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Over-Booked (8) – A Book Haul Post

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Welcome to Over-Booked, my book haul post where I link up with Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Head on over to link up your own book haul post, or jump around and see what everyone’s got!  I have a smallish haul this week, which is good after my Comic Con haul last week, and I’m very excited about these books:

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The Golden City and The Seat of Magic by J. Kathleen Cheney. I was so excited when I found out I had won these beauties from The Bibliosanctum! This is one series I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and I’m anxious to start reading them. Thanks, Mogsy and Wendy!

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone. I loved this third entry in Max’s series, and Tor was kind enough to send me a finished hardcover. Thanks Tor!

The Apex Book of World SF3 edited by Lavie Tidhar. I’ll be reading this anthology this month. Apex has never let me down, and I’m excited to read some diverse stories from all over the world. Thanks Apex!

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I don’t usually read middle grade, but this looks like fun, and it’s pretty short. Thank you, Scholastic Press!

Edelweiss/NetGalley review titles:

Into Darkness (Night Prowler #6) by J.T. Geissinger. If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know I’m one of J.T.’s biggest fans. This is the final book in her Night Prowler series—boo!! I know the author is probably ready to move on to something else, but I’m not! Big thanks to Montlake Press.

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge. Right after I featured this book on Waiting on Wednesday, I realized it was an Edelweiss title, and I was thrilled to be quickly approved. Thank you Harper Voyager!

Indie review titles:

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Rewinder by Brett Battles. Yeah, I know. I don’t review indies any more. But Brett and I, well, we go waaay back. And when he told me his latest is a suspense/time travel story, of course I said I would read it! I love his books, and he’s one indie writer that really knows how to do things right. I mean, check out the cover! It looks professional, right? (And it is. He does everything professionally.) I may not be able to squeeze this in this month, but next month for sure. Thanks Brett:-) And put this up on Goodreads, will ya?

That’s it for me. Let me know what goodies you acquired this week!

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Book Review Giveaway! Win a Book I Reviewed in June

 

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I wanted to give a little more love to the books I read each month, so I started this monthly giveaway where you can enter to win one of the books I reviewed the previous month. I only reviewed seven books in June, but some of them were amazing. It’s quite a broad selection this month, so there’s something for everyone! The giveaway is international, provided The Book Depository ships to your country, and it ends July 31st. You can help spread the word (and get more entries!) by posting the giveaway button on your blog (if you’re a blogger).

My favorite book of June? The Girl with All the Gifts. But you may select any of these seven books if you win. Click on the titles below to read my reviews!

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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Darkness Bound by J.T. Geissinger

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The Merciless
by Danielle Vega

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The Savages
by Matt Whyman

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Deadly Curiosities
by Gail Z. Martin

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The Source
by J.D. Horn

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Dark Metropolis
by Jaclyn Dolamore

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Sexy & Thrilling: DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger – Review

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release date: June 24 2014
Source: ARC from publisher
Pages:  432

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The nitty-gritty: Another well-rounded entry into this fantastic series, with Geissinger’s trademark combination of sex, thrills, danger and heartbreak.

The air was warm and humid, redolent with the sweet perfume of flowers, heavy with clouds. The dragon sliced through them as neatly as a scythe. She climbed higher, breaking free of the clouds, then tipped to the left, following an updraft of heated wind. The earth below peeked through in patches of glistening emerald through the fluffy cloudscape. The horizon was aflame with the rising sun, bleeding scarlet into infinity.

Jack wanted to cry at the beauty of it. Instead she laughed, and screamed with exhilaration. The dragon turned back to look at her—grinning, its muzzle and lashes beaded with moisture—then surged forward with a powerful thrust of its wings and climbed higher still, until the air was so think it was hard to breathe.

I don’t think it would be a spoiler to tell you that yes, there is indeed a dragon in Darkness Bound. But it’s not what you think. Or who you think. (That is if you’re unfamiliar with this series. If you’ve read Geissinger’s other books, you probably know what I’m talking about.) Geissinger never fails to amaze me with her storytelling prowess, world-building and her deeply wrought characters. What they say is true: the more you write (or you can substitute “write” for whatever it is you love to do), the better you get. This is book five in her Night Prowler series, and simply put, I never want this series to end. When I finished Edge of Darkness, I was sure she wouldn’t be able to top herself. But she has. Darkness Bound puts a new spin on relationships (and if you’re a fan already, you know this series has seen some really unique ones!) and brings our friends the Ikati closer and closer to danger.

