Top Ten of 2016: Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2017

Today is day THREE of the Top Ten of 2016 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales. This week is all about sharing our favorite reads of 2016 and the ones we're looking forward in 2017!

BOOKS U'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2017

2016 was a great year of book releases but man, am I excited for the 2017 releases!!!! There are a ton coming out next year so it was a bit of a struggle to just name ten. In the end, I just wrote down the list of the books that popped into my mind (which I think most be the ones I am most excited about, right?). ;)



I cannot wait for the final book in the To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han! We were not sure if this book was going to be published, but the author announced this earlier this year and since then I've been (not so patiently) waiting for its release. Ack! Gimme more Peter Kavinzky ♥♥♥

2. The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen


Okay, I already had the chance to read an early draft of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen but I really really can't wait to have this book in my hands and read it again and again and again. It's so so good!

3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


I have this book in my kindle but I haven't read it yet since I'm waiting for a friend to read it together but damn, I already think this will be one of my favorite reads of 2017. Pirates and romance and adventure and feels. Yup, this book will be a good one!

4. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh



Renee Ahdieh is an insta-buy author for me now and I'm excited to read her new series! Isn't that cover gorgeous???


5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Caraval has got to be one of the most anticipated releases of early 2017 and I still have no idea what's it about. I'm trying hard to not be spoiled because I want everything to be a surprise once I do read it. Hopefully soon!

6. Now I Rise by Kiersten White


I loved And I Darken so I definitely need its sequel, Now I Rise! Lada and Radu are amazing characters and I'm very curious what's in store for them next.

7. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves


Blood Rose Rebellion sounds so awesome and I just love the cover so much. Need need need!

8. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


I'm still praying for the publisher to grant me access to the arc of When Dimple Met Rishi but even if they don't, I will wait for when it does release because this contemporary sounds so cute and just what I love!

9. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


RHYSAND RHYSAND RHYSAND. I need more Rhysand now! Also, please don't kill him, Sarah.

10. Hunted by Meagan Spooner


I also have a digital galley of Hunted but I'm just waiting a bit more closer to release date to dive in. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I pretty much think it'll be awesome. :D
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And that's it for my top ten. What are some of your most anticipated 2017 releases? :)

Top Ten of 2016: Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

Today is day FOUR of the Top Ten of 2016 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales. This week is all about sharing our favorite reads of 2016 and the ones we're looking forward in 2017!

BEST BOOK BOYFRIENDS OF 2016

Ah, my book boyfriends! I'm super glad to say that 2016 was a great year for me. I fell in love with a TON more book boyfriends, and I also deepened my love for those that were already  in my heart from the last few years. So without further ado, here are my top ten boyfriends of books released this year:

1. Tristan de Montigny from Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen


You probably saw that coming, right?! Tristan de Montigny is my most favorite book boyfriend of all times and I am happily married to him. He is truly my one true love and I fell more in love with him this year. I was so sad to say goodbye to him as The Malediction Trilogy came to an end early this year, but then Danielle L. Jensen wrote a prequel novel were he often appears and my heart had never been happier. Just you wait until you read The Broken Ones next year! ♥ 

(P.S. BACK OFF, HE IS MINE) ;)

2. Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


I NEED A THOMAS CRESSWELL IN MY LIFE. He is the perfect combo between Sherlock Holmes and Cricket Bell (from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins). I love love LOVE him.


3. Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


AAKJDHDAJ!!! RHYSAND RHYSAND RHYSAND. So sexy y'all!!! I thought I loved Tamlin but NOPE. Team Rhysand all the way! ♥

4.  Prince Aldrik from Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova


Another brooding Prince that I love! Prince Aldrik fits the category of tall, dark, and handsome, and it was impossible for me to not fall in love with him when I started reading the Air Awakens series. Have you met him yet?

5. Razor from Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry


RAZOR is my newest love and ugh, where can I find one like him? He has such an angelic face but radiates danger, yet he IS the sweetest boyfriend ever. I want one just like him for (what's the closest date?) NEW YEAR'S EVE. Who said I couldn't receive presents then?

6. Clark from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


Clark is such an adorable book boyfriend AND a successful Fantasy writer. We would make such a great couple *wistful sigh*.

