Best of 2017

Warcross – Marie Lu

Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals who bet illegally on the virtual reality game Warcross, that has become a way of life around the world. Struggling to pay her bills, she takes a huge risk and hacks into the opening ceremony of the International Warcross Championships, hoping to snag some valuable power ups she can sell, but it goes wrong and she ends up accidentally glitching herself into the game in front of countless spectators. Emika is certain she’s about to be in a lot of trouble, but to her surprise, Hideo Tanaka, the creator of the game, wants to hire her to be a spy inside the tournament to catch a hacker who has been tampering with Warcross. But her search turns into something far more dangerous as she works to unravel a plot that will have major repercussions not only across the world of Warcross, but perhaps extending into the real world as well.…

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

In this parallel story to Empire of Storms, Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq arrive in Antica, the capital of the Southern Continent with two aims: forge an alliance with the Khagan to gain the aid of his armies for Erilea’s cause, and seek healing for Chaol’s injuries with the renowned healers of the Torre Cesme. Yrene Towers, who met the assassin Celaena Sardothien in Innish, has since made it to the Torre Cesme and is one of their most talented healers, second only to the Healer on High. She is less than pleased when she finds out her prospective patient is an Adarlanian lord, one who was in service to the King who killed her mother. But the darkness of Morath might have already reached the streets of Antica, and Chaol, Yrene and Nesryn find themselves in a race against time to unravel secrets held by the ancient civilizations predating the khaganate that may help in their fight against the valg, all the while navigating the delicate political situation in a royal court that doesn’t have a very high opinion of Aelin and sees no reason to send aid.…

The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan

With the first of the oracles, the Grove of Dodona, restored, Apollo finally has a prophecy (though one in limerick form that apparently bodes ill), and with the newly returned Leo and Calypso along for the quest, Apollo heads west to Indianapolis to find the second oracle, Trophonius and face the next Emperor, Commodus. But his demigod master Meg betrayed him to Nero and has been ordered to find and capture Apollo before he can free the next oracle – and Meg can make Apollo do anything, even kill himself.…

Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Geekerella so accurately captures the essence of fandom in a tale that is truly heartwarming. Danielle Wittimer is an avid fan of the Starfield TV series, and is less than impressed when teen heartthrob and soap opera star Darien Freeman is cast for the lead role of Prince Carmindor in an upcoming movie adaptation.…

The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician opens in New York, at the turn of the 20th century, where a heist is in progress. In this city, those with the ability to wield magic – the Mageus – hide their talents to escape persecution from the Order who hunts them for having ‘wild’ magic.…

Now I Rise – Kiersten White

Lada has returned to Wallachia with a small group of loyal men in hope of retaking her birthright. After several unsuccessful attempts to gain allies among men who see her as merely a girl playing soldier, she reaches out to her brother Radu, still with Mehmed in Edirne, recognizing that it is his skill in diplomacy that she requires.…

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

This is a perfect laugh-out-loud book. It was an absolute delight to read. The entire book is so cute – and more than a little relatable in some places. There was not one moment in the book when I was not thoroughly entertained. A perfect summer read!…

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Set in the early 1700s, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is narrated from the POV of Henry “Monty” Montague, the wayward son of an English earl. Along with his best friend Percy, and (much to his annoyance) sister Felicity, Monty is off on the traditional Grand Tour with full expectations of drinking and gambling his way through Europe.…

Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Mariko is the sole survivor of an attack on her convoy taking her to the Imperial City to be married to the second son of the Emperor. Believing that her attackers are the Black Clan, she decides to find out why they attacked her and who paid them to do so by infiltrating the Black Clan disguised as a boy.…