My Top 5 2017 Releases

Screenshot (40)Hey guys! Yet another year is coming to an end. Can you believe it? It feels like 2017 has flown by (not that I’m complaining). 2018 will hopefully be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Anyway, with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite 2017 releases.

There were So Many Good Books this year, but I’m going to showcase my top five, and hopefully convince you guys to read some of these amazing books.

My Top 5 2017 Releases:

5. Little Monsters by Kara Tomas32320750

Most likely to: twist your mind into knots

Little Monsters was such a surprise. I’m not usually one for dark, twisty mysteries, but this one swept me away. I was guessing the whole time.

The character development and plot was amazing. It was so complex and intriguing!

Read my full review here.

4. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski27258139

Most likely to: make you scared of the forest

The Wood was so dark and gorgeous. I fell in love with the characters so quickly.

This one also had some surprises, and the ending left me wanting more.

Chelsea: if you are reading this, will there be a follow up? Please?

Read my full review here.

3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett30313265

Most likely to: make you swoon

I love a good mistaken-identity book, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

This book was swoony and adorable without being too fluffy. There were definitely grittier moments, which is perfect for people like me who normally don’t love contemporary YA romance books.

Read my full review here.

2. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck30040068

Most likely to: Reck your heart (haha see what I did there?)

THE TEARS!!!! THE HEARTBREAK!!!!

This book completely blew me out of the water. Whatever I was expecting, it certainly wasn’t that.

But MY GOSH, what a book.

Read my full review here.

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer30038855

Most likely to: take a second look at the bad boy

Yet another mistaken-identity book makes it onto my list. Why? BECUASE THEY ARE SO GOOD AND THIS ONE IS AMAZING AND OH MY GOSH AHHHHHHHHHHH

I need to stop. BUT I CAN’T AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Alright I’m really done this ti- AHHHHHHHHHHH

Read my full review here.

What were your favorite new releases in 2017? Have you read any of these?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

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My Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017

Every year new authors make their grand debut into the world of books. I love looking for new releases and seeing what these new authors are bringing to the table. This year (mostly because I have a blog) I’ve decided to put together a list of my top 10 most anticipated new releases of 2017.

Because it’s the beginning of the year, I’m only going to choose books that are being released by June 1017, and I’ll publish another post about my most anticipated debuts of months 7-12 when the time comes. So, without further ado, here I go!

  1. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti25546710 (January 3)

    I’m not sure how fair it is to choose this one, considering I’ve already read it and have put it on my top three of 2016 list, but I am super excited to have a completely finished copy of this book in my hands (and of course read it again!!). The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a beautiful and gripping story that I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick fun read, or something to really get them thinking about life and what it means for people in all different types of situations.

  2. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (January 10)25876993

    Reagan is the ultimate spy. She can change identities overnight and lie without so much as blinking. She works for the Black Angels, the most powerful top secret agency in the world. However, on her new case she starts to fall in love. She begins to question the life she was born into, and whether she wants to stay a part of it. I’m a sucker for a good spy book (which you’ll see as the list goes on), and this one definitely gets me excited!! What’s better than a spy book? A spy book about a kickass girl who has to face who she really is.

  3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson30037870 (January 24)

    This book follows a girl named Mary, who was convicted of killing a baby when she was just 9 years old. After spending years in “baby jail” she is released to a group home and gets pregnant. When the state threatens to take her unborn child, Mary must finally face the past and reveal the true events of what happened. This book sounds like such a moving story, with lots of grit and emotion. I am so excited to see how the story plays out and find out what really happened.

  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 31)27883214

    Caraval is definitely one of the most buzzed about new releases this year, and I can’t help but join in on the excitement!! This book promises magic, love, mysterious sailors, and of course caraval, a show that happens once a year where the audience is part of the show. The story follows Scarlett, who is invited to the show only to find out that to win the show, contestants have to find her sister, Tella, who was kidnapped. This book is most certainly high stakes, and I have a feeling that once I get my hands on a copy, I’m not going to be able to put it down.

  5. This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton (February 2)33135198

    When Amelie becomes internet famous overnight, it is for the completely wrong reason. A picture of her was taken backstage at a concert, and suddenly the world wants to know who she is. Amelie has her own ideas about music; her own taste and her own style. She wants to be able to share her music with the world, but needs to overcome her fears to play the music she dreams of. This book sounds like such an inspiring and heartfelt coming-of-age story. I can’t wait to see what happens to Amelie and how she deals with the sudden fame before she is ready for it.

