2015 Favorites!

 

I am going to split these up into categories, its been a great year for books! (Only books published in 2015)

I have not yet read: Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes, Untamed (Splintered #3.5) by A.G. Howard, See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter, The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson, Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Court of Fives (Court of Fives #1) by Kate Elliott, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker and Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin.

A. TOP OF THE YEAR: There are some books I have read this year that have been just stellar.

1. After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/book-review-after-you/

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2. Confess by Colleen Hoover

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1116897808?book_show_action=falseconfess

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

I am a huge fan of Sarah’s an this book was just amazing! From the writing to the characters, this book is the total package!

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

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1148777995?book_show_action=false

a darker shade of magic

5. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1064555453?book_show_action=false

fairest

6. Fall With Me (Wait For You #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My favorite of the series so far!

fall with me

7. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

I absolutely loved this book! Now that the world is set, Sara takes great care in her characters and plot, making this series go in amazing directions that will keep you hooked and begging for the finale, I know I am.

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8. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

This book just needs one word to describe it: stunning.

the last time we say goodbye

9. The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon

This was an amazing sequel to The Bone Season and I think Samantha has huge plans for this series. I can’t wait!

the mime order

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga \

I really enjoyed this one and the direction that Warga took to handle this difficult issue. I was impressed with her writing in this book and the change in tone throughout

my heart and other black holes

11. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1144513315

the orphan queen

12. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1086411567?book_show_action=false

queen of shadows

 

13. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/the-rose-society-by-marie-lu/

the rose society

14. The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury

I thought that the writing in this book was absolutely astounding. The story interested me and the characters were amazing, as well as the plot. I can’t wait for book 2!

the sin eaters daughter

15. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1299204649?book_show_action=false

six of crows

16. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1064551208?book_show_action=false

the start of me and you

17. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

A little slow in the beginning, but it was definitely worth the read! I’m excited for another great series from Rick.

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18. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

This book built on the world and conflict of the first installment with a cliffhanger ending that has me so excited for the final book this March!

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19. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/winter-review/

winter

20. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1279980760?book_show_action=false

the wrath and the dawn

B. SURPRISES: Some books I thought weren’t going to be anything special ended up being really great.

1. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

I thought that this was going to be a typical contemporary about childhood friends reuniting but this was so much better. Packed with feeling and amazing characters, this was a great one!

emmy and oliver

2. The Good Girls (The Perfectionists #2) by Sara Shepard

This was a crazy sequel and will keep you on your toes until the very end with a twist you will never see coming!

the good girls

3. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1086411833?book_show_action=false

the heir

4. The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

This is a good one. Set in a Comic-Con like event, two polar opposite teenagers try to find a little kid they are supposed to be watching. Hilarity and hijinks issue, as well as some heart.

the improbable theory of ana and zak

5. The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1120567595?book_show_action=false

the wicked will rise

C. GREAT, BUT NOT EXCELLENT: Books that were really great, but didn’t make that jump to amazing for me.

1. Armada by Ernest Cline

This was really good, I liked the plot a lot and I also liked the characters but some parts were a bit slow and dragging.

armada

2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves (A Book of Spirits and Thieves #1) by Morgan Rhodes

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1169692898?book_show_action=false

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3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/carry-on-review/

carry on

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This book has a really great story and characters but the twist seemed kind of simple and the plot kind of dragged.

everything everything

5. Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

I really enjoyed how unapologetic Levy was with how she portrayed Tyler’s struggles as well as her writing but I did feel the plot dragging or not being fully explained in some parts.

not after everything

6. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1086412029

red queen

7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1174029354?book_show_action=false

Saint Anything

D. NOT CONTENT, BUT FEELING: The content of these books have not made them favorites, but the feeling I got while reading them has.

1. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

This was really cute and a lot of fun to read! Great characters and plot.

the fill in boyfriend

2. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) by Jenny Han

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1077268110?book_show_action=false

ps i still love you

3. Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

This was a lot of fun to read and it went deeper than I thought. A really good one.

paper or plastic

4. Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This one was really good, but it still felt like a bit of a filler volume before the huge conflict happens, its needed though and I am excited for Vol. 6!

saga volume 5

5. What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

This was a really deep read and I like how Verdi doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff but this felt like it dragged a little bit.

what you left behind

6. A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1) by Rhiannon Thomas

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1179201048?book_show_action=false

a wicked thing

E. GREAT WRITING AND SUCH: These books were written amazingly and were great because of that.

1. Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1355658241?book_show_action=false

every last breath

2. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

This story is really creepy and disturbing, but Oakes’ writing makes it really stand out in a more positive way.

the sacred lies of minnow bly

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1225766975?book_show_action=false

simon vs the homosapiens agenda

4. Soundless by Richelle Mead

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/soundless-review/

soundless

5. Through the Dark (The Darkest Minds #1.5, #2.5, #3.5) by Alexandra Bracken

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1270844802?book_show_action=false

through the dark

6. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/what-we-saw-review/

what we ssaw

 

 

 

 

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A Study In Charlotte Review!

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Review copy provide by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! 

It took me forever to read this book, but it was so worth it!

I really loved the idea behind this book and that Cavallaro made Holmes and Watson different genders instead of having them be both male. These characters were amazing and the rapport that they had with each other was infectious and kept me turing the pages to see what would happen.

Another high point for this book was the setting. This book took place in what, at first glance, seems like a generic private school (like in Kate Brian’s Private series). But Cavallaro does a wonderful job at making the reader be able to picture the little details she puts in, making this setting unique.

One of the things that I felt were lacking in this book was the sequencing. Certain sections of the story felt out of place or took too long to get to the point. I also felt that Cavallaro could have delved a little bit more into Charlotte’s character a bit more, she was just so interesting and I feel we have just barely scratched the surface with her character and who she is.

I also loved the writing in this book. I don’t usually read a lot of mystery novels, so I was a bit skeptical going into this one, not knoeing what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how Cavallaro’s writing seemed to be mysterious and inquisitive when it needed to be and emotional when it needed to be.

Overall, I feel that this was a strong, fun and overall well rounded book for Brittany Cavallaro. There are not many mysteries in young adult books and I feel that she handled this genre fabulously. If this is a standalone, I am fine with that but I hope that there is more to come!

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A Study in Charlotte Review Coming Soon!

I am so sorry about the delay in posting my A Study in Charlotte review! Unfortunately, it is finals week along with other things going on and I have not had the time! Hopefully, I will have it up by the end of the year and if not, but very early January!

I am off the whole month of January, so expect a lot of posts! And maybe I’ll get more reading done!

Thanks for being patient!

Soundless Review!

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I absolutely loved all of  Richelle’s books up until Soundless‘s release, so when people were saying that this was just okay, I really didn’t have high expectations going into this. But personally, I really enjoyed this one. Granted, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines still are far superior in their storytelling, this had its high points too.

The characters were really well done. Richelle takes her main characters seriously as always and delivers an amazing one in Fei. I liked seeing her go through being so sold on their way of life and then slowly realizing that things were truly wrong. She was vulnerable and thoughtful and all together well rounded, I liked her a lot. I also liked the relationships that she had with other characters, both romantic and familial. I also really loved the settings and how strikingly different they were. We get to see one city thriving with food and metals and supplies while the other is starving and desolate. Richelle’s ability to create a clear image shines through here.

However, I didn’t like how short this was. With this story, I think that Richelle could have made this longer or even a duology. The story has so many elements that just felt wrapped up too nicely and too quickly for me to be truly satisfied with the ending. While I did really like the concept, the characters and the setting, the development of the story is what brings this down.

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