Friday, December 31, 2010

I Read, I Gushed, I Reviewed - Top 10 Reads For 2010

Happy New Year EVERYONE!!

This has been a HUGE year for reading and I've been amazed by some of the books I've been lucky to read. So many of them left me speechless and swooning in sighing heaps so I thought it was only fitting that my last post for 2010 be another shoutout for my top ten favorites. The books are in no order - I loved them all and ranking them would give me a stomach ache from having to choose. Happy reading !!

1. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

I'm so sad the series is over but the beautiful thing about owning the books is my LUST affair with Dimitri can continue each time I reread them. I LOVED this book and it's hands down my favorite of them all. Dimitri was PERFECT!!

To read my review click HERE

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.  Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir. But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

2. Blood Of The White Witch by Lacey Weatherford

I am completely ADDICTED to this series and it's resident bad boy, Vance Mangum. Each book has gotten better and better and Blood of The White Witch is my FAVORITE. So many twists and turns witha  cliffhanger that left me clutching my heart speechless for hours!! Also, how can you not love a book with a kilt wearing Vance?? If you're looking for an amazing YA series to read, look no further :D

To read my review, click HERE

When love came knocking on the door of novice witch, Portia Mullins, in the form of handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum, she had no idea how quickly the attraction between them would escalate. Now she finds her relationship with Vance taken to a whole new level, in a way she had never dreamed possible at this point and time of her life. Yet even as the personal connection between them explodes, the two quickly find themselves in a world of shifting balances. While searching for Vance’s missing mother, they realize they are suddenly unsure of who to trust, learning that sometimes things are not always as they appear. When Vance’s demon characteristics abruptly begin to resurface again without warning, the horrible truth comes out, crashing down upon them and shattering some of their most precious dreams. Once the deadly plan is uncovered, Portia and Vance find themselves hastily rushing against the hands of time in an attempt to stop an ancient ritual from being performed. But will they be successful before fate reaches out to twist them cruelly, possibly separating them and changing magic forever? Passion, loyalties, powers, and family ties, will all be tested when dangerous adventures abound in this third installment in the Of Witches and Warlocks series, Blood of the White Witch.

3. Shades of Gray by L.M. Pruitt

This book blew me away with just how "real" it was. The author did a stellar job writing an urban fantasy with believable characters and a storyline that completely sucked me in/ I gave it my O.M.G.S.H. rating I loved it so much.

To read my review, click HERE

Jude Magdalyn Henries has what some--okay, many--would call an unconventional life. Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, teenage runaway, fake tarot card reader--there is very little about Jude that’s normal. Jude plays hard, which means she has to work at least semi-hard, but when she accepts an invitation to do a private tarot reading, “unconventional” takes on a whole new meaning. Almost nothing shocks Jude anymore, but when she finds out that she’s the last in a line of matriarchal leaders of a magical group, shock is definitely what she feels. The Covenant has been waiting for Jude to come into her birthright for the past twenty five years. And then there’s the war between vampire factions for control of the city of New Orleans. In the end, the fate of the city hinges on one last battle, ranging from roof top to Bourbon Street to the bottom of the Mississippi River.

4. Goddess Of Spring by P.C. Cast

I absolutely fell in love and became OBSESSED with Hades because of this story. He was just so incredibly seductive and all I wanted to do was go into the book and trade places with Lina. Hades is the reason why I LOVE reading romance.

To read my review, click HERE

This time around, a down-on-her-luck baker comes upon a cookbook that turns out to be a goddess-send... Lina's trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can't help but think she's found the answer to her problem—even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business. Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld. Before all this, Lina's problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind—like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams

5. An Everlasting Bite by Stacey Kennedy

I've read everything by this indie author and fallen hard for her books. This was my absolute favorite because Briggs was this amazingly sexy alpha werewolf who was sensitive and considerate to the needs of his mate. He took my breath away and I LOVED how the author dealt with some of the issues brought up in the book. Watch out for this author - she's fabulous!

