Wicked Book Review

Favorite Reads in 2016

While 2016 hasn’t been the best year in celebrity news and politics, it has been a year of simply amazing reads. Here are our absolute favorite reads of 2016, in no particular order.  Click the book covers to read the reviews. Have many of these have you read?

Wicked Book Review

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

An older book but one that I just got to this year. I had no idea it would land in my favorites pile. An incredible read. I am forever an Elphaba fan.

The Nightingale Book Review


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The women find ways to fight back in Nazi occupied France.

Winter Book Review

Winter by Marissa Meyer

The final book in the Lunar Chronicles series which is a compilation of fairy tale retellings with a scifi twist.

Dregs of the Culver Waste Book I - Sand and Scrap


Dregs of the Culver Waste by Chris R. Sendrowski

Dark fantasy from a new author which just about blew my mind.

The Snow Child Book Review


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

A beautiful retelling of a tale from old Russian folklore.

Throne of Glass series


The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The entire Throne of Glass series currently out. The last book will be out at the end of 2017

Salt to the Sea Book Review


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Amazing and tragic historical fiction that revolves around the biggest maritime disaster in recorded history, one that I never knew about.

Night Film Book Review


Night Film by Marisha Pessl

A dark mystery that is beautifully written and will keep you guessing long after you turn the last page.

Mistborn series


The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

The first three in the Mistborn series. Wonderfully complex high fantasy to be devoured.

Uprooted Book Review


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This is an absolute must-read. This high fantasy is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and is as dark as it is beautiful.

Morning Star Book Review


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

The third book in the Red Rising series which is incredible science fiction with a Greek Pantheon flair.

City of Mirrors Book Review


The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The third book in Cronin’s The Passage series – post-apocalyptic novels that span generations of survivors.

Rebecca Skane is the editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult - but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads. Aside from her love of good books, she is a professional website developer, content editor, and SEO expert. You can visit her web design and development site at RebeccaSkane.com.

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