Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

Happy Friday everyone, and also a Happy Holidays to you all,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 23: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

This list won’t be in any particular order because ranking my favorite books would be way tp hard for me to do because I read so many good ones.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The sequel to one of my favorite reads of last, did not disappoint. It was an action packed sequel that upped the stakes. It also gave us so much character development for a few supporting characters of the previous book. I seriously can’t wait to read what what happens next.

Six of Crow Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, the reason I included both books is because I read them both this year I loved this duology. It gave us great characters and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It also gave us a different view of the Grisha universe. I really wish Leigh Bardugo would write more about these characters.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A very surprising good book. It was the first book I read from her and it made me want to read more of her work. While the beginning did start off slow, but from the middle of the book on it was action packed. I loved the characters in the book and I can’t wait to read more about them in Our Dark Duet.

Vicious by VE Schwab

After read This Savage Song, I wanted to also read Vicious. This book was really good. It kept me engaged from page one and didn’t slow down. This book really wanted me to read more of her work.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book I heard so many good things about. This is a book that is very unconventional, told through IMs, chats, emails, and dossiers, and it still kept you engaged. I will be reading Gemina very soon hopefully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book that was on my TBR list for a while now, this book was also awesome. I loved how it mixed Greek and Roman mythology and put it in a Sci Fi world. I should also be reading the sequels very soon.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

I know it came out last year and everyone is talking about Empire of Storms But I still loved book, I like seeing how the series changed from the first book and seeing Cealena/Aelin grow as a character and also seeing a new favorite char cater in Manon.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

A historical retelling with a fantasy twist. I loved how it reminded me a lot of Monty Python and Princess Bride. Really loved this book.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

After reading and loving her Lunar Chronicles series, I was very excited to see how she handles the world of Wonderland, and it was amazing. I loved how she told the origin of the Red Queen and made it almost like Wicked.

Those are my favorite reads of 2016. What were your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Also my one year bloggiverasy is coming up. And I am doing a give away. Go to this post for more details. I am doing a Q&A so ask me anything either on this post or the previous post.

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday!

 

 

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Summary:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

The Review: 

I seriously don’t know what to say in this review without spoiling anything so here we go. This book was an amazing conclusion to an awesome duology. I really liked Six of Crows, and I thought it was leaps and bounds better than the Grisha trilogy. Here is my review for Six of Crows.

Crooked Kingdom picks up right where Six of Crows left off, with Inej captured, and the rest of the crew trying to rescue her. Right within the first few pages the book was in GO mode, and it did not stop at all. It did not have one dull moment, and it was exciting page after page.

The characters are still amazing, and each of them went through their own significant arc. One of my favorites is Inej, even though she spent the first few chapters of the book imprisoned she still was very useful and could still handle herself which is what I loved about it. Most times when you see a strong female protagonist in a book than all of a sudden in the third act she has to get rescued and become damsel-ed. Here she wasn’t damsel-ed and was even trying to rescue herself before the crew got her and finished the job. I also loved her relationship with Kaz. It was well written, and well developed and you want to see them succeed in the end. I even liked the scenes where she had to fight another “spider” like her, which was of course amazing.

I also loved Kaz in this book. Like I said in the Six of Crows review, he is basically the Malcolm Reynolds of this world, and while he mostly cares about money he cares a lot about his crew and what happens to them. He was still the snarky con man who was always trying to be one step ahead of everyone.

My other favorite character is Jesper. I really liked his storyline in this book especially the scenes with his father, and the relationship with his dead mother. Even though he found out he was a fabrikator, in Six of Crows, I liked his struggle with his Grisha powers, but I would have liked to have seen more of his powers. His relationship with Wylan was also great. I loved their back and forth with each other. I also liked Wylan’s story and I liked the fact that he had POV chapters, and got to see more of what he was thinking. Also looking into his relationship with his father. I liked that Wylan and Jesper are the very few LGBTQA+

Nina and Matthias character arcs in this book was also well done, especially Matthias’s arc. Dealing with his personal religions and his relationship with Nina.

The crews relationship with each other is what really made the book work. Like I said in my Six of Crows review, they reminded me a lot of the crew from Serenity in the show Firefly. They all have distinct personalities and Leigh Bardugo did a good job at meshing all of those distinct personalities within the story. This is a cast of characters I would love to see in more books, but since it is a duology this is unfortunate the least we will see of the characters.

In the end, Crooked Kingdom was a fantastic conclusion to an amazing duology, with great characters and a plot that keeps you engaged from page one. Even if you weren’t a fan of the Grisha trilogy like I was,, I would still fully recommend this book series.

Grade: 5/5

September Wrap up/October TBR

Hello eveyone,

With September coming to a close and October starting on Saturday I think it is a good time to do a wrap up of September, and I feel like it was a good reading month for me, especially with school starting for me and me trying to balance by school readings and my “fun” readings. So let me give you a recap.

What I read:

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

Here is my review of the book. I gave it 5/5. It was amazing and loved it from beginning to end. Maybe best of the year so far.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Here is my review. I gave is 4.4/5. She was an author on my TBR for a while now and I am glad that I picked up the book and read it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Here is my review. I gave it 5/5. A book series on my TBR for years, I finally decided to pick it up, loved it and am definitely going to read the sequels.

Sepentine by Cindy Pon

Here is my review. I gave it 3.9/5. It was a fairy underrated book, but I liked it very much. I loved the use of Chinese mythology. She is a very underrated author so check her out. (She also re-tweeted my review).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Here  is my review. I gave it 4.4/5. With Crooked Kingdom out now, I decided to give this book a read, because I heard good things about. Loved it. Can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom.

What I am currently reading

October TBR:

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

That is my wrap up for the month of September. I will hopefully read my TBR books for the month of October. If you have any recommendations I should read let me know in the comments below.