My 16 Favorite Books of 2016

My Top 3 Authors of 2016

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.

December Wrap-up and January TBR

December Wrap-up

  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff: 5/5 Stars
  • How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes: 4/5 Stars
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman: 4.5/5 Stars
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: 5/5
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling: 5/5 Stars
  • What Light by Jay Asher: 3/5 Stars
  • The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson: 2/5 Stars
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes: 5/5 Stars
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: 4.5/5 Stars
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 5/5 Stars

January TBR

Last month was my first time doing a TBR and I managed to read every book on my TBR on top of three others. Since it worked so well I’m going to try it again this month.

1. Crown of Midnight: Sarah J. Maas

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

2. Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

3. Mafiosa: Catherine Doyle

A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

4. RoseBlood: A.G. Howard

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

5. Teach me to Forget: Erica Chapman

This is the story of Ellery, a girl who learns how to live while waiting for the date she chose to die.

Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.

Now all she has to do is die.

When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.

Colter quickly uncovers what she’s hiding and is determined to change her mind. After confessing a closely held secret of his own, he promises not to tell hers. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether she can learn to live with what she’s done or follow through with her plan to die.

6. Three Dark Crowns: Kendare Blake

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

7. City of Saints And Thieves: Natalie Anderson

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

*All summaries come from Goodreads

My December TBR

I never ever make a TBR (to be read) because I very rarely stick with them, but I’m going to give it a try.

Crystal Storm: Morgan Rhodes  

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MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death? (Goodreads)

The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? (Goodreads)

Fantastic Beasts Screenplay: J.K. Rowling

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When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. (Goodreads)

Scythe: Neal Shusterman

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In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives. (Goodreads)

How I Live Now: Meg Rosoff

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“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way. (Goodreads)

How it feels to fly: Kathryn Holmes

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The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her? (Goodreads)

What Light: Jay Asher

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Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. (Goodreads)

Heartless

By Marissa Meyer

*I received this book early from Macmillan at BEA

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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Summary

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans (Goodreads.)

My Review

The original Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite disney stories. Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors, and villain origin stories are pretty much my favorite thing. Therefore, I pretty much knew that this would be amazing. I read this book in probably five or six hours and for the first time in my life, I officially have a “favorite book.” After I finished Heartless, I went and watched the original disney movie and almost everything in the movie tied into some part of the book. It was insane how even the minuscule things that don’t even matter in the movie mattered in the book. This book completely crushed me, which I knew would happen going in considering the title of this book and knowing that it is a villain origin story.

My favorite part of this book are the characters. Most of the main characters in this book are part of The Alice in Wonderland movie, with one exception. One thing that I was very impressed with was how Marissa didn’t copy the disney version of the characters but yet she tied into them. The characters through out the book were their own separate person but then closer to the end she shows how they begin to become the characters that we know them as. These characters are some of my favorite characters of all time and the romantic pairing is also my new favorite. The main character, Cath was completely realistic which I loved but that would also make her completely frustrating at the same time. While Jest was my favorite character, almost every other character was a close second. This book felt a lot like the Raven Boys in the sense that every character is so fleshed out.

The world was of course fantastic. As I was watching the movie, it was super easy to pin point the places were everything happened. Marissa put scenes in the book that happen in the movie many years later but with different characters. The way the castle, the looking glass, and even a theater were described were very easy to imagine and not in the slightest bit confusing.

Basically, I didn’t think Marissa could get better than the Lunar chronicles but she completely upstaged her previous books. It doesn’t even feel like the same person wrote the two. Heartless is now my favorite book of all time and I could not find a single thing wrong with it.

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Romance: 1/5                      Stars: 5/5

Language: 1/5                     Pages: 416

Violence: 3/5                      Author: Marissa Meyer

My Favorite Books: Fantasy

12954620 Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes: I started this series three years ago right before the second one came out. Falling Kingdoms introduced me to ‘high fantasy.’ It’s a good series to read for someone who wants to try to get into high fantasy.

