Monday, December 30, 2013

Jamie's Top Books of 2013 & Giveaway!





Another year has come and gone, so it's time for my "Best Of" list for 2013.  Here are my favorite books that I read in 2013 (not all books were released in 2013 - I just happened to read them in 2013) as well as an international giveaway.  

 I'd love to hear what your favorite books were this year!






This was a very hard decision for me since I love all Urban Fantasy books.  I particularly enjoy books about the Fae.  The Sharpest Blade is the last in the Shadow Reader trilogy by Sandy Williams.  It has non-stop action, a kick ass heroine, a smart and sexy hero and a wonderful plot.  It makes me sad that this is the end of this awesome series.  

Honorable Mention:  Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, Ever After by Kim Harrison, Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding, Red Hill by Jamie McGuire






I don't necessarily like Historical Fiction, but when paired with the paranormal, this genre is fast becoming one of my favorites.  Kristen Callihan amazes me again and again with this series.  This book that takes place in London and follows the story of Poppy and Winston.  Winterblaze is based on a great story, and includes some smoking hot scenes.


Honorable Mention:  The Dark Prince by S.L. Jennings, My Soul to Take by Madeline Sheehan, Savor by Kate Evangelista, Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost





Convicted by Aleatha Romig is an impressively written series ender about an uber-controlling man and the love, er prisoner, of his life.  This book was fantastic - many secrets were revealed and the character growth was off-the-charts.  I love the dark world of Tony and Claire and can't wait for Tony's PoVs due this year.

Honorable Mention:  Arsen by Mia Asher, Thief by Tarryn Fisher, Night Owl by M. Pierce and Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan





Talk about a way to end a series!  This book was amazing from start to finish.  I have a thing for dark books with messed up characters and this series had it all.  I didn't write a review for this book, mainly because I read it so quickly, but if I had reviewed it, I would have given it 5+ stars.  The story consistency is spot on.  The characters are wonderfully fucked up.  And the ending - the ending is absolutely perfect.

Honorable Mention:  The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz, Origin by Jennifer Armentrout





Ok.  I suck as a reviewer.  This is yet another book I read this year that I didn't review.  However, this book gets 5 stars from me.  Colleen Hoover is a masterful writer of New Adult romance books.  This story of Sky and Dean is mesmerizing and full of heart.  It is a beautiful, beautiful story.

Honorable Mention:  Relentless by Cassia Leo, Savor by Kate Evangelista, Good and Better by S. Walden, True Love Story by Willow Aster, Vain by Fisher Amelie






Was this even a competition?  Stacia Kane is a brilliant urban fantasy author that released this novella in August.  It follows Terrible's point of view and just gives you more of him to love.  This novella fits in perfectly with Kane's Downside Ghosts series and left me begging for the next novel in this edgy story.

Honorable Mention:  Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire, Nikolai by S.L. Jennings





Loved this dark, smutty book to pieces!  From a male PoV, no less.  There were some amazing scenes in this book, including an encounter in a car that I'm still fanning myself over.

Honorable Mention:  This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas, Working It by Kendall Ryan, The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz, Real Ugly by C.M. Stunich, Entwined With You by Sylvia Day






Okay - so maybe this category should be listed as a series that made me into a whiny, bitchy cry baby.  Those who read my Goodreads rants will understand why I chose this series for this category.  Karina Halle is an amazing author.  She is incredibly prolific and produces an extremely high quality product.   This is a profoundly dark contemporary romance that left me throwing my Kindle across the room.  It's full of tattoo shops and drug dealers, cops and Mexican cartels.  It's the journey of a wounded young lady from a con artist into something so much more.  I <3 Javier forever!!!! 





Willow Aster


Willow Aster published two amazing books this year, True Love Story and In the Fields.  Here's the thing - these books are drastically different.  This is no one hit wonder, writing the same series and characters.  Both of these books involve young people, but that is where the similarities end.  Aster writes beautifully and with confidence.  She'll make you throw her book across the room, and she'll make you weep like a baby.  I expect many, many great things from this very talented new author.

