January 16, 2017

Top 10 Anticipated Adult Books of 2017

So the big news is that I am now doing a Top 10 Anticipated books for Adult and Young Adult! Yeah! Toss confetti. Two separate lists!

I know not everyone likes both all the time, and I've gotten a few "Shera you're lists have too many YA titles!" So I decided to let them both have equal space to spread their wings. Plus, I technically get to choose 20 top 10s. He-he. (Not to mention that means more honorable mentions!) Yeah!

Though it's true I get super excited over YA titles more, but they're normally the ones that disappoint me the most.

This year was really tough for finding adult titles that really interested me. Oh, there's the usual suspects that are on my auto buy (which I will be popping to the bottom of the list so I don't get questioning emails about why I didn't put Briggs, or some other author on here.) The truth is the Urban Fantasy genre is slowing down, so is steampunk and paranormal in general. The odd thing is High/Epic Fantasies and Science Fiction adult titles are just not grabbing my attention. It also doesn't help that hunting and pecking doesn't work like it use to. The recommends features for both Goodreads and Amazon suck, especially considering a lot of the authors are moving to self pub.

There is no particular order to the list. All books are to be released in 2017 or expected to be. 

The Cold Light of Day by Kelly Gay

The Cold Light of Day  (Charlie Madigan #5)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charlie Madigan, book 5

Nothing Yet!! Ah!!!!!

Yeah, the Goodreads page still said 2016 when I grabbed the cover. Then poof! No more date. The reality is this may not even come out this year. The author posted that it would in 2016, but then a publisher actually "ordered" another series. So . . . it's a beig whenever for when this book will actually come out.

I'm keeping the faith.

This is still one of my favorite series!!! Yeah! I will wait, and pray to the book gods, FOREVER. So until this book releases for real I will forever put this bad boy on my list. (But really let's hope she self pubs it soon so that I don't have to wait for it year after year.)

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Borrowed Souls  (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea MuellerGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Soul Charmer, book 1

Release date: May 2nd 2017

Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

This was one of the few new series that I could find starting up in Urban Fantasy. Well, one of the few that captured my full attention. This sounds unique and exciting! I actually want to start it up not because I'm a Urban Fantasy junky who can't say no, but because it sounds TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME.

I mean renting souls? What's the magic and the world going to be like? Will it take it's theme from mythology of some kind? What? WHAT!? I haven't been this curious about a series in so long.

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Etched in Bone  (The Others #5)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy  
Series: The Others, book 5

Release Date: March 7th 2017

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave

Holy bookworms! This is the final book in one of my favorite series. The pain! I NEED it and yet it will mean it's over. At least Bishop will be writing in a new series in this universe. Because I totally want more of this world!

Even my fear of bad series enders can't stop me from obsessing about the release. (Hee-hee. I have a ARC!! Really exercising self control.) One more read of The Meg. ;_;

Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil

Graveyard Shift Michael F. HaspilGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy  
Series: ?

Release Date: July 18th 2017

Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, who was born in ancient Rome, once hunted evil vampires for UMBRA, a super-secret unit of the NSA. That was before the discovery of a blood substitute and a Supreme Court ruling allowed thousands of vampires to integrate into society.

Now, Alex and Marcus are vice cops in a special police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.

When someone starts poisoning the artificial blood, race relations between vampires and humans deteriorate to the brink of anarchy. While the city threatens to tear itself apart, Alex and Marcus must form an unnatural alliance with a vigilante gang and a shape-shifter woman in a desperate battle against an ancient vampire conspiracy.

If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodierthan any the world has ever seen.

Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome! Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown

Um, hello! With "former pharaoh and mummy" in the synopsis describing the lead I was all over it. Firstly have we ever had a former mummy as a lead? Does this mean an adult UF might have Egyptian Mythology as a bigger role?

Either way this sounds awesome!

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Silver Silence  (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity, book 1

Release Date: June 13th 2017

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Wow, it just hit me as I was adding Silver Silence to the list. First, yes I'm predictable! Another Psy-Changeling book made it—of course—onto my top 10 list. Hit the breaks though! This isn't a Psy-Changeling book. This is a Psy-Changeling TRINITY book. Singh described it as the Second Season of the series.

However, if you think about it the original series is over—beautifully done. This is technically a new series! Which means we probably won't be seeing much of the old characters from season 1. Or at least to the extant we're used to.

