Sunday, December 29, 2013

The 5 books I'm glad I read this year!

This year I probably read around 100 plus books if you count rereads. Some were hits while others I just wish I could hadn't touched with a 40ft pole. So, lovely readers with the end of the year quickly approaching I thought I would share the 5 books I was glad I picked up.

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.

Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea... All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin's Curse.

Why I picked It: This is the sequel to the The Assassin Curse (which I suggest you read first). I am a huge fan of a good old fashioned independent kick butt heroine (lots adjectives). It also helps the book's case that the story has lots of action adventures with some very strategic heart felt moments. I didn't enjoy every part of the story (see random underwater kingdom) but it was action packed and engaging with the mc staying an independent women that became more in the end.

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Summary of series from Briggs website:
Mercedes is Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fey.

Why I picked It: Well I just love this series to begin with. Mercy is a strong witty mc who makes her fair share of mistakes, but she is not whiny and is as tough as nails. I enjoyed this book in the series because Briggs has Mercy and her husband's daughter Jess interacting more. This is a great Adult series to get involved in, I don't know how the author comes up with all these story ideas but here's hoping for lots more.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
Why I Picked It: First read the prequel to this book Throne of Glass, grab this book and just like in the awesomeness. Assassinations and general badassness make up this book and it will engage you the whole way. I am so pumped for the next book, just trust me when I say all types of readers will enjoy this book.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Why I picked It: Personally I enjoyed Selection (first book in series) more but this ties everything nicely and sets the story up for a grand ending. I liked how we finally discovered that everyone's not so prefect and what makes the characters tick.

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Why it was picked: It seems this was the year for sequels (Under the Never sky is its predecessor). Twists and turns would describe this book to a tee. Everything the author established in the first book got thrown in our faces and rearranged. However, that is what keeps the series entertaining.