|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.|
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year!
This is always a favorite topic of mine. And a hard one, too!!!
It can be really hard to figure out which books I loved most...and it can be really fun to go back at the end of the year and see which titles made my Top 10 of the YEAR, since I still haven't met so many of them yet!
In no particular order...
I couldn't find the words for a review, but I gushed about ACOMAF when recommending what to read to overcome the ACOMAF Hangover, so there is that!!! ^.~
2) RUINED by Amy Tintera
RUINED was so hard for me to put down once I'd picked it up, and I loved the author's writing style. I want the sequel already, and am bummed I have to wait until next year to finish this duology! I enjoyed this book so much that I went and read Tintera's first duology, REBOOT and REBEL, just because.
3) REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan
I didn't know quite what to expect when I picked up REIGN OF SHADOWS. It sounded like I could love it or hate it. I'd been indifferent to FIRELIGHT and never got around to finishing Sophie Jordan's debut teen fantasy series a few years ago. I also have never read any of her adult romance novels. I didn't really have any expectations, and so REIGN OF SHADOWS surpassed them all. I really enjoyed the first book in Jordan's new trilogy and can't wait to read more!
4) TRIX AND THE FAERIE QUEEN by Alethea Kontis
This book reminded me of why I love Alethea Kontis so much. I am obsessed with her Woodcutter Sister series and didn't realize how much I missed it until I read the second of Trix's books. And some of the new additions to this world.........oh my!!!! I need more books set in this world right now!
5) IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh
6) EMERGE by Tobie Easton
EMERGE was one of the most innovative mermaid novels I've read in a long time---and you guys know I've read a lot of mermaid novels! I loved how mermaids were twisted up into a contemporary setting and tied so closely to the tale of The Little Mermaid. I was also a huge fan of the lore Easton brought to the world and the way she brought her mer to life!
7) THE MIRROR KING by Jodi Meadows
My Interview with Jodi Meadows
(I still need to review this because I didn't take notes when I read it and need to re-read it. Ooops....but yay? ^^;;;)
8) WITHERING ROSE by Kaitlyn Davis
9) THE FAIREST POISON by Lauren Skidmore
10) SWATCH: THE GIRL WHO LOVED COLOR by Julia Denos
Sometimes, a picture book takes me completely by surprise and makes me fall head over heels in love. SWATCH: The Girl Who Loved Color is one of those books. It's breath-takingly gorgeous, a work of art in and of itself. I wanted to reach into this book, dive into the colors, and come out a rainbowy blob. I was jealous of Swatch for befriending the colors. I loved the message and moral of the story. SWATCH is one of those picture books that you and the kids will find yourselves reaching for over and over. Destined to be a keeper!!!
1) TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
I'd been wanting to read a book by Susan Dennard for so long, and TRUTHWITCH didn't let me down!!! Elemental magic is always fantabulous in my book! Plus, I'm not a very visual reader, but this book was SO visual to me. Very Avatar: The Last Airbender, with a scene that reminded me of a big boss fight in Final Fantasy X and a character who reminds me of Storm from the X-Men franchise. What's not to love!?
2) THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is a hard book, not an easy book. It's even harder to think about this week, when the horrors of Orlando are still sending ripple effects through our nation. And I really don't want to talk about guns or shootings right now. But this book is amazing and so important, and it still needs to be read and talked about!
3) THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine
You know I love my fairy tales! ....Especially when they're different. With all the fantasy and magic and dragons present in THE SHADOW QUEEN, it was definitely a retelling of Snow White that I haven't seen before! I'm really excited that C.J. Redwine will be writing other stand-alone fairy tales set in this universe!!!