Favorite Books I Read in 2016!

Hello readers! Today’s blog is going to be a list of some of my favorite books I read in 2016! The books that I list are in no particular order…I liked all of them just about equally, but OH MY GOSH, THE TRIAL BY FIRE SERIES BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI IS GOLD!!! Read it, read it now.

She Is Mine by Stephanie Fast

Publisher Synopsis

Her father was an American serviceman, her mother a young Korean woman confused by the ravages of war. Abandoned at age four, nameless, homeless, and utterly alone, this child of destiny roamed the bleak, war-ravaged countryside of South Korea for three years and was finally left for dead. But God had other plans.

fast

Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

Publisher Synopsis

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…
The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.
The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

mistletoe

Trial by Fire Series by Josephine Angelini

Publisher Synopsis

The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

fire

United by Melissa Landers

Publisher Synopsis

After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.
But the vacation is short-lived.
The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

united

Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman

Publisher Synopsis

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

starbound

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton

secret

Publisher Synopsis

In the year 2368, humankind must struggle to survive under dire environmental conditions and strict government control. In this startling world, one brave young woman begins to unravel a web of lies about life on Earth that will empower her to discover, at last, who she really is. McNaughton vividly imagines an all-too-believable future and celebrates the impact that one person can make on the world.

Teal Review

There are not many books that I have read more than once, usually because I don’t have time since there are so many good books out there! But for some reason I just REALLY love this book, it’s any easy read and the story and characters are easy to understand and visualize.

Much like the movie WALL-E this book is based in the future where the Earth is pretty destroyed from humans. It goes deep into the filth and disease that the Earth has become, so bad that children, orphans, are required to pick through trash to try and find things to trade and sell for the company that they work for. The main girl, however, learns a secret from her past about what really happened too her parents, AND IT’S SO GOOD! It can sort of be a slow read, so if you aren’t into that then this book might not be for you…I’m not even sure why I am because normally I don’t like slow paced books…but I really enjoy The Secret Under My Skin!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Red Queen Dream Cast!

Queen Elara: Charlize Theron

red-queen-queen-elira

King Tiberias: Russel Crowe

redqueen-king

Mare: Halston Sage

mare

Kilorn: Jake Abel

jake

Farley: Natalie Dormer

farley

Maven: Asa Butterfield

red-queen-mavin

Cal: Drew Roy

cal

Evangeline: Cara Delevingne

cara

Gisa: Elle Fanning

elle

Bree: Shiloh Fernandez

red-queen-shade

Shade: Matthew Daddario

shade

Julian: Paul Rudd

paul

There are a lot of really good options for each of these characters, however these were just a few that stuck out to me while doing some research! Hope you liked my picks, if you have any suggestions comment down below!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

 

Reading Challenge 2017 Update

This is just going to be a quick post about my current reading challenge for 2017 (the challenge is through Goodreads). My goal for the year is 30 books, which is a super small goal for me, but because of full time classes and planning a wedding for June, I made my goal small for now! I am currently 30% in to the challenge, that’s 9 books since the beginning of the year! I really like my reading spread so far. There have been some I loved and some I hated. I am just going to put the titles and authors, with a book picture, in a numbered order; one being the first book I read this year and nine being the most recent book I finished. If you have read any of the books listed, or are currently reading any of the books listed, comment down below and let me know your thoughts and feelings on them!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maaschal
  2. The Last Star by Rick Yanceychal2
  3. Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Daviskisses
  4. Undertow by Michael Buckleychal3
  5. Evermore by Brenda Pandoschal4
  6. Starclimber by Kenneth Opelstarclimber
  7. We Are Okay by Nina LaCourweareokay
  8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCoureverything
  9. Raging Sea by Michael Buckleyragingsea

Starfall by Melissa Landers

star

Publisher Synopsis

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits. Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion.

Teal Review

**Spoilers Alert**

This book…THIS BOOK!! I thought that it was going to follow along with Solara and Dorans’s story again…which I am not sure why I thought this because it even talks about Cassia and Kane in the synopsis…but anyways, I must say that I just really love Melissa Landers’ writing and characters! I definitely liked Starflight more than this one, simply because I liked Solar and Doran as characters, and their story, better. But I still enjoyed Starfall! The situation that Kane is in towards the end was a little bit weird, I never thought that the sickness was actually a drug addiction! What?! I have never encountered that in a book  where drug addiction is the mysterious problem. Also, leading up to the realization by Kane that the sickness was drugs was brilliantly written because I never even had an inkling that Zhang was actually dealing out a drug addiction and not some horrible disease. Going back to the subject of Kane and his situation, did anyone else find Zhang’s whole enterprise on the new planet a little bit creepy and bizarre? I mean, fighting to the death, gruesome mazes and girls cutting themselves because the guest is always right. No? well I did!

