Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2017 so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

2017 has been a bit of a slumpy reading year. I’ve only read 18 books so far and quite a few of those were re-reads. So, instead of picking my top 10 books of the year so far, I’ve decided to narrow the list to my top 6 books.

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Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

25526307The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date:
March 24th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s 
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
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Goodreads Summary
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
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Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

23276983The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date:
March 12th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s (UK)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
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Goodreads Summary
Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

9781408858202The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date: July 3rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books (UK)
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Goodreads Summary
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
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Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

keepsake-amazonKeepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date:
October 25th 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
New Adult, Romance, Contemporary.
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Goodreads Summary
Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much. Continue reading

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

17378527 (1)The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy.
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Goodreads Summary
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.


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Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

25400972A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab
Publication Date: 
February 23rd 2016 by Titan Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Adult, Young Adult, Magic, Fantasy, Adventure.
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Goodreads Summary
Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
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