The only book I rated 5 stars in 2016 was the last book in the Captive Prince series, Kings Rising, by C.S. Pacat. This is a great series which is as much about the main relationship between two princes as about political intrigue.
Another series that I highly enjoyed in 2016 was the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. I had read the first book back in 2014, and on a whim decided to listen to the second book on audio. The narrator for these audiobooks is fantastic, and I quickly ran through the rest of the series. I’m eagerly awaiting the day my library gets the audio for the 5th book in the series, which was released this month.
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin gave me all the feels, almost as many as Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasglow. The first is about an intersex teen trying to find his place in the world after the unthinkable happens, and the second is about a cutter trying to make her way alone after being released from rehab.
Finally, I have to include the book that gave me the chills: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. As a girl slowly goes insane, she is haunted by creeping trees and a Slender Man-like figure.
Those are my top five! I read a lot, so there are many, many books I enjoyed this year that were close calls. Check out my Goodreads profile if you want to see ALL the books I rated as 4 stars – I review every book I read, too, and I’d love to be friends with you and see what you’re reading!