All in all I did enjoy this book, I liked Starflight better and hope that we get another book following Solara and Doran!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

notread

I know, I know. I am a horrible person for not reading this series yet, BUT in my defense I have read the Thrown of Glass series by Sarah  and that is a long series with lots of words! Plus I didn’t want to read this series so soon after reading the Thrown of Glass series because I didn’t want to confuse the story line and characters; since they s closely related series. This is currently in my TBR pile and I will read it SOON, I promise!

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

notread1

Honestly, I don’t know a lot about this series other then that it is really popular and it is a “spin of” of the Grisha series (which I also have not read, sorry!). I usually read the synopsis of books to make sure that I want to read it but I have heard good things about this series so I am just going to go for it!

Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare

notread3

Yeah I know, “you haven’t read this series?! but Cassy Clare wrote it!”, but in my defense I DID start the first book (and I think finished it but I can’t remember) when Clockwork Angel first came out but never picked the second one up…because I have the attention span of a squirrel. It was a good series (of what I read) so I will definitely read the last two, I actually own them, there are sitting on the TBR shelf, so just give me time!

Passenger series by Alexandra Bracken

notread2

I am REALLY interested in this series, especially after Christine, from Polandbananasbooks, put a review up on her Youtube channel about Alex Bracken’s series. Plus all the good stuff I have seen on Instagram! I know a little bit about this book series but not a whole lot, I was initially attracted to the first book because the cover is gorgeous!! Once I get through some of my TBR shelf I will purchase these and add them to the top of the list!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

red

Not only do I love Pierce Brown because he is really attractive and has a great personality but because I have heard amazing things about this series!! And lets be honest, those covers are eye candy. Once again, this series I don’t know a lot about but because they have a beautiful cover, a super hot writer and Piera Forde is always swooning about them on her Youtube channel!

*Shout out to Tashopolis for being lucky enough to get to hang out with Pierce Brown multiple times!

That’s my Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read blog tag! Hope you are not too disappointed in the popular books I have yet to read. Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Davis

kisses

Publisher Synopsis

What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Her story is like Mother Teresa’s in that she has given up everything—at such a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world.

Teal Review

This book brought me to tears so many times! Katie is really an amazing women and I can only dream to one day be as loving and caring towards people that are less fortunate. She really encompasses the love that God calls us to show towards everyone. I have seen reviews that say Katie was ignorant and childish in how she saw the world but I think that she was just a girl that had total love and faith in God. She showed and described so much love and was really amazing at portraying the needs of the people in Uganda. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. However, it is not a light read because it really makes you think about how lucky you are in life and forces you to reach out and help people that need a little help or a little love, just like God calls us to do.

On top of everything that happens in this book, Katie ends up starting her own ministry throughout her time in Uganda, Amazima Ministries. The fact that she does this while raising a large amount of kids, on the other side of the world, at her age is truly amazing and INSPIRING!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

choco

Publisher Synopsis

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Teal Review

I love the Hannah Swensen series of books because they make me want to be a baking free lance detective! These books (there are a lot of them) are something that I love to read when I need a quick, delicious, feel good story about a super awesome baker that just happens to be a fantastic hobby detective! And her super adorable cat Moishe. I would recommend these books to anyone and everyone. I am not a big fan of mystery books but I love this series. A plus throughout these books is that there are real recipes in between some of the chapters that are actually used and baked throughout the book by the main character, Hannah!

Read these and you will want to bake enough goodies for an entire village!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Hungry by H.A. Swain

hungry

Publisher Synopsis

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working.

Teal Review

The concept of this book immediately drew me in! A world where food isn’t needed?! What! I went into this books with high hopes and they were almost met! I loved the characters in this book, I thought they were well thought out and I could really connect to them and put myself in their shoes.

This book reminded me a lot of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, just because the world was very similar (high tech, dystopian, boy and girl rebel). The book did get a little bit odd towards the middle/end area with what the boys where having to do in the camp, but once I got past that I enjoyed the rest of the story until the end. The ending leads you to believe that there will be a second book but I have not found anything about H.A. Swain releasing a sequel for this series yet…but if she did I would read it!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Starclimber by Kenneth Opel

starclimber

Synopsis

Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:

Kate announces she is engaged—and not to Matt.

Despite this bombshell, Matt and Kate embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.

Teal Review

This book is written in an old style language, almost like it is from the 50s. Which I believe, after some research, that it is supposed to be set in the time period. I enjoyed that aspect of the writing style, because it was different then what I usually read; however, I also had a hard time with this style because all of the equipment and technology in the book seems to be very advanced for it being set in the 50s.

I enjoyed Matt and Kate’s characters-though Matt is too good for Kate and she treats him like crap!-I still enjoyed them as individuals. This was my first Kenneth Opel book and I found out about half way through the book that this is part of a trilogy! I did NOT know that and probably wouldn’t have read the others in the series…you can read just THIS book in the trilogy without feeling lost or like you are missing some of the information.

I am not sure that I will pick up another Opel book…but this one wasn’t bad!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah