Top 10 Week: Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016

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Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016

Top 10 of 2015 Week is hosted by Rachel from FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

There’s so many books I’m looking forward to in 2016, but not all of them have covers yet. So, these are just the books I’m excited about that have their cover images created/released already.


 

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Starflight
Author: 
Melissa Landers
Genre: 
Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: Starflight #1
Release Date: Feb. 2, 2016

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.


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Eidolon
Author: 
Grace Draven
Genre:
 Fantasy
Series: Wraith Kings #2
Release Date: Jan. 31, 2016

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to secure his throne.

Three enemy kingdoms must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king must raise an army of the dead to defeat an army of the damned. Continue reading

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Top 10 Week: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

Top 10 of 2015 Week is hosted by Rachel from FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

Bah! This one was hard! The restriction that the book had to have been released in 2015 makes it difficult for me. I didn’t read very many new releases this year. So, like yesterday, this list is only going to be 6 titles.


 

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Charles Cornick from Dead Heat
Author: 
Patricia Briggs
Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Series: Alpha and Omega #4
Link to Review
Charles has a quiet intensity that I really love. His relationship with Anna, which is based on mutual respect and companionship is my favorite aspect of Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series. If you’ve avoided these books because you don’t like Adam from Briggs’ main Mercy Thompson books, I would suggest reconsidering giving this series a try. I’m not a fan of Adam or the relationship dynamic between him and Mercy in the main series, but I love the Alpha and Omega books.



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Naasir from Archangel’s Enigma
Author: 
Nalini Singh
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Link to Review

Naasir reminded me a lot of one of Singh’s changeling characters from her Psy/Changeling series. I liked that his thought process was so outside of  the norm and that he had to make an actual effort to fit in with the rest of the characters. It made the heroine getting to see his real reactions and thought process all the more rewarding for the reader.


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Top 10 Week: Best Comics/Graphic Novels Read in 2015

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Best Comics/Graphic Novels Read in 2015

Top 10 of 2015 Week is hosted by Rachel from FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

I had a major reading slump this year, which really curtailed the number of books I got through. So, for today’s list I’m going to do a top 6 best comics/graphic novels I read in 2015, rather than a top 10.


 

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Suicide Squad, Vol 4: Discipline and Punish
Writer: 
Ales Kot
Illustrations: 
Patrick Zircher
No Review

This New 52 series was an exercise in patience. The first volume was okay. Volume 2 and 3 were borderline horrible.  The only reason I kept reading is because so many people said things got better in this one… and it did. This collection was what I had been wanting when I started the series. It was fun, brutal and, of course, the only volume I didn’t get around to writing a review for this year. Ugh.


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Chew, vol. 1: Taster’s Choice
Writer:
 John Layman
Illustrations: 
Rob Guillory
Link to Review

All the volumes of Chew I’ve read have been wonderful. (I could have cheated and bumped this list up to a full 10 by adding the other volumes I read, but I’m resisting the temptation. The other collections in this series are worth checking out though.) Chew does a great job of mixing humor and gore together in a fun world where chicken is a hot black market item and some people have odd superpowers connected to food.

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Top 10 Week: Best Book Covers of 2015

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Best Book Covers of 2015

It’s time for the Top 10 of 2015 Week hosted by Rachel from FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

Some of these books I really want to read (Monstress, I’m looking at you). While others are on the list purely because I liked their covers. So, I’m not going to go into detail about each book. Instead, if you’d like to read more about one of the titles, click on the cover below and it will take you to its Goodreads page.


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Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015

Top Ten of 2014: A Week of Looking Back is a year-end meme hosted by Jamie @Two Chicks On Books, Rachel @ Fiktshun, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

Today’s theme is 10 books I’m looking forward to in 2015. There are a lot of great books coming out next here. Here are a few that are currently on my radar.


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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha Omega Series #4)

Release: March 3rd 2015

Blurb from GoodReads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels Series #8)

Release Date: August 4th 2015

Blurb from GoodReads: Mercenary Kate Daniels and her Mate, former Beast Lord Curran Lennart, have broken with Pack, but Curran misses challenges of leading, so he grabs when Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary

Guild. As a veteran merc, Kate can take over Guild’s unfinished jobs, not knowing they are connected. An old enemy has arisen.

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Otherworld Secrets by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: August 25th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Plume has signed up three Otherworld anthologies, each of which revolves around a different theme. The second in the trilogy, Otherworld Secrets, features fan-favorites such as Cassandra, Savannah, and Adam in rare and neverbefore- published short stories—plus a brand new novella. Fans old and new will flock to this mystery-themed volume to discover the deepest secrets of this captivating world.

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Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell Series #13)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find…a stone. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan. It is the first indication that the investigation they did for him in 1924 might not be as…complete as they had thought. In Japan there were spies, in Oxford there are dreams. In both places, there is a small, dark-haired woman, and danger.

