winged reviews
Adult, Young Adult / December 20, 2016

One of my favorite things to read from other bloggers is their favorite books of the year. I’ve read so many amazing books this year, many of my favorites were not new releases. Like The Realm of the Elderlings books by Robin Hobb, in which I still have two more series in that world to finish. For the purposes of this list I will stick to new releases, so here it is, my 5 Favorite New Releases of 2016!


The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski 

After all the angst, betrayal, and pain that was The Winners Crime, I waited desperately for this final book. Marie Rutkoski gave me everything I wanted for these beloved characters. Lots of it. In the most satisfying way possible. *HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF* Thank you Marie!!!!

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Another series finale and one that eclipsed it’s predecessors. I love Blackthorn. She reminds me of a grown up Mary Lennox (she’s grouchy and not all that pleasant). And she is not in her teens or twenties, which is refreshing. There is darth of 30+ heroines in fantasy. More please. And I love Grim. He’s like Samwise Gamgee with benefits. And he’s more of a theta hero. Have I waxed poetic about how much I dig theta heroes? Well I do. Another thing I want more of. All that set in Marillier’s wonderful myth/history-inspired world.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

While I could have handled a bitter-sweet ending that was more bitter than sweet, I still cherished every last moment with these unique and wonderful characters. My heart raced. I laughed. I cried. Maura Sargent is the closest a literary character has ever come to actually reminding me of me. Now if only we could get the Gray Man back …

Kings Rising by C.S Pacat

When I first picked up Captive Prince after seeing it everywhere, I was really skeptical. I just didn’t think it would be my thing, but I was curious. Two and a half days later I had finished the entire trilogy. And I think that’s how it often goes. Many will either love it or hate it and I can see why from both perspectives. Regardless, I was totally absorbed in these characters and this story. I still love them to bits and look forward to the future novella’s.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 It was fun to watch this group scramble and struggle with their adversaries after being so ahead of the game in Six of Crows. The ending wrapped things up perfectly for everyone. Almost. *sniff*

4 Responses to Diane’s Favorite Books of 2016

  1. When I talk about The Winner’s Kiss – I always say – a near perfect ending for a near perfect series. It was such a beautiful series and that last book was like icing on a cake.

    I need to get onto reading Crooked Kingdom – I want the box set, but whenever I go to get it, its sold out.

    Thanks for the post.
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    • Diane says:

      Yes! The Winners Kiss was such a perfect ending! I am forever grateful, these characters are some of my all time favorites. Glad you loved it too Angel!

  2. Sarah says:

    I really need to read “King’s Rising” I literally read the first two books back to back… and then burned out. I hate when I do that to myself! Also the Winners Curse series is high on my TBR list for next year so glad you enjoyed it! Secretly I love picking up a series when I know all the books are written – sometimes waiting for the next release can be torture!

    • Diane says:

      Burn out happens! I read them all back to back, but it’s happened to me with other series. Everyone who starts the Winners Trilogy now is lucky as the first two books have big cliffhangers!

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