Best Reads of 2017

Hello everyone,

I know this is suppose to be a Top 5 Wednesday, but I realized I can’t fit all of the great books I read this year in just 5 spots.

These are my best reads of 2017, some of the books may have been released in another year so these are the best books I read this year.

The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

One of my first 5/5s of the year this is a very important book, but it was also very riveting  from start to finish. I could not put this book down.

Scythe by Neal Shustermann

A world without diseases, and death is controled by Scythes. I really loved this book, which really took advantage of a great premise.

The works of Adam Silvera

I read three books by this author and all three were amazing. Even though well all of his books are sad (I almost had to fight back tears reading TBDATE on the train). Each story is also very unique as well. All dealing with real issues, I don’t usually pick up contempory but Adam Silvera made it worth it.

Truthwitch/Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Had to include both of these books in here. I read both of these this year and loved both of them. Truthwitch was a great first book with excellent world building and characters and Windwitch expanded a lot of world and developed the charcaters. I can’t wait to see how this series goes.

Want by Cindy Pon

Last year I read Serpentine and it was one of my favorite underrated books I read. Want did sometime different from what I previously read from Pon. While Serpentine was based around Chinese mythology, Want had a more Sci Fi vibe and it was amazing. Loved the setting and the two main characters and I can’t wait to see how this series continues.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Such a great and emotional ending to a great duology. This Savage Song was one of my favorites of last year and this year I read the epic conclusion. August and Kate are some of my favorite characters and it was another trying to fight back tears while reading on the train.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This is the all-female Lord of the Flies, I want to see on the big screen. This was on my TBR for years and I finally got around to reading and loving it. It wasn’t just a stranded on a desert island story, it had a lot of commentaries about feminism and “girly” culture. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Boston Book Festival and she was amazing in person.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This was one of my marathon reads that I read in a day, and it was such a page turner. This was a retelling of the Evil Queen from Snow White set in Asia. Since it was told from Xifeng’s perspective and it you really saw her dark decent through the pages.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

A nice kick-ass feminist book which is about young girls fighting back against their schools sexist policies. It was inspired by the Riotgirls of the 90s. I also like that it had young girls working together.

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Another girls fighting back against their schools and this mainly deals with the rape of another student. While Moxie is told through mostly one POV, this one has multiple POVs, which really gives it a more ensemble feel to it and the Us chapters really makes the book stands out. Also part of me would love to see a crossover with the Moxie girls meeting the The Nowhere Girls and kicking ass.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The story of Cinderella set in a Sci Fi convention, of course I will read this. This was another nice contemporary read, which is a retelling of Cinderella. While the story of Cinderella has been retold multiple times, this one had a nice spin to it. Complete with a food truck named the Magic Pumpkin. While I don’t read a lot of contemporary this one was a great read.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

This had me at the crew from Firefly in a Tardis, and it didn’t disappoint. I am always a sucker for time travel stories. The characters were fantastic in every way. I really wish this wasn’t a stand alone book and a full fledged series.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of my auto buy authors. She wrote two series that I really love; Legend and The Young Elites. She is also not afraid to write different genres. This one is a futuristic Sci Fi, which also incorporates the world of video games. Had so much engaging characters and a great setting.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This had me at superheroes. I was such a fan of the Lunar Chronicles and Renegades didn’t disappoint. It had such a great character driven story, that included engaging characters, and it has an ending that makes you want to see what happens next.

Those are my favorite reads of 2017. I feel like I may have left some books out but I think it was a good reading year. What are your favorite books you read this year? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Beauty Queens by: Libba Bray

Summary:

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

The Review:

This was a book on my TBR for quite a long time, and I would usually pick up the book and than put it down and it wasn’t until after the announcement of an all-girl version of Lord of the Flies and the subtle shade by Libba Bray that I decided to finally read the book, and I was surprised about how good it was.

The book picks up right at the start of the plane crash, and everyone trying to figure out what happened. When I was reading it I was picturing the crash scene from the show Lost, seeing explosions everywhere.

The book is told through multiple perspectives, one of the main ones being of Adina, or Miss New Hampshire. She is the closet the book has to a main protagonist, and her arc stems from he trying to bring down the Miss Teen Dreamers pageant from the inside because she never really believed in the whole thing. She has a really good arc throughout the book.

There are also other characters who are also fully fleshed out out. The is Taylor, miss Texas, who acts as the defecto leader of the surviving girls, who still wants to girls to prepare for the pageant in case they get rescued, which of course causes friction between her and Adina, mainly because Adina wants to try to get the girls to survive on the island.

There is also Nicole and Shanti, the two characters and pageant contestants of color, who I love how they speak about the subtle racism of Miss Teen Dream. I also like their relationship with each other and how they realized that they shouldn’t see each other as competition, being the only two minorities in the pageant.

The book has a lot of great characters who are very well rounded and fleshed out, and I like that Libba Bray didn’t resort to just the archetypes of the characters and actually gave a lot of the characters distinct personalities. It also has a nice set of diverse characters who are LGBTQA and also disabilities.

The world building is also great. Libba Bray sets up a world outside the island, with the use of movies and TV shows set within that world. She would write “a word from our sponsors” which also includes products such as Lady Stach Off. She sets up a world which is also run by “The Corporation” who sponsors the pageant and also produces hit programs such as; Patriot Daughters and Captain Bodacious.

One of the strength about the books is how the girls relate with each other, and ever since the news of an All-Girl Lord of the Flies is that the girls would probably not go in all violent, but will try to work together to help each other. I also liked the satire of girly culture that the book had. I also liked how even if the girls would hate each other, they would still work together to get the job.

I did feel that the book was very slow, towards the middle of the book, but it did add a lot of great character development and to flesh out the plot a bit more. Also while did sort of like the end twist, I thought it could have been a little bit better.

In the end, Beauty Queens was a great read, and I am so glad that I read this book. It had great characters that were fully fleshed out and a nice world setting. I honestly would rather have an adaptation of Beauty Queens, than an all-female Lord of the Flies that Hollywood is working on.

Grade: 4.5/5

September TBR

Hello everyone,

I feel as if August wasn’t a good reading month for me I only read two books this month. Hopefully September I could get out of my reading slump and start reading some books again.

I hope to read these books in the month of September. It may be subject to change.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by: Leigh Bardugo

I was always a fan of the Wonder Woman comics growing up and I really loved the movie when it came out over the summer. So of course I am excited that one of my favorite authors has written a book about Wonder Woman. I never read a comic book hero in book form so this should be amazing.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Of course, Marie Lu being one of my auto-buy authors I am very excited to read this book. I loved her Legend trilogy and her Young Elites trilogy. I also like that she isn’t afraid to write new genres with every series she writes.

Beauty Queens by: Libby Bray

When news broke out of an all-female Lord of the Flies, my first thought was of course “why not adapt Beauty Queens?” This book was on my TBR for quite a while and the premise is really interesting. Hopefully if more buzz comes out about this book it could lead Hollywood into adapting this novel instead of remaking Lord of the Flies.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I remember reading Truthwitch, in the beginning of the year and loving it so of course I want to read the sequel. Especially since Truthwitch ended on a cliffhanger I want to know what happened next.

Those are my September TBR. What books are your reading this September? Let me know in the comments below.