So another year is behind us and in spite of the personal life stuff going on resulting in the dearth of reviews, reading was still going on behind the scenes.
So what books made us sit up and beg?
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett – The fantastic third book in the Demon Cycle.
Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole – Military sci-fi with superheroes. This second book was an excellent addition to the Shadow Ops series.
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey – This series needs to be on either the big or small screen – any screen! Until then it’s an amazing sci-fi story and this third book was a brilliant addition to the Expanse.
Parasite by Mira Grant – An amazingly creepy but riveting novel. If you liked her Newsflesh trilogy, you are going to love this!
Kevin Hearne – The Iron Druid Chronicles was a series that entranced me so much, I ended up romping through and didn’t take time to review. It’s a fantastic series and one I will be re-reading, slower this time, so I can actually do reviews!
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – The first in a new series by Larissa and just as exciting as her Demonica/Lords of Deliverance. Speaking of which, the next book in that series, Reaver, is on this list too as it was utterly fantastic and had my jaw dropping several times as things were revealed.
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones – This is another series I love so much that I keep racing through them and end up not reviewing. It’s a habit I really have to stop as my memory is just not up to it these days! Charley Davidson is one of my favourite paranormal heroines and I just can’t get enough of her!
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon – I loved, loved, loved this book. I cried, I laughed, I may have shouted a few times. A worthy companion to Acheron and a brilliant addition to the Dark-Hunter’s series. It does take you through the wringer though!
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty – I absolutely loved this light hearted approach to the paranormal and look forward to the next one, out this year!
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan – A gritty and powerful epic fantasy debut. I loved the magic system he devised and I hold high hopes for the second book.
Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin – First in a new series by Gail and it’s off to a promising start. I loved her two previous series a lot so it had a lot to live up to! Looking forward to book two!
J.D. Robb – Thanks to Tracey, I discovered the In Death series and devoured the whole lot one after the other. It amazed me how good they are and how, even 35+ books in, they are still extremely enjoyable and great reads.
Watch Your Back by Karen Rose – So many of Karen’s books have characters that appear or are related to people in other novels and this one felt like it had been a long time coming. It was utterly amazing and prompted me to go back and read ALL the previous books!
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan – This book honestly surprised me and I’m annoyed at myself that I didn’t do a review after I read it, as it so very much deserved it. It’s an amazingly gritty fantasy, written with a single focus and I urge anyone who loved David Gemmell’s work to pick this up. I will be re-reading this (and reviewing this time, dammit)!
Unseen by Karin Slaughter – Every time I think Karin has outdone herself, she releases the next book and raises the bar even higher. I can’t get enough of Will Trent and Sara Linton!
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward – The latest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series was hotly anticipated and I was not left disappointed!
While my list has some similar ones to Grete, I also have some totally different genres to her. Being much more of a romantic sap, it will come as no surprise that I have a number of romances on my list.
The books I share Grete’s love for are :
Styxx of course – the most anticipated book of the year for me and one that did not disappoint. Probably my book of the year!
Reaver by Larissa Ione – another eagerly awaited novel that ticked all the boxes for me.
The In Death series by J.D. Robb – I read all 35 books in 4 weeks and absolutely loved them.
For me though the year was all about romance! There were books from my favourite romance authors: Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean and Sarah Morgan.
I really cannot express all the books that I loved this year, I read well over 100 of them! Since I tend to read books I know I will enjoy, it is so hard to only pick a few.
If I was to recommend a few books to other readers I would go with the following:
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan – I have been a fan of Ms. Morgan for many years, reading all her Mills and Boon books and it was great to have a longer book to enjoy. This is romance at its best and a great start to a new series.
Nora Roberts has featured heavily in my reading this year but a trilogy I particularly enjoyed was the Key Trilogy – Key of Light, Key of Knowledge and Key of Valour. This has a paranormal slant with Ms. Roberts’ usual excellent romance story.
Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series is recommended reading, particularity if you enjoy historical romance. I have loved all the books in this series and look forward to the next one hopefully coming in 2014!
Will definitely be doing more reviews this year, even if only a few lines, there are so many great books I want to share my love of.