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TOP 10 FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017

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As 2017 draws to a close, or perhaps, has drawn to a close, depending on when you are reading this post, I figured it is high time to shape my list of yearly favourites. Because compiling a list of 17 books seemed a bit too tedious, here is a list of my top 10 favourite/loved/recommend to everyone books of 2017.

EVERLESS BY SARA HOLLAND - BOOK REVIEW

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I was a little uncertain going into this book originally, the concept seemed interesting but I was worried it would be the same tired story of a lowly girl who discovers she is the key to saving the world. In the basic sense, I suppose that's kind of what it was about but Holland skillfully skipped the major romance trope and focused on elements unique to the story.

THIS IS OUR STORY BY ASHLEY ELSTON - BOOK REVIEW

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Well, that was interesting, to say the least. It's been a while since I read a YA thriller and was pretty pleased with how Elston handled it.

A NEW HOPE: THE PRINCESS, THE SCOUNDREL, AND THE FARM BOY BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN - BOOK REVIEW

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As a fairly new member of the Star Wars fan club and a long-time member of the Alex Bracken fan club, I knew that I wanted to pick this book up! The book recounts the classic story with some new narrators and insight into their inner worlds.

THE SECRETS WE KEEP BY TRISHA LEAVER - BOOK REVIEW

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I've read a lot of books that are kind of similar to this one, but more in the sense that there is a multiple personality disorder, not one sister pretending to be the other. I thought it was an interesting take and fairly well done.

TEEN HYDE BY CHANDLER BAKER - BOOK REVIEW

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I read the first book in this series when it first came out a few years back. I thought it was a unique take on a classic horror story. That's kind of how I went into this book, but while this may seem like a Jekyll/Hyde story, it is actually much darker.

WHAT TO SAY NEXT BY JULIE BUXBAUM - BOOK REVIEW

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This was a hard book to read and I think it will be hard to review. I think, for the most part, I enjoyed it, but there were a few aspects that kept me from loving it as much as Buxbaum's debut.

ALL IN PIECES BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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I've been a reader of Young for years now and while the other books have had a more dystopian/sci-fi feel, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this contemporary. I am happy to say that I may have even liked this one more than some of her others!

GOING PRO: TOUCHDOWN BY ASHLYN HOPE - BOOK REVIEW

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Every once in a while you just need a quick, cute romance. And that's exactly what this book was.

BONFIRE BY KRYSTEN RITTER - BOOK REVIEW

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I went into this book fairly blind, all I really knew was that it was a thriller. And while I think I generally enjoyed it, there is just something I can't quite put my finger on that was a little bit off for me.

TALES OF THE PECULIAR BY RANSOM RIGGS - BOOK REVIEW

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Despite the fact that I didn't adore Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children like many readers, I still wanted to pick this book up and experience some of the folklore and mythology of the series. I'm quite glad I did because I found it really interesting!

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES - RETOLD BY NAOMI LEWIS

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As an avid reader, you would think that I would be more familiar with classic fairy tales but really, this is my first experience reading Andersen's stories. After reading this collection, I do see, however, how they have helped shape classic movies and stories, as well as more recent retellings.

ICE LIKE FIRE BY SARA RAASCH - BOOK REVIEW

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I don't quite know if I would have liked this book better if I had read it closer to when I read book one. Its been almost three years since I read the first book, so to say I didn't remember much would be an understatement. Once I got further into the story some things came back to me, but I think overall, I felt kinda meh about the story.

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN - BOOK REVIEW

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I know for many people, myself included, this book was a long time coming. And I'm happy to report that I not only thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I also think it might just be one of the most profoundly honest and raw examples of anxiety and OCD that I have ever read.

THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK - BOOK REVIEW

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As much as I kind of over the whole fey-are-the-new-vampires trope, I've loved the two previous Holly Blacks books I read so I knew I was going to pick this one up. And I'm really glad I did because I really liked this book and am excited to see where the story goes from here!

SWEARING OFF STARS BY DANIELLE WONG - BOOK REVIEW

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On paper (no pun intended), this book sounds really interesting. Set in the 1920s and later decades, it looks at gender inequality and the treatment of LGBT individuals. But once I started reading it, despite this important topics, it just fell a little flat for me. I'm shelving this as a DNF, but technically I skimmed the second half.

FOOLISH HEARTS BY EMMA MILLS - BOOK REVIEW

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So, of course, after I painstakingly narrow down my top 10 favourite books of this years, I read this book. OF COURSE! Looks like I'm bumping one off the list because oh my goodness, this book was amazing. Like all of the stars, I read it in one sitting, read an ARC but will be picking up a finished copy ASAP amazing.

WHICHWOOD BY TAHEREH MAFI - BOOK REVIEW

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This book is such a contrast to the fun, magical story that was Furthermore. While the story is set in the same world, there is definitely a much darker and, I don't want to sinister, but sinister tone to it. I think this was what I was missing in book one because I quite enjoyed this one.

FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI - BOOK REVIEW

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I don't really read a lot of middle-grade fiction, but I knew that I had to pick this one up, if not for the concept, for the fact that it was written by Tahereh Mafi. And I have to say, I'm quite glad I did. I didn't absolutely adore it, but I found it light-hearted and just what I needed right now.

BLOOD OF WONDERLAND BY COLLEEN OAKES - BOOK REVIEW

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After the really interesting retelling that book one was, I was super excited to pick up the next book in this series. While it was good, not a lot happened and as a result, I think it suffered a bit from second-book sydrome.

THE ADJUSTMENT BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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After re-reading the core duology and reading the prequel duology, it's time to talk about the duology that comes after the end of The Program. This new book, chronologically after the ending of The Program treatment, deals with the aftermath of The Program and how it is affecting society, despite its demise.

POISON BY GALT NIEDERHOFFER - BOOK REVIEW

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When I first heard about this book, I figured it was going to be another one of those domestic thrillers going around. You know, the one with the charming-from-the-outside family and dark secrets. In many ways, it was. But this book is also unlike any other I have read before. The use of poison as a murder weapon is so sinister, yet just on the verge of physically improvable in court, a brilliant twist on what has become the classic storyline.

THE EPIDEMIC BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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There was a lot riding on this book. Not only did Young have to wrap up the prequel duology with it, but she also had to set up and explain The Program for the first book in the core duology. Luckily, I think she did a great job on both accounts.

THE REMEDY BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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Like the other two books in this series, I've already read this book. But, I read it just about a year after I had finished the core duology so I wasn't really able to pick up on a lot of the little details that related to the later books. Upon this re-read, however, I was really excited to see some parallels and ways in which Young sets up the storyline in the other books.

THE TREATMENT BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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Alright, so in continuing on with re-reading this series in order to catch up, I now have some thoughts on this book based on my re-read of book two. I think I'm dropping it down from its former 5-star rating to a 4-star rating. This book isn't necessarily unworthy of 5 stars, but I just think now that I've read more books since when I first read it, it's not quite a 5-star book.

THE PROGRAM BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

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I recently decided that I wanted to pick up the next book in this series, at least that I still have to read, and I felt like I would find it more enjoyable if I just re-read the entire series. I remember reading the core duology right around the time The Treatment was released, and really loving it. I am happy to report that I still enjoyed this book years later.