Top 12 Reads of 2016 |¬†Bookmas Day 12!

 

In the order I read them:

01 Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

5/5

This book is fluffy and amazing and please go read it. I read it twice in two days and stayed up until 4am each day, which is really saying something because I am not good at staying up past Midnight.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

02 Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy

4.75/5

Guys, go do yourself a favour and read this book (I’ll probably say the same thing about all the books on this list though). Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best series I’ve read, I am currently reading book 9 (out of 10) and am really enjoying it. This series is full of unique and quick-witted characters – the banter is ridiculously good!

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

03 Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Writer) & David López (Artist)

3.5/5

I read the first three volumes of this series earlier in the year and absolutely loved it! Carol Danvers is brilliant, or t least I think she is. I find her to be one of the more relatable superheores, while she may be in space, saving the galaxy she is still keeping up with the fandoms – she called her cat Chewie!

Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

04 Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

5/5

The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite series and I have loved every book in the series so it’s hard to say which one is my ¬†favourite, but this book is certainly a close contender.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

REVIEW OF BLUE LILY LILY BLUE

 

 

05 Nova Volume 1: Origin by Jeph Loeb (Text), Ed McGuinness (Illustrations)

5/5

This is one of my favourite comic series of all time. Nova is pretty much Spiderman in space. He’s an adorable little kid with big shoes to fill – he’s here to save the galaxy (and do his homework).

Nova Volume 1: Origin (Marvel Now)

06 Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith

4/5

I really love this series – I listen to the books on audiobook and I really recommend that style. The audiobooks really capture the voices of the characters. Rowling has created some really amazing characters – the stuff she comes up with s amazing!

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

REVIEW OF CAREER OF EVIL

07 The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

5/5

I also listened to this one on audiobook and really enjoyed it! I loved this book and consider it one of my favourites of the year, Riordan just has a way with words. Apollo is a hilarious narrator and I really can’t wait to read book 2 next year!

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

REVIEW OF THE HIDDEN ORACLE

08 The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1) by Emily Rodda

5/5

I read this trilogy a few years ago and loved it and randomly in the middle of the year I was hit with the sudden urge to re read it. And I am so glad that I did pick up the trilogy, it’s a lovely and unique series and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1)

09  The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

5/5

Oh. My. God. Don’t even get me start with this book. Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy god. ¬†I loved the magic system and the characters are all amazing.This trilogy is truly brilliant and I cannot wait to start some of his other books.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

REVIEW OF THE FINAL EMPIRE

10  My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton &  Jodi Meadows

5/5

Okay, guys, I know it’s Christmas but stop what you’re doing and please go and read this! This book is hilarious and you can tell the authors enjoy working together. The characters are awesome and the plot is ridiculous!

My Lady Jane

REVIEW OF MY LADY JANE

11 Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

5/5

I read the first 4 volumes of this series last month and can’t wait to read volume 5 when my library gets it. I loved the artwork and I loved the relationships, romantic or otherwise. This is a fun and original new comic series and I can’t way to continue on with!

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes #1-4)

12 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

5/5

I saw this film last month¬†and fell in love with Newt Scamander instantly, I went from being incredibly sceptic about the series to having complete faith in Rowling. After reading this and seeing the film, I believe that J.K. knows what she’s doing and I can’t wait to see her latest project through. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Top 11 Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 |¬†Bookmas Day 11!

01 The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

May 16th 2017

This is a book about a spy school that cultivates teens into tropes and two boys from the school who are each seen as either the “good boy” or the “bad boy” and are meant to be in a love triangle with a girl from the school but end up falling for each other. I am so ready.

The Love Interest

02 Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim by Noelle Stevenson

April 20th 2017

I read the first four volumes of this series last month and plan on continuing on with the series as soon as the library gets the next instalments in the series. I definitely recommend this series – it’s really fun and quirky!

Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim

03 America by Jamie McKelvie (Artist), Matt Wilson (Colorist)

America Chavez is amazing. She has spunk and is certainly not afraid to throw a punch. I loved her in Young Avengers and I can’t wait to see her in her own series!

America

04 Silver Surfer, Vol. 5: The Man Who Lived Twice by Dan Slott (Text), Mike Allred (Illustrations)

September 5th 2017

I haven’t yet read volume 4 but I know I’ll love it so I am definitely anticipating volume 5.