To read my review, click HERE

A vicious werewolf attack in Plymouth, Minnesota leaves a young woman violated, bitten and now, transformed into werewolf. But Rynn Murphy doesn't have to face this transformation alone—she has her mate by her side. And the charming Briggs--Beta to the Patriarch, Valor--is eager to ease her into this new life and mend her battered soul. With only weeks to adjust to her new fur, Rynn, follows Briggs while he assists in locating the daughter of the Montana's Alpha, who was abducted from her home. But this journey is not without danger. And soon, they discover the ones who have taken this young wolf do not want her found and will stop at nothing to keep her hidden. Or so it may seem, as bodies begin to drop around them, the murderous attempts start to appear more as a hit than a smoke screen—leaving only one question, who is the intended target.

6. Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson

This book is an absolute masterpiece and the storyline was sheer brilliance. I waited so long for the chance to read it and it gave me chills the whole time because it was incredibly moving. I loved how the characters made me feel and it's definitely one of my all time favorite series... EVER!

To read my review, click HERE

Elvish Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already, she had won the heart of the Fey King, saved the offspring of the magical tairen, and fought beside her mate against the threatening evil of Eld.... But the most powerful -- and dangerous -- Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As a cataclysmic battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul, will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity?

7. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

OMGSH Curran in this book was COMBUSTIBLE!! He sizzled and scorched off the page and no amounts of cold showers could take away just how addicting he was. I'd follow this man anywhere - well if I wasn't forever swooning over him LOL

To read my review, click HERE

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle--especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years--and rode to war at the side of Kate's father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family...

8. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

I LOVE this author and her ability to tell a great story. I read all her books this year and I loved this one because it started up the heated debate I had with my heart - who would I choose? Rand or Sinjin? The deliciously handsome warlock or seductively sexy vampire?  The second book, Toil And Trouble made the choice even more difficult. I vote threesome LOL

To read my review, click HERE

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life! Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand

9. Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

FINALLY!!! I loved the HOT scene between Ethan and Merit and although Ethan drove me nuts, this was such a great book. Good news is the author is releasing TWO books in 2011 from the series. YAY!! Double Ethan :D

To read my review, click HERE

Merit, Chicago's newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene - and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission. Merit must accept the assignment even though she knows that she'll probably regret it. And she's not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals - not least between her and a certain centuries-old green eyed Master vamp.

10. The Highwayman of Tanglewood by Marcia McClure

Marcia is a genius when it comes to writing kisses and this book has one of my favorites. I loved this story and anytime Lochlan wants to ravish me up against the wall, I'm ready and willing. If you're looking for clean romance with steamy kisses, you need to get yourself a copy of her books. They're amazing!

To read my review, click HERE

A chambermaid in the house of Tremeshton, Faris Shayhan well knew torment, despair and trepidation. To Faris it seemed the future stretched long and desolate before her-bleak and as dark as a lonesome midnight path. Still, the moon oft casts hopeful luminosity to light one's way. So it was that Lady Maranda Rockrimmon cast hope upon Faris-set Faris upon a different path-a path of happiness, serenity and love. Faris abandoned the tainted air of Tremeshton in favor of the amethyst sunsets of Loch Loland Castle and her new mistress Lady Rockrimmon. Further, it was on the very night of her emancipation that Faris first met the man of her dreams-the man of every woman's dreams-the rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood. Dressed in black and astride his mighty steed, the brave, heroic and dashing rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood stole Faris' heart as easily as he stole her kiss. Yet, the Highwayman of Tanglewood was encircled in mystery-mystery as thick and as secretive as time itself. Could Faris truly own the heart of a man so entirely enveloped in twilight shadows and dangerous secrets?


LMW said...

Some of these I've read...and I agree with your assessment, some I haven't but they all look great! Looks like some great suggestions for the new year! :D

Aisle B said...

Happy New Year girl!

And wow to Damon on the side... nice ;)