Best of 2016: YA Book Madness’ Top 16 YA Reads

It’s been a crazy year. I’ve done so much that I never thought I would with writing and making blogger/author friends. Through all the chaos I’ve read some amazing books (though not all of them got reviewed). Last year I broke my top picks into categories. This year, I’ve decided to do an overall top 16 and then into broad categories. Tell me if you’ve read any on my list, what you thought, and feel free to recommend some of your top 2016 YA books!!!

BEST OF 2016 YA OVERALL 

BEST of 2016 SCIENCE FICTION

BEST of 2016 CONTEMPORARY

BEST of 2016 HORROR

BEST of 2016 THRILLER

BEST of 2016 PARANORMAL 

Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review: Wink Poppy Midnight-April Genevieve Tucholke

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Release Date: March 22, 2016

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Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

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5/5 Stars

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Penguin FirstToRead

Within the first TEN pages, I knew, that Wink Poppy Midnight would become one of my new favorites. From the first line, it is whimsical, bewitching, mesmerizing, and transports you with its fairytale-like quality and that perfect bit of darkness. 

Everyone has a little bit of hero and villain within them and plenty of secrets shared between the sweetest of friends and the bitterest of enemies, but this contemporary reads like folklore. 

Beautifully twisted and enchanting, you’ll question the nature of humans and our capacity to write your own story, no matter the players. 

PROS:

  • Told from three alternating POVs, each character is distinct and owns their personality. The way these narratives swirl and intertwine with each other is surprising and yet, feels like destiny. 
  • The mystery. That plot twist. Normally, I figure things out steps ahead of the protagonist, this time, I was stumped, and I can’t tell you enough how wonderful that felt. 
  • Secondary characters are just as intriguing as the main ones. 
  • Stories within stories. Not only are their secrets told in whispers between primary and secondary characters that shape and change them but there are magical, didactic tales of witches and fae, of heroes and enchantresses, of heart and revenge much in the epic style of Gilgamesh or Beowulf, but less boring. 🙂
  • Wink is of another world. Wrapped lovingly in story and fantasy, she’s like a little pixie child who weaves magic into reality. Compassionate, bright, bold, Wink brings light and profound understanding. The tarot cards, séances, the way she is with her siblings, she puts her all in everything and your heart will feels so full of what you could be if you didn’t let anything bother you and just embraced your inner freedoms. She’s like the fae that take your hand and lead you into the forest, you know something is weird but you can’t help yourself.
  • I was simultaneously appalled and entranced by Poppy. She’s wicked. A bully of the highest order. Evil. The way she talks about others as if they’re worthless. She owns her shallowness and her vile nature. She accepts is as who she is and refuses to live a lie. You can’t help but hate her and begrudgingly give her utmost respect. She’s tragic, much in the way of Daisy Buchanan and Holly Golightly. At the same time, you can’t forget the blood on her hands. 
  • The reader, the brooding, loving, openhearted romantic. Swoon. Sigh. Fall. Midnight is trying to figure out who he is and what love truly means. He’s been under the delusion of love and wrapped around Poppy’s spell, but Wink, Wink shows him another world. Midnight is on the road to discovery-to self. The way he looks at the world is haunting and bittersweet. Almost like Keats. Made for another time. 
  • The way Midnight views Wink. Breathless and completely taken with her. She fascinates and puzzles him. She breathes life into his dark world. LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

CONS:

  • The ending. That it ended at all. But it also didn’t sit right with me. Something was missing, that finality. Maybe, that was the point. That the story continues, even without the reader. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

NOTE: I’m using this as my book without people on the cover for the 2016 YA Reading Challenge

Magical reading, 

Jordan