Books of 2016 I Wish I Had Gotten To

December 20, 2016 Discussion 32

With as crazy as the second half of this year was, it was hard to read as much as I used to. I went from reading 200 books in 2015 to around 80 in 2016. Needless to say, there are a lot of 2016 releases I wish I had gotten to read in 2016. Here are some of them!

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 Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1 ) by Cassandra Clare

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

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 Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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 Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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 The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

What books do you wish you had read in 2016?
Did you read more or less this year?
What 2017 books are you excited for?

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32 Responses to “Books of 2016 I Wish I Had Gotten To”

  1. Bee

    I wish I’d gotten to The Glittering Court too! I loved VA and Soundless, so I have high hopes for it, even though there seemed to be a bit of controversy surrounding it in a lot of Booktube reviews, but I think the cover for the sequel was recently released, so maybe I’ll wait until book 2 is published and binge them one after the other! :) – Bee x
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    • Alise

      Vampire Academy is still probably one of my favorite YA series! Yeah, I’ve seen mixed reviews as well but I’m still holding out hope :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sara L.

    Crooked Kingdom was AMAZING!! I liked Salt To The Sea quite a bit, too, but wasn’t crazy about Truthwitch. As for books I wish I’d gotten around to… I can’t think of any, since I managed to read all the 2016 books I’d bought or received as gifts at this point. There are a few I might rent from the library next year, like Rebel of the Sands and… and… I forget any others. XD
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    • Alise

      Ahhh now I’m getting really anxious to read these – so exciting! Dang, I’m super jealous! Nice, Rebel of the Sands was pretty good.

    • Alise

      I feel you, my goal this year is 25. In 2014 it was 200 *sobs quietly*. I’m crazy excited now, Truthwitch just may be my next read!

    • Alise

      I really hope I can read it soon, I love her other books! LOL oh no, I just only had time to put five on this list.

    • Alise

      Right? And there are so many other new ones coming out all the time so we call always behind! Thanks for stopping by :)

    • Alise

      That’s high praise! I’m definitely looking forward to it now. So many great books to look forward to. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    GAHHH there are always SO many books every year that I’m sad that I didn’t read!! This year it’s The Raven King :( I’m going to try to read it next week, so maybe I’ll sneak it in before the end of the year. I also really wanted to read Replica and Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu. I wish I was one of those super fast 200 books a year readers!!
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    • Alise

      I KNOW. It’s almost impossible to keep up unless you can read like 200 to 300 a year which I definitely cannot either, haha. I really like Jennifer Mathieu’s books!

  4. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    Those all sound like such amazing reads! I read Lady Midnight and I’m about halfway through Crooked Kingdom but I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it before the end of the year. I have Salt to the Sea, Truthwitch, and The Glittering Court all sitting on my shelf begging to be read! I hope we both get a chance to read those books soon!
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  5. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    Salt to the Sea and Crooked Kingdom were two of my favorite books of 2016 so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did when you get a chance to read them. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3
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  6. czai

    I hope you get around Salt to the Sea soon!! It’s easily one of my fave 2016 reads. actually scratch that, it’s easily one of my fave books! :D Also seeing Crooked Kingdom on your list reminded me that Six of Crows is still sitting on my TBR shelf.
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    • Alise

      Ahh, you aren’t the first person to say that so now I NEED to get to it soon. Six of Crows is an awesome read, I hope you can check it out :D

    • Alise

      I’m in the same position! I’ve read The Infernal Devices trilogy and the original trilogy but need to finish up the last books. Same here! Thanks for stopping by :)

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