2017 is almost at an end. It was quite a challenging year but at least it was filled with a lot of great books. Here are the Top 10 posts that got the most views on Stacks this year. Thank you for all of you stopped by and took a glance at our little corner of the internet.
Quick Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han I’m pleasantly surprised this one came out on top. It got over twice many views as #2 of this list so you all must have loved it. I’ll admit, I had mixed feelings about this novel because as much as I loved Lara Jean and glad I got to spend more time with her, I’m not sure it was really needed another book.
Sending Love to Sarah Rees Brennan This is another surprise since it was originally posted in 2016 but I hope the continue views have sent Sarah more healing vibes because I do love reading her books.
Quick Review: Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon I just adore this series and even though I’m unsure if this is the last book in the series or just shift in the series focus. Either way, I can’t wait to read more about Nick.
Rick Riordan Presents I was excited to read about Rick’s new imprint featuring authors of color writing about myths and stories about their cultures. It’s great seeing Rick use his power to feature new voices and help diversify our stories.
In the tradition of award shows every way, we at Stacks would like to recognized those series that are no longer with us. They have ended. They and solved all their mysteries and tied up any loose ends. We were said to see them go but they will always be remembered for the joy that brought to our lives.
2016 was a mix bag of a year but let’s focus on the positives,shall we? This year was a banner year for us at Stacks. In the last weeks of the year we are going to take a look back of some of our highlights. So here are our most viewed posts of the past year.
Review: Half Lost by Sally Green Who knew this was going to be such big crowd pleaser? This book really broke my heart. The ending was so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I originally reviewed this back in January but we are still getting views.
Preview of the Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan So this post is originally from 2015 but the excitement over Riordan’s new book carried over into 2016. It’s views more then doubled my review of the book. I’ll try not to read too much into that. 😉
Discussion: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Part 1 My excitement over the The Raven King was subtle. Okay, not so subtle. This was the first of a week long celebration of Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series. I examined different aspects of the series and tried to predict what was going to happen in the final book.
Review: Endure by Sara B. Larson Another surprising addition to the list. This review from January about the final book in Sara B. Larson’s book was a pretty good series.
Since Kate posted her update, I figured I should do mine. I’m doing much better on the Meduim/Genre/Industry Sub-Challenge then the other 2. So far I have read Captain Marvel for my Graphic Novel with a superhero, Nimona for Graphic Novel without a superhero. The Hidden Oracle for a book meant for Children and Cravings a cookbook by Chrissy Teigen for a book from a genre I’ve never read. Half Lost, a book with a Queer Character. To All The Boys I’ve Loved, a book with an Asian American Character. And finally Endureby Sara b Larson for a book by a Woman author. To be honest, I could have picked almost any book I’ve read this year for that last one because so far I have only read 3 books written by a man.
So that brings my total up to 7 out of 30. Yikes, that’s not great but it’s 1 better then Kate. ;-).
This is the final book in the Defy trilogy. For those who are not familiar it follows Alexa who is a guard to Prince Damian but she has to be pretend she is a boy named Alex or be subjected to the cruel breeding houses. Over the series Alex is exposed as Alexa, saves the Kingdom from the evil King of Antion, fall in love with the Prince but also have feelings for her fellow guard, Rylan. Then after all of that has the save kingdom once again from the even more evil King of the neighboring country of Dansaii. That’s a real simplified synopsis but you get the idea. It’s sort of the typical YA novel where the girl must defeat evil while trying to figure out who she loves at the same time. It’s really isn’t much of a love triangle as Alexa is pretty clearly in love with Damian and Damian makes it pretty clear that he is in love with her but you know he’s the Prince and later the King and she’s just a guard. It can’t be simple as them saying I love you and be done with it.
Alexa is a good character. She’s a fighter both figuratively and literally. In this world there are sorcerers that have powers to create fires or earthquakes. Alexa isn’t but a revelation that her father might have been one and she may have inherited some of his powers in the form of quick reflexes, which makes her on the best fighters in the Prince’s guard. She is steadfast and loyal and despite many tragic deaths she still pulls though and gets things done. As for the other characters, they are not as fleshed out as Alexa is. Damian is giving more time. We get that he’s vulnerable and his doubts of his own abilities and loves Alexa. The same with Rylan. He’s a good guy who always stands by Alexa but not much else. I would have liked to know more about them and the other characters. Maybe one of the flaws of first person story telling. I get this feeling that YA authors are getting over their fears of killing off characters, no matter how important they are. I think this is great because it does give books a little more drama. I used to feel a little cynical when characters were in trouble because you sort of knew that authors wouldn’t risk alienating readers by killing off popular characters. Well not any more. Now it anyone can go and boy the body count is high in this one and many I was sad to see go.
It was good series with a good ending. I’m glad that I read it but it’s not going to go down as one of my favorites.
I don’t normally read two books at once but I got Endure an ARC downloaded to my iPad and well my iPad and case doesn’t fit in my new purse. I need something to read on the train to work. This is a must. So it came down to this, move everything into a new bag so I can take my iPad with me to work or find another book to read on the train and read this at home.
So that’s what I decided to do. The Royal We was on sale a couple of weeks ago and since I follow both the authors on twitter and love their blog, Go Fug Yourself, and I have been looking for more romances, I thought I would give it a go.
So these two books will end my reading experience for 2015 and bring me into 2016. What are the last books you are reading this year?