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Five on Friday

 
For my first Five on Friday of 2019, I’m bringing you five Top Ten/Best Book lists of 2018 that I found on other blogs.

 
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My Top Ten Reads of 2018!   by Jenna M
Posted on December 28, 2018 

Where has the year gone?

Hello, friends! The year isn’t quite over, so here’s hoping I don’t stumble across a new favorite book between now and Tuesday, because I’m compiling my top ten list today. 2018 was my first year of book blogging, and I’ve found so many wonderful books due to this hobby. For each entry on this list, I’ll provide the blurb from Goodreads and tell you a little bit about why I loved each book.
So, without further ado, let’s count down to my favorite book of 2018…

(Jenna Bookish)

 
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Best Books I Read in 2018   by Liza
Posted on January 1, 2019 

Time for part 2 of my end of the year series! We went from a bad note with my Books I DNFd in 2018 post to a good note with Best Books I Read in 2018!
This list will be split into standalones/first books in a series & sequels. Lets jump in!

(Dusk Angel Reads)

 
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My 2018 Top 12 Books   by SnoopyDoo
Posted on December 29, 2018 

I can’t believe we reached the end of 2018. Reading wise it was a great year, I read a good part of my never ending TBR, I found some new and amazing authors and I finished some truly amazing series. Some of them long running. While I took some of 2018 off from blogging I still kept on reading and I actually finished my Goodreads goal early this year 🙂

(SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews)

 
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My Top Ten Books of 2018   by Fee Roberts
Posted on December 31, 2018 

I read some familiar authors and discovered new authors. I love discovering new authors. I hope you all can discover some new authors, too. I read some really good books this year and I hope to read more good books in 2019. As for my best of post, this was such a hard decision, but I did it. Feel free to give some of these authors a shot, if you haven’t already. Wishing you all the best for your reading goals in 2019! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

(FeeRtheDragon)

 
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Best Books of 2018   by Stacy Alesi
Posted on December 31, 2018 

Every year I think I will do a top ten list and every year I just can’t do it. That said, there were three books that I recommended over and over again this year – The Wife by Alafair Burke, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and The Widower’s Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer.

Here are my 25 favorite reads of 2018.

(Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch)

 
I hope you found, as I did, some new books to add to your 2019 reading list.

 

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My Top Twelve of 2017

I’m so glad you came back for the second part of my top twelve books books published in 2017.

If you missed part one, you can find it here!

 

The first book of todays six is:

Flash Point by C.L. Schneider

Published February 22nd 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing

34390986Slated for execution, shapeshifting assassin, Dahlia Nite, flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race; burying the truth that could destroy them all.

But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. And when Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.

Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again. Home.

Flash Point is the first book in The Nite Fire Series.

My Review:

An amazing start to a new series by C.L. Schneider.

I loved the multi-dimensional characters, the humans, the dragons and the half human/half dragon like Dahlia. Dahlia is a strong and complex female character, and completely believable.

The plot was original and well thought out. The story is fast-paced, easy to read and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this outstanding series.

 

Next on the list is:

Blood Phase by Kirsten Campbell

Published March 3rd 2017 by Kirsten Campbell

34452658November 12, 2052: Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives have been lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors are clumped into factions. Two of those factions—the Brotherhood and the Guild Faction—have battled over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…

Griffin Storm, an albino man kidnapped and dragged into the Brotherhood, has transformed into a G.O.D., a Genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being. Two weeks in the brig, and Griffin’s released after it’s determined that he’s learned to control most of his god-like abilities. His abilities have grown almost as much as his love for Tassta Vinetti and his unfortunate blood lust. His bond with Tassta’s twin brother, Penn, has grown as well and is cemented in secrets.

Soon after his release, Griffin’s told that Guild agents and the notorious Trips (super-agents of the Guild) are in the Underground. He must now test his abilities to save the abandoned children that live there. Will Griffin rescue the children of the Underground from a tragic end? Will Tassta and Griffin’s love survive such turmoil? Can a G.O.D. forgive himself when death and destruction follow his every move?

Read Blood Phase, the gripping second book in the G.O.D.s Series!

My Review:

An awesome follow up to Blood Master: Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series.

Blood Phase follows on seamlessly from book one, and we rejoin Griffin, Tassta, Lerin and all, in the continuing story.

Once again the characters are well-fleshed out and have their own personalities, and are like friends I’ve known for years. I feel their love, fear, confusion, frustration, and sorrow, and my heart goes out to them.

The descriptive writing draws you in and keeps you there through all the twists, turns, and action, and doesn’t let go until you turn the last page.

I am eager to read the next book and discover what happens next

 

Also on my favourites list is:

Crimson Moon by Sherri A. Wingler

Published March 5th 2017

34322812In the old days, people whispered about the wolf, said he came only at night, and only by the light of the full moon. They locked their doors and huddled close to their fires, safe in the knowledge they could prepare for his coming. The truth is, no one is safe, because the wolf walks in the skin of the man. Always.

