Best New Series of 2016

Today’s topic is Best ________ Of 2016 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

I chose to feature new series, where the first book was released in 2016.  This is not a comprehensive list, and I decided to only include my absolute favorites that I’m looking forward to reading more of the series when released.  I hope you enjoy!

The Call

I’m not sure if this is technically a series, but it will have a sequel, which I NEED in my life!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

When this first came out, I don’t think it was a planned series, but I was extremely happy when Tor.com announced two more stories.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

You’re probably going to get tired of me mentioning this book and author, but this book was amazing and so was its sequel.

Shadow Magic

Here’s another book that I can’t stop telling people about!  I just an arc of the sequel and can’t wait to dig in.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

Book 1 in the series titled Kingdom on Fire, that’s what gets a girl excited.

Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I don’t know when we’re getting more from this series, just that the author has confirmed a sequel.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Apparently, this is not a true series but a series of companion novels set in the same universe but featurely new characters in each.  And I can’t wait to read more from this world!

I know that’s not 10, but 7 is close, right?  Make sure you check out the other blogs participating as well!

Please note that I will be skipping tomorrow’s theme, best book boyfriends as that’s not my thing.  But I’ll be checking out other people’s post to see what their lists look like 🙂

Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

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It’s that time of year when I look back on what I read during the previous year and talk about some of my favorite books, series, or authors. And this year, I’ve decided to join up with the Top 10 of 2016 event sponsored by Two Chicks on Books.  This list isn’t in Top 10 format because I created it before I knew about this list, but the rest will be Top 10s!

Although 2016 was horrible in some aspects (ok, a lot), I did find some amazing new series and authors for my all-time favorites/obsessions list.  A few are already incredibly popular, I just fell into them late.  But several are debuts that I can’t wait for more of!

Without further ado, here’s my top picks of 2016!  (I decided to group them by type.)

Picture Books:

Flora and the PeacocksNobody Likes a GoblinThe Storybook Knight

Graphic Novels:

Monstress, Volume 1: AwakeningThe Nameless CityCrystal CadetsDC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals CrisisThe Tiger (Love, #1)

Art/Coloring Books:

Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art PhenomenonPop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful WorldThe Throne of Glass Coloring Book

Debuts:

Lotus and ThornShadow Magic  (Shadow Magic #1)A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)The Call

New to Me Series:

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)The Aeronaut's Windlass

I think that about covers all the amazing books that I read this year.  I know I didn’t get them all reviewed here, but I did try to leave mini reviews on Goodreads.  I’m looking forward to what 2017 has to offer and have already started reading a few arcs for review.

What were your favorite reads of 2016?  Did you find a new series or author that you’re now obsessed with?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

2015 in Reviews

It’s time for some 2015 highlights!  I was able to read 100 books this year, not all of which were reviewed, but I wanted to share some of the very best new-to-me books (in the order they were read).

Brimstone Angels: A Forgotten Realms Novel

A great start to a 4 book series* that follows Farideh, a tiefling warlock, and her twin sister on a harrowing adventure through the Dungeons & Dragons universe of the Forgotten Realms.

Erin had also agreed to sign some bookplates that I designed as part of my signature collecting mission 🙂

*There are 4 books that feature Farideh; however, books 3-4 are part of The Sundering.

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

 

I had originally started reading this book when it first came out; however, I’m glad I finally had a chance to finish reading it as it’s a delightful mix of supernatural, academic, and mystery.  I truly plan to read the other 2 books in 2016!

Also, if you email the author using the address on her website, Deborah’s assistant will be in touch and you can request a single signed bookplate.

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)

A fun MG fractured fairytale that follows an unknown fairy tale character, the daughter of the shoemaker, into a reform school for villains after she’s caught stealing for the third time.  Many of the well-knowns make an appearance, but I loved the subtlety of the narrative and the characters were a lot of fun.

I was able to collect this signature at ALA Midwinter earlier this year.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

This world is full of people who have X-Men-like powers, where you actually get to see the powers put to use through training scenes.  The court intrigue was nicely done and kept me guessing to the end.  Expect an early review from me next month for the sequel, Glass Sword.

Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1)

So, I devoured this entire series this year since it was AMAZING!!  Junior high students that attend an after school program that trains them for their fairy tale, and it’s makes good use of the Snow Queen (unlike certain Disney movies).

Shelby is in the process of designing bookplates, and I can’t wait to get her signature for my collection!

Castle Hangnail

I almost missed out on this MG title, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it through work.  Several horror tropes were used in the worldbuilding without putting this in the horror category, but it’s strong anti-bullying message was not preachy and made sense based on the character’s strength and situation.  If I were a teacher, I would make sure that was in my syllabus.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Here’s a popular series that I’m very behind on, which puzzles me as I was really interested in the premise when it first came out, but never pursued it until now.  The first book was a little slow for me, but based on spoilers, I hear it really picks up.

I acquired Sarah’s signature via my brother-in-law who was stationed with the Airforce near one of her signings.

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)

Another series I devoured this year after receiving book four through the AceRocStars.  Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors, but I had never picked up Alpha & Omega.  Glad I did, though!  It’s an accurate representation of a woman dealing with and overcoming past abuse in an empowering, non-derogatory way.

Patricia has a standing offer on her website that if you mail her your book(s) as well as return shipping, she will sign and send them back.  I took advantage of this and sent bookplates instead (much cheaper!).

The Dead House

With this book, I deviated from my comfort zone of fantasy/sci-fi and delved into horror. A creepy psychological thriller, The Dead House shines some light on DID (disassociate identity disorder) through a multimedia format of diary entries, video transcripts, police interviews, and post-it notes.  Perfect for Halloween season or whenever you want a bit of mystery.

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)

This book was well-written and fast paced.  I HATE that it ends on such a huge cliffhanger, but that’s apparently in with YA right now.  Luckily, I received a copy of The Mirror King through work, so my review of it should be up in March (since it releases in early April).

And now, my favorite read in 2015…

Well, I didn’t have just one, and I’m terrible at picking absolute favorites, so here’s a few books that I re-read in 2015 because they are awesome.

Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)Poison Study (Study #1)The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian Mountain, #1)

Look for more reviews from me in 2016, many of them earlier than the books’ release dates, and have a happy New Year!