Honorable Mention:  M. Pierce - Night Owl, Mia Asher - Arsen




Madeline Sheehan




To be fair, My Soul to Take was published in 2012, but I wanted to include it here just to show the number of books this Head Biker Babe is putting out.  Madeline Sheehan is one of the most prolific authors of the last two years, turning out book after book of excellence.  Many of you are familiar with her Undeniable series, but fewer of you have read her Holy Trinity series.  Both of these series are excellent and I highly recommend them both if you are a fan of very dark subject matter and characters.  

Honorable Mention:  Cassia Leo (Pieces of You, Relentless, Bring Me Home), Jamie McGuire (Walking Disaster, Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill), Abbi Glines (Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection, Simple Perfection)








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45 comments:

A.J. said...

My favorite book would have to be Bully by Penelope Douglas! Thanks for the giveaway!

PamM said...

I read so many it would be hard to pick one favorite. I will say Today Only by D. Love stood out to me. I really wasn't disappointed in any book.

Bube said...

Very nice selection of books:)

I have a few favorite books of 2013:
Reaper's Property - Joanna Wylde
Dancing with Paris - Juliette Sobanet
Die For Me and Fear For Me - Cynthia Eden
Real - Katy Evans

Each of these book left big impression to me :)

Biggest disappointment of 2013,hm,I don't have :D

Thanks for this amazing opportunity and Happy Holidays! :)

erin said...

My fav would be the Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers and least fav would be Notorious 19 by Janet Evanovich. Thanks for the fun giveaway and post!

annie page said...

I loved Destiny Avalon and did not care for island of dark island of light.

Bregje said...

The book I read this year and enjoyed the most was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare! (eventhough it was not released this year)

miki said...

i haven't read a lot of 2013 release my favourite was Elysian fields by Suzanne Johnson i can't really think of a 2013 book that disappointed me

Alyn Yang said...

I enjoyed the Hunger Games series and was disappointed in The Scorpio Races.

sarah corbin said...

my favorite book was between Unbreakable (kami garcia) and Sweet Peril (wendy higgins).. I dont really have any disappointment reads...

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I'm scrolling down your post going... The Sharpest Blade - Yes!... Winterblaze - YES!... Wrong Ways Down - Heck YES!!! Got a little over excited there. LOL Great picks! :)

Jamie said...

LOVE City of Bones. If I had read more YA this year and made a category for it, I'm sure A Clockwork Princess would have been at the top of the list.

I've been trying to find time to read Real and Reaper's Property...hopefully this year!

Great books, y'all! I love hearing about books that I didn't know anything about. Keep 'em coming!

Stephanie Huff said...

My favorite this year was Kim Harrison's Ever After. I was most disappointed in The Survivor's Club by Lisa Gardner.

Martha Lawson said...

Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones! Awesome series. Didn't have a disappointing book that I can think of.

Linda Trinklein said...

I dont know what my favorite was! I read so many good ones!
I was dissapointed with Allegiant ( divergent #3) :/

Melliane said...

that's great! I love the Williams too! You also have a lot of books I haven't read, I should try them. I had many wonderful books this year and I hope to have many more!

Rebe said...

Oh, Written in Red was by FAR my favorite, although I liked a lot of the books on your list as well! I was a little disappointed in Heart of Obsidian, and I think I'm the only one! I think I read it too soon after Written in Red, and it just didn't compare as favorably.

lais said...

best book was Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J Maas and the disappointment was Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead!

Chelsea B. said...

My favorite was Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare. My least favorite... Hmmm. I didn't really have one. Yea 2013!

Bethany C. said...

In my humble opinion, the best book every year for the last few years has been the yearly book in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. And I can recall a few duds, but none that I read this year.

BookLady said...

My favorite books of 2013 were Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ever After by Kim Harrison, and the Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy New Year!

jmcgaugh said...

Magic Rises is my favorite 2013 book that I read in 2013 (unfortunately, I read a lot of books written in previous years). I can't think of one that was a disappointment.

fatma shahin said...

