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Well it’s that time of year where we start talking about our favorite books for this year. This has been a GREAT year and here are my Top 10 Best Books for 2015, ok there is 11 but I couldn’t decide! Again, as always these are in no particular order because seriously that would be beyond hard from me…
Rook by Sharon Cameron
I just loved this retelling of the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel. It was BRILLIANT, she took apart characters and created different/new characters with individual aspects that were in specific characters from the original telling.
The action was crazy and had me biting my nails and sitting at the edge of my seat holding the book 2 inches from my face because I had to know what was going to happen next.
Our villain was INSANE, literally INSANE, his logic, way of thinking the world should be and the sickness in his own mind was fascinating! I was creeped out and disgusted by him which made him completely fun to read about. Creepy creepy man….
I was floored with the twist and turns of this story. I kept second guessing myself with pointing the fingers to every character who I thought was the “bad guy” and when all was reveled…whoa. didn’t see it coming.
Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines
The creepiness with this story was fabulous. There was a right amount of mystery and thrill that had to turning the page to find out what the heck is going on. The twist and turns were a bit obvious except for ONE thing and I didn’t see it coming.
The romance was perfect. Slow moving and romantic enough that it kept you invested and interested. I loved the fact that the main love interest is actually a good guy. A manly man who is GOOD. Completely won-worthy male lead.
I didn’t expect just about anything when reading this book. Things in here were completely unexpected I had no clue! There is so much in the book, I wish there was MORE to the book, I didn’t want it to end! It has romance, a ghost story, mystery, paranormal activity, and political intrigue.
Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen
I fell in love with Danielle L. Jensen since I read her first book Stolen Songbird when it first came out! I’ve had to wait, and wait for book two now I have to wait for book three! ARRRGH!
I love that this book/series isn’t a little book, it has actual story and lines, and descriptions, and not some quick fast-paced book that is over in 200 pages! There is just so much to love about this book as much as the second.
The alternating points of view in this book, was not annoying at all to me like it usually does. I really enjoyed what was going on with Cecile outside the troll kingdom and what was going on inside with Tristan. I felt the author did a FANTASTIC job of keeping points of view separate and very distinct.
The ending was amazing. I enjoyed the twist and turns and the action at the end. I wasn’t too surprised with the “revelation” but it was still fun to read. The mystery, adventure of it all was just right for book two in this series. I can’t wait for book three and look forward to more books by this author.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I enjoyed the faerie aspect of this story as I feel it stays true to the original idea that faeries aren’t to be trusted. I loved every aspect of the faerie world and all that came with it.
I enjoyed the mystery behind what’s killing or taking over the faerie world and the concept behind and involving the faerie world and how it affects the human world. It was amazing and extremely well written.
The romance was awesome in the aspect of a GOOD MAN! You can have a brooding character who underneath is gentle, good, and kind and I loved that about Tamlin.
Silver Eve (Guardians of Tarnic #2) by Sandra Waugh
I love this series. I love the adventure, fantasy, romance, action and the pure fun of it all. Sandra Waugh is an excellent writer and can’t wait for the rest of these books. I love how they are all connected but are still it’s own individual story.
The romance wasn’t overwhelming to the story which I GREATLY appreciate. Plus the guy is completely swoon worthy. *sigh*
Everything about this series is great for those in need of an awesome adventure with some romance.
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Wow. Totally and completely LOVED this! I will go ahead and right off the bat say that Kerstin Gier’s writing was better in this one (or maybe it was the translation that got better?) and this story was super fun and unique. I loved it, completely and utterly loved it.
The mystery behind the boys and their pack is awesome. The idea of dream walking, although not new, in this story-unique. I loved the romance because it wasn’t as cheesy as her first trilogy (Ruby Red) and yet it still had all the aspects I love in a romance.
The ending….whoa. TOTALLY did NOT see that coming. Everything, EVERYTHING about this book I just loved.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Honestly, I had no idea what this book was going to be about. I kept seeing other YA authors and such rave about this book, so I picked it up.
I am so glad I did! It’s a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights! WHOOT! I was hooked after the first sentence!
I really liked Shazi, she a great protagonist who feels so strongly even at sixteen. I liked watching to struggle and wage war with herself has she tries to discover the cause of so much bloodshed.
However this is not just a story of a girl and prince. No, there are other things going on behind the scenes that Shazi and Khalid know nothing about, things that could put their whole lives at stake.
Overall I couldn’t put this book down and loved every minute of it.
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Curse #2) by Marie Rutkoski
This book is different from book one with all the political intrigue that has your mind spinning.
I loved it and I couldn’t put it down, it tugged on my heartstrings that I thought my chest might burst.
I loved the continuation with this story. The conflict was awesome and heart-wrenching.
I think what did this for me was the fact that it played on my emotions so much. Can you tell? haha
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Are you surprised? I mean really, are you?
I enjoyed everyone’s powers and the houses and name and colors that went with each power this was super fun to read about.
There is a love triangle but it wasn’t overwhelming it wasn’t raging hormones, it was gentle soft and it kept you guessing. It was just the right amount of overall romance.
The book is harsh, romantic, action packed, fast paced, with twists and turns that it literally kept me up all night so I could finish it. LOVED it.
Don’t let the cover scare you cause the cover is creepier than the book but so PERFECT for the story.
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood #2) by Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott is now on my must read author’s list for YA. These two books have blown away ANY expectation I’ve had in regards to these books. Both times I was floored by her writing and how she navigated my feelings and emotions through this adventure. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything about this book that I didn’t like or that I would change. It was just, perfect.
What I loved about this book is that it is so real, raw, heart wrenching, funny, heart warming, frightening and all of the other adjectives that make a book unforgettable.
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
I really liked this book because I felt it was a gritty, tense, thriller of a family of crime. The cast of characters is so dynamic and diverse it was incredible. I enjoyed the drama of this dark tale of grudges, revenge, and obsession. I enjoyed the lines that were crossed between good and bad, what’s right and what’s wrong and how far one will go to stay true to your family and their beliefs.
I felt the author did a GREAT job with keeping characters and their voices completely separate during the whole book. Each of them were distinctly unique and I was able to read them loud and clear.
I just loved the overall idea of the story and the romance was great, just what I like too!