been around for a while. Now, I am entering 2017 with so many new favourites that I want to share with you guys!
Tell me below what books were your favourites in 2016!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was definitely one of the best books that I read in 2016. It was also one of my most anticipated releases for the entire year. Not only was the writing and structure absolutely fantastic, but there were so many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat! Kaufman and Kristoff definitely possess a talent to write such extraordinary books with interesting characters. I am trying to wait patiently for the next one!
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Come on, you guys already knew that this was going to be on my list! I love absolutely everything that Sarah J. Maas writes, and Empire of Storms was no exception. Maas has caused me to fall even more deeply in love with this fantastic array of characters. Whilst the book certainly had its problems, it was still an exceptional read. I have no idea how Maas will end this series, but I’m super excited (and a little terrified) to see how she does!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
2016 introduced me to the absolutely incredible series, The Raven Boys. This book was absolutely brilliant and written so beautifully that it enabled me to form such a strong connection with the characters. The Raven Boys is a series that I will now be forever recommending to people, because not only do the characters feel incredibly real, but the storyline is so different from anything out there in young adult fiction. One of the best series that I have ever read!
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
2016 allowed me to finish this extraordinary series by one of my all time favourite authors. Rick Riordan is a fantastic author and I just love how he delves deeper into the world of Percy Jackson through this wonderful, comedic and powerful series. I fell in love with the new characters and continued to love the ones that Riordan introduced to us in the last series. The last book probably wasn’t my favourite of the series to be completely honest, but it still ended it wonderfully.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
So I haven’t actually finished this series yet, but I cannot complete this list without mentioning this wonderful book. Cinder is officially my all time favourite fairytale retelling! Since I am a gigantic
geek fan when it comes to science fiction and fairytales, I fell so deeply in love with this book the moment that I opened it and read the first page. I cannot wait to finish this series this year and find out what happens to all of the characters, as well as meet some new ones!
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight was one of the best books that I read in 2016 and I am so excited to find out what happens when the next book comes out! Cassandra Clare has always amazed me when it comes to her Shadowhunter world, and whilst some people don’t enjoy the fact that she continues to write in it, I absolutely love it. I fell instantly in love with the characters, especially Julian Blackthorn, and I look forward to seeing them develop as the series continues. SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT ONE!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom was absolutely fantastic — from the characters and the plot to the beautiful writing style that Bardugo possesses. Whilst I would argue that Gemina had numerous twists and turns, it was always this book that shocked me and surprised me the entire way through. I have never wanted to finish a book more so I could find out the ending… and I was not disappointed in anyway whatsoever!