My reading list was smaller this year, and I fell behind on reviewing several of my favorites. Several on this list are mini reviews because I never got around to a blog post about them. I also read a lot of sequels to books I read in 2015, which I enjoyed more than most of the other books I read. The last three books on my list this year are sequels to books from my Top Ten 2015 list. Below are my absolute favorites from 2016. Happy reading!
Rebel of the Sands
A gunslinger who turns out to be more than a really good shot. I have yet to officially review this one, but I liked the characters, and world building. There’s a bit of a trend for Middle Eastern mythology in YA fantasy right now. I like it. It’s interesting and fresh. There’s some violence and kissing, but mostly clean. Recommended for everyone 14 and up.
Walk on Earth a Stranger & Like a River Glorious
I love this series. I just finished Like a River Glorious and was not disappointed. The historical aspects of the books are educational, and Lee is an inspiration as the uncertain, but determined heroine.
The Rose & the Dagger
This book concluded the duology, and it was perfect. Renée Ahdieh’s storytelling is rich and magical. I especially liked the theme of reconciling family.
A Torch Against The Night
Like it’s predecessor, I could not put this book down. Tahir knows how to pace a story with great suspense and twists and turns. Elias had the most interesting character development, and there are plenty of unanswered questions for the third book (though the ending was still satisfying!).
Six of Crows was my favorite book last year, and its sequel was my favorite this year. It’s only a two-book series, which I normally appreciate, but I wanted this story to go on and on and on. Leigh Bardugo’s plots are interesting, and her characterization is wonderful. And there’s so much more to explore! I want more Kaz and Inej! I want to know what Nina does next!
I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.