I usually say in my reviews that each of these novels can be read as a stand-alone, so if you’re new to the series, you can easily pick up the story without too much trouble. And I’m saying that again, although I am also begging you to start at the beginning, because there are certain characters and plot threads that do continue from one book to the next, and your enjoyment will be enhanced by reading the series in order. Each book focuses on a different couple—keep in mind that these are romance novels, and yes there is a lot of romance!—one person is usually introduced in the previous book and then takes center stage in the present story, and the other is usually an outsider whom we haven’t yet met.

This time around the outsider is a human, a gritty reporter named Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan who has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize with her fervently written editorial in the New York Times decrying the existence of the Ikati, a group of shape-shifting creatures who have wreaked havoc on humans. Jack’s passionate hatred of the Ikati has gotten the attention of Alejandro, the Alpha male of an Ikati colony that is currently living in the Brazilian rain forests.  Alejandro’s plan is to bring Jack to live with the colony—by force, if necessary—in order to sway her opinion and get her to retract her hateful rant.

But Alejandro’s plan backfires in a big way, as soon as Jack arrives in Brazil. An Ikati male named Hawk has been assigned to watch over Jack during her stay, and Hawk is less than thrilled with that idea. And there’s danger brewing. Several enemies are out to either destroy or capture the Queen of the Ikati, and they’re all headed to Brazil on a deadly collision course. With their very way of life hanging in the balance, the Ikati must work together to protect themselves.

Let’s talk about the romance first. The first thing you should know is that if you are about to stop reading this review because eewww romance, Geissinger’s books are loaded with everything that makes a great story: a fantastic fantasy world, deeply developed characters, exciting action scenes, humor and nasty bad guys, all tied together with really good writing. And then there are the sexy times. And boy, are they hot, people! Having read her four previous books, I knew the sex scenes were coming, and yet she made me blush anyway. If I had to complain about anything with this series, it would be that the romance is a wee bit over the top (Hawk is about as alpha male as they come, Jack is about as stubborn but beautiful as they come, and together they practically split atoms with their love-making), but hey, it’s romance. And every other element makes up for the romantic stereotypes. What Geissinger does differently this time is throw in a couple of I-didn’t-see-that-coming twists into their relationship that make the romance feel fresh. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Hawk is a gorgeous stud with a vulnerable side that will make everyone fall in love with him.

Geissinger brings the Brazilian rain forest to vivid life with her descriptions of the towering trees and unusual wildlife, and I thought it was a perfect setting for this story. Add to that the Ikati themselves, who are shape-shifters that can turn into black panthers, and the rain forest becomes a highly dangerous place to be. She contrasts this with several scenes that are set in Jack’s hometown of New York City, although I much preferred the parts set in Brazil.

The author also throws in a bit of social commentary about racism and accepting those who are different, when Hawk calls Jack a “bigot” for her unfounded hatred of the Ikati. There are some lessons imparted in Darkness Bound, including a subtle story angle about the decline of the rain forests, but the stars of this tale are definitely the complicated characters, who are simply trying to survive in a world full of hatred.

If you are looking to invest in a series with just about everything there is to love about paranormal romance, then this series is for you. I’m beyond excited that book #6, Into Darkness, will be released this October. Highly recommended. Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. The above quote is taken from an uncorrected proof and may differ in the final version.

J.T. Geissinger photoJ.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. Her debut fantasy romance Shadow’s Edge was a #1 bestseller on Amazon US and UK and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up novel, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA Award finalist for Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

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What’s On My Plate – June 2014

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Can you believe it’s June already?? Summer is here, although truthfully it’s felt like high summer here in Southern California for months now. I seem to have bit off more than I can chew (keeping with the plate metaphor) this month, but I’m going to try to get to as many of these review titles as I can:

For Review:

The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Just started this and I’m already hooked!

The Source by J.D. Horn. Book Two in his series and one of my “must read” titles this month.

Hexed by Michelle Krys. I’m slightly worried by some negative reviews that have popped up, but I’m still looking forward to it.

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon.

Paranoia by J.R. Johannson. Another book two in a series, I really enjoyed the first book.

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn. Super excited to get to this! It’s got some excellent early reviews.