Or who knows! Singh said new characters would be explored outside of our comfort zone. (I'm paraphrasing here.)

It's scary as the characters are something that has totally driven the books, but the world and politics are a big factor. I'm super excited by the endless possibilities and the sheer awesomeness that can happen.

Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn

Souljacker  (Lily Bound #1) by Yasmine GalenornGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance 
Series: Lily Bound, book 1

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Lily O'Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker--an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before--has escaped to reclaim his "artwork," Lily knows she's next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn't expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim...

I'm super proud, and grateful, to all the authors who have been bravely making the jump to self pub. The reality is big publishers end or drop series before their time. Especially now with a lot of said big publishers merging and absorbing other publishers. A lot of midrange authors—who have won the title of multiple best sellers—are being dropped.

Galenorn is not one of the first to do so, but I think currently she's one of the best at it. Which is funny as 2016 was the first time she went self pub officially. But she does it right. Solid covers, STICKS TO HER RELEASE SCHEDULE, and still has solid editing/writing.

I get her newsletters and tend to stalk her else where and the instant I heard of this book I was all over it. A succubus lead seems like such an obvious lead for a Galenorn book, but she hasn't done it yet! I am so curious to meet Galenorn's succubus lead and this new world. Oh, and guys she has more books releasing this year continued favorites and new series. Keep your eyes peeled.

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

The Guns Above  (Signal Airship #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Steampunk
Series: Signal Airship, book 1

Release Date: May 7th 2017

The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupris can remember – this time against neighboring Vinzhalia. Garnia’s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King. But though it’s co-ed, women on-board are only allowed “auxiliary” crew positions and are banned from combat. In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle. She is rewarded with the Mistral, becoming Garnia’s first female captain.

She wants the job – just not the political flak attached. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat – a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. When the Vins make an unprecedented military move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself to the top brass?

Heck yes! I want her to show all those idiots how women do it! Mahwah-ha! Okay, kidding. Kidding. (Kind of.) Really looking forward to this one. I hope that this means the door will be open for other women in her crew! Even better to inspire other women!

Show top brass that woman are more than auxiliary. Boom.

Bitten by Amanda Pillar

Bitten  (The Graced Series #2)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy  
Series:  The Graced Series, book 2

Release Date: January 2017

The city of Pinton has never been safe…and now a serial killer is on the loose.

Doctor Alice Reive is the city’s coroner, and she’s determined to help find the murderer. Enlisting the assistance of the Honorable Dante Kipling and city guard Elle Brown, they race to track down the killer, before another victim dies.

Hannah Romanov – Dante’s missing twin sister – has spent hundreds of years living on an isolated mountain. But her quiet life is thrown into chaos after she discovers a baby left in the wilds to die. Hannah will do anything to ensure the infant’s survival, even if it means travelling to the worst place in the world for her – Pinton.

The second full-length novel in the stunning Graced series is perfect for fans of Nalini Singh, Richelle Mead, and Anne Bishop.

So I haven't released my review of the first book—Graced—but I loved it. So much so that I really debated about putting it on my Shera's Top 10 Books of 2016!

The thing is the characters have been teasing the back of my mind. Especially Dante! I need more!

To Catch a Stolen Soul by R.L. Naquin

To Catch a Stolen Soul (Djinn Haven, #1) by R.L. NaquinGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy  
Series: Djinn Haven, book 1

Release Date: January 9th 2017

Fans of the Monster Haven series by R.L. Naquin will love this beguiling spin-off, featuring a trapped djinn caught in a hot mess of lost souls, fast food and otherwordly murder.

Kam is a soul chaser for the Hidden Government, a much harder job now that the Hidden look like everyone else. Broke, out of magic and sick of playing waitress in a pirate-themed dive bar, Kam jumps at a chance for an out-of-town mission.

A reaper—and his loaded soul stone—have gone missing. The stone contains souls that might get permanently stuck if Kam doesn't find it, like, yesterday. She tracks the reaper down to a food truck outside Kansas City, only to find a dead reaper and no soul stone in sight. Which means that someone who should be dead killed the reaper and is running around with a powerful magic item. Not good.

