Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2016

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the last round of Top Ten Tuesday this year! This week’s theme is ‘best books of 2016’, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do today. 😊

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The Book Love Tag

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HELLO GUYS AND HAPPY WEEKEND! I was tagged to do this tag by Anette @ Anette Reads (who’s also the creator!) several months ago and Beth @ Reading Every Night more recently! I don’t usually talk about my OTPs a lot, but this has allowed me to do so in a more casual way so I hope you enjoy this post. 😛

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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab

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Title: A Gathering of Shadows (2016)
Series: Shades of Magic – Book 2
Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 508 pages
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Review

So… I jumped right into A Gathering of Shadows after reading A Darker Shade of Magic. I’ve never been good at denying myself things and as my previous review showed, I really enjoyed ADSOM. Thankfully this turned out to be a good decision because A Gathering of Shadows really carried the story forward and was yet another adventure. This review will contain spoilers for the first book.

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