16. Scythe by Neal Shusterman: I actually had no intentions of reading this book. Everyone was reading this but I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy it because I haven’t enjoyed any of Neal Shusterman’s other books. I ended up being convinced by Xan over at Twirlingpages to give it a try. I loved it and if you are in the same boat as I was, I recommend giving this one a try.
15. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: This one doesn’t take much explaining, I have loved every book that Morgan Matson has put out. Even though contemporary isn’t the genre I usually go for, I will always buy Morgan’s new books.
14. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: This is one of the three V.E. Schwab books that I have on my list this year. I avoided V.E. Schwab’s books for a very long time after reading The Archived by her and not enjoying it. Eventually Mishma from chasingfaerytales talked me into giving her adult books a try and I’m so glad that she did.
13. Me Before you by Jojo Moyes: This book has been very controversial over the past year. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and clearly, I loved it. I ordered this book off amazon seconds after watching the trailer for the movie and I read it the moment it came in the mail. This book is great if you are looking for a contemporary that’s not all fluff and will make you think a lot afterwards.
12. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia Hand: My Lady Jane is very hard to explain. I think the main reason why it is on my list is because it was so unique. I’ve never read anything like it and I doubt I ever will again. The authors described it as a comedy based on a tragedy.
11. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes: I’m not going to say too much about this since it’s book five of a six book series but it was just as amazing as the rest of them.
10. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: I read both this book and its sequel this year, but I definitely enjoyed this one more. Illuminae is a sci-fi story told through: emails, letters, interviews, pictures, and more. Once again this book is very unique and I was impressed that the authors managed to write a book that was compelling and characters that were interesting with very few words.
9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: This is my first young adult book by Victoria Schwab that I’ve read and enjoyed. The plot is so different and dark without being depressing and over the top. She managed to write realistic and honest characters by taking away the usual gender norms that YA books tend to give characters. I’m very excited to read the last book in this duology.
8. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff: This is one of the strangest books that I’ve ever read but also one of the most impactful. I wrote a very long review on it that will be out soon so I’m not going to say too much, but it’s definitely one that I think a lot of teenagers should read.
7. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon: What impressed me the most about this book was how Nicola Yoon was able to make this book so funny even with the overall sadness of the story. I also read Everything Everything by the same author this year, which I loved, but I felt that The Sun is Also A Star had more fleshed out characters and a more realistic story.
6. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: This book really surprised me. I loved an Ember in The Ashes and was very excited to jump straight into this one. After reading this first seven chapters I actually put it down. I didn’t like the writing, the characters felt different to me and I didn’t like where the plot was going. A couple months later I picked it up again and pushed through those chapters and ended up loving it. I made my friends read it the second I finished and they all loved it too.
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: It’s safe to say that I was completely blown away by Caraval. I had been hearing so many positive things about it but I had no idea how much I would love it. Caraval reminded me of some weird mix between The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and many of Stephanie’s new and original elements. With only one book Stephanie Garber has easily made my list of auto-buy authors.
4. My last V.E. Schwab book, Vicious: This was the first of Victoria’s adult books that I read and it is currently still my favorite one. The story and characters were incredible and I definitely plan on re-reading it before the sequel comes out. The story was told by switching between the present and the past which showed how the characters ended up where they were. It reminded me a lot of how the TV show Lost was written.
3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I’m pretty sure that the first book to this duology, Six of Crows, was my top book of last year. While I didn’t like this book as much, it was still incredible. This is a mostly character driven story which works extremely well since this book has six main characters and each one has their one point of view. Each character is extremely fleshed out and compelling with their individual personalities, struggles, and backstories. I love talking to people about this series because it is one of the few books where it seems like everyone has a different favorite character. There isn’t a single favorite because each character is equally amazing.
2. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater: I read all four books within a few days one week when I was sick. This is honestly the best series that I have ever read and I don’t really see anything beating it. The Raven Cycle is a 100 percent character driven story with very little actual plot. The biggest complaint I have seen about this series is people saying that it is boring. Since this book series is mostly about the relationships between characters and their individual development, people who like lots of action in books may not enjoy it. I will definitely be re-reading the entire series some time in 2017 and I’m already buying every other book Maggie has ever written.
1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Just as The Raven Cycle is my all time favorite series, Heartless is my all time favorite stand alone. There is nothing better than a re-telling (my favorite genre,) written by Marissa Meyer (One of my all time favorite authors,) about Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite Disney stories.) I have recommended this book to just about everyone I have talked to and can’t wait to read anything else that Marissa puts out.
Favorite authors of 2016
3. Nicola Yoon: I read both of her books in December and she is now on my list of authors to buy whatever she writes as soon as she writes them.
2. Victoria Schwab: I read four of her books this year and three of them made it on this list. I’m so excited to read the sequels to all the books that are coming out in 2017.
1. Maggie Stiefvater: I am so excited for Maggie Stiefvater’s upcoming books. I plan on reading her first published series this year. She also announced that she is going to be writing a trilogy on one of the main characters from The Raven Cycle! I’m not sure when it’s coming out but I’m so excited.