Harlow Hayes is a runaway, thief, and failed Southern belle. Forced to grow up fast after what her mama delicately referred to as, ‘the incident,’ she learns the hard way not all strangers are kind, real monsters hide in plain sight, and family can be found in the most unexpected places.

Harlow Hayes is about to meet the Wolf.

My Review:

This superb start to a new series is a fun, and easy to read, book.

It’s loosely based on the Red Riding Hood fairytale, but so much better.

Sherri A. Wingler brought her characters to life and I joined Red, Grey and Wolf on their journey to ‘grandma’s house’.

The booked grabbed me on the first page and held on to me right to the end. Now I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next to Red, Grey and Wolf.

 

Next up is:

The Day the Sky Fell by Adam Dreece

Published April 7th 2017 by ADZO Publishing

34138220The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!

As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods?

Find out!

My Review:

I read all 5 of The Yellow Hoods books in March

This clever mix of fairytales and steampunk is a wonderful and original, fast-paced series. Delightful for young(ish) readers and adults, albeit on different levels.

I spent the best part of two weeks in the company of Tee, her friends and family, and their rivals, and enjoyed every minute of it.

The plot and the sub-plots weave back and forth seamlessly, making an entertaining and riveting read that’s hard to put down. (How the author kept everything straight while writing the series is beyond me, but he did it well.)

There are more twists and turns than a roller-coaster ride, some danger and tragedy, plenty of wit and humour, and lots of action and adventure. A general theme of growing up.. .family, friendship, confidence, loyalty and more, runs smoothly within the story.

The author brings the large and diverse cast of characters to life, and as they continue to develop and change throughout the series, we learn more of their hidden depths… and flaws. At the same time, he paints a detailed picture of the world they inhabit, starting with the small village in book one to a much larger expanse by book five, as our heroes (and villains) travel further away from their homes.

I liked the names of the characters, many of them plucked from fairytales and myths and given a twist… my favourite, being Ron-Paul Silskin!

 

The final two books on the list are The Last City and La La Land by Logan Keys

The Last City

Published April 7th 2017 by ADZO Publishing

33968428Sixteen-year-old Liza was prepared to die from cancer, but instead she’s been gifted super-strength. Since the undead plague, the world’s gone crazy: Evil dictators, mad scientists, sick kids imprisoned on an island, and experiments that have created the stuff of myths and legends.

When Liza meets Jeremy Writer, an anarchist rousting the people to revolt, she has a choice to make. Risk imprisonment, or join the rebellion. And she finds she has a talent for enlisting allies to their cause.

Tommy’s a normal seventeen-year-old boy, that is, until he’s angry. The Underground’s created super-soldiers to fight the regime holding the last city. But he struggles to contain his monster more and more, and Tommy wonders how much of himself will be left when they arrive. He’s got too many who rely on him, to give up now.

If Liza can’t help spark an uprising, and Tommy loses control before victory, then the last of the population will be purged, and freedom will be nothing but a memory.

The Last City (Formerly Gods of Anthem) is a young adult zombie dystopian tale that faces all odds in a post-apocalyptic world.

My Review:

I read Gods of Anthem in July 7, 2015 and re-read it ready for book two, when it was re-published in 2017 as The Last City.

Until nearly the end of the book, you go back and forth between two stories, told side by side from the point of view of two people, leading totally separate lives. You know they are going to link up, but you don’t know how.

There’s mystery, suspense, action and romance. Real characters with depth and emotions. Some amazing world-building and a unique plot.

There are some ‘slow’ moments, but that just gives you chance to breath.
All in all it’s a well paced page turner.

The ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which sets you up for the next book.

I can’t wait for the sequel!

 
 

La La Land

Published February 1st 2017 by Le Chat Publishing

33930255A rebel who’s been revived to save the world. A soldier with a monster locked inside.

Liza and Tommy return to a destroyed America, continuing their fight for freedom, only this time, their search for allies will end with the same madmen and women who’ve engineered new monsters in an attempt to create the perfect soldier.

Faster. Smarter. Hungrier.

These rejects from the special program have replaced the undead at the top of the food chain.

Blood suckers roam the wilds, while brutal youths trap unsuspecting travelers.

No place is safe.

If Tommy and Liza can’t stop the warmongering council that rules the new fortress, they might not get a chance at freedom again.

Grab your copy today.

Following the best-selling novel The Last City (Gods of Anthem), La La Land is a must-read for fans of dystopian zombie books, and young adult fiction. Those who enjoyed The Walking Dead, Divergent, or Hunger Games, will love this sequel that delivers an epic tale of survival until the heart-stopping finale.

My Review:

Wow!

I might’ve had to wait a while for the second installment in The Last City series, but it was totally worth it.

This epic story continues in the same style as the first book, with different points of view and separate story lines that keep you wondering how and when they will join up.

The characters (new and old) are still ‘real’ with depth and emotions, and the world building is superb. The pages are filled with non-stop action and suspense, twists and turns, love and hate, and happiness and heartbreak.

The unique and engaging plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and left me wanting more!

 

I hope you’ll give at least one of these books a try, and if you do, please remember to make the author’s day and leave a review. Thank you ❤

My Top Twelve of 2017

I’m going to kick off the new year by looking back at some of my favourite books published in 2017.