MONSTERS OF MEN WAS AMAZING. (By patrick ness)
I didn't read a realllly bad book but I guess requiem :/

Barbara E. said...

My favorite book of 2013 was Jennifer Estep's Heart of Venom, that's just automatic. But the big standout book was Richard Ellis Preston Jr's Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders. I loved that awesome steampunk adventure. The most disappointing book this year was Born in Flamesnby Candace Knoebel. I wanted to like it, I was excited that the heroine was a dragon, but the book was just disappointing, that's all I can say.

Steph F. said...

So many books I loved this year but my favorites were Frost Burned, Magic Rises, Long Live the Queen and Wallbanger.
My only disappointing read was Alligiant's ending.

Mary Preston said...

My favorite was THE BOOK THIEF. No one particular book disappointed.

Ashfa said...

I loved Crown of Midnight and Altered by Gennifer Albin was a big disappointment for me.

books4me said...

I had a lot of favorites of 2013. Alexa Graces' Profile of Evil was aweseom!

Barire

BeastLover said...
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BeastLover said...

My favorites were Blood Trade by Faith Hunter and Ever After by Kim Harrison. Encounter with Tiber, Claus:Legend of the Fat Man, Earth Unaware, The Journal of James Halldon, and George Knows should all get honorable mention. ;-)

JanD said...

My favorite was the Nebula Awards Showcase 2013.
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Beautiful Disaster said...

I had several faves but I enjoyed Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan, I also discovered some a new author, Heather Snow whose work I really liked.
Happy New Year!!!

miss fifi said...

My favorite book of 2013 would be This Man Confessed by J.E.M. Just thinking bout Jesse makes me drool LOL however my biggest disappointment would be Carter Reed by Tijan. It was amazing how the such disappointing could come from such experienced author :/

Michelle Lee said...

My favorite book of 2013 was reading the Divergent trilogy! I couldn't stop reading all 3 books until the end. Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway!

Jamie said...

Oh, Y'all nailed it with Allegiant. I couldn't even bring myself to read the ending. I LOVED that trilogy up until that ending. Ughhh.....

Miss Fifi - I <3 Jesse!

Krista said...

My favorite was Ever After by Kim Harrison. My biggest disappointment was Cress by Marissa Meyer.

Alexa said...

I really need to read Hopeless and Night Owl because I have been told countless times to give both of them a try.
I have to say my best book of 2013 was Unravel Me by Mafi. The one that was a big disappointment was Requiem by Lauren Oliver.
I'm glad you read so many amazing books this year. :)
Happy New Year!

Christine said...

My favorite was The Bitter Kingdom, and my biggest disappointment was The Vincent Boys. I'd heard so many amazing things about Abbi Glines and this series, but I found it painful to read--a nonexistent plot (besides a lot of too-rushed romantic encounters), unlikable characters, and a questionable relationship (similar to how I felt about Beautiful Disaster!).

simonet hodges said...

I loved Fangirl and Allegiant was a big disappointment.

Shamara Catama said...

My favourite of 2013 was The Selection by Kiera Cass and my biggest disappointment was Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I really had high expectations for it but sadly it was not as great as his previous books

Tinkie said...

The best book I read in 2013 was Clockwork Princess and my biggest disappointment was probably Whutering Heights because it took me so long to finish. Though I didn't hated it, I was hoping I would like iit a bit better.

Tinkie said...

The best book I read in 2013 was Clockwork Princess and my biggest disappointment was probably Whutering Heights because it took me so long to finish. Though I didn't hated it, I was hoping I would like iit a bit better.

Maris said...

The best was Written In Red by Anne Bishop! My biggest disappointment was with House Rules by Chloe Neill - I was so bored and I expected more from Ethan.

Damaris

Gem Angela Tupaz said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
My favorite book of 2013 was The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. My biggest disappointing read of 2013 was The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

Thanks again! Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Amy Mays said...

My favorite book of 2013 was Not a drop to Drink and The Bone Bearer from the telesa series.

Marissa A said...

I don't have a disappointment but I did love Reckless by S.C. Stephens! :)

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