Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far”.

None of us have read many books released in 2016, so we are going to accumulate our 2016 releases together!

Emily’s Reads
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy)The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutoski
This is book 3 of The Winner’s Curse Trilogy. It was the perfect conclusion to the popular series. Highly recommended

The Crown  by Kiera CassThe Crown (The Selection, #5)
The conclusion to my guilty pleasure series, The Selection. It revolves around America’s daughter, Eadlyn, and her own selection. The character growth is really good, I was hooked the entire way through once again as it was full of surprises.

Flawed (Flawed, #1)Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
The YA debut of the renowned romance writer.
About a society based on perfection and punishing those who are not perfect, who are flawed, by branding them. It centers around Celestine who is faced with a situation which forces her to make an action that the Guild tells her is wrong.



Daz’s Reads
東京喰種トーキョーグール 7 [Tokyo Guru 7] (Tokyo Ghoul, #7)Tokyo Ghoul vol. 7 by Sui Ishida
Yet another edition to a growing manga series! About a world where humans and ghouls have to learn to live with each other…the only problem is that ghouls require human flesh in order to survive!

Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher #6) by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher, #6)A continuation of the infamous Witcher series. Follow Geralt as he tries desperately to fight against his destiny and find his adopted daughter, or is it too late?

2016 Releases we own but haven’t read (quite) yet.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
  • The Neverland Wars – Audrey Greathouse
  • This Secret We’re keeping -Rebecca Done
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Under The Dusty Moon – Suzanne Sutherland
  • The Light Fantastic – Sarah Combs


The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy#1) by Marie Ruthoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Teens & Young Adult, YA Fantasty

Published: 3rd July 2014 by  Bloomsbury Childrens Books, UK.

My Thoughts (2)


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

My Thoughts

I heard lots of people going on about this book, so of course I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I was hooked and read it in on sitting.

Kestrel is the daughter of a Valorian general, strong minded and loves her independence. Within the first chapter, Kestral buys a Herrani slave for a lot of money, she allows people to believe it is because he is a blacksmith and would be a perfect fit into her home but it is mainly due to her love of playing music, which is reserved for slaves, and he can sing. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that she will eventually fall in love with the Arin the slave, but of course, that is socially unacceptable.

The winner’s curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only after paying a steep price.”

Because the book is written in third person, we get to read about both Kestrel and Arin, which is brilliant as there is a lot of dramatic irony, as we learn that Arin has been specifically placed into Kestrel’s house.

I was really intrigued by Kestrel. She was clever and cunning as she was able to trick and manipulate characters into helping her when she needed it. She cannot bear to take a life but was able to come up with strategies that would ultimately kill numerous people. She was not physically strong, she was capable in fighting, but her intelligence and strategy made up for it.

I have already started on the next book and see myself completing the series within the next few days at this rate!

My Thoughts (1)


How is it September already?!

I feel that this year has gone by so quickly! It was in January that I was panicking and stressing over my dissertation. Now I have finished, graduated and got my on little class of munchkins! I wrote a little bit about my first day in year one here, if you would like to read about it.

As it was last year, September brings work and this means less reading! 😦 I read whilst on the bus, so I get through one “adult” a week/fortnight. Although if you count picture books, I steam my way through those 😛

I wrote  post last week about children’s book I have recently bought. I just wanted to say, I read The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher today, and my children absolutely loved it! They were laughing their heads off! I couldn’t keep a straight face reading about “your own poo and times it by four” either! So definitely give it a read! I’m already convincing my children to bring in their own copies of the other books so we can read them!

I have just finished The Sister Pact by , which I really enjoyed. The review will come out soon, when I get around to writing it!

I am currently reading The Invasion of the Tearling on e-book. I’m about 40% of the way through, and I’m finding it OK, but rather uneventful…

My copy of Queen of Shadows arrived, which I was very excited about. Until I began reading it, and realised I had completely forgotten what happened and got very confused as to who Aelin was. Not a good start for me! I have begun again, after doing a quick Wiki to remind myself! I’m not very far through yet…

The Sister PactThe Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I have also bought, but not quite got around to starting yet, the following books:

  • Heir of Night: THe Wall of Night: Book One by Helen Lowe – I have been staring at this book in Waterstones for ages. I have finally caved and bought it. Now I just need to find time to read it.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I was so sure I had read this book as I own Fire (book 2) which has definitely been read. But despite reading the blurb I cannot remember either book! So I shall begin them again.
  • The Winners Curse and The Winners Crime by Marie Rutkolski – I made such a booboo with this! I had the second one on e-book. I ordered the first one on amazon in paper back once I realised. Only to find out when it arrived that I has actually ordered the same second book. The first one has finally arrived! Lets hope I enjoy them now after my mistake!
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – This book hasn’t arrived yet, but I am excited for when it does. I keep hearing this about this book, so I’m very intrigued!
  • A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I actually pre-ordered this, so I have had it for a very long time. I’ve added it on here because it still remains on my TBR list, and I feel I may need some nagging to get around to reading it.

The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

What books have you recently bought?

Have you read any of my recently bought books? Where should I begin?