I have six books for you today and six more tomorrow – I couldn’t narrow it down to a top ten!

 

First of all, I have three books from Lily Luchesi on my list:

Never Again by Lily Luchesi

Published December 2nd 2017 by Vamptasy Publishing

36543599A standalone spin-off of the Paranormal Detectives Series, we discover the true horrors during Hitler’s reign.

In World War Two, not all monsters were human.

Male siren Sean Wireman was ostracized from his small village in Israel in the sixteenth century, forced to wander the world until he settled in America in the 1920’s. Since he doesn’t age like a normal person, he was fit to fight in World War Two, to defend the heritage he spent his whole life running from.

Seventy years later, after he has lived a whole other life since Hitler was defeated, from attending law school to becoming a bona fide rock star, the monsters the Nazis released upon the Jews in concentration camps have returned, and he is the only one who can destroy them.

But can he save his people once again, or will this fight take a deadly toll?

My Review:

Lily Luchesi continues to impress me with her books…
The multi-dimensional characters, the descriptive writing and the attention to detail all add up to a phenomenal read.

In this Paranormal Detectives Series spin-off we follow the life of male siren, Sean Wireman, from his early years as he’s forced to wander the world alone, through the nightmare fights and prison camps of a world war, to the modern day and his return to the battlefields.

Sean is a flawed character who struggles to understand his own nature in the beginning, but grows throughout the book and accepts his ‘fate’ to save his people.

Based on real events that happened in the concentration camps of WW2, this book takes you on an action-packed, roller coaster ride of emotions.

I’ve been a huge fan of this series since the reading book one, Stake-Out, and Lily has become one of my favourite authors. Never Again is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

If you love Lily’s Paranormal Detective Series, you’ll also love this book. I can’t wait to read more!
Never Again is a Paranormal Detectives Series spin-off, which is also a superb stand-alone book. If you haven’t read any of Lily’s books and enjoy a great paranormal novel, then this book is a good place to start.

 

3488888532987656The final two books of the Paranormal Detective Series from Lily Luchesi also made it on to my faves list:

Right to Silence
Published January 15th 2017
and
Last Rites
Published June 14th 2017

Both published by Vamptasy Publishing.

 

 

Next up on my list is:

James: Witch-Hunter by K.S. Marsden

Published October 1st 2017 by K.S. Marsden

36221643~Prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy~

James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university.
His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe’en.

A girl’s murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.

After playing a sidekick in the Witch-Hunter trilogy, it’s only fair that James gets to be centre stage in his own prequel.
This can be read as a stand-alone, and does not contain any spoilers. It may contain witches, bad jokes and cringe-worthy scenes; but definitely no spoilers.

My Review:

James: Witch-hunter is a great prequel to the Witch Hunter series, which I read last year.

The book is set some years before The Shadow Rises, and covers the time when James first meets Hunter at university.

I enjoyed getting to know both characters all over again at a younger age and the start of James’ journey into the world of witch hunters and witches.

K.S. Marsden has written another wonderful book, with plenty of magic, danger, action and touches of humour.

It can be read before or after the series, but also works well as a standalone book.

 

Also on my list are Books #1 and #2 of Queen of Thieves by Andy Peloquin.

Child of the Night Guild

Published January 17th 2017 by Dragonblade Publishing

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00060]“They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken.”

Viola, a child sold to pay her father’s debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves’ trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman’s rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?

 
My Review:

An edge of your seat, fast-moving and unforgettable read from Andy Peloquin.

I was drawn in the moment I started reading and my attention was held right up to the last word!

I spent ten years with Ilanna, shared her hopes and fears, and her triumphs and failures. I felt the aches and pains, the cuts and broken bones, and sat with her friends as she healed. I watched her grow from a scared, lonely little girl, called Viola, through months of torture, as Seven, and years of training, as Ilanna the apprentice, into a strong and determined journeyman.

The details and descriptions of Praamis, and the believable characters, each with their own personalities and troubles, made this book come to life. I didn’t just read a story… I lived it!

Andy Peloquin is an amazing writer and story-teller!

I loved the book and am eager to read the next book in the series.

 

Thief of the Night Guild

Published July 18th 2017 by Dragonblade Publishing

35281158“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.”

A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.

Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.

But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.

 
My Review:

Thief of the Night Guild is everything I hoped it would be, and much more!

Ilanna is now a strong and determined journeyman, a professional thief and a woman in what is mainly a mans world. She wants to secure her freedom from the guild and protect her son from its clutches.

The characters were so skilfully drawn that I felt as though I was living along side them.
So I joined Ilanna and her accomplices as they strived to pull off the greatest heist in Praamis.
Andy Peloquin’s fluent and descriptive writing ensured that I felt the joy of friendship and suffered heartache and pain from the betrayal and loss of our friends.

Illana’s story – so far – is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
And I am now waiting on tenterhooks for the next book in the series.

 

As I said at the start, if you pop back tomorrow I’ll have the other six books from my Top Twelve list