Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams (2016)
Fiction | Poetry
“A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.”
A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir (2016)
YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy
“Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom. Continue reading
A Darker Shade of Sorcery (The Realmers #1) by Will Collins (2016)
YA Fiction | Paranormal | Fantasy
“The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.
A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.
Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-operas and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last. Continue reading
A Tapestry of Tears: short stories from India by Gita V. Reddy (2016)
Fiction | Short Story Collection
“Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.”
Rogue One: a Star Wars story (Movie, 2016)
Science Fiction | Galactic War
Starring: Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe), Wen Jiang (Baze Malbus)
Blurb: “The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.”
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Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane (2016)
YA Fiction | Fantasy
“Down the Rabbit hole is a twisted tale of two sisters bound by blood and separated by magick.
Alice is not the lovable girl the stories depict. A lifetime of pain and illusion has left her disturbed. Unpredictable. Dangerous. Continue reading
It was so incredibly hard to choose but I’ve finally come up with this year’s updated list of my favorite book series and stand-alones (as of 2016). There are so many amazing books that I’ve read so it was incredibly hard to narrow some of the categories down to just one series or book. Some were easy long time faves, but others…it was a challenge to choose!
*Not including ARCs