I was tagged by Nicka @ ReadbyNicka ! This was fun to do, and hard to find books for some of the categories. But here we go!
Favorite book (Choose your own category!)
Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto by far is my favorite book of all time, and I did read it this year, so also of this year. The true meanings of friendship are defined in this book, and it's full of laughs and Momoko's cynicism.
Shahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh were a breathtaking romance. As a critique of romance, this story was full of top-knotch heart-wrenching moments and Khalid is impossible to resist.
Book that drowned you in feels
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein had me bawling like a baby. The friendship between Julie and Maddie is unlike anything I've seen before in fiction. And the tradegy that happens... well, all I can say is - Kiss me Hardy! Kiss me quick!
Series with the best world-building
The Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab has great world building, with their be not only one, but three Londons. Red London itself, with its language and its magic make me wish I lived there, too. Stas Reskon!
I haven't read many series with a dark/ominous plot, but I suppose The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White is pretty dark. As well as violent. History always did have a dark side.
Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova - all the covers for the Air Awakens series (with the artwork done by Merilliza Chan) are gorgeous. I love this one in particular (and the accompanying Aldrik cover) because it shows the intensity and ferocity and tension all about to go down in the final book.
Most violet book you've ever read
And I Darken I bring up again because it certainly is a violent book. Lada is ruthless and cunning and will do anything to get what she wants. So there is a lot of blood on her hands, and a lot of warfare.
Scorching hot swoon worthy character
Nikolai Lantsov/Sturmhond from The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo killed me. He really does know how to say the right words. He's charming and smart and the perfect prince - and Alina really lucked out, because I prefer him so much more than Mal.
Favorite Kick-ass Heroine
Keladry of Mindelan from Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series is an unselfish, giving, fearless knight of the Realm! I love all the strong heroines I read, but Kel in particular stands out. She grows and perseveres from being bullied as the only girl to being known as the Protector of the Small. Gods all bless, Lady Knight!
Phoebus Apollo (Apollo) - God of Light and Healing
Sequel book that redeemed its series
Unfortunately, I don't think I have a series in mind, since I either a) discontinued a book after the first if I disliked it, b) liked the entire series, or c) didn't read the sequel yet because it isn't out.
Book with the best message
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone is the story of Maddie and her family as she goes on an adventure of a lifetime, to cover all those "loose ends" before her Gram goes off and dies from assisted suicide. This book teaches you how to appreciate all the small things and to live a life of no regrets, and to tie up all those "loose ends".
Book with the most relatable story
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was a book I read in high school, and it's a book I think relates a lot to the struggles of growing up and understanding yourself. It's another one of those timeless stories that you can read over and over, and still relate to Charlie.
Demeter (Ceres) - Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture
Favorite bookish setting
I love the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and I'm still wondering where my acceptance letter is. I'm a proud Slytherin through and through.
2016 release you're most anticipating
I've been really into Russian-esque YA lately, so Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter is something I'm really looking forward to reading. Also, Brooklyn born and raised right here.
Alexandra at @ Literary Legionnaire !