  6. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (February 28)29102869

    This book follows Pea, a young girl with ADFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). Not only does this affect how she eats, but also causes anxiety, depression, and bad thoughts. When she falls in love, things take a turn for the worse. I am really excited for this book because it tackles a subject that not many people are aware of nor understand. I hope that it will bring a deeper understanding of the mind of someone with a disorder like this, and hopefully help spread awareness.

  7. Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (April 4)30649331

    Marin Hamilton is 17 when she is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother in Scotland. Then she receives an encrypted notebook from her dead mother that changes her life. She discovers that her parents were working for a secret international organization that now wants her to work for them. This book sounds like some fast paced action mixed in with a whole lot of secrets, suspense, and, of course, some love. Also look at that cover. Is that not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

  8. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16) 31145148

    Teenage spies, fake love, and secret deep desires. What more can you ask for from a book? Caden and Dylan are in the outside world for the first time and they are each after the same girl. Only, while they are competing for her heart, they must fight the feelings they have for each other. See what I mean!!?? This book promises amazingness, and I literally can not wait to get my hands on a copy. The plot sounds so intriguing and original, and it is bound to be an awesome story.

  9. Grit by Gillian French (May 16)31706530

    No one trusts the town “slut”. Especially when her ex-best friend goes missing. Grit promises to be an unforgettable and mysterious thriller. Also, it’s recommended for lovers of E. Lockhart and Gale Forman (which I am). With dark secrets threatening to come to the surface, seventeen-year-old Darcy sleeps around, stays up late, and tells lies to cope. But now there is someone challenging her with a score to settle. I have a strange feeling that this book is going to keep me up at night… and I can’t wait.

  10. Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger (June 1)32470611

    Obsessive fans and a murder. A girl terrified to go outside. Pop stars and stalkers. This book promises to be a killer. I mean, thriller… This book is told through tweets, police reports, and other interesting mediums. Honestly I’m sitting on the edge of my seat just thinking about the book! I am eager to see how the book plays out, and experience the strange mediums of story telling as the plot slowly unfolds before me.

What books are you excited for in the first half of 2017?

Happy New Year!! and the Best Books of 2016

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2016 was definitely a wild ride.

If you asked my a year ago where I thought I would be now, there is no way I would have guessed it would have ended up like this. In the past year I have graduated from my old school and started a wonderful new school in Massachusetts. I started this blog, and have had a great time writing reviews, interviewing amazing authors, and meeting lots of friends in the blogiverse. I also met my goal of reading 60 books this year (just barely), most of which I enjoyed very much.

There have been some low points to the year, but luckily there were only a few, and nothing I couldn’t work past. I think what surprised me the most this year was the sheer amount of influential celebrities that passed away. Most recently Carrie Fischer passed, which really made me sad. I grew up loving Princess Leia, and always wanted my hair done in “Leia buns”. As I grew up, I learned from Carrie as a person. She was so open and honest about her struggles, and it was inspiring to see such a strong woman stand up for who she is and not take crap from anyone. When she reprised her role as Leia in the seventh Star Wars, she proved again that it is possible for a girl to be a princess and a general; they are not mutually exclusive.

As for my favorite books released in 2016, there were quite a few. However, for the sake of this list, I’m going to give my top 3.

  1. Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beardjjj

This book really brought out the romantic in me. It was beautifully written and had me captivated from the first word until long after the last. The ideas behind the book were original, which is hard to do considering the sheer amounts of books written about the afterlife (believe me, I went through a phase). And like all good books, Beyond the Rising Tide had a surprising yet satisfying ending. Do I want more? YES. PLEASE. Should everyone read this? Is that even a question? YES!! Go get a copy now and don’t forget the tissues.

2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 25546710

This book was suspenseful, thoughtful, easy to read, captivating, and just plain amazing. There is no getting around the fact that Chelsea Sedoti is kind of a genius. This book completely emerged me in its world, and kept me guessing at all the theory’s Hawthorne came up with about Lizzie’s death. The characters in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett are diverse and unlike any I had encountered before, yet they seemed so perfectly in place. If you are looking for a good book to read on vacation, or on any given weekend, don’t look any further. This is your book.

3. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh23924355

Folk-lore, small towns, hot mysterious guys, witchcraft, and secrets. What more can you possibly want from a book? Fear the Drowning Deep was a magical experience. It mixed together ancient language and beliefs with enough mystery, supernatural encounters, and hotness (looking at you Fynn) to keep me from putting the book down until I had finished the last page. Bridey was an extremely real character, bringing the book together and making it feel like real life rather than a story. Looking for a good supernatural, historical, or amazing book to read? Fear The Drowning deep is for you (read: everyone)!!

 

And there you have it! What were your favorite releases/reads of 2016? How was your year? Let me know in the comments!!