Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Missed in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 This week's theme asked us to come up with ten books from 2016 that we meant to get to, but just didn't find the time. Here's hoping 2017 finds us some time to get to these!

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Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge? 

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her. 

When Allison's best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action role-playing), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ's weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same: to defeat the monsters and find the treasure. 

Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they've built has transformed, and the battle they're in the midst of is no longer make-believe. 
Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life. Fortunately, the group's once-fictional magical powers have also become real - including Allison's newly acquired gifts as a healer. They'll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive.

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have. 

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the King, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery. Everyone knows that Raisa is Arnath, but not that she is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that, although she may have a privileged position among slaves, any slipup could mean death.

That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the Resistance could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved, an honorable man she knows wants to help the slaves.

Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.

And Raisa is the one holding the key.

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. 

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.


  1. I know what you mean about falling asleep when you sit to read. I used to be able to read in bed for hours. Now I read a page and decide it is time to turn off the lights.

    1. Most of the time I walk around my kitchen so I do not fall sleep but eventually my eyes get tired.

  2. I haven't read any of these books! I hope you enjoy them when you do get around to reading them. :-)

  3. I spy some familiar books on this list! Those being The Crown's Game and Nemesis. The former is one I thought sounded really interesting (and I've heard good things!) and the latter is one I read about back when its cover was revealed before forgetting about it. Guess now I've been reminded I'll have to look into it again.

    Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit, Mariela. :)

  4. Not Your Sidekick sounds amazing! How had I not heard of this before!!??
    Here's my TTT

  5. Assassin's Heart- love that cover!! Not Your Sidekick looks fun, and so do the Bouchet books. But It's Not All Fun and Games is new to me- never seen it! And it looks like a blast! Nice one...

  6. I have The Crown's Game but have yet to get around to it. I sounds exactly up my ally so I need to get with it!

  7. Great list! All very different to mine :) but it's great to get exposed to books I wouldn't usually pick up!

  8. I love your flower headers! And I have never heard of Not Your Sidekick, it sounds fun and I think Ill look for it!

  9. Unknown is one that I didn't get around to either. Assassin's Heart and Sword and Verse weren't my favorites, but I hope you enjoy them both. Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. A few of these I haven't even seen before! Today's post has been bad for my TBR. lol

  11. Great list! Sword and Verse looks like an amazing read!

  12. I really want to get to The Crown's Game too! It sounds so awesome! I hope you get to these!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  13. ... I have just realized that Nevernight was ANOTHER book I missed last year. WHOOPS.

    Thanks for stopping by So We Read This Book!

  14. Nevernight has definitely been on my radar recently. It might need to transition to TBR. I also still have Assassin's Heart sitting on my physical TBR. So many books, so little time.

    Sam @ a thousand times over

  15. I've heard a lot of bad things about Nevernight, so even though I was really excited to get my hands on a copy, I'm now a little unsure about reading it.
    That being said, I actually missed all of the books on your list - whoops! I need to start reading more fantasy in 2017, that's for sure.

  16. Never heard of these but they sound like interesting reads.

  17. LOVE the graphics you made for these! Also, so many of these are books I need to read! Nevernight, Sword and Verse, Nemesis, and Unknown are all books I own and need to read! I loved The Crown's Game, and Assassin's Heart was good too! Hope you both get to read these soon, and enjoy them!

    1. Good to know that the Crown's game and Assassin's heart were good!
      I am planning to read more this year!

  18. Oh I should have put Nevernight on my list too because I definitely meant to read that one too!

  19. I haven't read Jay Kristoff yet either.....one day! And The Replacement Crush looks really good. Going to have to look into that one.

  20. A Promise of Fire almost squeaked onto my list - definitely in the top 20! Also I'd like to read Not Your Sidekick some time!

  21. Okay - attempt #3! I think when I was trying to comment on my iPad, my actual comment I was typing kept disappearing.. lol.. now I'm on the computer so this should work!

    Great list! I hadn't heard of many of these before.. I do have The Crown's Game that I got last year but haven't had a chance to read yet as well.. The Replacement Crush cover is so cute :)

    Thanks for checking out my TTT!

  22. so many of these are on my own TBR pile - where does all the reading time go?

  23. I really want to try Sword and Verse - I hope we'll enjoy it! :)

  24. I haven't read any of those either! However, I do have A Promise of Fire on my iPod waiting to be listened to. Nemesis is another one that I really want to read. Great list!

  25. I keep forgetting that Not Your Sidekick is out in the world now because I definitely want to read that. Also, Assassins Heart sounds amazing. I didn't know I needed to read an actual assassin book until right now. (Pfft. Who am I kidding? I ALWAYS need to be reading an assassin book. They're just not easy to come by.)

  26. Hi ladies! This is my first time to your blog - thanks for stopping by my TTT last week (sorry it's taken me a whole week to get back to you!). I love the look of your blog and have added you to my BlogLovin however I couldn't see a GFC gadget to connect with.

    Allyson - I haven't read Nevernight yet either and it's on my list too!
    A Promise of Fire was one of my favourite reads from last year and I've just reread it now before starting Breath of Fire.

    Mariela - I did manage to get to Assassin's Heart and Sword and Verse but Crowns Game and Nemesis I haven't managed to get to yet.

    Great list and I love your graphics ;)

    Di @ Book Reviews by Di

  27. I picked Not Your Sidekick back up today and am looking forward to finishing it this month!

  28. Nemesis and The Crown's Game are two novels I'm really excited for, especially for the latter because I heard wonderful things about it. Also, I love the cover - so unique and pretty!
    Hope you'll have time to read all these novels! :)

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques