These are not in order because that was just too heart wrenching to manage. I do include books/series in the parenthesis because most of these books are not the first in the series, so I suggest reading earlier books’ reviews and avoiding spoilers.
- Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas (and Throne of Glass)
SJM is just a master at crafting fantasy worlds and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite writers. Is book six out yet?
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas (and ACoTaR)
I didn’t think I could like a series as much as Throne of Glass, but ACOTAR delivers. Book three SJM, please and thank you.
- A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir (and An Ember in the Ashes)
Loved it so much that I made my mom read the series, and she is also now in love. So what are you waiting for?
- Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo (and Six of Crows)
I loved the Grisha Trilogy, so I worried that this new series set in the world of the Grisha wouldn’t be able to stand up to its predecessor – but I was wrong. I completely fell in love with this series and it’s somehow even better than Grisha.
- Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan
You can’t go wrong with a RR novel and the Trials of Apollo give us a fresh perspective into the greek mythology branch of RR’s writing.
- Hammer of Thor – Rick Riordan (and Sword of Summer)
Fantastic series that introduces readers to the less well known, but equally confusing Norse mythology world through the eyes of 16-year-old (almost as sassy as Percy) Magnus Chase. Yes, like that Chase.
- Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
If you ever wanted to know more about the Shadowhunter world, wondered what Julian and Emma got up to after TMI or just love amazing fantasy worlds this book is for you. I am impatiently waiting for the next book in the series.
- Winter – Marissa Meyer (and the Lunar Chronicles)
Highly anticipated conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles and it didn’t let me down, absolutely love this book.
- Gemina – Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff (and Illuminae)
Technically, I finished this book in January.. but I was home for Christmas so I got a little behind on my reading, but I’m counting it as 2016 because I started it then. Anyway, this series is just so uniquely laid out and plotted – forcing the reader to take a more integral role in the storytelling.
- Their Fractured Light – Amie Kaufman (These Broken Stars)
Similar layout to the Illuminae series, but with more flashback/memory scenes so they read differently. Just as engaging and mysterious as her other series.
These are all so worth reading that I had to create an honourable mention section (that is even bigger than my favourites) and after reading you should go check them out!
Honourable Mentions (not all published in 2016):
- Last Star by Rick Yancy (Infinite Sea and 5th Wave)
- Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver (Requiem and Pandemonium)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling
- Black Moon – Romina Russell (Zodiac Series)
- Red Queen Series – Victoria Aveyard
- Midnight Star – Marie Lu (Rose Society and Young Elites)
- Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series – Jenny Han
- The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee
- Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
- The Wrath and the Dawn Series – Renee Adieh