It's that time of year where we start making lists about everything that was great and terrible. Without further Ado, here are the best books I read this year by rank ( 1= best)
(PS - it was really hard choosing number 10. It was def between"A Gathering of Shadows" and "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo)
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Really closer to a 3.5 but I always round up :)
So blessed to read Elise Kova's new jewel. I knew it was going to be steam punk, so I was a little weary because frankly, I hate the genre. However, Kova weaves magic and mechanics together like Rumpelstiltskin weaves gold.
Ari, a Chimera hates dragons. They have enslaved her society and destroyed its long ago prosperity. She will take on any job if it means she gets to hurt or kill dragons. Until....she meets Cvares, a dragon in need who offers her a boon. A boon she cannot refuse. She is furious with him for being kind and more furious with herself for beginning to like him as she grudgingly helps him on his quest.
We get a 4 POVs for the most part: Ari, Cvares, Florence, and one of the villains, Leona (who's POV I found unnecessary, but alas).
I honestly was not a fan of Ari. She was brutal and closed off in a way where even the reader doesn't really get to know her. We know the one thing she really cares about is her apprentice, Florence who is as loyal as they come, innocent in her trust, and kind and sincere in the face of prejudice.
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nalini Singh weaves a tale an entertaining tale about one strong but broken girl and and an angel who needs a little dose of humanity. Elena is Guild hunter who brings in rogue vampires. However, this wasn't her chosen field, she was born a hunter. She is able to sent vampires and emotions in the area. For this, Raphael, the archangel of Manhattan needs her to track the most devious of angels. Both of them find something they did not know they were looking for in each other.
I really enjoyed this book. I need something sexy and entertaining after finals and this was just perfect. A quick read with loyal friends and a burning love story that isn't burning insta-love. That rare these days in urban fantasy. I'm just saying. The only downside to this story was the predictability of the plot. Evil villainy villain with a villainous plot. I would have also liked to see more of the loyal best friends Sara and Ransom. Hopefully, that'll be upcoming in the sequel.
I really enjoyed how Singh really removed the humanity with immortality. So many stories portray it as something shiney and sought after, but this Angel's blood really emphasizes how out of touch one gets with the world and emotions when they live too long.
Overall, a great quick read that I will be following up soon enough.
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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Britta's father has passed and due to her parentage and heritage she is starving and desperately needs shelter. Poaching lands her in the King's dungeon where she is offered a chance at living if she tracks down the man who killed her father, who just also happens to be the man who stole her heart and then shattered it. Jumping at the chance, she takes on the journey that slowly uncovers a sinister plot that lies beneath the surface.
Ever the Hunted was easily one of my most anticipated books of the year. The cover is gorgeous and the plot sounded really intriguing. Alas it ended up being entirely unoriginal and full of YA cliches. let's sum it up shall we?
1. 17 year old.girl with dead parents
2. mysterious parentage past revealed
3. stereotypical love interest who just kept ok fucking up the relationship, but was sweet so that's all that mattered
4. Too much damn forgiveness when there are some things in life that are not meant to be forgiven
5. evil character trying to gain control of the crown
6. MC discovers she is a spechul snowflake.
All I can say is the last paragraph FINALLY got my attention. Will I read the next book? I honestly don't know. the characters were extremely undeveloped and really.had no personality other than being nice. Sure, they got a bit angsty and angry at times, but thay NEVER lasted. I was left feeling rage over events that the characters literally took 5 minutes to be angry about and move on.
All this being said, it wasn't a BAD book. Just not my cup of tea. If you read a lot of YA fantasy, you may find yourself utterly board with "Ever the Hunted." But hey, if you love the tropes and don't mind only half developed characters, you would probably enjoy it! View all my reviews
Captured by Erica Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm going to make this short and to the point:
A world ruled by vampires. Mean nasty cruel vampires. Arianna is part of the Rebel force, but is captured by a vamp raid and is about to be sold off to a cruel vampire when Prince Braith (of the vamps, obvi) steps in and claims her. The book essentially follows their relationship and nothing else, really.
A couple things to note:
1) The author needs to use another word other than bristle to explain displeasure.
2. Arianna the (MC) needs to stop crying over EVERYTHING. It is a wonder she hasn't died of dehydration or drowned the world in her tears. I don't even know which one would come first.
3. Braith was honestly okay except for all his bristling. He's quick to anger-and well, yea he's just okay I guess. He treats Arianna pretty well all things considered.
4. Thank the powers that we got both their POVs because this would have been a really dull book with just one side of the story.
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