The 4 Best Books of 2016 (So Far)

I've read 42 books so far this year. I gave 7 of them 5 stars. Of those, 4 were actually published this year. So I'm calling them the 4 best so far! It skews YA, but don't let that be a turnoff! They're all EXCELLENT.
  1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
    I've raved about this one in multiple lists, but guys, it's SO FREAKING GOOD. I swear I'm evangelizing for this series. It's magical and fascinating, and Stiefvater's ability to sum up a character in a few precise words is uncanny. There's a reason the fandom for this series is shipping everyone right and left, the characters are SO real.
  2. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
    I couldn't stop reading this either. It's a series set on Mars, and yet Brown's grasp of the foibles of humanity rings so true. It's dark and incredibly violent and a great conclusion to a shockingly good trilogy. (Sidenote: the audio versions for this series and the Raven Cycle are both very well done.)
  3. When Falcons Fall by CS Harris
    This is a Regency mystery series that's got a lovely blend of historical detail, intriguing mystery, and romantic tension surrounding the lead character: Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. At a time when England didn't have an official investigative police force yet, murder-solving is definitely an odd hobby for a peer, but Harris totally pulls it off.
  4. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
    It's been an awesome spring for YA series finales! This trilogy is set in the world of the Valorian empire (clearly inspired by Ancient Rome). Kestrel, daughter of Valoria's most powerful general, undergoes torture and deprivation to protect Arin, her former slave, who is leading a Herran rebellion against the empire. It's poetic and charming, in spite of all the war.