Monday, December 10, 2012

[Guest Post] Carmel's Favorite Werewolf Books of 2012

Carmel from Rabid Reads, the furry side of fiction, 
has stopped by to share her top werewolf reads of 2012.

A big thanks to her for taking the time out to share this with us. 
I've now added 2 new series to my TBR list.

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite werewolf reads
this year. We always love receiving recommendations!
I haven’t been this excited about a new werewolf series in a long time. This debut has everything going for it from its unique lore, to a top notch heroine, to extraordinary secondary characters. Kelley Armstrong fans should definitely give Full Blooded a try because Carlson actually manages to give my all-time favourite author a run for her money. If anyone can uproot Bitten from its top spot on my best of the best werewolf book list, it’s Amanda. Go team Jessica McClain!

I’ve been a fan of these books since the get-go because of Thompson’s chick-lit approach to werewolves but she takes it a step further in this 4th installment by adding blogging into the mix. The back-and-forth between the main couple is cute and fun, the romp action is sizzling and the story is pretty darned decent too. A great, light read with fur. 

The conclusion to Cremer’s Nightshade trilogy was pretty controversial and the final verdict among readers ended up being a fairly even split between love/hate. I can understand why some fans were upset with regards to the love triangle but that point aside, the ending was picture perfect for true werewolf fans. I might get some hate e-mail for saying this but… if you hated the conclusion then perhaps you should stick with vamp fiction.

Katie Reus really wowed me with her second Moon Shifter book. She handled the mate (a.k.a. insta-love) hurdle beautifully and the result is a well-rounded paranormal romance book that stands out from the crowd. The plot is just as important as the main couple’s relationship, there’s a nice balance of violence and lovin’, and the werewolf action is plentiful. 

If you’re searching for a truly unique experience and a young adult book that’s not toned down then definitely check out Pride’s Pursuit. The third installment in Kalen’s trilogy is the perfect ending to a fabulous series. Cat’s first person POV writing style is gripping, primal and just plain awesome; plus, her novels are as close as you can get to experiencing the world through the eyes of a werewolf.  

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Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Thanks again for having me Cat! I can't wait to check out your other top books of 2012 lists this week!

Lee @shewolfreads said...

I love Carmen's blog and I love this list! Adding Nightshade and Primal Possession to my must reads. Thanks for the rec's!

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I have only read Full Blooded which was awesome. Even though I love it I am just not sure if it could take away Bitten's #1 spot. I guess time will tell.

And I so will not be reading Bloodrose. No way no how! I haven't even read it and that book makes me so mad.

Anyways I will be checking out the books on the rest of your list though.

Braine TS said...

Haven't read it all but I can vouch for Full Blooded & Bloodrose.

Braine TS said...

Bloodrose - coz she ended up with Shayne? Yeah that upset me too and the ending is a little left field but it was OK for me. Made sense actually

Van Pham said...

Awesome list Carmel, I love what you said for the conclusion for Bloodrose shouldn't be getting any hate mail for stating your opinion.

I LOVE Full Blooded, one of the best werewolf book I've read in a LOOONG time, and I've read Nightshade, really enjoyed it as I need to read the next two in the series.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

@Lee @shewolfreads - My pleasure. I hope you enjoy them!

@Amber I @ Awesomesauce - Haha I KNEW you were going to say that about Bloodrose. Again. LOL

@Braine TS - I didn't think the ending was out of left field but to each their own!

@Van Pham - LOL I'll keep you posted about the hate mail. I'm happy to connect with another Full Blooded fan! April 2013 can't come soon enough!

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

I second Full Blooded! I even liked Bloodrose til the ending.

Loupe Duffy said...

Great Carmel, I added some of these to my audiobook challenge.

Addicted2Heroines said...

I can't believe I still haven't read Full Blooded. All of my blogger friends have loved it. It's on my wish list for Secret Santa, so maybe I will get it *fingers crossed*.

I want to read the Nightshade series just to see what makes it so controversial. I remember when the reviews started popping up everywhere and my GR friends were shelving it under "only-if-you-want-to-hurl" and "rubbish-bin" and recommending it to "not even my worst enemy". The reviews were either 1 or 2 stars or 5. Very few in between. But Carmel definitely makes it sound like I would enjoy it =)

Thanks everyone for stopping by! <3

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

@Jennifer TheBookNympho - You'd better second my pick or I'm kicking you off the #JessicaMcClainStreetTeam! Haha ;)

@Loupe Duffy - I haven't listened to any of these on audio but I'm sure they're just as good or even better!

@Addicted2Heroines - You should enter Amanda Carlson's giveaway and try to win a copy! :) Thank again for having me!

Tina B said...

Out of all of them listed, I have only read Primal Possession. I guess my TBR will be building higher again. :)
Have you read The Better To Bite by Cynthia Eden, Carmel? I really enjoyed it.
Wolves are on of my favorite paras to read about!
Thank you for the recommendations!

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

@Tina B - No I haven't but Eden's books are on my wishlist. Hopefully Santa will bring me a couple for Xmas. ;)

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