Back in July, I posted the first of my favorites of 2010, and a whole bunch of excellent books made the cut that first time. I'm happy to report that the second half of 2010 was just as productive and satisfying as the first, with many excellent books read by me in a variety of different genres. Here are, in no particular order, ten of my favorites that I read between July and now:
Drink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank. This was a tasty, engrossing fantasy romance with some paranormal elements that made for an excellent way to relax after a tough work day. I read this one in one setting and have already revisited it several times since that first one. I'm a huge fan of this author's work in general but this for me was a really stand out story. Makes me sad that this is a stand alone book because I'd gobble up a sequel in about thirty seconds flat. Read the What Book is That? review.
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Seriously, what can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I loved it as much as I thought I would the first time out, I gave it as Christmas presents to everyone I thought would enjoy it, and I'm foaming at the mouth waiting for the future books to come out. I may end up rereading this book today just from thinking about it now! Steampunk romance is definitely a hit for me. Read my review over at Blog with Bite!
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. This is a book that I picked up because of recommendations from folks all across the blogosphere, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. I have the rest of this series on my Kindle and will have to make time to read them, as I'm anxious to see how the series turns out. This story was lush, vivid, and everything I look for in a fantasy novel. Read the What Book is That? review.
Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell. This was the book that cemented this author's place as one of my favorites in the PNR genre. This book was spicy and fun, with great characters, including many who crossed over from the Halle Pumas series- I love it when that gets pulled off so well! The next books in the series are on the horizon, apparently, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series as it's written. Waiting is so hard sometimes! Read the What Book is That? review.
Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes- This book was bad ass and was an excellent debut offering that left me really hungry for more. The world was nuanced with commentary on race, gender, and power, the characters were engaging (as much as I want Varik to grovel, I hope Alex does end up giving him another chance) and I was depressed when I finished the book that there was no information on when the next one would be out. I'm pleased to say that it looks like the next book in the series (Blood Secrets) is slated for release in June 2011- I'll be there! Read the What Book is That? review.
White Cat by Holly Black- this book was delicious. Absolutely delicious. It was dark and dreamy and exciting all at once, and I was left breathless waiting for the next book, Red Glove, which comes out in April. It's going to be hard to wait for this one too. Read the What Book is That? review.
The Starlet by Mary McNamara. This one gets the honor of being the most surprising title to stand out among the favorites of 2010. For being so far out of my normal purview, this book was excellent. Funny, sad, droll and engaging all at the same time, this is another one that will keep you occupied on the next snow day. Read the What Book is That? review.
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. This book lived up to my expectations in every way. From the first moment I saw the cover (the other one, the creepy one with the stroller) I wanted to read the book, even before I knew what it was about. I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It was as haunting, creepy, and sweet as I could have hoped. According to the author's livejournal, her next book is referred to only as The Demon Book but actually has a pretty cool cover that we'll just have to wait to hear more about and/or see. I for one am excited! Read the What Book is That? review.
Burning Up by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, and Meljean Brook. This was hands-down my favorite anthology of the year, not only for the Psy Changeling story, which I knew would be awesome, but for the highly anticipated prelude to The Iron Duke that was included and was every bit as good as I'd hoped. Anthologies can be pretty hit or miss in terms of quality and while there were certainly some stories that were more enjoyable for me than others, this one was a winner. Read the What Book is That? review.
Play of Passion by Nalini Singh. Of all the Psy-Changeling offerings this year I think this one was the most anticipated for me and it lived up to my expectations. If anything, it made me even more excited for Kiss of Snow next year. Has anyone heard about the release date for the Kindle edition? Read the What Book is That? review.
What books were your favorites this year? And even better, what books are you looking forward to for 2011? I must know!
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