And apparently the killer is targeting food-truck owners that also happen to be Hidden. So the only thing to do is open her own truck and go undercover—goodbye Kam the Djinn, hello Mobile Food Entrepreneur—and hope that she and her new runaway friend won't be the next targets…

Okay, I am way behind on the Monster Haven series! But I LOVE the series so much! The idea of a spinoff just feeds my inner bookworm.

Not to mention Naquin writing a djinn for a lead. Must. Read. That!

White Hot | Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

White Hot  (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: New Adult High Fantasy
Series: Hidden Legacy, books 2 & 3

Release Dates: May 30th 2017
July 25th 2017

The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

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Book 3:
Just when Nevada Baylor has finallyWildfire  (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews 25th come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Finally! The much awaited sequels to Burn For Me! Yeah! The wait has been long, but the best part is that book 2 comes out in May and then 3 is released in July. Reminds me of the magical time the first 3 books in the Iron Druid series were released one month after another! Yeah!

However, the publisher promised a cover makeover/better covers. Tacky font doesn't make tacky covers better. It makes it worst. Dang are they lucky Andrew's sales no matter the horrible covers that they are cursed with.

So these ones are the honorable mentions! Yes, some are auto buy authors, however I didn't put all of my auto buys. (The list is scary long guys!) These are the ones that get my heart racing just a bit more.

Dawn Study
by Maria V. Snyder
Dawn Study  (Soulfinders #3) by Maria V. Snyder
Empire Games
by Charles Stross
Empire Games  (Empire Games #1)
Red Sister
by Mark Lawrence
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence
Elevneth Grave
by Darynda Jones
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight  (Charley Davidson #11)
Cold Reign
by Faith Hunter
Cold Reign  (Jane Yellowrock #11)
Ride the Storm
by Karen Chance
Ride the Storm  (Cassandra Palmer #8) by Karen Chance
Silence Fallen
by Patricia Briggs
Silence Fallen  (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs
by Jennifer Estep
Snared  (Elemental Assassin #16)
Who's Afraid Too?
by Maria Lewis
Who's Afraid Too (Tommi Grayson #2) by Maria Lewis

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January 10, 2017

Relase day: THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

Okay, so it's taking me longer to look through (obsessively and unhealthy tearing apart) Goodreads for all the 2017 releases. I'm doing something special this year for my Anticpated books of 2017.  So I'm trying to do it right. So just a heads up that it will be longer.

Until then I thought I'd share this as I'm currently reading the book and won't be posting a release day review. Enjoy! Check it out here on Amazon.

January 6, 2017

New Year New Rating Scale!

So I know normally I do my Top 10 Anticipated Book of 201? usually follows right behind my Shera’s Top 10 Books of 201? and New Years Resolutions, Bibliophile Style posts. However, I really haven't had the time to be as thorough as I normally am. In fact, I was so through last year I was able to stalk and anticipate books from the start of the year. Even sleeper books that everyone else has seemed to miss.

So it's coming! Just next week. Likely on Monday.

That said there's something I've been flirting with revamping every year—besides the look of my blog, I know no makeover yet—it's my rating scale. Well more accurately the descriptions of the ratings.

I always say I like my reviews to do the talking, because quite honestly my ratings are a bit different from others. Each new year I do a rough draft of the new ratings and spend weeks on them, and a few times a month of pondering. This time I tried to do it with a clean slate. Thinking on it for an hour and writing them. I've let them sit for a bit to see if I still like them.

I do! I think it helps to reflect better what I think of a rating. (Though the ranter in me wants to write a whole page on what each rating truly means to me!)

So here it is! Whoop!

New rating: 5/5 - Forget obsession this book consumed me.
Old rating: 5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!

New Rating: 4/5 - A true obsession!
Old rating: 4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.

New Rating: 3/5 - A solid read despite minor flaws.
Rating: 3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.

New Rating: 2/5 - It's rough, but there's still some hope.
Old Rating: 2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out

New rating: 1/5 - Couldn't finish it or wished I hadn't.
Old Rating: 1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't

Okay, it's nothing fancy or flashy. It's simple and that's what I wanted. I very much want my review to speak for the rating. I do feel like my "New Rating" describes 2/5 a lot better! I know to a lot of others that rating is awful, but to me it's still a hopeful point. There's enough that's good that either the next book can be better, or just enough food stuff present! Ha-ha! I like to look at it  on the positive side. As long as I don't rate a 1/5 look on the positive side.

