The Elizas by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆½)
Sara Shepard’s latest adult novel is a thriller that features some of my favorite writing mechanisms, including an unreliable narrator and a story within a story. Unfortunately, like the majority of Shepard’s young adult novels, there is a heavy reliance on doubles (no more doppelgangers or twins ever again, please!), and the novel doesn’t get really interesting until about a third of the way through … before completely losing the plot again shortly thereafter.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (★★★★☆½)
Historical fantasy meets alternate history in this much happier and way more fantastical re-imagining of the life of Lady Jane Grey (AKA the Nine-Day Queen). Told by the trio now known as the Lady Janies, My Lady Jane follows book-loving Jane Grey, who lives in a world where some people can turn into animals. Unbeknownst to Jane, she’s going to be named next in line to the throne by her dying cousin, and she’s about to be married off to a man who is sometimes a horse. Sure it’s super wacky, but it’s also really funny and charming.
Frostblood by Elly Blake (★★★☆☆½)
I had a lot of trouble with the first 75% of Frostblood. Despite being blessedly fast-paced (the only thing that kept me going), the beginning of Blake’s book has a predictable plot that I’ve already read a million times over. Spoilers: the magical girl who can control fire is going to be the chosen one who falls in love with the attractive yet damaged man who can control ice. Thankfully, all that turned around when I got to meet the real villain of the story. Thanks for saving this entire series evil frost king!
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2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but it did mark the first time since 2013 that I was able to hit my reading goal of 100 books. Champagne pops. Confetti falls from ceiling. Cue sparklers.
Not only that, but it was also the first year I participated in and crushed all five of my reading challenges — more on that in another post later this week.
For now, you can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2016 over on GoodReads, and for my favorite and most disappointing reads of the year, head below the jump!
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The conclusion to last year’s Wolf by Wolf exemplifies everything a finale should be! Exhilarating, heartbreaking and incredibly satisfying, you’d be remiss not to read this duology about a holocaust experiment turned shapeshifter named Yael, who lives in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII. My heart still hurts after finishing this beautifully written story.
The penultimate book in the Throne of Glass series has arrived. Get ready for heartbreak, all the quips, plenty of reunions, so many questionable decisions and some brand new ships. All will finally be revealed, including some plot points that were a tad too reminiscent of both A Court of Mist and Fury and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for my tastes. Regardless, I cannot wait to see how the last book ties up all of the remaining loose threads.
Madly by Amy Alward (★★★★☆)
When Princess Evelyn misuses a love potion and accidentally falls in love with herself, the king calls for a wild hunt to find a cure. Set in a modern world with a very fantastical twist, Madly is one giant metaphor about small businesses and the corporations destroying them, as told through the lens of a family alchemy shop and the evil synthetic company slowly killing them. But with unicorns.
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Bookstagram (much like Foodstagram) is a tag on Instagram where bibliophiles around the world share pictures of books and other bookish paraphernalia.
And I’m gonna be honest, while September wasn’t my best showing, I have high hopes for October, AKA the best month of the year!
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Considered to be a modern re-imaging of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Exit, Pursued by a Bear follows cheerleader Hermione Winters through her senior year of high school following a rape she cannot remember. Beside her through it all is her best friend Polly, who is going through her own coming of age story. Get ready to feel lots of feelings!
Set in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII, this thrilling prequel to Wolf by Wolf gives readers a closer look at the Axis Tour that made Adele Wolfe a household name, paving the way for Yael’s mission to kill Hitler — all while revealing the complicated truth behind Adele and Luka’s love-hate relationship. Yes and yes.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★☆½)
I usually don’t take stock in blurb comparisons, but Tiny Pretty Things truly is Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Full of backstabbing ballerinas and even more backstabbing ballerinas, this drama-filled young adult novel (the first in a duology) takes a very dark look behind the curtain into the cutthroat ballet world.Read More »