When I reviewed all of the books that I read this past year, I read way more than I thought I had. Some of my favorite authors made the list of course, but there are some new and surprising ones on there as well!
In reverse order to save the best for last…
10. Veiled by Karina Hale
This book is one of the surprises, because I tried reading the series connected to this book years ago and couldn’t get into it. Creep factor on a scale of 1-10, definitely 11. There were scenes that I felt like the temperature was dropping. I got chills… Really amazing writing. The characters in this book are flawed, honest, and interesting. I am really hoping that maybe, just maybe Karina doesn’t end their story with this book.
9. The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
So no surprise here. JLA books always end up on my favorite list. She is the bomb, and really pretty in person too! Because of the book’s connection with the Covenant series, it’s difficult to not be in love with this new series. I mean it’s Seth, and he’s…Seth.
8. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
It’s Alice, so there’s that. I mean, this is a book from Alice Clayton, so there is sex. Sex in Italy. *fanning self* Alice and Nina know how to write funny and sexy. But this story also has heart, and it’s underlying message is don’t live with regrets. When you get a second chance at life or love, you just have to go for it! Oh any one more thing…go to Italy!
7. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
So many things to love about this book! First the main characters, Olivia and Nicholas. They are both funny and wonderful. There is no sad brooding character or dark secret that’s revealed later. This is a non-angst romance. Couldn’t be a more timely read right now either, with Price Harry dating an American actress. Gingers make me swoon…
6. The Roman and The Shadow (The Florentine series) by Sylvain Reynard
Again not a surprise that SR made my list. This year we got 2 books to read and love! If I had to add anything to what has already been said about The Roman and The Shadow, I would say that of all the books in the series, including the Gabriel trilogy, these books have a strong moral thread. There is an underlying message about choosing to take the higher ground, even when most would not. Believing in the power of love can change one’s life in ways that you can’t expect. Some people may say that romance novels are shallow and unrealistic. Those people haven’t read SR books, because he never ceases to amaze me with his positive message of love and faith.
5. The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) by Julie Kagawa
This was definitely the year of the Fey for me. I read a lot of book about Fae and Fairies, but this series stood out, and I wish I read it sooner. The Iron Knight was definitely my favorite for a couple of reasons. First, it’s told from Ash’s point-of-view, and the audio version, narrated by MacLeod Andrews, was so fantastic. Everything about it was perfect. The storyline itself so thoughtfully done. We got to hear about Ash’s past. Experience his life before Meghan and Puck, as a Faery prince. The flashbacks and glimpses into what could be his future. I was surprised and completely connected to everything that Ash goes through to be with Meghan again in the Iron realm.
4. The Royals series by Erin Watt
I wish that I could find the right words to explain what it is about this series that makes it so crazy good. Crack. Addictive insanity. That’s what comes to mind when I think about the storyline. It’s like Cruel Intentions meets Gossip Girl. Seriously intense chemistry that had me wondering WTF…Here is what I can say…Ella is a fighter till the end, not just for Reed, but for the whole Royal family. I loved that.
3. The Collector’s Society series by Heather Lyons
It has been awhile since I have found an author and series that has completely blown me away and owned me, like Heather Lyons and The Collectors’ Society has, for so many reasons. If you love classic literature, and always wondered what would happen if some of the book characters you loved, grew up and lived in the world as we know it, then you will LOVE this series. This series will make you want to read more. It will make you want to go back to your favorite books to reread and look for clues in their storylines, and picture them as real people living in our world.
2. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
Yeah, not a fan of the cover, BUT if you adore Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments, then you have to read this book! I feel like it’s the bridge between both series that leads into the new book series, The Dark Artifices. I know, I know it’s a lot. This particular book is actually 10 short stories about Simon’s experiences at the Academy, while he is learning to become a Shadowhunter. Everyone from the past makes appearances and it’s just so good and amazing, it makes my heart hurt thinking about it. *happy sigh*
1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
Ms. Clare is a genius. This whole world just completely owns me, and the new cast of characters have my heart already. I will say that she is pushing the envelope with it being Young Adult, that I would put it in the New Adult category. The relationships are definitely more mature and the writing is spectacular. The characters feel so real to me that it is kind of not normal, but I own it. LOL
So there’s my 2016 book list! I would love to hear what your favorites are, so please share in the comments. Next week, I will share what I am looking forward to reading in 2017!