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TTT: The Best Books That I Read in 2016

I actually don't even know how the end of the year is upon us so quickly. I mean, next week will be 2017 already!? How did that even happen?

Even though I'm in disbelief, it's still that time of year where we can think back on what we have read and recap in our minds the good and the bad. Fortunately I've had far more good than bad this year and Goodreads tells me that my average rating has been 3.8 stars! That's pretty amazing.

I'm linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday Prompt : Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 and I'm listing my top ten reads of this year (regardless of when the book was published).

So anyone who knows me even a little bit has probably heard me fangirl over Sarah J Maas - she's my favourite author right now and A Court of Mist and Fury was my absolute favourite read of 2016 and I read it back in the first half of the year. It was THAT good.

"He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. Bu…

Review: Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling
Published January 3rd 2012

Source : Borrowed
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I buddy read Cinder with a close friend and although a little slower than my usual style of reading I did find that it was definitely enjoyable and w…

Review: Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
(first published October 1st 2005)

Source: Borrowed
Choose: A quick death or slow poison…

On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose.

Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however… General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she’s beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime.

In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent within her and master the demons of her past. The Commander’s life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it…
“To Yelena, our newest food taster. May you last longer than your predecessor.”

4.5 stars - I really, really, really enjoyed this book. It had been sitting on the TBR shelf for quit…

Book Blitz: Ground Zero - Alecia Stone

Ground Zero T.O.E Trilogy, Book 3 Author: Alecia Stone Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: February 17th, 2016

Book Description: It happens every 26,000 years.

Only a few ever survive.

This time ...

No one will.

That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies.

Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he's been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie's destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves.

Hero or vi…

Review: The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Bloomsbury 

Source: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc via NetGalley
It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and…

Weekly Round Up #13

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

Well that was a rather interesting week! I was supposed to have a nice quiet week leading up to Christmas and I ended up having to take an emergency international flight (with the two year old daughter in tow) to join my DH when he had a bit of a scare while away on business. It ended up being nothing serious (thank goodness!) but in short he has a massive issue with needles and a real phobia of rabies and he needed to go for a tetanus shot and was waiting for results to see if he needed rabies vaccinations and so he needed a lot of moral support from us.

It did however mean that I am once again behind on blogging and reviewing and reading! Ah, life!

What I read last week:
I've really, really been enjoying the Study series by Snyder and I think once I'm done with that I will try the Glass series at some stage! I can't …

TTT: Books Releasing in the 1st Half of 2017 That I Just Can't Wait For

Well, the end of the year is nearly upon us (already!!!!) and it's time to start thinking about all the books we are excited for in 2017. I know I already have sooo many good books on my TBR that have already been released but I can't help looking forward to the new releases too.

I'm linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday Prompt : Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

This one is only releasing in May, but is my absolute TOP release of next year. The second in this series, A Court of Mist and Fury remains my favourite book of 2016 and has just recently won the Goodreads Choice Award for 2016 YA Fantasy. This will be on pre-order and I will obviously be re-reading the first two in the series before May and I cannot WAIT!

I absolutely LOVED the first of this series A Promise of Fire and I cannot wait to dive into this release as soon as possible (hopefully around the 3rd of Jan!). I've seen some great reviews al…