Top Ten: Best of 2017 (Jan-June)

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It’s that time of year when we sit back and reflect on what we’ve been reading and what we’ve loved!  There’s certainly been a lot of good reads so far in 2017.  Some unexpected ones for sure.  We had our sights set on a few books to blow us away and that didn’t happen.  But we’ve narrowed the best ones down to these 10.  Did your faves make our list?  If you haven’t read these books, they are MUST READ.


THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates

Picking this Debut Novel by Callie Bates as one of my TOP Ten due to its remarkable world building.  I soon as I started reading, I couldn’t get enough of what was going on. Bates has a great imagination to create such an intricate world of humankind’s connection to nature.  It’s full of land magic, it’s history and how history works its self to present.  If you like young adult fantasy books, I’d recommend for you to try this out.

[new-release title=”The Waking Land” author=”Callie Bates”]

BREATH OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet

One thing I love about fantasy romance is that I get the romance I always want in my novels with equal amount of world building.  Bouchet gives her readers from both worlds what they want in her King Maker Chronicles series. Breath of fire is full of action, magic, bits of mythos, and a good chunk of romance.  If that’s what you’re looking for then, You might want to give this series a try.

[new-release title=”Breath of Fire” author=”Amanda Bouchet”]

THE TURN by Kim Harrison

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book because it technically is a prequel to The Hollows series.  It was obviously published after the finished has ended and I felt like I didn’t need this book.  But, WOW, was I glad that it was published because it was so much fun to see how the “turn” happened, and also to get an insight into the personalities of the characters we came to love and hate in the series.  I think this should be read in the order it was released and not as an actual prequel.

[new-release title=”The Turn” author=”Kim Harrison”]

INTO THE FIRE by Jeaniene Frost

Can I just leave this at Vlad is SO HOT?  Because it’s true!  I’ve always loved Vlad but I wasn’t sure if I wanted another book about him, but he proves me wrong every time.  I love his ruthless side and the action this series packs.  This was a great finale!

[new-release title=”Into the Fire” author=”Jeaniene Frost”]


WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews delivers another fast paced read with WHITE HOT. Fans of Urban Fantasy are sure to fall in love with their kickass characters and epic worldbuilding. We also love that touch of humor and snark that lines every book so there’s no surprise why this book is one of our favorites this year so far!

[new-release title=”White Hot” author=”Ilona Andrews”]

DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas

We’re all big fans of Lisa Kleypas here at UTC, so it’s no surprise to see this book making an appearance on this list. However, what makes this book so special is the fact that the hero is actually the son of one of our all-time favorite Lisa Kleypas couples. We had high expectations going into this one, but Kleypas once again reminds us why she is the best author when it comes to Historical Romance. Trust me, you’re going to fall for this hero like we all did with Sebastian.

[new-release title=”Devil in Spring” author=”Lisa Kleypas”]

ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle

Kate Carlisle has made it to my auto buy author list with this release. As a lover of Cozy Mysteries, there’s no surprise that this series has captured my heart. Maybe it has to do with the Alice in Wonderland references or the Romance subplot, but this series seriously has everything I could want in a Cozy Mystery series!

[new-release title=”Once Upon a Spine” author=”Kate Carlisle”]

DEADMEN WALKING by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Seems like the theme of my books this year is world building.  Among the books, I’ve read and love is Kenyon’s Deadmen Walking.  Boy, did she blow me away with this one.  I’ve mentioned it before, that I’m not a big fan of pirates and Kenyon managed to hook me in.  Yes, it’s about pirates.  Yes, I totally loved it.  It’s connected to her Dark Hunter Novels which is an automatic buy for me anyway.  Though it’s the same world, it has its own epic vibe.  Full of action, magic, evil villains, tortured protagonist and a romantic happy ending.  Guys!!!! it was so good!

[new-release title=”Deadmen Walking” author=”Sherrilyn Kenyon”]


This book…. THIS BOOK!  It’s a must read, seriously.  It’s emotional and depicts all the intricate things about a person… Evelyn Hugo.  This fictional character was so real and became a part of my life for the time it took to read it, and it’s stayed with me after.  Amazing storytelling, beautiful words… you just can’t go wrong picking this one up.  It’s my fave by Ms. Reid and that’s saying something.

[new-release title=”The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” author=”Taylor Jenkins Reid”]

FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning

*Cue applause* Yup, at the top of our list is KMM once again with the latest book in the Fever series. This series has come such a long way and it’s characters have grown and developed with it too. Mac and Dani have shown different sides of their personalities and despite the series wrapping up, there’s still many questions to be answered. That’s what’s cool about KMM’s writing. She always keeps you guessing. I love trying to decipher what’s going to happen next but KMM always keeps me guessing.

[new-release title=”Feversong” author=”Karen Marie Moning”]


What’s your favorite book so far in 2017?

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Some great picks.

Amy R

More items added to my wishlist; I haven’t read anything on this list.


Absolutely agree with white hot and once upon a spine!

I see a lot of my TBR on there! Now I’m even more excited to get them read!

Kathy Valentine

Great selection!!! Shared on all my socials!!


Feversong, Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar and Bad Mommy so far