Thursday, December 22, 2016

WinterHaven Books 2016 Reading Wrap-up and Giveaway

WinterHave Books is excited to share our 2016 Reading Wrap-up.  The year just flew by, but that didn't stop us from making sure we put a dent in our bookshelves. So, in the spirit of sharing our 2016 reading accomplishments, we have a list of our favorites and not so favorites we've come across.

But that’s not all!! One lucky winner will get the chance to win a US$15 giftcard to either US Amazon or US Barnes&Noble OR up to a US$15 shopping spree to the The Book Depository. So, the giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your address. Be sure to check out the details below.
Enjoy!!
This year, I definitely slowed down on my reading.  When I did pick up a novel, it tended to be outside of the YA genre. However, there were several YA books I was able to tackle that not only seemed to be perfect choices, but also ones that I had on my TBR for some time.
Top 3 Favorites

Favorite Series Installment
This year, I was finally able to finish the Bloodline series by Richelle Mead. I enjoyed both books, and ended up asking myself why I waited so long to tackle these books.
Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Greatest Disappointment - Because of High Expectations
I think anyone that’s a huge fan of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma might be slightly disappointed in this novel that feels like a knock-off.

Favorite Debut Author
Surprisingly, I only had one debut author on my list. It’s not YA, but definitely worth mentioning seeing as the novel hit the big screen in 2016.

Favorite Female Character
Adelaide from The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Favorite Male Character
Evan Walker from The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Favorite Book Cover

Most Interesting Title

Most Anticipated
2017: Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
This year for me, like Arlene, my reading slowed way down.  Life kind of took over for awhile, but I'm happy to say things have calmed down, and I've been able to dive into quite a few good books.  My favorites this year will surprise nobody since they include paranormal, high intensity, and my favorite genre creepy lol!
Top 3 Favorites (All Genres)

Favorite Series Installment
I loved each and every book in The Rephaim series and the final installment Shimmer was pure perfection! If you haven't read this series yet, you are most definitely missing out!

Greatest Disappointment - Because of High Expectations
I would have to say Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse. I wanted to love this book so much, but I just didn't get it. I felt like the only one who didn't understand this book. I saw so many raving reviews, and I just literally didn't understand the story at all.

Favorite Debut
This is a toss up between Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Both of these were fantastic and definitely left a lasting mark on my brain.

Favorite Female Main Character
Kady from Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Kady was an amazing character and she did what she had to do. She was brave and could definitely kick some bookies both in person and by hacking into a computer.

Favorite Male Main Character
Hands down Rafa from The Rephaim series by Paula Weston. He was beyond hot and everything I ever want in my male characters. Loved him!

Special mention goes to Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I am not a contemp fan, but Simon stole my heart and showed me I need to let some contemps slide through between my creepy reads.

Favorite Book Cover
And I Darken by Kiersten White

Most Interesting Book Title
This will shock you!
Yes a contemporary!!
Top 3 Favorites (All Genres)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Favorite Series Installment
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Greatest Disappointment - Because of High Expectations
The Girls by Emma Cline

Favorite Debut
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Favorite Female Main Character
Molly from the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Favorite Male Main Character
Clark from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Favorite Book Cover
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (the US cover)

Most Interesting Book Title
The Smell of Other People's Houses

Most Anticipated
2016: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
2017: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY
We hope you've enjoyed our 2016 Reading Wrap-up. And now for the fun stuff!! We are giving away A US$15 gift card to either US Amazon, US Barnes & Noble OR up to a US$15 shopping spree to The Book Depository, so the giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to your address. Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win! Don't forget to comment below and let us know some of your favorites from 2016!! We want to hear from you!
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32 comments:

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    1. I need to catch up on this series! Great pick!!

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  2. This year, some of my favorites were Small Great Things and The Symptoms of Being Human.

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    1. I need to look those up!! Good luck!!

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  3. I also like Stalking Jack The Ripper. Not If I See You First was a great read by Lindstrom and Hello? by Weimer.

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  4. I enjoy anything by JA Huss....especially Anarchy Found and the Mr series

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  5. My favorites from this year were The Serpent King, Summer of Supernovas, and Wish.

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    1. The Serpent King is on my list for this year!!

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  6. One of my favorite books of 2016 is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Thanks for the giveaway!! ��

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    1. I'm so behind on my Clare books!! I'm hoping to get to them in 2017. Welcome!!

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  7. This year was all about ACOMAF for me. I absolutely loved this book and it really stood out compared to all the others. I can't help myself.

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    1. That's awesome!! I will definitely push it up on my tbr!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, love your recommendations. I loved The Mistake as well. Happy Holidays :)

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  9. My favorite books of 2016 are Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. There are a few more that I love, but those 2 stand out.

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    1. I just finished the 6th book in the Kate Daniels series and I'm loving it!! Can't wait to read Magic Binds!!

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  10. Ahhh, Evan Walker is so awesome! I really want to read the rest of the 5th Wave series.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. Ahh another series I'm behind in!! I'm need to declare 2017 the year of catch up lol!! Great pick!!

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  11. Only a couple I really really liked. They are Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Great books🙂 thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Those are both on my tbr for next year :). Welcome!!

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  12. I loved "The Bones Will Speak" by Carrie Stuart Parks.
    Dianna

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    1. That ones new to me I'll have to look it up!!

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  13. One of my favorites was You Will Not Have My Hate.

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    1. This ones new also! I'm loving all these new books!!

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  14. I have The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead,and hope I will read very soon,because lover her books :)
    My favorites are: Marriage Games by CD Reiss and Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck,both books are amazing!

    Happy New Year,best wishes for 2017 :)

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  15. I loved It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and So Much More by Kim Holden.

    Have a great year ahead! :)

    ~ KateS

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  16. 2016 was a fantastic year for books for me... I adored The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon sooo much.. It definitely was a top read of 2016 for me. That is probably the first contemporary on my top faves list in a really, really long time. Probably since Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere!

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  17. I liked Nameless, Clanless and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (among many others)

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  18. My year was not very good, as I didn't read as much as I had planned at the beginning. However, I got to read many amazing titles, and I'd say my favorite ones were This Savage Song (V. E. Schwab), Heartless (Marissa Meyer) and The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon) =D
    Thanks for the giveaway, girls!! And have a wonderful 2017, full of amazing reads!

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