“As I look over my list of books for 2016, I find that, as usual, I am a PNR and Sci-Fi girl at heart. Most of mine fall within those genres. They just stay with me. That characters, the worlds, their struggles. There are a few non fantasy books on the list too.
I can’t wait for 2017 – so many of my “series” have new books coming out this year. And the few surprises here and there that are not series turn out to be the best reads sometimes. I found just about every one of these books here on your blog. Wait. I found ALL these books here on your blog! Wow. CHEERS to you. You make me a happy reader.”
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith <— Okay, I admit, I read this at the end of 2015, but didn’t really start pushing it on everyone until 2016, so I am putting it at the top of my list for 2016 because I have pimped this book out to everyone I know this year. It’s just that good. And I found it on your blog! Your friend had recommended it to you and you mentioned it, so I thought, “why not?”. Sooooo glad I did. Will never ever forget this book.
Wolfsong by T.J. Klune <— Wow. Just wow. The very best shifter book I think I have ever read. Yes, it’s m/m…. But it hardly even matters. It’s so gentle and sweet and brutal all at the same time. This one blew me away. The way the characters interact feels the most authentic to me of any shifter book. The coming of age story follows Ox and Joe – Joe is just a young boy, destined for so much more. Ox (with that hideous name) is one of the best characters ever written, hands down. He is simple, and pure, and I adore him! Just read this one. You will not be disappointed.
Empire of Storms (Throne Of Glass Series Book 5) by Sarah J. Maas <— This series just gets better and better with every book. The secondary characters make this series a stand-out, and this book delivers on that in a big way. And there is a Fae prince that is TO DIE FOR, so, Michelle is a happy happy girl.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas <— I somehow skipped this one until the end of the year. Why? I am an idiot, that’s why. This series is just as good as her Throne of Glass series. Absolutely loved it. I adore her bad boys and her heroines are strong and smart, and the world building is top notch. These are both must read series for fantasy fans.
Beyond the Sea: LGBT Romance by Keira Andrews <— This is a non fantasy read. But I remember it like it was a movie, and for that reason it makes my list. So many contemporary romances just exit right out of my brain. But not this one. It’s m/m… and they get stranded on an island after a plane crash. Sounds so cheesy, right? But it ISN’T. It’s poignant and so authentic. I loved this one. And he’s older, and the pilot! And then there’s the boy-band younger man…. I know, I know, sounds so cheesy. Just try it. It will surprise you.
The Legend of the Bloodstone (Time Walkers Book 1) by EB Brown <— This one reminded me of Outlander so much. A girl gets tossed back a couple of hundred years and finds herself near Jamestown in the hands of a Native American warrior. Let the fun begin. Right? Except, it’s more than that. It’s not fun – it’s really serious. And, again, secondary characters did it for me.
Loverboy (Dartmoor Book 5) by Lauren Gilley <— I love this series, but this book was an amazing stand out. This is Tango’s story and it is BRUTAL. All those books I used to read about the hero who went through hell, they were okay because it was PNR. And that was just imagination, and not really happening to anyone, right? Zadist and Acheron… but then there’s Tango. And it is real. And it’s happening in my world? Oh no. No no no. Broke my heart.
Captive Prince: Book One of the Captive Prince Trilogy by CS Pacat <— Yes, okay another m/m (what am I turning into? Fabi?)… anyhoo… this was a stand out. It was painful and beautiful, and I just loved this story. I can picture them in my head, and that makes it a 5 star read – the ones that I don’t forget. I was scrolling through so many 2016 reads and couldn’t even picture who they were about. Then I came across Captive Prince, and hadn’t even considered it for my list, but their faces were right there in front of me – and one of the scenes from the book – so it deserves to be on the list!
A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1) by Amanda Bouchet <— This is another one of my new favorite series. The closest thing to Golden Dynasty I have found. Big ole’ warlord abducts feisty heroine. Oh boy! Loved it. What I like is that this has great writing and wonderful secondary characters. I am starting to sound like a broken record here, but I guess that’s my formula?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell <— This last spot was hard to fill. I looked over my lst a dozen times. I went back to this one, because it made me feeeeeeel something. It was supposed to be just a mention in another book (Fangirl) – so that readers understood her obsession with the Harry Potter-like character. But she wrote their story (Simon and Baz) and it is just unforgettable. This one is the odd ball of my list… it’s Simon and Baz that did it for me.
P.S. OMG. Major book fog! Why did I submit my Best of list to Maryse already? THIS BOOK! It needs to be added. Walking Wounded : A Novel, by Lauren Gilley.
The feels? Oh gah!! They’re so REAL. And FABI. Drop whatever you’re reading cause this is the m/m book you MUST READ. I can’t stop thinking about it. I read it straight through. I miss Hal & Luke already. Lauren Gilley is such a talented writer. Add it to my list, Maryse, because I give it 5 big stars. What an amazing surprise. Touching & authentic. Yippee!!
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