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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!

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By: Diane
Review, Young Adult / October 4, 2016
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Date: 09/2016
546 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

“They don’t know who we are. Not really. They don’t know what we’ve done, what we’ve managed together.” Kaz rapped his cane on the ground. “So let’s go show them they picked the wrong damn fight.”

Six of Crows was one of my favorite books of 2015 and I was a little nervous going into Crooked Kingdom. I needn’t have worried about the quality of the story, the plot was fast paced with frequently shifting sources of tension and danger. Kaz and company feel a little less ahead of the game than last time. Fighting for more personal reasons than money, and doing so against adversaries who know they are coming, plenty of ugly surprises are in store. This wasn’t like taking the Ice Court by surprise; coming up against a very-prepared Van Eck and Pekka Rollins, the gang frequently struggled and had to re-plot in their quest for revenge and redemption. I kept turning the pages wondering how Kaz and team would manage to achieve everything this story has been set up for. From beginning to end the plot flows masterfully with only small breathers before the next big disaster hits.

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By: Diane
Blog Tour, Guest Post / September 26, 2016

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I’m so thrilled to be hosting the final stop on the Crooked Kingdom international blog tour, celebrating the eagerly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Six of Crows! I’m here to introduce our favourite thief and cutthroat Kaz Brekker with exclusive thoughts by author Leigh Bardugo. The excitement is real guys! Gorgeous artwork up ahead by Kevin Wada.

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By: Daphne
Features, Top Ten Tuesday / December 31, 2015

What a great year it’s been for reading! I didn’t quite finish my ambitious challenge of 75 books this year, but this is due to me taking a very long time to read one of the series on this list (well worth the time spent). To see the rest of the books I read this year, see my Goodreads Challenge.

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By: Daphne
Blog Tour, Guest Post, Young Adult / September 24, 2015

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Welcome to the Six of Crows blog tour, celebrating this amazing new book set in the same universe as the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising)! The lovely Leigh Bardugo has done it again, with an incredible heist, gorgeous settings and her trademark excellent characters.

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By: Daphne