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Riveted eBoard’s Best Books of 2016

December 21, 2016
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board

It’s amazing how much can happen and change in just 365 days! This has been a year to remember (for better or worse), but there’s no room for negotiation when we say 2016 has been a GREAT year for YA books. Check out the eBoard’s (editorial board) picks for Best Books of 2016!

 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


There were so many fantastic YA books this year, but I have to go with the most surprising standout: Sarah J. Maas’ A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. While I don’t think the first book in the series, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, would have made my favorites list, ACOMOF was unexpectedly amazing—a genuine feminist triumph exploring what it means to be a woman in a world constantly devaluing your strength (quite an apt theme right now, unfortunately). I still have a book hangover even six months after reading it.— Sarah McCabe

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Unexpected Everything

This book has everything that I love all wrapped up into a perfect book. I love romance-it has that. I love strong female friendships-it has that. I love realizing the importance and benefits of family-it has that. And as an added bonus, I LOVE dogs, and it has that too. You can’t find a more perfect book, in my opinion.—Janine Perez

Scythe by Neal Shusterman


I don’t read much sci-fi; dystopias (utopias, in this case, I guess) aren’t really my thing; technology creeps me out; violence of any sort makes me cringe, AND YET I flew through this book in a day. The writing and development of this utopian United States is disturbingly good, and the pacing prevented me from putting it down. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the ethical dilemmas the scythe’s apprentices must face.—Julie Jarema

The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid


I turned into Nemesis while reading The Diabolic. I’d take down anything that interfered with my finishing this compelling, smart, and badass tale.—Nick Elliot

Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Museum of Heartbreak

It was an adorable book about all the types of heartbreak that I experienced as a teen. There’s nothing better than a protagonist that loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer as much as I do! —Tara Grieco

Cat Hayden: We Know It was You by Maggie Thrash

We Know It Was You

I love a good satirical snark fest with a solid mystery at its heart!—Cat Hayden

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle


It’s hilarious and heartbreaking and everything I want in a fantastic YA read. Plus, all the cultural and film references throughout feel like fun little Easter Eggs. Loved this read.—Keri Horan

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


I really loved this debut. I mean you know you’ve truly fallen for a character when you not only describe him as your book boyfriend or book husband, but actually, your book soulmate. Oh the things you make me feel, Teach! Thanks Nicole for getting me hooked on pirate-y YA! —Shifa Kapadwala

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