It is time to share with you my favorite 2016 releases so far! I have been fortunate enough to get amazing advance review copies this year and it was hard to limit this list to only ten titles. I hope the second half of 2016 is just as awesome.
The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker is a perfect mixture of a thriller and a YA contemporary. It is a story of a girl who tries to figure out what being in love should feel like and whether love is the same for everyone. This is one of those books that it impossible to put down because you just want to know more!
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood won't be published until August, but if this one isn't on your TBRs yet, PLEASE ADD IT THERE NOW! It is both ugly and wonderful, as the title promises, and filled with interesting characters and events. A true gem of a book for sure.
I finished reading The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey last weekend and I have a feeling I will be thinking about this book for a LONG TIME. It won't be published until September, but I highly recommend adding it to your wishlists/TBRs, even if you don't normally read middle grade novels. Reading this was a true roller coaster of emotions from love to anger to being entertained to being incredibly sad. It is a beautiful and important story I hope a lot of young readers get introduced to.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson is so wonderfully intelligent, geeky, hilarious and romantic. Anderson has been able to put together everything I love from YA contemporary novels into a packet of awesomeness!
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner reminded me of why I love reading so much at a time I was in a bit of a reading slump. Zentner's story is so incredibly beautiful, atmospheric and full of interesting, complicated characters. I had to use tissues only only to wipe my eyes but to wipe the screen of my ereader because I was crying so much while reading this.
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's The Smell of Other People's Houses not only has an amazing title, but also tells an incredibly interesting story set in 1970s Alaska. It focuses on stories of four teenagers with very different lives and the way Hitchcock balances these four stories is done incredibly well. Also, look at that cover - I want to frame it and put it on my wall.
Morgan Matson is one of the queens of YA contemporary novels, and The Unexpected Everything was just as awesome as I expected it to be. It is quite lengthy for a YA contemporary, but every single page is totally worth it. It has dogs, a cute guy, an interesting group of friends, and a father-daughter relationship that I loved reading about.
Danika Stone's All the Feels is a must read for all fangirls and fanboys out there! Though there were a few things I hoped the book would have developed a bit more (the relationship between the main character and her mother), I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it quite easy to identify with the main character Liv. Also, Xander is just SUPER DREAMY.
When We Collided did not become my favorite Emery Lord novel, but I still appreciated it a lot and enjoyed my reading experience. Emery Lord writes so well and is so damn hilarious that her characters are so interesting to follow around and fall in love with.
Wendy Mills's All We Have Left is probably going to make waves once it is released later on this year. It's events focus on two different characters from two different time periods. The lives of both characters are shadowed by the events of 9/11. I think Mills treats the subject matter with care and I bet this novel will ignite many interesting conversations once it hits the bookstores.
Which are some of your favorite 2016 releases so far?