KT’s Favorite Books of 2016

Dec 31, 2016 by

KT’s Favorite Books of 2016

For 2016, my overall reading was pretty low. I averaged about two books a week, and in the end, I read 60 books this year. The majority like always was romance with some non-fiction and young adult mixed in. Again the majority of my reads were self-published, and I read a great deal more books from traditional publishing’s digital lines.

Below are my top 5 favorite books of 2016. My favorite book of 2016 surprisingly isn’t a romance, although it has romantic elements because it’s a young adult. That book is If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

 

(May from Flatiron Books)

Why one of my favorites?

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was a very hard to read because the pages would constantly blur from my unshed tears. My tears were of sadness, as well as joy for Amanda, a seventeen-year-old girl who goes to live with her divorced father in order to start at a new high school as a senior. Her father doesn’t understand Amanda, and Amanda feels responsible for her parents’ divorce. Amanda has been bullied her entire life, filled with confusion and fear to the point she tried to kill herself. The reason is because Amanda was once Andrew. She was born a boy but always felt she was a girl stuck in a boy’s body. It’s been a long time since I’ve had such an emotional, visceral response to a book like If I Was Your Girl. We need more books like this, especially in the Young Adult genre, and for readers who are like Amanda. If I Was Your Girl is the must read book of 2016, and will most likely be my favorite book of this year.”

(February, Self-Published)

Why one of my favorites?

“Jen can write killer, smoking, blush inducing sex scenes. There is one love scene between Matty and Lucy toward the end that had me laughing so hard. It involved Lucy’s glucose levels because of her diabetes. She swallows something of Matty’s that could skyrocket her glucose, or so Matty thinks, and becomes very concerned because of it. That scene was too funny for naughty words. The sights and sounds of college life is great here, down to the locker room, and the study groups. Also the bar scene, and even something as simple as roommates hanging out together is extremely well done. The one downside was all the mention of sex, and how Matty’s teammates are way too obsessed with getting it. Were these guy dropping Viagra every hour? I wish that was toned down a bit, because some of the talk about the women they’ve been with, especially by Ace was a big turn off, and very crude and disrespectful. But I was still so involved with the story that it didn’t ruin it for me. Matty and Lucy made it well worth it. There’s not many college setting New Adult romances I can recommend, but this book, and this series is one of them.”

 

(August, Sourcebooks)

Why one of my favorites?

A Promise of Fire by debut author, Amanda Bouchet should feed the appetite for those looking for an alternative world that has magic and romance, and a nice GRRM’s Game of Thrones feel, combined with Elizabeth Vaughan’s Warland Chronicles. The heroine is a spunky loner with incredible powers, and the hero is a Warlord who isn’t necessarily obsessed with fighting and going to war. The main couple clashes from the beginning, which is great foreplay for both as they have a grudging respect for one another, which transforms into full blown love, and a whole lot of lust (awesome steamy love scenes). A Promise of Fire had me hooked from the first chapter, and didn’t let up until the last page. A Promise of Fire is a very entertaining story. The world building is excellent, but easy to follow. Cat is like an actual cat. She spits and snarls, but also purrs when it comes to Griffin. Her banter with him and his brothers in arms lifts the scene, and there are many moments of humor. Griffin is your typical swoony lovable hero.”

 

(August, Valkyrie Press)

Why one of my favorites?

“Kresley is a queen at writing a cliffhanger you want to shake your fist at. The last page, including the last sentence is another big, OMG she did not moment in this series that will yet again change Evie in ways you would have never expected. I actually gasped at the last sentence. An evil move on part of Kresely, but one I can’t wait to read and see how it will unfold. Arcana Rising kept my interest and continues to awe me with the world building, including the romance element with Evie. I look forward to the next book in this series that has me salivating for more.”

 

(October, Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Why one of my favorites?

Beast by Brie Spangler is one of those books that stays with you long after you finished reading. Beast is a take on The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, but set in high school with “Beast” as a hairy, almost 7 foot high schooler who falls for “Beauty”, a transgender female. This spin gives a unique take a timeless fairytale that teaches beauty is only skin deep, and love transcends labels, especially when it comes to a boy falling for a girl, who was born a male, but every part of her (other than her anatomy) is female. Beast will tug at your heart, and perhaps make you shed a tear because Beast shows the beauty of love and how acceptance on all levels is pure and innocent. Beast gave me all the feels, especially with Dylan, who has a great first person POV. This is one book I would recommend any teen or adult read. Major kudos to Brie Spangler who wrote a book that has a positive message and will make you sigh in happiness at the end.”

 

Other books from 2016 I enjoyed and recommend you read:

Brotherhood in Death and Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Skinny Dipping Season by Cynthia Tennent

Something More Than This by Barbie Bohrman

The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

The All-Star Antes Up by Nancy Harkness

For the Win by Sara Rider

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

 

And my must read book for 2017 (so far):

(February 21st from Avon)

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

 

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