Silver Surfer, Vol. 5: The Man Who Lived Twice

05 Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

June 13th 2017

I loved the first book, Every Heart A Doorway and the second book is based more so on two of the other characters – Jack and Jill. I find these two characters really interesting so I can’t wait to find out more about them.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

06 The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

Okay, so I haven’t actually read any of the books in this series yet but I really think I’m going to enjoy it. I plan on starting the series at the start of next year so I hope I’ll be able to get to book 5.

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07 Untitled (Skulduggery Pleasant #10) by Derek Landy

June 2017

I am currently reading book 9 of this series, I read the last few books in the series last month and I think I kind of exhausted myself. I know that by June I should be ready to read the last book in the series but for now I’m a bit tired of the world.

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08 Caraval (Untitled #1) by Stephanie Garber

January 31st 2017

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval‚ÄēStephanie Garber‚Äôs sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.”

I don’t even need to explain – this sounds amazing!

Caraval

09 The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy #1  by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer and Superheroes?¬†I don’t actually know the plot of the books but I am so ready.

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10 The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle (book one) was one of my favourite read of the year so I’m really excited for book two!

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)

MY REVIEW OF THE HIDDEN ORACLE

11 History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

January 17th 2017

I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, nor do I know the plot of this novel. All I know is that Adam Silvera seems like a really nice man and this book is supposed to be amazing!

History Is All You Left Me

Top 10 Covers of 2016 |¬†Bookmas Day 10!

2016 has not been an overly fantastic year but it’s been a pretty decent year for books, I’ve read some amazing books this year, ther have also been some fantastic books pyublished this year! Book covershave gotten a lot better over the last few years and let’s be honest we all judge ¬†book by it’s cover.This list has been one of the most difficult I’ve made during Bookmas, there were so many books I wanted to add to this list but unfortuntely I could only have 10 covers.

01 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Who on this Earth doesn’t love the cover of this novel? Gold is my least favourite colour of any, I’m really just not a fan of shiny things. However, the gold with the dark shade of blue looks amazing and the art is stunning!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

02 Heartless by Marissa Meyer

One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad.

I’m not particularly fond of the normal edition of the novel but the Owlcrate edition is absolutely stunning! I was never particularly fond of the arc cover and I was sure the cover was going to be different for the final printing of the novel.

Heartless

03 The Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time by Robert Venditti

I think this series has been blessed with amazing covers but that could be said for pretty much any comic covers – they almost always have brilliant and eyecatching covers! The covers are amazing but the story is even better – Like almost everything on this list I definitely recommend this comic series.

The Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time (The New 52)

04 A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

I’m actually really not a big fan of this trilogy but the covers and the plot are what keep me reading the books. I’m really hoping to read it by the end of the year because then I will have read the entire trilogy this year.

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)

05 Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

This manga sounds amazing! One day Naho is just chilling when one day she recieves a letter from her future self. At first she writes it off as a prank but as the predictions in the letter begin to come true Naho relises that the lette might be real. Her future self from the letter also warns her that a new transfer student will be arriving soon and that she needs to watch over them.

This honestly sounds brilliant and I can’t wait to read it!

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1

06 This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

I have never read a book by Victoria Schwab so to say I am excited is an understatement! I’ve heard brillian tthings about this book – the worlds is supposed to be structured really well and in a very unique way. I’ve herd tht the charcters are really likeable and that the story is really enjoyable.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

07 Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau

I gave this to one of my friends for Christmas and she absolutely loved it, naturally that has really heightened my excitemnet for it! The comic use really bright cours, hs a diverse cast of chracters and has LGBT characters. I am so ready to read it!

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra

08 I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After (I Hate Fairyland #1) by Skottie Young (Writer, Artist), Jean-François Beaulieu (Colourist) & Nate Piekos (Letterer)

The plot sounds amazing but the only problem I have with comics is that if I can’t access them at the library or take a look at the art style at the comic store I don’t really know what I’m in for.

I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After

09 Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (The Cosmere) by Brandon Sanderson

As ¬†I’ve only read the Mistborn trilogy I can’t yet start this novel – it’s a collection of shorter stories from some of Sandersons works in the Cosmere world. I plan to be able to read this in a year or 2 after I’ve read enough of Sanderson’s works.

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

10 Beast by Brie Spangler

An LGBT version of Beauty and the Beast? That’s literally all I know about this book and I’m pretty sure it’s all I need to know. The cover is amazing and it’s based on my favourite movie of all time, I am so ready!

Beast

Top 9 Books Published in 2016 |¬†Bookmas Day 9!

