The Ten Best Books of 2016

I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2016! It has been… quite a year. It was filled with books both good and bad, times up and down. But before the end of the year, I wanted to take the time to shine a spotlight on something positive: my favorite books of 2016. Only the books that truly have stayed with me (even months after reading them) have made it onto the list. These are the books I found to not only be good, but have that je ne sais quoi that really stuck with me. Continue reading

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Six of Crows ➳ Book Review

23437156Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Synopsis:Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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So this was… something. Mainly, I’m not entirely sure where I stand on it. It was definitely good, but spectacular? I’m not sure. So, to make things easier, I’ve compiled two lists: one of things I enjoyed, and one of problems I had (because who doesn’t love a good list?) Continue reading

Tiny Pretty Things

187102091Title: Tiny Pretty Things

Authors: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

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So, in short… THIS. BOOK.

The gist of it: backstabbing ballerinas, mental health issues, diversity, drama, and STRESS. It was oh, so wonderful. And, I might add SO ADDICTIVE. Continue reading