|Top Reads of 2016|

I read 57 books in 2016 my Goodreads reading challenge was to read 35 books.  These six books were the ones that stood out to me the most and I still think about these still today.


The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

One 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?

 

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh was either the first or second retelling that I read. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights.  I just loved this book so much, I haven’t got around to getting the sequel The Rose and the Dagger yet but I still really want to get it.  I just found this book to be absolutely perfect and wonderful.  If you haven’t read it I totally recommend you go out and buy it and read it right away.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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This is the other retelling I have read it was either before or after The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine is a retelling of Snow White if you couldn’t tell by the cover. I really loved this as well it was so action packed and amazing.  If you like fairy tale retelling I would read this if I were you.  When I bought this I picked it up randomly, I hadn’t heard anything about it I liked the title and how the contrast of the black apple and white background.  It may have been a title and cover by but the book was perfect.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

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I was in a reading slump before I read this because I wanted to read this book so bad.  I tried reading a different book between book two and book three but that wasn’t going to happen.  I remember just reading this book so much and I wanted to continue reading the series.  I didn’t own the rest of Cassie’s books when I finished this book, I still don’t own all of them yet but I’m working on getting the rest of them.  I remember just loving this book and not wanting to put it down it took me about 24-36 hours to read it with sleeping. You can check out my review, here.

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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I took me a little while to actually read this after I got it I heard people talk about it and it intimidated me because of the length, format, and because it’s a science fiction novel.  This was my first science fiction novel I have ever read.   Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff is told by hacked documents like: IM’s, email, files and many more.  I found this so interesting, I cared for the characters Ezra and Kady and was hoping the best for them the whole time when I thought he died it completely broke me.  I had to pause reading at parts I was excited but scared at the same time to continue reading.  This book made me feel so many times the whole time I was reading, it took me a bit took get used to this book being told by files. I still haven’t read the sequel Gemina even though I was excited for it.  I read Illuminae twice in 2016.  You can check out my review, here.

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

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I got this book for my birthday my mom let me pick out some books I wanted and bought them.  I heard about The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden from Casey on Instagram.  We have both witches and vampires in this book.  Which I was excited about, my first book that had witches but I read the Twilight saga but those are the only vampire books I’ve read.  I plan to read more witch and vampire books. This book made me nervous and excited to read about what was going to happen next.  I am so glad I did, this was my number one favorite book I read this year.  It was just so interesting and perfect.  I can’t wait for the sequel The Romeo Catchers which is out on 23rd of May 2017.  You can read my review, here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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I bought A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas over the summer from Target.  I didn’t read it till the middle/end of October. If you don’t already know ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty in the Beast.  I loved this books it was amazing, this is runner up for my favorite read for 2016.  I loved that there were Fae’s in this book made it really interesting.  I haven’t got the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury yet but I really want to it’s on my list to get soon but I probably won’t till close to when the third book A Court of Wings and Ruin is out.  I knew before I read this that I was going to love this book, after I finished this book it put me in about a week long reading slump.  You can read my review, here.



 

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