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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre: Young Adult/Magical Realism/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

About Wild Beauty (via Goodreads):

Love grows such strange things.

Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers garnered fabulous reviews and was a finalist for the prestigious YALSA Morris Award, and her second novel, When the Moon was Ours, was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Now, in Wild Beauty, McLemore introduces a spellbinding setting and two characters who are drawn together by fate—and pulled apart by reality.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

About Mask of Shadows (via Goodreads):

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Page Length: 336 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

About Definitions of Indefinable Things (via Goodreads):

This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with "the Three Stages of Depression." She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Retelling/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 230 pages
Publisher: Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
Publication Date: May 4, 2017

About The Seafarer's Kiss (via Goodreads):

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 528 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

About The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (via Goodreads):

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

About 27 Hours (via Goodreads):

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she's in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret.

They'll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can't stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that's left.

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2016 End of the Year Book Survey

Monday, January 9, 2017

I'm a bit late in posting this, but this amazing survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner! I participated for 2015 and enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it again for my 2016 reading year :)

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 60
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Fantasy DebutThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fantasy Non-Debut/Backlist: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
ContemporaryThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Starter: Everland by Wendy Spinale
Sequel/Ender: The Rose and the Dagger by RenĂ©e Ahdieh

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Roshani Chokshi (if you didn't already figure that out). But also Tara Sim because Timekeeper was one of my favorite books this year - her writing is so vivid and the concept was so extraordinary.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I just love this poetry collection so much (plus it's being re-released in 2017 with several new poems and I'm so excited!!!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Nightblood from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (I've been trying to not repeat too much, but I have to give credit where credit is due, because Roshani's debut is absolutely gorgeous, vivid, and perfect)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

"you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

you will remain a dragon
long after he's left"
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Longest: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Lightsong and Llarimar from Warbreaker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Kash from The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Apparently 11 books made me cry this year (I have a Goodreads shelf where I keep track), but the only ones that made me ugly cry (like full on bawling) were The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
(see #26)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I honestly barely even remember what blogs I started following this year versus last year, and I haven't been blog hopping lately, so I'll just name one of my favorites: Maha's blog, Younicorn Reads.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
One of my favorites is my review of Everland by Wendy Spinale! Check it out here.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My discussion about epilogues.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
There were so many amazing events I went to this year that I can't possibly choose. I met some of my blog friends for the first time this year, and also met several of my favorite authors at different events.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
So this has not technically been published yet, but I'm included in the acknowledgements of one of my favorite authors' books *heart eyes* I am so so so humbled and grateful and still kind of flailing even though I found out over a month ago.

And one of my other favorite authors surprised me by sending an ARC of her newest book. Even as I write this a week later, I still can't believe it.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding time to actually read and blog...

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I honestly have no idea why, but this SST interview with Becky Allen, author of Bound by Blood and Sand got the most views, with my random rambling about my Hogwarts House identity crisis close behind.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My discussion about epilogues.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This may sound silly now, but I discovered Owlcrate last year (and got my first box this December!) It's such a fantastic subscription service and I can't wait to get my next box!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Pretty mixed, honestly. I ended up being 17 books behind for my GR challenge and only finished 1 out of the 4 series I planned on finishing, but I think I did okay/reached my goal for Flights of Fantasy and possibly Backlist Books...

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I got maybe a third of the way through before getting distracted by life things... I was really enjoying it, but I only had time to read a chapter every few weeks and it wasn't an enjoyable experience (I'd rather be able to read it in a span of a few days and fully immerse myself).

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Top 2: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Top 2: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
To actually post at least once a week... I feel like this shouldn't be too difficult, but who knows at this rate.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I actually haven't read any 2017 releases yet!