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Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (Elder Races Series #8)

Release Date: May 5th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

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Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinder series #1)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job – and his life – are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret – or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is – while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

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SoulBound by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London series #6)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone…

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Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 3 by QuinRose

Release Date: March 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn’t very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can’t get away from Nightmare’s
penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up?

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Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright (Phoenix Pack Series #4)

Release Date: April 7th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

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Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell (Halle Shifters #4)

Release Date: March 3rd 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Chloe Williams has waited four very long years for her mate to acknowledge her. He has turned her away time and again for being too young for him,  even when she was in the hospital recovering from a traumatic beating. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to decide if it’s worth risking her heart yet again.

What books are you excited about in 2015?

Best Novellas Of 2014

Top Ten of 2014: A Week of Looking Back is a year-end meme hosted by Jamie @ Two Chicks On Books, Rachel @ Fiktshun, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I’m a little late to this party since they’re already on day three. Today’s theme is fill in the blank for Best …. of 2014. For this one, I chose Novellas since I tend to read a lot of them.


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Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong

My absolute favorite novella read in 2014 was Amityville Horrible. I love Jeremy and Jamie from Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, so I was thrilled to revisit them in a fun story where Jamie is conned into doing another reality TV show that doesn’t go well.


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Tethered by Meljean Brook

Tethered was a great novella featuring Archimedes Fox and Yasmeen as they deal with an old acquaintance blackmailing them into a dangerous rescue mission. I haven’t read the book that features Archimedes and Yasmeen yet so I was surprised at how well this story stood on it’s own. Definitely recommended to people who might be looking for a short introduction to the series.


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Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Another great novella from Armstrong that makes the top of my best list is Counterfeit Magic. This one features Paige and Lucas as they try to unravel a mystery involving a supernatural fight club. What made this story so engrossing was seeing the issues Lucas’ acceptance of heir to the Cortez cabal is placing on his and Paige’s lives. If you’ve read at least Dime Store Magic, this one is well worth a quick read.


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Frozen by Meljean Brook

Frozen was a great stand-alone novella from Brook. It’s not connected to any of her series, which makes it a great read for people who want to check out something by her without investing in a full length book. I loved the Norse mythology that this short focuses on. Brook also plays with the idea of fated mates and issues it could cause around consent.


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Angels’ Dance by Nalini Singh

Technically a re-read, but since I had purchased it this year to re-read I’m going to count it. Jessamy is the teacher at Refuge who has been grounded all her life because of a birth defect with one of her wings. While she’s not exactly happy with her life, she’s learned to be content. That is until Galen, Raphael’s new weapons master, appears at Refuge. A great novella set in Singh’s Guild Hunter world.


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Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

Kisses, She Wrote is the first of my holiday themed novellas on this list. It was also my introduction to Katharine Ashe’s writing. Cam Westfall is shocked when he discovers that the steamy diary full of fantasies starring him belongs to shy Jacqueline of Sensaire. What I really love about this is that it didn’t go the typical “other person finds diary” plot route where the diary is read aloud or passed around to everyone.  All in all, it’s a cute Christmas story to get you into the holiday spirit.


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The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S. Dawson

I’ve only read one full length book centered in Dawson’s Blud universe, but I’ve read all her short stories. I love the atmosphere of the supernatural circus that they all take place in. The Damsel and the Daggerman was no exception to this. Jacinda Harville is determined to snag an interview with the circus’s daggerman, Marco Taresque. What follows is a cat and mouse game that was fun to watch play out.


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How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe

How to Marry a Highlander oddly reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in some places. Teresa Finch-Freeworth is determined to marry Duncan, the Earl of Eads… so she proposes. His terms for accepting her offer is that she first find husbands for his seven sisters. Teresa was fun to watch as she spun tall tales and traipsed about town trying to contrive marriages for the seven oddball sisters. If you’re looking for a light historical romance, I would recommend you pick this one up.


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Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster

Tarnished Knight is another novella that takes place around Chrismas time. Esme is devastated when she discovers long time friend and newly turned vampire, John “Rip” Doolan, has no intention of claiming her. I loved the emotionally drama going on in this one and John’s struggle to understand the reason Esme is suddenly pulling back from their friendship. I haven’t read any of the other books in McMaster’s London Steampunk series, but after reading this they’re on my radar.


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The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Yet another Christmas themed novella and the best part? It’s currently free on Amazon. Lady Amelia Pembroke is determined to see that the annual Sheffield Christmas ball continues as usual, despite the Sheffield’s ballroom having been destroyed. To do this, she wedges herself into Lord Benedict Sheffield’s life for the holiday season to help him orchestrate the affair at a new location. A bit of Christmas fluff that was fun to breeze through.

What were some of your favorite novellas from 2014?