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica. I haven’t heard much about this title, but I do love the cover!

Darkness Bound by J.T. Geissinger. Oh yeah, this one might be next…

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Here’s another one that’s a “must read.” Even though I’ve seen some mixed reviews—from bloggers who DNF’d it to rave reviews—I know this is my kind of book.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. Here’s another book that’s got some great reviews.

Blog Tours:

The Savages by Matt Whyman. I just finished this and boy or boy, was it a hoot! It was such a well written, well crafted story, and I inhaled it. My tour stop is next Sunday June 8th. I believe this has been out since March, and the sequel is coming out this week (American Savage). I will be picking that one up as soon as possible!

Dark Metropolis  by Jaclyn Dolamore. This story is set in the 1930s, a magical 1930s. My tour stop is June 12th.

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin. I’ve read this already and really enjoyed it. I’ll have a review of the book up shortly, and near the end of the month I’m interviewing Gail.

All three blog tours come with giveaways, so make sure to check back right here!

Giveaways:

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In addition to the giveaways for each of the blog tours, I’ll be doing my usual Book Review Giveaway, beginning on June 5th. I skipped last month because I didn’t get enough reviews posted to justify the giveaway, so I’m combining April and May this time around. Stop back on the 5th to see the list of books I reviewed, and enter to win your choice of one of them. International, as usual:-)

Next month I’m participating in Xpresso Reads Cover Madness Giveaway Hop, and you can still sign up to participate, so head on over to Giselle and Jenni’s place and sign up if you haven’t already.

So, I’m aiming to read at least eight books this month, which is something I used to do, no problem, but has become nearly impossible since I started working full-time. I shall attempt it again, however! I hope you all have a wonderful month full of bookish goodness. Let me know what you’re up to as well!

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Over-Booked (1) A Book Haul Post

Over booked banner copyFirst of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom blogger friends! I’m revamping some stuff here on Books, Bones & Buffy, and one of those things is my new book haul post, which will now be called Over-Booked. I’ll be linking up with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll link up your book haul posts in the comments so I can visit you as well.

A small week for me, book-wise, but I’m super excited about each of these books. With my new full-time work schedule, I’m still adjusting to a lack of time to work on this blog, but it’s definitely easier than when I first started working a month ago.  Here are the fab books I received for the past two weeks:

In the mail:

I received Darkness Bound by J.T. Geissinger from NetGalley, but a few days ago I got a surprise copy in the mail from Montlake Romance,  the trademark Montlake “coverless” version that they usually send to reviewers. Oh Montlake, if you’re trying to keep the cover under wraps, it’s too late! But thank you, I love having a physical copy, cover or no cover:-)

From NetGalley:

The Source by J.D. Horn. This is book two in J.D.’s Witching Savannah series. I rave about J.D. every chance I get, so if you like southern gothic stories with witches, you’ll love these books. Start with The Line. Thank you 47North!

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne. I’m so excited that I was approved for this book! I read Livia’s Poison Dance novella and was hooked on her writing and storytelling skills. Thank you Disney-Hyperion!

That’s it for this over-booked girl! What goodies did you get this week?

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Book Bonanza (1) Otherwise Known as Stacking the Shelves

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Welcome to Book Bonanza, my book haul post, where I will be linking up with both Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  I’ve been wanting to link up with Kimba for a while, so this will work out great, I think! For the past two weeks I received a nice mix of physical books and e-books for review, and I bought a few as well. Here’s what I have:

Physical books for review:

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Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg. I requested an ARC of this book, but a little too late, and they ran out. But thank you to Tor for sending me a finished copy instead! I can’t wait to read this creepy vampire story.

Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton. Eliza emailed me and offered a copy of her book, and it sounded so good to me, that I accepted.  Thank you Eliza, I can’t wait to read it!

The Savages by Matt Whyman. I’m on the blog tour for this, and I’m pretty excited about it. It sounds hysterical…

The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Funny story. I requested this on Edelweiss and I was turned down. But later a wonderful publicist from Razorbill saw my Waiting on Wednesday post highlighting The Merciless, and she offered to send me an ARC.  Weird, right? I’m not complaining, I am beyond excited to have this ARC in my hands. Not only is this horror, but it’s truly one of the prettiest ARCs I’ve ever seen (I know, you can’t really tell from my crappy photo!)

