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With 2016 coming to a close of figured it was time to choose my top five favorites that I read this year. I know 2016 was not the greatest, but I hope that 2017 will be one for the books! I read a lot of amazing books that I wish I could include in this post, and I had the hardest time just choosing five, I can't imagine having to fill 10 spots. So, without further-a-do here are my top five reads of 2016!
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her
Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon
that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she
makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare
uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to
find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming
exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the
cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series
escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated
world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around
her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the
empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the
other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and
forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins,
Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is
untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s
impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and
looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks
refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko
and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats
of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which
brother to trust—and which to betray.
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when
she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling
warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over
the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town
transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other.
When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom,
assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and
there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the
Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope
of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than
anything the world has ever seen.
Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this
cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic
Senator's daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is
as much as sister as a master. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her
safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a
hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading
in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk
everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer,
Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one
thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger,
action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her,
Sidonia and the entire Empire...
It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe,
who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving
accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then
on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are
brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious
bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the
Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him.
Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the
Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds,
they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the
Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of
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And there you have it, my top five reads of 2016! I loved so many more this year too...
And I can't wait for these reads in 2017...
And so many more!
Until next year when I have to do another one of these... drink some coffee, love a cat, watch out for them feels, and
remember to always read fearlessly!