Rating the 9 Books of 2016 I’ve Actually Read So Far


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year.

I’ve never been one who’s always on top of new releases. I like to read some reviews and hear some opinions after the hype has slowed down, because it’s one of the ways I can keep my TBR somewhat in control *coughs*. HOWEVER. Being more active in the book community means I’m paying more attention to new releases this year and I actually really enjoy being more in the loop! I’ve read nine 2016 releases so far, so I’m going to change the theme of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday a bit to be able to participate.

I will order this list from highest to lowest rating. Which means it starts with..

1. A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab / published February 23rd
Rating: ★★★★★
My first true 5 star rating of this year! I looooved this sequel and can’t wait for the next installment.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas / published May 3rd
Rating: ★★★★1/2
It was SO GOOD to be back in this world and even more awesome characters are added to the mix. I was pretty much on #teamRhys already after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, but now I can say he’s perfect and he’s my imaginary husband and all that jazzzz.

3. The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan / published May 3rd
Rating: ★★★★
Another new series by Rick Riordan and this one worked way better for me than Magnus Chase. It’s very much a Percy Jackson style book, but with a new main character who’s very different than Riordan has written before.

4. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro / published March 1st
Rating: ★★★1/2
I really enjoyed A Study in Charlotte, but the end felt lacking and too easy and well..  the mystery was better when it was still a mystery :’)

5. And I Darken – Kiersten White / expected June 28th
Rating: ★★★1/2
This was a special read for me because it was my very first advance reading copy I got approved for on NetGalley. I loved Lada, one of the main characters and am curious to read how this series continues, but the story drags in the middle and I got bored.

6. Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell / published February 25th
Rating: ★★★1/2
A short story I read during Deweys 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Cute, true Rainbow Rowell style about a Star Wars fangirl (see what I did there) waiting in line for the new movie.

7. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton / published February 4th
Rating: ★★★
I was so excited and immediately got it after I spotted it in the bookstore. The cover is gorgeous, but I didn’t really had a connection with the characters. Near the end, more fantasy elements were added and then I started to like it more.

8. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg / expected June 28th
Rating: ★★★
The premise sounded so interesting: a girl who infuses her cakes and cookies with emotions during baking. But unfortunately, this was but a small part of the story. I felt confused at some point and didn’t really care for the ending.

9. Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard / published February 9th
Rating: ★★
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Red Queen but still found it enjoyable. But I had a hard time with Glass Sword. It was still a fast read, but nope, the writing was messy and I found the main character Very Annoying.

  1. Annemieke

    The Hidden Oracle is one I’m still really looking forward to buying (when the price of the hardcover goes down a bit, haha). And I’ve heard a lot of similar things about Glass Sword earlier this year when it was just released. I haven’t read Red Queen yet though. Great list. :)

    • Marleen

      Thank you! I hope it will soon, hardcovers can be so expensive! I keep a list of books I want in hardcover and check every week if the price has been reduced, haha. The paperback was only 11 euros though so I was pleasantly surprised to find it for that price on release day at The American Book Center ^^

  2. Jo

    I have only read one of the books on your list, Rebel of The Sands, but I really enjoyed that one. Nearly all of the books on your list are on my TBR, hopefully I like them as much or more than you did.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/top-ten-tuesday-62/

    • Marleen

      Ahh, the never ending TBR! But in this case, it means that you have some great books to look forward to :) hope you will get to read them soon and that you will enjoy them!

    • Jo

      I know right, it’s the bane of my life! Yes that is true. Thanks, I hope so too!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Omg noooo I’m disappointed about Magic Bitter Magic Sweet not being about baking. That is 100% of the reason I want to read it. AHHH. *cries* AHem. anyway. I’m super glad you love A Gathering of Shadows! MEEEEE TOOOOO. I cannot get enough of VE Schwab’s writing basically. <3 And I'm super excited to read The Trials of Apollo. SOON. SOON. My TBR is a mountain but I'm working on it. XD

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • Marleen

      I know!! The parts were there was ~magical baking~ were definitely my favorite of the book. Maybe I got too excited after reading the description and were my expectations too high.. I would love to know what you think after you’ve read it!

      And I totally get you! I’ve been saying ‘I hope to get to it soon’ about WAY too many books on my TBR :’) The Trials of Apollo is a fast read though so maybe you’ll find some time to squeeze it in soon!


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