7. Ethan from Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys


I don't usually fall for the guy best friend who the MC has always been in love with because he usually turns out to be not that worthy, but this time I did. I basically crashed into the floor and picked up gravel with my chin. Ethan, oh Ethan, why are you so darn lovable?!? I need more of you right now!

8. Graham from The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash


And you must also know my feelings for Graham! But if you don't, then I must tell you that I pray constantly to find someone as amazing as Graham. He might not be the brooding type, but his charisma and personality would be good for me. He's the cute nerdy type and I like that!

9. Becks from Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman


Becks made me smile and blush the whole time I was reading Adorkable. Such a good bad boy. ♥

10. Prince Galian from The Chasm by S. Usher Evans



Team Princeling FTW! ♥  If you haven't met Prince Galian then you are definitely missing out! ♥
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And that's it for my top ten. Who were your favorite book boyfriends of 2016? :)

Top Ten of 2016: Best Contemporaries of 2016

Today is day THREE of the Top Ten of 2016 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales. This week is all about sharing our favorite reads of 2016 and the ones we're looking forward in 2017!

BEST CONTEMPORARIES OF 2016

I decided to go for Contemporaries in today's Top 10 post because after going over all the books I read this year, I noticed that a large amount were Contemporaries! Contemporary is my second favorite genre--right after Fantasy-- and the reason why I love it so much is that Contemporary reads deal with a lot of issues and other kind of events that happen in real life. I'm such a fan of fluffy contemporaries, but I'm also starting to enjoy the kind of tough reads that make you stop for more than a second and THINK.  Realistic contemporaries that deal with tough subjects always make my heart grow heavy, but I'm getting better at coping with them and I'm super glad that I'm giving them a chance.

So here's a list of some fluffy AND tough contemporary novels that made me swoon, laugh, cry, and basically feel all the feels in 2016:

1. Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath


I always knew that if I ever wrote a best contemporaries of 2016 list, that this book by Ami Allen-Vath would top the list. LALLU is such an amazing read, with swoons, humor & heart-wrenching pain. I loved it so much and I highly recommend it to everyone!

2. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt


I'm always on the lookout for a book to give me similar feels as Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss series, and this one came quite close to it. I absolutely loved the characters and the very swoony moments.



THIS BOOK ♥♥♥♥ Any fan of all things geeky is sure to enjoy this book, specially if you have been or want to go to NYC's Comic Con. Plus Graham is my hero and I want one like him in my life!!

4. Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys



Dangerous games + an MC with health problems but still manages to kick-butt? HECK YES! This book was such a thrill to read. ♥


5. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


This book spoke to my soul ♥ Now I understand why Jennifer Niven writes gold. HUTU has two great POVs and encourages to accept yourself just the way you are. ♥

6. Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman


Adorkable is the right word for this book! So dorky, so adorable. If you love pretend dating books where they end up falling for each other, then this is the book to check out!

7. Teach Me To Forget by Erica M. Chapman


Teach Me to Forget was a harsh read for me, but I loved its brutal honesty because it helped me understand more about suicide. It opened my eyes and made me feel ashamed of how we are so quick to judge before knowing the full story. I hope this book helps others as well. 

8. Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry


Ack! I JUST LOVED RAZOR SO MUCH. I've been reading the Thunder Road series back to back and so far, Walk the Edge is my favorite (though I'm currently reading Long Way Home and it might change). ;)

9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


Such a fun summer read with lots of dogs and a swoon-worthy, nerdy WRITER to all head over heels for. ♥

10. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


This was my first read of the year, and while it's not the happiest of the bunch, it was a read that made me think a lot about how unsafe  we all are in public places without gun control.
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And that's it for my top ten. What were your favorite covers of 2016? :)

Top Ten of 2016: Best Book Covers of 2016

Today is day TWO of the Top Ten of 2016 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales. This week is all about sharing our favorite reads of 2016 and the ones we're looking forward in 2017!

BEST BOOK COVERS OF 2016

Is it me or are book covers getting even more stunning every year? Seriously, book cover designers should get a raise, for they are doing an awesome job by gracing my books with fantastic designs ♥. But since I didn't get to read all the pretty books, I decided to divide my top ten into two lists: the books I've read and the books I haven't. :D

Books I've Read:

1. And I Darken by Kiersten White


I have a thing for covers with weapons and daggers. I don't know why, but I do. I only own this book as an eBook but I will get my hands on a physical copy soon to proudly display on my shelf. Isn't it so pretty?

2. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen


My heart soared when I first saw this cover. It was love at first sight. I love how this cover glows and how perfect it is for the story. ♥

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


This digital image doesn't do the physical book justice. I love the colors and the model holding the dagger (see? daggers ♥), so kick-ass!

4. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova


This is hands down my favorite cover in the Air Awaken series. It's so so epic and gah, I need it sitting on my shelf. Soon, soon.

5. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill


Confession: I did NOT like this book, but I can't stop admiring its beautiful cover. I have seen photos of the final copy and it's so gorgeous that I oddly wish to own it. Will try to resist! 

Books I Haven't Read:

6. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray


This is my most favorite cover of the year and it kills me that I don't own it, or any of the other books in this series. AREN'T THEY BEAUTIFUL?????

7. Even if the Sky Falls by Mia García


I won a copy of this book and I had seen its pretty cover, but nothing had prepared me for when I saw it physically. IT'S SO DARN BEAUTIFUL I COULD WEEP. The colors, the setting, the couple's silhouette -- PERFECT. 

8. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Askalaksklaj another gorgeous cover! I love the stars and the far off palace at the top. And have you seen the cover of its sequel??? SO PRETTIFUL.

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


I had never come across a book so aesthetically pleasing like Crooked Kingdom. This book ALWAYS looks good in every photo I take. Whenever I'm having trouble with a bookstagram photoshoot, I always grab my CK copy and let it do its magic. I also love its stained red pages. ♥

10. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


And last but not least, the lovely (and quite epic) cover of Of Fire and Stars! Just look at it! Stunning is the first word that pops into my mind. Cannot wait to have my own copy!
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And that's it for my top ten. What were your favorite covers of 2016? :)

Top Ten of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

Today is day one of the Top Ten of 2016 week event hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales. This week is all about sharing our favorite reads of 2016 and the ones we're looking forward in 2017!

BEST BOOKS I'VE READ IN 2016

 The hardest prompt of the bunch! Today I'm sharing the books I think deserve to be at the top of all favorite lists. These were the books that broke me, wowed me, and made me feel all the feels. The very best from all! It was tough to narrow it down, but ultimately, I decided on the top ten best book I've read in 2016 and here they are:

1. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen


I technically read this book for the first time at the end of 2015 but I've been rereading it throughout this year and I cannot not mention it at the top of my list. Because it gave me all the feels and it's honestly the best series ender I have ever read. ♥

2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Now Stalking Jack the Ripper is my favorite read of this year (that I actually read in this year for the first time). It's so so amazing and I never expected to love it so much. It didn't seem to be my type of read but this take on the infamous Jack the Ripper seriously made me fall in love and I cannot wait to read the sequel!


3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


RHYSAND!!!!!!!!! Need I say more? ;)

4. Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys


Gosh, this book of dares was such a thrilling read. If you love contemporaries with a mix of mystery and dangerous games, then you must pick this up pronto!

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore


This backlist book was hands down one of the most surprising reads of this year. I had heard so much about this series but since it's an old YA book, I didn't believe it could be up to par with the newer YA. I WAS SO WRONG. It's so incredibly good and I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven't already.

6. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel


Indiana Jones meets Romeo & Juliet? HECK YEAH. (I always say that about this book lol). I absolutely loved this historical YA about dinosaur fossils and forbidden romance. ♥



7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


*Chants* KAZ. KAZ. KAZ. KAZ. I finally took the plunge a few weeks ago to read Six of Crows and it was the best thing I could have done. This book was so so cool and I cannot wait to move on to Crooked Kingdom.




ALL THE GEEKY FEELS! I loved attending NY Comic Con through the eyes of Graham, our MALE main character, and attempt to make his girl best friend to fall in love with him. It was so adorable!

9. Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath


This book was one of the first books I read in 2016 and it left quite an impression on me. I cannot get it out of my mind and I'm always trying to recommend it to my friends. So here's another attempt: READ IT! You won't regret it. ♥

10. Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

This book was such a tough read yet so rewarding. If you're looking for a book about mental illness or suicide, then check this one out. It does have trigger warnings so be careful. 
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And that's it for my top ten. What were your favorite reads of 2016? :)