Top Eleven Books of 2016

I had to edit this post, because somehow I forgot a series! I don’t know how this happened….

Like always this meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go and take a look at their blog!

2016 was a (kinda) shitty year worldwide, but at least we get to take some good books out of it. Here’s to a better year 2017!


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 All for the Game (series) by Nora Sakavic

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

 

 174517951 Every Day By David Levithan

Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.

 

 

 

 Here’s the Thing by Emily O’Beirne

It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.

As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.

 A seditious Affair by K.J. Charles

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He’s not lovable, or even likable. He’s an overbearing idealist, a Radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution . . . and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged—or spare his life.

A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the Radical week after week. In the bedroom, everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other’s deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas’s politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.

 Captive Prince (series) by C.S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

 Misfits by Garrett Leigh

Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

 Flinging it by G. Benson

Frazer, head midwife at a hospital in Perth, Australia, is trying to make her corner of the world a little better by starting up a programme for at-risk parents. Not everyone is excited about her ideas. Surrounded by red tape, she finally has to team up with Cora, a social worker who is married to Frazer’s boss.
Cora is starting to think her marriage is beyond saving, even if she wants to. Feeling smothered by a domineering spouse, she grabs hold of the programme and the distraction Frazer offers with both hands. Soon the two women get a little too close and find themselves in a situation they never dreamed themselves capable of: an affair.
As the two fall deeper, both are torn between their taboo romance and their morals. But walking away from each other may not be as simple as they thought.

 Suicide Watch by Kelley York

18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues—in order.

But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea.

Vince stumbles across a website forum geared toward people considering suicide. There, he meets others with the same debate regarding the pros and cons of death: Casper, battling cancer, would rather off herself than slowly waste away. And there’s quiet, withdrawn Adam, who suspects if he died, his mom wouldn’t even notice.

As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie’s guidance, coming to terms with Casper’s imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn’t plan on sticking around.


Those books aren’t in any particular order. You should read them all.

What are your favourite books from 2016?

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Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-secrets-of-the-9781442408937_lg Series: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), YA, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Isn’t it beautiful?! But I would love it more if those ‘buttons’ weren’t on it.

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Review: Not your usual YA.

The writing is rather clipped and sometimes the chapters are so very short… but somehow it fits? It really grew on me, too.

I didn’t need any time to like both main characters, though. They are just… they’re true somehow? Like, they are young adults. So often in YA the characters act like 35 year olds, but Aristotle and Dante are just some kids, really. Kids with childish behaviour at times and most of all young adult-ish problems. Finding yourself is a big theme in this book and it is nicely done.

 

Review: Every Day by David Leviathan

17451795 Series: Every Day (book 1)

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, LGBT (m/m and f/f side pairings, possiby genderfluid or genderqueer character)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: I like the greyish one more, but the ‘drawing’ of characters through words is a great idea.

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: abuse mention, depression mention, self-harm mention, thoughts about suicide mention, cheating

Description: Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.

Review: I demand more books like Every Day!

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. ’nuff said.

But you probably want to know why and I’m willing – so very, very willing – to explain why. Although I’ll rather fangirl about it than explain…

I haven’t read about an idea like this one before. A character waking up in a different body every day? Very original. But David Leviathan doesn’t stop there. We get to read about A waking up as a boy, as a girl, as a PoC, white, straight, gay, mentally ill,… – you’ll get the picture. And he isn’t doing it because it’s trendy to have, say, a mental illness as a cute character quirk. It’s heartbreaking, but in a good way. This book is the reason why I started doing my Quotes to get lost in series (you can watch the first part if you like to). If I hadn’t as many unread books as I have, I would re-read it right now.

I liked Rhiannon’s approach to insta-love very much. It’s the first time I’ve read that in a book and I love her for it. You can’t fall in love with someone you’ve know 9 days, but in a lot of books it works that way. Not here. Well kinda. But that’s the only critique I have and it’s more like half of a negative point.

I can’t wait to read more by David Leviathan!

Review: In search of by S.M. Koch

33198144 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: I love the little touch of color

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: abuse

Description: She bit her bottom lip. She had a gleam in her eye. A wild hair. “I found you a new roommate. The printout is in the envelope.”
The package crumpled in my hand as I filed past the bills. Where did she get this kind of cash? I pulled out the slip of paper inside.
SWCM in search of SWCM for husband. No smoking, no drinking. Monogamous companionship wanted with no expectation of romance. Must be willing to relocate.
“Tempe. This isn’t an ad for a roommate. It’s for a mail order husband.”

After six years of an abusive relationship, Will finds himself single after his now ex-boyfriend, Mike, is arrested for fraud. With little money and no job, Will’s sister Tempe has a plan: a mail order husband off Craigslist.
Bryce is tired of being alone, his last relationship was eighteen months ago and ended after his boyfriend decided he didn’t want children—a deal breaker. No longer interested in clubs, blind dates, or hookups, Bryce agrees with his mother’s plan to place an ad online for a husband.
After several emails, one phone call, an awkward bachelor party, and a weekend wedding, Bryce and Will are married. But, can Will ever trust Bryce with his heart after Mike’s betrayal? Demons from Will’s past continue to threaten the newlyweds as Will is named accomplice to Mike’s crimes and is forced to face his abuser. Will they ever find what they’re in search of?

Review: Usually I am a sucker for the mail order groom trope, but this one was far too easy to be thrilling.

There are two reasons for this. First there is the length of this story. It would have worked so much better as a novel… Will is being seriously abused by his boyfriend and in the course of two months without any therapy or any work at all really, he’s not traumatized? When before he flinched if someone moves his hand too fast. Just because he fell in love (again) he is suddenly healed? I don’t think so.

There is a lot of sex in this novella (if you are considering the length) as well. Because of this I felt like the only important thing for Will and Bryce is sex. Nothing more. But I do belive that there is more between them behind the pages. Sadly it’s not really on the pages.

The second reason for me not really liking “In search of…” are the mistakes. Well, mistakes is not really the right word. This novella simply needs some editing. There are a few repetitions and some logical mistakes. For example is Bryce ‘very erect’ and on the next page (well, kindle page, depending on your settings it could be on the same page or a few behind) he is only ‘semi’. The words aren’t really flowing as well.

I do like the idea though and with some work and a way higher word count it could be a great book. It’s great as well that S.M. Koch put the abuse help lines after her story. Numbers like this are so very important and they’re not stated and known enough.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.