01 We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Okay, so from what I’ve learnt writing these posts for bookmas is that I really don’t know the plot of any of the books on my TBR and that I think I’m okay with that. All I know of this book is that it is LGBT and it has aliens. And quite honestly I think that’s all anyone needs to know.

We Are the Ants

02 Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

I don’t really read manga but this series got a lot of hype this year, and I’ve heard that it’s a good place to start. I would have alreaady rad it but it’s quite expensive to buy online, my libraries don’t have it and it’s not in stores.

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1

03 Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

I have been listening to this on audio gradually for a few months, I am currently on chapter six and am loving it! I love the soundtrack and because I don’t live in the US or anywhere close I will never be able to see it live so being able to learn about how the show was created is really cool!

Hamilton: The Revolution

04 The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

The final novel in The Raven Cycle series. One of the most highly anticipated novels of the year, not just for me but for many people all over the world. Some people didn’t ejoy the ending of this novel but personally I didn’t mind it, I loved this novel and I’m aready planning to reread the series next year.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

MY REVIEW OF THE RAVEN KING

05 The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

I loved this novel, so so much. Apollo is a horific and hilarious protagonist, he is ridiculously full of hiself and he really thinks he’s all that. I am definitely looking forward to the next four books in the series.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

MY REVIEW OF THE HIDDEN ORACLE

06 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Everyone and their dog’s cousin has heard about this novel, it’s been in countless book hauls and wrap ups and yet I still have no clue what it’s about. All my mind has retained about this novel is that it’s pretty nuts. Of course tht mkes me pretty excited for it.

Dark Matter

07 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Guys, this book is phenomenal. The charcters are amazingly witty and opinionated which certainly makes the dialogue and inner monologues of the characters more fun and hilrious. This book is one of the top three funniest thing I’ve read all year and I regret nothing. Please go and read it.

My Lady Jane

MY REVIEW OF MY LADY JANE

08 Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Rose Franklin was riding her bike one day when she saw something, naturally she went to investigate and then fell in a giant hole. What was in the hole, you may ask. A giant metal hand, I may answer!

I am so ready for this book, it sounds strange and silly,  sign me the hell up!

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

09 Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I have actually read this novel so I can definitely say that I loved it! I fully intend to finish the series as the next books come out. Every Heart A Doorway is an interesting and mysterious novel, it’s about a school of kids who have all been into worlds not their own. They’ve travelled through doorways to other worlds and found themselves there and have then been thrown out, naturally, they want to go back but with most cases the doors never appear again. Because of this the kids have a lot of trouble adapting to their old world and are then shipped off to this school, a bit like rehab. It’s a really interesting novel and I definitely recommend it!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Top 8 Books I Want to Read in 2017 |¬†Bookmas Day 8!

01 A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Everyone and their neighbour’s niffler knows about this series. It sounds fantastic and though I’ve only read a few pages of it, I already love it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series and I cannot wait to get to know the characters!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

02 In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

I am so ready to read this you don’t even know. Gaming and comics? Sign me the f up!

In Real Life

03 Scythe  (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

Okay, so this book has been getting a lot of hype lately and I got curious. I actually have it out from the library at the moment so hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

04 Steelheart  (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I loved the Mistborn trilogy and I love superheroes so I can only guess that I’ll love this series. I am ready for more Sanderson!

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

05 The Dark Prophecy  (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

I read the first novel of this series this year and I really enjoyed it, Apollo is hilarious! This was probably one of my favourite novels of the year.

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)

MY REVIEW OF THE HIDDEN ORACLE (BOOK ONE)

06  (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

I fully intend to start this series in January next year so hopefully I’ll be able to kick off the year with a bang and knock off some of my TBR early in the year. I haven’t actually read the blurb but the cover is giving me a Ghostbusters vibe so I’m pretty excited about it!

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)

07 The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy #1) by Marissa Meyer

I’ll be honest I really don’t know that much about this trilogy. It’s not coming out until November in 2017 so I’m sure we’ll find out more closer to the release date and once we get a cover. I mean, Marissa Meyer and superheroes? I’m in.

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08 Young Avengers, Volume 2: Alternative Culture by Kieron Gillen

Earlier this year I read the first volume of this trilogy and I loved it! This comic series has a fantastic cast of characters and I really enjoyed the plot of volume 1 – I only wish that the series had not been cancelled!

Young Avengers, Volume 2: Alternative Culture