2013 Year in Review!!
So I recently completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013! If you also participated in the challenge feel free to share! It was touch and go there as to whether or not I’d actually finish it, but I managed to get it done! I’m on vacation until the new year so I will likely not be reading any new books (heck I still need to review a few), but I’ve definitely got enough material for my Best of 2013 wrap up. Here are my top 10 favorites of 2013! Some books are probably rated better than others but I pretty much ranked these based on how much I enjoyed them and how much I am anticipating their sequels.
The Night Prince Series by Jeaniene Frost
While I like Cat & Bones, I LOVE Vlad! He is my favorite character of the Night Huntress universe (yes, even over Bones) and I have been enjoying Frost treating him to his own series. I look forward to how she wraps up his trilogy. My reviews in case you missed them:
I plan to review this trilogy all together so that’s why I haven’t provided a review for this particular book yet. While there is a lot of world building, overall I really enjoyed the story. I loved the magic and I will absolutely read the sequels in January. I’ve only heard they get even better.
The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler
This remains my favorite Amazon Prime freebie of the year! The circus theme and the magic totally rocked. I didn’t enjoy the sequel quite as much, but it was still a good read. My reviews:
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
This is my favorite angel series and it all started with Raphael and Elena, so I was glad to see this book return to their storyline. Here’s hoping my favorites, Venom and Ilium, can get their own books soon! My review:
I lumped these together because they are from the same series. Obsession is not surprisingly an adult spinoff while Lux is filed under YA. These are my favorite novels of the series! My reviews:
This was probably my favorite debut novel of the year! I enjoyed it from beginning to the end (well, almost), but all in all I am definitely hooked and plan to be back for more. And there WILL be more! My review:
After finishing this book I realized I am clearly just a fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing. I think she chose a pen name because this was an earlier work and it kind of showed, but I was still invested from beginning to end. Making my top 10 with 2 series (three if you want to get technical) is definitely a clear sign if I ever needed one. I have decided to read all of her paranormal novels. That is not a guarantee for every author I enjoy, including some of my favorite authors, so I think she’s pretty special. My review:
This was a true game changer for the series and it is probably my favorite Kate Daniels book to date. I so love it when authors make their series STRONGER as the books go on. And better yet, there’s clearly a LOT more story to tell and I plan to be there for them to tell it! My review:
If someone told me a year ago that I’d finish the Vampire Academy books and it’d be its spinoff that would end up being my favorite YA/NA series…yeah I’d have called the loony bin for said person. But here we are! Richelle Mead’s writing tends to polarize people and that’s why I’ve stayed away because I felt like I’d be more likely to side with the disgruntled bunch, but damn it if she doesn’t have me by the balls on this one! I adore the series and can’t wait to read Books 5 and 6. My reviews:
SHOCKER!!! Yeah, I’m j/k. If you’re a follower of this blog this series needs no introduction or my continued fangirling…but I’m going to do it anyway :P. The two books here really are the pièce de résistance of the series and I am so happy that this is my favorite of favorites! Next year I’ll likely place The Undead Pool and Hollows #13 in this slot for the last time and that makes me a little sad, but hey, it’ll go out on top! Below is my review for Ever After. I’m working up one for The Undead Pool so I’ll post my link to the teasers and quotes. I plan to re-read it this week to finalize my review and I will update this link: