The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2) by Megan Whalen Turner

Better to trust in the moon’s promises than in the word of the Thief of Eddis. He was famous in three countries for his lies.

40158In a Nutshell: Three Kingdoms (Eddis, Attolia and Sounis) are still in a struggle for power. Each one wanted to conquer the other, and each one willing to play dirty, just to get what they want. The Thief of Eddis, cunning as he is, was caught in the trap set by the Queen of Attolia. This act set things in motion and war ensued.

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Read this if… you enjoyed The Winner’s Trilogy. This has the Winner’s Trilogy feels – mythology, political conflict, with intelligent humor in all the right places and just a teeny tiny hint of romance. If you’ve read the first book in the series, The Thief, and was disappointed with it, better give this one a shot. Trust me, Megan Whalen Turner really redeemed herself in this one. Also, GIRL POWER.

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Favorite Reads of 2016

2016 has been a great year for me. I read a total of 79 books, which is a stretch from my target (60).

Now to be clear, here are my favorite reads of 2016 (so difficult to pick just ten!). Some of these aren’t even published in 2016, but they’re here as I’ve only read them in the year 2016. I’ve also included excerpt/quotes from the book. Hopefully, they’ll be enough to pull you in  and convince you to read them. No further explanation needed. So, here goes my list…

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Railhead (Railhead #1) by Philip Reeve

‘I am human,’ she said. ‘I have a processor for a brain instead of lump of meat, and my body is made of different substances, but I have feelings and dreams and things, like humans do.’

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In a Nutshell: Set in a futuristic world where both humans and robots (in the book, the term is Motorik) roam the world, machines are capable of thought process – artificial intelligence, and people can cross worlds in an instant, but instead of spaceship, people use trains. We follow a petty thief hired by someone to steal a box, in exchange for a grandeur future. Little does he know that what he thought was a simple robbery turned into something more – something he may not be prepared for.

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Read this if… you like Star Wars – with AI robots and unusually looking creatures. And if you like political twists wherein the heroes aren’t all that noble, and the villains aren’t all that evil.

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You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes

The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly, is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.

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In a Nutshell: Told from the POV of a psycho stalker who falls hard for a girl he meets at the bookstore. His love and obsession took a step further as he cyber stalks the girl and makes an effort to bring them closer together, even if that means committing a crime.

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Read this if… you are in the mood for psychological thrillers and a character-driven yet fast-paced story. Just make sure you’re not a minor and mentally prepared for mature themes. Also, make sure you can handle reading from a creepy and perverse POV.

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