Six-of-Crows Six of Crows: I read an ARC of Six of Crows a couple months before it came out. I hadn’t read Leigh’s other series but I knew that it had good ratings. Six of Crows ended up being my favorite book of last year. I have almost only seen positive reviews for it and I can’t wait for the sequel.

an-ember-in-the-ashes-by-sabaa-tahir An Ember in The Ashes: An Ember in The Ashes came out last year and it was extremely hyped. I actually got so annoyed with hearing about it that I didn’t read it. This year, I went to BEA and my friend gave me a copy of the sequel, A Torch Against The Night. When I came home from Chicago, I read An Ember in The Ashes and I really enjoyed it. It isn’t one of my all time favorite books but I think it deserved the hype that it got.

51qIsV1-G1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Percy Jackson: Percy Jackson will always be in my favorite series list. I read them for the first time in fifth grade and have read the entire PJO and HOO series four times. It’s a series that I think everyone should read and every age could enjoy.

81tPvW3NBvL The Infernal Devices: This is a spin off series from the mortal instruments, which I haven’t read and don’t plan on reading. I feel like what sets this Cassandra Clare series apart from her others is the romance. This book has been unanimously decided by the book community to be the best love triangle in young adult books. The love story seems to be what most people remember from this trilogy. It’s nice to have a fantasy series that is calmer and not all about the action.

thegirloffireandthorns_new-200x300 The Girl of Fire and Thorns: The general plot for this book series is a little strange, but Rae Carson pulls it off in a way that made me not realize how odd it was until after I finished reading it. I read this series three years ago so it is hard to remember everything but I know I loved the books and read them very quickly. I immediately gave them to two of my friends and they loved them too.

The_Two_Princesses_of_Bamarre The Two Princesses of Bamarre: This book is in my top three favorite books of all time; I’ve read it eleven times. It is a stand alone fantasy book which is something I rarely see. It has creatures that I’ve never heard of and a unique plot. The story never felt rushed even though there is only one book and it is pretty short.

 

Characters I would name a kid or animal after

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*I tried to pick names from fantasy books so that they would be a little unusual*

10. Elias from An Ember in The Ashes

9. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles

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8. Gansey from The Raven Cycle

7. Luna from Harry Potter

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6. Kestrel from the Winner’s trilogy

5. Tessa from the Infernal Devices

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4. Jest from Heartless

3. Kaz from Six of Crows

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2. August from This Savage Song

1. Bellamy from The 100

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This Savage Song

by: Victoria Schwab

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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Summary

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. (Goodreads)

My Review

Victoria Schwab has quickly made her way to being in my top three favorite authors. I’ve read four of her books this year and have loved them all, including This Savage Song. Victoria has a simplistic yet lyrical way of writing that makes her books extremely enjoyable to read. The general idea behind this book is the idea of what it means to be human. Kate Harker is a human that wants to be a monster and August Flynn is a monster that wants to be human.

I loved how Victoria took the usual monsters that we know and made them her own. Each monster in this book loosely represents a different paranormal creature: The corsai represent demons, the malchai represent vampires, and the sunai represent angels.

Corsai, corsai tooth and claw, shadow and bone will eat you raw.

Malchai, malchai, sharp and sly, smile and bite and drink you dry.

Sunai, sunai, eyes like coal, sing you a song and steal your soul.

Victoria Schwab’s books remind me a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s. They both focus on character development and relationships instead of plot. Since I enjoy character driven stories over plot driven, I appreciated it, but I know a lot of people who find it dull. Looking back at This Savage Song, there isn’t necessarily a plot. It’s the characters that move the book along. In order to write a book like this, the characters have to be wonderful, and luckily they were. I felt that August was favored more by the author and therefore his character development was better, but Kate was still a wonderful character. I saw in an interview that Victoria said she wanted to switch the “usual gender roles” that we know which I thought was interesting and she managed to pull it off very well. That being said, I wish that Kate’s reasoning for committing all the crimes that she had was a little better. It seemed a little petty and unlike the character that Victoria showed through out the rest of the book.

