A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Hands down, this is my favorite book of 2016, possibly ever. I loved every scene, every character (even the ones I hated), and every sentence in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book and with the fact that I read this book in 2 days (probably would’ve been in one day if I didn’t have work and kids, lol) despite the big “Reading Slump of 2016”, speaks for itself. This book is massive, but so damn good, the pages just fly by. I can’t wait for the conclusion and Rhysand has my heart for life.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: This one surprised me and I’m so happy it did. I read Yoon’s debut last year and really enjoyed it, but this one blew me away. I loved it so much and praise it often. The diverse characters and poignant writing makes this book a MUST READ!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: When a sequel is just as good as its predecessor, you know it’s an amazing series. I loved this book so much and even though you’re dealing with a different set of characters, they are great, especially Hanna. I also really love the “mixed media” writing style.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: It’s been awhile since Hoover has wowed me, which is sad since I really like her books. This one, however, was outstanding. I’m usually a “black and white” kind of girl, meaning things are either this way or that for me and my way of thinking and there’s no in-between. After reading this book though, Hoover made me see gray. There’s just so many facets to some of the choices and actions that people have, each situation and person really is different. I really liked how Hoover tackled this particular subject matter and loved this book.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows: This gem of a book was such a delight to read, or rather, listen to. I loved this book so much! It’s historical fiction, which isn’t usually my thing and I often find it boring, but this book is anything but. The characters are fun, the dialogue (and inner monologues) is hilarious, and premise is very interesting. I defintiely recommend this book and am so happy that these awesome ladies are coming out with more “Jane” books.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: This was an interesting kind of YA Contemporary book. I really liked the main character and how the “mystery” played out. I also really liked the premise. Something about this book just grabbed my attention and kept me glued to the pages.
A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray: Ah, this series! Not only are the covers stunning, but the actual books are just plain fantastic. I loved this series from start to finish, and this conclusion is no different. Gray breaks your heart with the romance, but also makes you think with her incredible world, or rather multi-worlds, building. Things like parallel dimensions and sci-fi traveling can be tricky, but Gray did an amazing job with it and I loved every minute of this book.
Max by Sawyer Bennett: Max surprised me and has now become my favorite Cold Fury man. It’s just refreshing to read about a guy who actually wants to be in love and in a relationship. Sure, he’s hot and has had fun with random ladies here and there, but he’s also open to commitment and he’s such a sweetheart. I loved watching him fall in love and this is fairly low on the angst, which is always appreciated.
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton: Let me start off by saying that the story itself isn’t the best and the romance left a lot to be desired. Why then is this one of my favorites? Natalie Grayson. This character is hands down one of my all-time favorite female characters ever. She exudes confidence and I loved how she viewed herself. It’s not even about “girl power” exactly, it’s just about being comfortable with your body, personality, and life and valuing yourself above others. You should really read this book just for Natalie alone. She is a character you will instantly fall in love with and there are plenty of hilarious moments that will keep you entertained despite the lackluster male lead.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Rounding out my Top 10 would have to be this book and series. I really enjoyed this series and seeing where all the characters end up. This book ended up breaking my heart, darn you Bardugo, but I still really liked it overall.
The Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent: I don’t know why I waited so long to read this series. I listened to this series via audiobook and I just couldn’t stop. I loved the progression of the main character and the whole paranormal world that Vincent created. Also, Tod!!!! Swoon….
The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy: I’m so happy I got around to reading this series, but I really enjoyed it. Each couple was a joy to get to know and to see how they fall in love. I liked that Kennedy gave each of them a fairly different kind of story and fit well with their personalities. The first book, The Deal, and Garrett will always be my favorite, but I loved this series.