My Top 5 Favorite Books in 2017
With the end of the year approaching rapidly I wanted to take a moment and look at some of the books that I read this year and choose 5 books that I would consider my favorite reads. This was a tough thing to do and not every book below was a 5 star book for me. I made my choices based upon how memorable or how excited I am to read its sequel.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #3
Also in this series:Blood of the Earth, Curse on the Land
Also by this author: Blood of the Earth, Curse on the Land, Cold Reign
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.
Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
This book, Flame in the Dark, was such a turning point for the main character Nell Ingram. By the conclusion of this book I was desperately hoping that it truly was not a three book series as all evidence indicates. If/when this book has a sequel I would be on it so fast there’d be flames. I read this book as an ARC and purchased it as soon as it came out.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
Series: Iskari #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Length: 10 hours
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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.
In this book, The Last Namsara, I loved the magic system in this world and the relationship it had with the dragons. I didn’t care for the “romance” element but I love the main character, Asha. She was fierce and her character growth in this story was quite enjoyable. Plus I can’t wait to read the sequel because there be dragons in that book! I read this book as an ARC and purchased it as soon as it came out.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed
Series: Stars Fall Circle #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bathe his home in justice.
All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family's life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.
When Planets Fall was such a fun science fiction read! It had all the elements of science fiction that I love but it also featured an underdog, futuristic technology, and the world was nicely developed. There were some romance elements in this book but they only added to the story for me. I am desperate to read the sequel to this book! I read this book in conjunction with a blog tour feature and purchased it as soon as I finished the complimentary version given to me. I needed to have this book on my bookshelves.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Daughter of the Pirate King was a book that grabbed my interest due to their being pirates in this story. I read almost anything with pirates! I loved the main character Alosa, she was sassy, intelligent, and ruthless when it was required. She kept me entertained but what made me want to read the sequel was the plot reveals about her background. Oh yes, I needed to know more! This was a book that I borrowed from the library to read first and then I purchased it to add to my collection.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Emma Hamm. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm
Series: The Otherworld #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Release Date: November 26, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Emma Hamm
Purchase at: Amazon
Beauty and the Beast and Irish Mythology mix in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale!
Once upon a time…
A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.
Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.
With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.
This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.
This book, Heart of the Fae, is a recent read for me. It is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but I found it to be a book that I couldn’t put down. I loved the twists to the original tale and the plot is thouroughly original. I am waiting with baited breath to read its sequel!! I read this book as an ARC and purchased it as soon as it came out.
Well there is my list of books that were my favorite reads of 2017! It was a great year for reading and I am definitely looking forward to some fab reads in 2018. Keep an eye out for that post as I will give my top ten books that I am looking forward to in 2018!