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

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The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy)

Title: The Winner’s Kiss

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #3 (The Winner’s Curse #1, The Winner’s Crime #2)

Publication: March 10th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s.

Genre: YA, Fantasy

ARC provided by Bloomsbury Children Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Following the intrigue and danger of The Winner’s Curse and the revolution and romance of The Winner’s Crime, Kestrel finds herself in the tundra’s mines and Arin has sailed home. The empire seems unstoppable.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this third and final installment in the heart-stopping Winner’s trilogy.

My Thoughts

If it weren’t for my month being incredibly busy, I think I would have read this in one, possibly two, sittings.

Ultimately I knew that Arin and Kestrel were going to get together. The journey was interesting part. Combine that with more complex dynamics in relationships, and I was a happy bunny.

We begin the book with Kestrel in the tundra mines due to the events at the end of the previous book. Drugged and ordered to work long hours, she cannot remember herself, her past, her family or Arin. Arin is sailing back home, under the (wrong) impression of Kestrel’s whereabouts and feelings. He is busy preparing his people for a war with Valoria. With a new alliance with Dacra and the god of Death on his side, he will not go down without a fight.

The Winner’s Kiss was a a perfect conclusion to a popular and well written series. Arin and Kestrel both experience a lot of growth from the previous book, with Kestrel showing a lot of strength, pulling herself up from rock bottom. Kestrel was vastly different at the beginning of the book, both physically and mentally, meaning the book explored the mental strength of female characters really well.

The secondary characters weren’t ignored with each one having a purpose in the book. I personally really liked Roshar with his sarcastic and witty remarks, especially at the most inappropriate times.

A highly recommended series with a highly satisfying conclusion.

My Rating

4-stars