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: The Killing Jar-Jennifer Bosworth

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syn“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”

Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret.

She’s haunted by a violent tragedy she can’t explain. Kenna’s past has kept people—even her own mother—at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she’s plunged into a new nightmare. Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. For the first time, she starts to feel like she belongs somewhere. That her terrible secret makes her beautiful and strong, not dangerous. But the longer she stays at Eclipse, the more she senses there is something malignant lurking underneath it all. And she begins to suspect that her new family has sinister plans for her…

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received that eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Content warning: disturbing images, animal abuse, and violence.

The Killing Jar is an unexpected, creepy and fantastically bizarre thrill ride. From the first page, it’s a hypnotic and addictive story that will have you gunning for more.

PROS:

  • That opening is one of the most twisted, sickening, disturbing things I’ve ever read and it only got better as it went. Be forewarned, some of these images might be too much for some. 
  • Mythology meets cult mentality meets paranormal. It’s insanity how well everything fits together. Wonderful plotting. Twists around every corner and a sinister sense of doom underneath all the pretty rainbows and soul-sucking highs. The truth, when it surfaces, is CRAZY. 
  • Kenna is a relatable protagonist. She’s always felt like she never belonged, she’s dissatisfied, unhappy, and melancholy and yet, she is precisely herself. She dyed her hair gray, wears muted colors, and writes folk songs. She loves her twin more than anything and will do everything within her power to save her from suffering. 
  • Eclipse is an episode of the X-Files meets The Twilight Zone. It’s looks like a utopia but reeks of evil beneath the surface. The tense, expectation that something is really wrong will fester and the intensity will have you gripping the pages, waiting for the inevitable disaster. You’ll never look at moths the same again.
  • Diversity GALORE.

CONS:

  • The scenes of anima-induced euphoria read like a trippy drug haze. The first time it was okay but then it became a pattern that had me skimming and flipping through to get to the next section. 
  • Emotions other than desire were muted and it was hard to feel any sort of connection. Kenna’s kinship with anyone was tentative and loose at best, there needed to be more-more shared experiences, confessions, something to solidify the emotional legitimacy.
  • The romance felt like filler. Random, thrown in without much function. 

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

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NOTE: I’m using this to check off my book featuring twins on the 2016 YA Reading Challenge

 

Read on,

Jordan