Thank you Tor, Eliza, Razorbill and Hot Key Books!

From Edelweiss/NetGalley:

Darkness Bound by J.T. Giessinger. Oh you guys, if you know me at all, you know I’m J.T.’s biggest fan. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into her latest. This is Book #5 in the series, by the way.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. I’ve read some really great reviews of this book, and I’m looking forward to it.

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica. Not only do I love this cover immensely, but this fantasy sounds A. Ma. Zing.

Jackaby by William Ritter.  Doctor Who meets Sherlock??? Yes please!

The Wilds by Julia Elliott. This is without a doubt my favorite cover of the bunch. Isn’t this the most awesome cover ever?? This is a debut short story collection, and I’m getting vibes of Kelly Link and Karen Russell from this book.

Big thanks to Montlake Romance, Amulet Books, Tor Books, Algonquin and Tin House Books!

Purchased:

Honor’s Knight and Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach. I have the first book in the series, now they’re all lined up in a row so I can binge read them!

Those are my books, please share your book haul in the comments and leave me a link!

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Waiting on Wednesday (94) DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming book releases that we’re excited about. I just participated in the cover reveal for this book yesterday, but I’m desperately wanting to read it, so I want to share it one more time!

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger. Release date: June 24 2014 (Montlake Romance). This series just gets better and better! I really love the green cover. If you love paranormal romance, and you like your romance on the hot and heavy side, these books should not be missed. Here’s what Goodreads says:

Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

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What do you think? Have you read J.T.’s series yet? Leave me a link to your WOW post in the comments!

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Cover Reveal! DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

I’ve talked about this woman, and I’ve read all her books, and every time something new happens with her, I jump for joy! And today is awesome because J.T. is revealing the cover of her next Night Prowler book, Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5). The cover is gorgeous, as usual, and I’m SO looking forward to this book. So, I won’t keep you in suspense, here we go:

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger
Publication Date: June 24 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Available Formats: Paperback/e-book/CD/Audible.com

Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

I just love the bright green on this cover! And wait, there are two people on it instead of one. That’s new…Look how nice it looks alongside the other Night Prowler books:

You can find Darkness Bound here: Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | Goodreads

What do you think of the cover? Have you read the Night Prowler series?

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Book Review Giveaway – Win a December Review Book!

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It’s time once more for me to give away one of the books I reviewed last month! It was a slow reading month for me, meaning I read too slowly. I only reviewed five books in December, but they all received four stars or higher, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. For December, J.T. Geissinger was my winner, as I read her latest Night Prowler book as well as a short novella she recently published. Both received five stars.

This month’s giveaway is easy: you simply need to leave me a comment on this post, and you will be entered to win. If you share the giveaway in any way, you can earn an extra entry. Simple, right? One winner will get to choose one of these five books, but I have a twist this month. Because The Last Vampire is so short, if you win, you will receive your choice of one of the other four books, as well as an e-book of The Last Vampire, provided you have a Kindle. This book is available exclusively for Kindle, so if you win and you don’t have a Kindle, that part of the giveaway won’t apply. The giveaway is International, provided the Book Depository ships to your country (please check here if you’re not sure). Here are the books I reviewed last month (click on the covers to go to Goodreads, and click on the book titles to read my reviews):

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Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger. five stars This is Book #4 in the series, but you can easily read it as a stand-alone. No previous Night Prowler experience necessary!

The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger. five stars This novella/short story is so good, I hope J.T. writes more of these! **Bonus e-book for Kindle to the winner, in addition to one of the other four books!

The Descent by Alma Katsu. four and a half The final book in Katsu’s The Taker trilogy, this one really can’t be read until you’ve experienced the rest of the series.

The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas. four stars This strong short story collection brings together thirty-three short stories from Apex Magazine. If you love genre-bending fiction written by talented writers with lots of imagination, you’ll love these stories.

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando. four starsThis contemporary new adult focuses on the lives of two teens who are about to leave home for college. I enjoyed this one so much!

