It’s coming to the end of year and it’s a brilliant time to reflect on our favourite reads of 2017. Unfortunately there isn’t enough room to list all the books we have liked and would recommend. So, we are each doing a post with the cream of the crop, the books that have stayed on our mind all year and that we’re dying to share with you.
Annnnnd with no further ado *cues drum roll* here are my favourite books of 2017…
by Cassandra Clare
Released: May 23rd 2017
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
The streets of Los Angeles are dangerous even for Shadowhunters as skilled as Emma Carstairs and her battle partner, Julian Blackthorn. Emma and Julian have slain hundreds of demons together, but their personal battles and desperate attraction to each other threaten their longstanding friendship, as does the presence of Julian s older brother, Mark. Mark was kidnapped by the faeries brutal and bloodthirsty Wild Hunt five years ago. He defied the fey to remain with his family, but the faeries do not relinquish a captive easily.
With a new enemy on the horizon and a new mystery to solve, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear before it s too late.
If you haven’t fallen in love with Cassandra Clare and her ever-evolving worlds, then you really need to get on this series. LORD OF SHADOWS continues the sage that started with The Mortal Instruments series and Clare continues to blow me away with her worldbuilding and characterization. I don’t think there has been a Clare character that I didn’t have a strong connection to and I think that’s really the key to her success. She evokes so much emotion from her readers that her books really transcend paper.
by Lee Hollis
Released: June 27th 2017
Series: Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #9
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls' getaway with her two best friends. But soon they'll have to get away from a killer...
The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls' weekend with Hayley's gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy's on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.
Unfortunately, Liddy's new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town's Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley's not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she'll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity--or risk becoming ensnared in a killer's trap...
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!
Praise for Death of a Bacon Heiress
"[A] fun mystery that will have readers enraptured." --Kings River Life magazine
This is a cozy mystery that I discovered this year that was the biggest standout to me. After reading the latest release, DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER, I went back to the beginning and read the first three books as well. This series has everything I love in a Cozy Mystery. It’s charming, alluring, and thrilling. I really love reading about Hayley Powell and the gang and I hope to continue reading the rest of the series this year.
by Jennifer Estep
Released: December 5 2017
New school year, same old problems . . .
At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.
Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents.
But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.
I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . .
When I read book one, SPARTAN HEART, of this spin-off series, I was completely blown away by Estep’s strong voice. As a fan of her Urban Fantasy, I always knew that she could write but I love that she can write kickass heroines of different ages. What’s more interesting about this series is its mythology. There’s a great collection of Vikings, valkyries and the like scattered throughout and I don’t think I’ve encountered that before in a series. I can’t wait to read more!
by Laini Taylor
Released: March 28, 2017
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published by Little
A breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men.a mysterious city stripped of its name.a mythic hero with blood on his hands.a young librarian with a singular dream.a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled.alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
This book is another standout for me. Taylor’s writing is truly one of the best in Young Adult Fantasy. Alluring and lyrical, I feel like it’s much more suited for Adult audiences and I love the fact that she doesn’t sugarcoat anything either. For a book that will make you think, I highly suggest reading this book!
by G.A. Aiken
Released: August 29th 2017
Series: Dragon Kin #9
Published by Zebra
HE SAYS . . .
I, Aidan the Divine, am . . . well, divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome, with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal-born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings who don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.
SHE SAYS . . .
I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness . . . no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold . . .
I’m sure you know that I’m a big Aiken fan. Her books are always at the top of my most anticipated list and I was most excited for this book because it’s finally Brannie’s book. Brannie is such a trip. She’s so crazy and fun that you really can’t hate her. I also really loved the hero in this book as well so Aiken does have a really great cast of characters in this series.
by Lisa Kleypas
Released: February 21st 2017
Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by Avon
An eccentric wallflower…
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake…
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot…
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...
Years ago, I fell in love with Sebastian St. Vincent and when his son, Gabriel, walked onto the scene, I fell in love with him too. What is it about these St. Vincent men that make me swoon? Sexy and seductive in his own way, Gabriel St. Vincent was the hero to sweep me off my feet this year!
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Released: May 9th 2017
Series: Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1
Published by Tor
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!
Deadmen tell their tales . . .
To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane– an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn– an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.
But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races― a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity― let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.
If this book cover doesn’t catch your interest, then I don’t know what else will! You really have to see it in hardcover because it’s just stunning with its shiny ombre look. The image on the front is sooo pretty and intricate and when you open the book, there are highly detailed drawings inside as well. This is a must-have collector’s item for any Kenyon fan to keep on your shelf!
by Joanne Fluke
Released: February 28th 2017
Series: Hannah Swensen #21
Published by Kensington
A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . .
After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town . . . and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime—and living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie . . .
This series is so massively popular that I wanted to give it a shot. But for some reason, I just didn’t catch on to its allure. I don’t know what it was but I just couldn’t really get into the author’s voice. It seemed a lot more choppier than I like and the main heroine didn’t completely woo me over. I’ll have to check out some of the other books in the series to make a solid decision of whether or not to continue reading, but I had huge expectations for this one and it failed me miserably.
by Bec McMaster
Released: August 16th 2016
Series: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #1
Published by Lochaber Press
Three years ago, London society changed forever, with a revolution placing the widowed Queen firmly on the throne her blue blood husband tried to take from her. Humans, verwulfen and mechs are no longer considered the lesser classes, but not everybody is happy with the new order…
Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.
The problem? He’s partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.
Soon they’re chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite… But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.
I love it when an author takes two completely different personalities and puts them together so this was a total win for me. I love the chemistry between Caleb and Ingrid because at first it isn’t as obvious. But as the story goes on, their romance starts to build until it is set on fire. If you like a bit of tension between your main couple, then this one will fit the bill!
by Marie Harte
Released: July 4th 2017
Series: The Donnigans #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
A FLING MIGHT BE JUST THE THING...
Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life--along with a gorgeous leggy blonde who won't give him the time of day.
Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.
Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.
If you like hilarious banter, shameless flirting, and dirty talk, then you’re going to love the chemistry between Gavin Donnigan and Zoe York. These two are explosive together! I usually pick an Erotic Romance for this category but this year I just had to go with this. There’s just so much fun to be had in a Marie Harte book! But in addition to the good times, Harte always injects her books with emotion as well. I thought this book was a great balance of the two.
With only one release this year, you may be wondering how KMM could make Author of the Year. Well for me, FEVERSONG was the book that I was most looking forward to and the book that made the biggest impression on me this year. It finishes off the second stage of the Fever saga, answering some questions, but also leaving room for more. I love that about KMM’s writing. While she sates your thirst, she also makes you hunger for more. To me, that’s a trait of an excellent writer and I will continue to look forward to what she comes out with next!
What are your favourites of 2017?
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