There are a LOT of books on this list. I can’t complain about the overabundance of great reads though. At the beginning of 2013 I barely wanted to pick up a book because of a horrendous reading slump. Things have really turned around for me!
I'm going to break it up into two posts. This first list is the best of the best - the books that really stood out in mind even after I put them down.
I KNOW I’m going to forget something but I’ll give it a shot!
In no particular order......
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop - Goodreads | Review
This book absolutely restored my faith in the Urban Fantasy genre. Brilliant world building, intriguing characters and beautiful relationships make this a must read.
Perdition (Dred chronicles #1) by Ann Aguirre – Goodreads
Perdition is an unrelenting, kick-ass adrenaline rush. I was holding my breath for most of the book. Dred is right up there as one of my favorite heroines.
Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre - Goodreads | Review
In a year of disappointing series finales – Horde got it right. I’ll miss you Deuce, Fade, Tegan and Stalker.
Taste the Heat (Love and games #1) by Rachel Harris – Goodreads
Harris was a new to me author for 2013 and I absolutely adored this sexy, sweet story about a widowed dad, his precocious daughter and Colby the Cajun chef. I love me some nice guys and Jason had me swooning! (I also enjoy her My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century YA series)
This Song will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - Goodreads | Review
This book brought back so many memories, both good and bad, from high school. Elise is defeated, flawed, sympathetic, inspiring and a wonderful YA female character that I hope to see more of.
The Bridge by Rebecca Rogers Maher – Goodreads | Review
This seemed to be the year of the novella. Henry and Christa’s story nearly broke me apart. I probably bookmared and highlighted 805 of it on my Kindle. From my Review: “For a novella that is just under 100 pages, The Bridge has a depth of emotion and development that some full length novels never attain.”
The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young – Goodreads | Review
I barely survived reading this book. The heartbreak – the betrayal – the twists – THE FEELS!
Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen – Goodreads | Review
Leveen is one of my favorite authors and did not disappoint with Manicpixiedreamgirl. I can always count on him to deliver an awkward, honest, messy and ultimately uplifting portrayal of teenagers.
These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner – Goodreads | Review
Refreshingly original with plot twists aplenty and strong, intelligent protagonists! IN SPACE!
Days of Blood and Starlight (daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor) – Goodreads | Review
One word – INTENSE
Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn – Goodreads
I’m not a huge fan of New Adult or bad boys but this book hit all the perfect notes with a tough subject matter and one awesome (cookie baking) hero.
Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3) by Jenn Bennett – Goodreads | Review
I was terrified to read Binding the Shadows. Third books usually derail a series and there were A LOT of ways this could have gone wrong but Bennett hit it out of the park. I would even go so far to say that it’s the best one yet!