To enter, just leave me a comment below. You can tell me which of these books you’re most excited about, or anything else you’d like to comment on. You can share this post via Twitter, Facebook or any other option (see the share buttons below) and let me know in the comments how you shared, and I’ll give you an extra entry. That’s it! Thanks for entering, and good luck:)

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books of 2013 – ADULT

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It’s the end of the year, which means lots of top ten lists! Selecting my top ten favorite books of 2013 is extremely hard, because I read so many amazing books this year.  Like many bloggers, I find it nearly impossible to select only ten books that I loved for the entire year! So this year, I’ll be doing at least two Top Ten lists, and I may add others if I’m in the mood:) First up: my Top Ten best adult books of the year! I will always remember 2013 as the year I discovered Chuck Wendig and Victoria Schwab. Both of these authors made my Top Ten Adult and my Top Ten Young Adult lists, which I think is pretty amazing. To be fair, I’ve arranged my list in alphabetical order, by the title of the book. I’ve also awarded each book a *special* designation, because hey, I wanted to shake up the boring top ten list! (Clicking on the covers will take you to Goodreads.)

Best Characters

The Blue Blazes

1. The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. Chuck, Chuck. What can I say? I love Chuck. This book truly changed the way I evaluate books, and from now on, each book I read will unfortunately be compared to this one. In my opinion, this book is perfect. And it’s the first in a series! Bloody Bride, Book #2, will be released, well, I don’t think there’s a date yet, but you can bet that whenever it comes out, life will come to a screeching halt while I read it:) Read my review of The Blue Blazes here.

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Even though Gone Girl was released in 2012, I didn’t get to read it until this year. I’m happy to say that, at least for me, it lived up to all its hype. Even though I saw some of the twists coming, I still loved Flynn’s portrayal of an extremely unhealthy marriage. I can’t wait to go back and read her other books. You can read my discussion of Gone Girl here.

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FIVE STARS*****

3. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. Stormdancer made my top ten list last year, so it’s no surprise that Kristoff delivered once more. His gorgeous descriptions were over-the-top at times, but they brought this story to life. Thrilling and heartbreaking, I swear I could hear a Wagner opera playing as I read Kinslayer. Some people stick Kristoff’s series in the Young Adult category, but I’m throwing it in with Adult because it’s not published by a YA imprint, and it isn’t priced as YA.  You can read my review here.

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Mad Scientist's Daughter

4. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. The moody cover doesn’t prepare you for this truly original science fiction story. Clarke’s beautiful writing brings the painful relationships of this story to life, and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. Read my review here.

Best Ending

FIVE STARS*****

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. A book about books and bookstores? Yes! The story behind this mostly unassuming cover was unexpected, magical, and full of emotion. And yes, that ending. Brilliant. You can read my review here.

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FIVE STARS*****

6. Plastic Jesus by Wayne Simmons. I’m pretty sure this book is mostly unknown here in the United States, but I’d love to change that. Simmons is a force to be reckoned with. His writing is sharp and his vision of the future is highly original. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books. You can read my review here.

Best World Building

Three

7. Three by Jay Posey. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Usually covers with big hulking men carrying nasty weapons scream VIDEO GAME to me, and I don’t normally enjoy those types of stories. But I was entranced by Posey’s world. It was so hard to get back to my real life when I finished this book, which to me is a good indication that the world-building is superb. My review of Three.

Most Creative Use of Magic

FIVE STARS*****

8. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone.  The first book in this series, Three Parts Dead, made my top ten list last year. Max is just that good. I honestly could have awarded this book “Best World-Building” or “Best Characters” but I decided to go with “Most Creative Use of Magic.” The Craft Series is unlike anything else I’ve read, and for urban fantasy fans, these books shouldn’t be missed. My review of Two Serpents Rise.

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9. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell.  I read many really good short story collections this year, but this was my favorite. Each story spoke to me in some way. Russell is so creative and original, that I’m gleefully awaiting her next book. My review of Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Best Story Construction

Vicious

10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Last but certainly not least, Vicious was so brilliantly written that I still can’t figure out how Schwab pulled it off. You really have to read the book to understand what I’m talking about. Vicious has so many layers, so many surprises, and so many wonderfully diabolical characters, that I can’t imagine how Schwab will top this book. But I’ve no doubt she will! My review of Vicious.

I also want to mention these books, which all received 4 ½ or 5 stars, but didn’t make it into the top ten. I love you all as well! The Lives of Tao & The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu, Rapture’s Edge and Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger, The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace, Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales, Appalachian Undead edited by Jason Sizemore, Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty, Plow the Bones by Douglas F. Warrick, What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli  Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler, The Descent by Alma Katsu and The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.

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