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Must-Read 2016 New Releases

Three Dark Crowns

Must Read 2016 New Releases

Must-Read 2016 New Releases


Must-Read 2016 New Releases. 2016 has been a great year for reading. Not only did Netgalley and Edelweiss approve some of my requests for review copies, while traveling I purchased many new books – long before they were released in South Africa or Indonesia. I smashed my Goodreads challenge and released my first #BooksWithWings book into the wild.

But which of all the new 2016 releases I read during the year stand out? The must-read books that need to be shouted from the rooftops? Surprisingly  these are all 5-star reads – I don’t give out 5 stars lightly. But anyone who stayed still long enough for me to force them to read brighten their day knows just how much I loved them.

This is my list of 2016’s Must-Read New Releases


under rose-tainted skiesUnder Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I didn’t expect it to touch me as much as it did. It was real and sad but at the same time full of hope. Read more of my review

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

With the combination of superb characters and the rich storyline which flows like thick treacle, oozing with venom,  this is a book I will not forget. So very dark. Read more of my review

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Invited into the homes of Alaskan families, I discovered warm, rich characters whose lives interweave in extraordinary ways. Read more of my review

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Four very different lives are about to become entangled.  Abstract from Goodreads.com

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All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

An original, unpredictable story line and a very unusual format. Read more of my review

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Recoil by Joanne MacgregorRecoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. Read more of my review

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Way I Used to BeThe Way I Used to Be  by Amber Smith

An emotional rollercoaster that I am so glad I got on. Read more of my review

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.— Abstract from Goodreads.com

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heartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

I gobbled this book, dreaming of the characters. Trying to savour the flavours but instead gulping it almost all at once – like an unexpected treat that could be snatched away at any moment. Read more of my review

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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1P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The richly layered fudge cake characters were climb-under-my-skin and sprinkle-crumbs-over-pajamas. The kind of characters who are now your best friends because you know and love them. Read more of my review

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery? While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk!  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Summer Before ForeverThe Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

I loved the unique, edgy characters, but the real plus is the inclusion, and positive portrayal, of a learning difficulty. Read more of my review

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs  — Abstract from Goodreads.com 

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And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

Dark at times, with a rich deeply layered plot and well-developed characters. Intrigue, espionage, treason, murder, betrayal, loyalty and lies interspersed with love and swords. Read more of my review

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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  1. Rissi

    Cannot wait to read “P.S. I Like You” and “Three Dark Crowns” is on my Santa wish list (next week’s Top Ten Tuesday) so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Ooooh I LOOOOVED Three Dark Crowns! Also one of my favorites of the year! I really liked The Smell of Other People’s Houses, too! And I have to read ALL the others, basically. I have Under Rose-Tainted Skies, All the Missing Girls, Heartless, and And I Darken, I just have to get the chance. But these are such awesome choices!!

  3. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    Yay for completing your GR challenge with flying colours! I never do it myself because I just can’t handle the stress. You’ve definitely listed quite a few books that I loved in 2016. I am excited to start Under Rose Tainted Skies and I am happy to see that you loved it. <3

  4. Katie/Girl About Library

    Great list! I wasn’t familiar with The Smell of Other People’s Houses before reading this, but now I am really intrigued. I recently finished a non fiction book about Alaska and now I’m hooked on the setting.

  5. Lauren @ Always Me

    Yep, I need to try pretty much all of these! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    Ooo! What a great list. I haven’t read any of the titles you shared, but several are already on my wish list. I love the title of The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and the book sounds good too. 🙂 And I Darken is another one I have had my eye on. One of these days I’ll read something by Marissa Meyer. I’ve heard such good things about her books. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Lori

    I really loved The Way I Used to Be. It hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention. I also loved And I Darken. I want to read Three Dark Crowns soon! It sounds so good!
    My Top Ten

  8. Chrissi Reads

    I am so intrigued by some of the books on your list! Definitely want to read Heartless as soon as I can! 🙂 Good choices!

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