Victoria Schwab’s books always take place in the real world, she just adds a fantastical element to it. This always makes the world building impressive because while it feels like the book takes place in a fantasy setting, it really takes place in the world that we know.

Once again, this was another wonderful book from Victoria Schwab coming in at number three of my favorite books by her. I highly recommend This Savage Song and all of her other books.

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Violence: 3/5                               Stars: 5/5

language: 3/5                              Pages: 427

romance: 1/5                               Buy Book Here: Amazon

Books I read because someone recommended them to me

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10. Vicious by Victoria Schwab was recommended to me by Mishma over at Chasingfaerytales. Vicious is one of her all time favorite books and I was about to give my copy away. She convinced me to keep it and give it a try.

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9. An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir was recommended to me by one of my friends from school. I was actually at a book signing for Sabaa and I had decided not to get the book for myself and just stand in line with my friend. She ended up talking me into quickly buying the book and getting back in  line.

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8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo wasn’t recommended to me by anyone in particular. I had heard so much about it from bloggers and youtubers that I decided to give it a try.

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6 and 7 were both recommended to me by one of my best friends. She convinced me to read the 5th Wave by Rick Yancy and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was recommended to me by a girl in my class that I didn’t even know that well. She told me that I couldn’t possibly call myself a reader until I had read The Hunger Games. That night, I started reading them.

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4. The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks was recommended to me by my dad about three years before any news of the TV show was out.

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3. Ten by Gretchen Mcneil was recommended by my friend one night when I was really sick. She told me it was a fast read and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Ten is basically a weekend get away version of the TV show Scream.

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2. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan was recommended to me by my 5th grade teacher! I was complaining to her that I had run out of books to read and she handed me The Lightning Thief.

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1.  Lastly, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling was recommended to me four years ago by my cousin. I had no interest in reading Harry Potter because I thought I was too old and had missed the bandwagon for it. She convinced me to read them and, of course, I am so glad that I did.

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The Stranger Things Book Tag

Created by: Nisha at aruncommentary

If you have been anywhere near the internet lately you have heard of a show called Stranger Things. It’s on netflix and it managed to become everyone’s newest obsession in 24 hours. It’s amazing and you should definitely watch it.

The Vanishing of Will Byers: The first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. I was in the majority who thought that this book was going to be involving pirates. It didn’t. While the main character was the pirate black beard, this book took place before any of the pirate adventures started. The book ended with the beginning of possible pirate adventures and because of that I am excited for the sequel.

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The Upside Down: A book with a setting you would never want to live in: I am going to avoid saying The Hunger Games since that would be the obvious answer. Instead, I’m going to say An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. In this world it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, your life is still going to be rough. The characters in this book are ruthless and I probably wouldn’t last very long.

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Eleven: A book you own that is somewhat damaged, but loved to pieces: This is easily my copy of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I read this book for the first time in 3rd grade and it is completely destroyed. The entire spine is torn off and my sister ended up buying an extra copy for me.

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Mike, Lucas, and Dustin: A trilogy you always go to whenever you need a pick-me-up: After going through my shelf a couple times I realized that I have not finished many trilogies that would be considered happy enough to call a pick-me-up. In the end I chose The Girl of Fire And Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. These books are not at all happy but they have a lot of good memories attached to them.

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The Demogorgon: A book with a terrifying beast you wouldn’t want to face in a dark alley: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab has three very different yet, all terrifying, monsters. I wouldn’t want to run into any of them at anytime of the day.

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Dr. Brenner: A book with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated: Heartless by Marissa Meyer doesn’t necessarily have a villain, but almost every “antagonist” in this book is manipulative. While none of them are flat out evil they don’t have any good intentions for the main character and they don’t care what happens as long as they get their way. 

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Nancy Wheeler: A book you didn’t expect to love: This is definitely Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I was so convinced that I wouldn’t like this book that I put it in my “give away” pile. Fortunately, Mishma (chasingfaes) convinced me otherwise and I put Vicious back on my shelf. I finally gave it a try and I loved it. I then bought every other book Victoria Schwab has ever written.

