Top Summer 2016 Reads!

Top Summer 2016 Reads

Hey guys!

Sorry to break it to you guys, but summer is almost over! I know… shocking. But hey, with the end of summer, comes autumn, which means better fashion, cooler weather, and everything pumpkin flavored! Over the summer I had the pleasure of reading some truly awesome books, and the ones that stood out to me the most, I would like to share with you all.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning StarDarrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Ending to the one of the best trilogies ever written!
  • Expansive Sci-Fi world-building.
  • Fantastic, well fleshed out characters.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the AntsThere are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Makes you really think long and hard about your life.
  • Heartbreaking but beautiful.
  • Characters you can’t help but feel for.

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of FivesOn the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.


4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • EPIC high fantasy.
  • Diverse characters (not a single white character)
  • Fantastic writing and world building!

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Empire of DustIn Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.


4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Inspired by real history.
  • Huge cast of fun characters.
  • Magic, battles, and a cute prince!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage SongThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • A story about monsters!
  • Great life lessons.
  • Dark, gritty, and evil.

Well there you have it, my Top Summer Reads of 2016! Let me know what books you really enjoyed this Summer or if you read any of the ones I’ve listed here.

Until next time,

Sig New


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

10 thoughts on “Top Summer 2016 Reads!”

  1. YESSSS MORNING STAR!! I am reading it at the moment (at Part 4) and I am loving it SO much. I don’t think I’ve found myself so invested and connected to a story in such a long time. (Also, the moment before battle in Chapter 46 GAVE ME SHIVERS! It was so epic.)

    I haven’t read Schwab’s This Savage Song yet, but it’s on my to-read list. I haven’t read a book about monsters in awhile… so a must-read for me.

    Great books, and list, Jesse! 😀

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    1. Don’t even get me started on how AMAZING Morning Star is. It’s probably one of the most satisfying endings to a trilogy you will ever read. And those battle scenes are so EPIC! 😀


  2. We are Ants has hunt my wish-list for so long! Even my bf wants to read it… I think that is why is has been lingering my wish-list haha Coming of age is my favorite genre! and there is nothing more beautiful than self discovery, self acceptance, and those stories that make me relate or even fall… it is hard to say no to those….

    Thank you for you review, I definitely will read this book! We almost bought it on Kindle at $1.99 but we wanted it on paper… there is a differences I think… on how fast its read…

    Thank you for sharing! I hope you could go and take a look at our blog! 😀

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