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Hawkins, Indiana: A book with a setting that’s just a little bit strange: This is easily The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book takes place in a small town of Virginia and the whole thing is very eerie and odd. Even though the book takes place in our world in a state that we know, it feels almost like a fantasy setting.the raven boys maggie stiefvater

Favorite TV shows

Todays Top Ten Tuesday is all about villains, but I couldn’t come up with enough to write a post about. Instead, I’m going to do an old Top Ten Tuesday that I missed!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This Top Ten Tuesday I actually managed to put in order from least favorite to favorite.

once-upon-a-time  Once Upon A Time: This is a fairy tale retelling show. The main character is found by her son that she gave up for adoption. He takes her to a town called StoryBrooke and tells her that she is the savior meant to save them all and help all of the residents of the town remember who they are, (Fairy tale characters.) This show has had a couple of bad seasons but I’m hoping this next season brings the show back to what it used to be.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 5 Favorite season: 3 Least favorite season:

Agents_of_S.H.I.E.L.D._season_3_poster  Agents of Shield: This is a spin off of marvel about specific shield agents that Phil Coulson picked to work on special operations with him. About two years ago this was my favorite show but I have stopped watching it since then because of something that happened in season 3. I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep watching it.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 3 Favorite season: 2 Least favorite season: 3

Merlin  Merlin: Merlin is about a wizard that gets sent to Camelot to work with the physician of the castle. He ends up also working as King Arthur’s servant. This is probably the cheesiest show that I watch, but I’ve been watching it again recently with my younger sister and I still really like it.

Is is still running: no How Many Seasons: 5 Favorite season: 5 Least Favorite Season:1

cover170x170  Doctor Who: This is very upsetting for me because I used to be insanely obsessed with it, but since the new doctor it’s just not as good. I didn’t even watch the most recent season and don’t think I ever will.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 9 Favorite season: 6 Least Favorite Season: 8

nt_16_StrangerThings_Netflix-destacada  Stranger Things: This is a new show made by Netflix that only has one season. It is about a boy who is kidnapped and his friends, mother, brother, and some other people who are trying to figure out what happened to him. The thing that made me decide to watch this show was that it is not a basic detective show, it has sci fi elements in it and it’s amazing.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 1

Revolution+tv+show  Revolution: I absolutely love this show and I’m still mad that it only got two seasons. This follows a world where there is no power. The main character’s brother is kidnapped and she, along with a couple other people, go to find him.

Is it still running: no How Many Seasons: 2 Favorite season: I don’t know, I love them both

Survivor_-_Heroes_vs_Villains_logo  Survivor: This is the only reality show on my list. It is about a certain amount of people being dropped off on an island on two separate teams. They compete and get eliminated until one person wins.

Is it still running: yes How many seasons: somewhere in the 30s Favorite Season: There are so many but top three are 15,16, and 20

100-tv-series-full-episodes  The 100: Like most of these shows, I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this is about. It follows humans that have survived a nuclear war by living in space. Unfortunately, they are running out of air so they send  a 100 juvenile delinquents to earth to see if it is survivable.

Is it still running: yes How many seasons: 3 Favorite Season: 1 Least Favorite Season: 3

prison-break-revient-en-septembre  Prison Break: I just started watching this show this summer and it was unbelievable. It follows a structural engineer who gets himself arrested on purpose. His brother is on death row for a crime that he didn’t commit and he wants to get in to break him out. This show ended in 2009 with four seasons, and in 2017 they are doing an 8 episode reboot season!

Is it still running: other than the reboot season, no How many seasons: 4 Favorite Season: 1 Least favorite Season: 3

830812  Lost: Lost is my all time favorite show because every season is amazing. The characters are some of my favorite ever, the plot is incredible, and the show is over so it can never be messed up. Lost follows a group of passengers on a plane that crashes on an island and what happens to them there. It’s told in two parts: what is going on on the island, and in flashbacks, showing each character’s past. If you have not watched it you need to binge watch it.

Is it still running: no How many seasons: 6 Favorite Season: 1 or 2 Least Favorite Season: 4 or 5