So the big question is if I will go back and edit the ratings on my old reviews. No. Because I'm lazy and don't want to go and have to fix them on Goodreads and Amazon as well. Besides the ratings are still the same, the words/description beside them is the only thing that has changed for me.

January 3, 2017

Shera's Top 10 Books of 2016

The year has ended and now it's time for important reflections. Such as the books of the past year.  A lot of my top picks are from my most anticipated list for 2016. No surprise there! It was a tough call as I had a pretty great reading year.

Nalini Singh is still my top read author on my Goodreads Most Read Authors list. Kresley Cole has jumped up to second! With Ilona Andrews coming in at third. Though Keri Arthur is holding steady at book 4, but Patricia Briggs may soon overcome Arthur! 

***This top ten list is in no particular order and only one author’s book in a series can be picked. As usual this list is made up of books I read in 2016. The release date doesn't matter.***

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers' Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Changeling, book 15

Allegiance of Honor  (Psy-Changeling #15)

The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world...

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Honestly I was a bit nervous how things would wrap up. This the end of the Psy-Changeling arc and the story it was telling. The new series, or the second season as Singh is calling it, is the Psy-Changeling Trinity. We've had the revolution and Silence is broken.

I'm really excited about the setup for the arc of the "Second Season" and truly thrilled about where the characters are going to be from.

Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers Review
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
Series: Untitled series, book 1

Bound by Blood and Sand  (Untitled Series #1)

Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

This one was on my radar for quite a long while. It was on my Top Anticipated books of 2016. I stalked the release of the synopsis and cover. Waited, not patiently, for the release date.

This is going to be a new favorite series for me. Tamora Pierce fans will be happy. This is not a copy cat book or anything. It just feels as epic and great as those books. (Maybe even better.)

Brave ideas and a moving story. A book not afraid to go there and not sugar coat things.

I really hope this series makes it and that the publishers let me have the rest!

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers Review
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Untiled series, book 1

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire  (Untitled #1)

Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

I was really surprised by how much reviewers didn't really care for this. At least the majority of my Goodreads friends anyway.

I found myself totally engaged in the story and I love the tie ins to Romeo and Juliet. Up front I'm not a Romeo and Juliet fan, however when Rosamund Hodge touches something it turns to awesomeness.

I hope this series continues.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson, book 1

First Grave on the Right  (Charley Davidson #1)

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

Ah, I finally found out what all the buzz is about this series! I loved the first book. Humorous books are hit and miss for me. However, this one was just right.

It probably won't be for everyone, but I laughed myself silly.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers Review
Genre: Paranormal Historical
Series: n/a

Ghost Talkers

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

This was very predictable, however the world and characters were awesome. This series has so much potential!

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Get it: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Whispers Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kate Daniels, book 9

Magic Binds  (Kate Daniels #9)

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Ah, the great Kate Daniel's series continues. I don't think this was the strongest issue, but it's still great.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Others, book 4

Marked in Flesh  (The Others #4)

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

There are no words to describe how much I LOVE this series. It's my jam. Each book is just so wonderful. The world!!!! The characters!! The story. ;_; It's all so viscously magical.

Moon Cast by P.C. Cast

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
Series: Tales of a New World, book 1

Moon Chosen  (Tales of a New World #1)

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Honestly, I don't think I was supposed—or should have—liked this as much as I did. Heck, some of my GR friend's made really great points. This is another one I believe you will like or not, and you'll know right away.

Reap the Shadows by Annette Marie

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Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Steel & Stone, book 4

Reap the Shadows  (Steel & Stone #4)

Piper is feeling a bit overwhelmed. With Seiya and Lyre missing, Ash recovering from near fatal injuries, and the Gaians picking fights with daemons all over the city, a girl can’t help but think she might be in over her head. And this time, she’s on her own.

Before she even has a chance to investigate the Gaians’ new stockpile of mysterious, high-tech weaponry, an old enemy ambushes her: Samael’s henchman Raum. He wants Ash’s help and won’t take “get lost” for an answer. She doesn’t know if she can trust Raum, but even more than that, she can’t trust herself with Ash. Sooner or later he’ll catch up to her, and she fears she won’t be able to walk away from him a second time.

Despite her feelings, it will take their combined strength to face a frightening discovery about the Gaians. She and Ash begin to realize that the daemon war is coming to Earth, and they might be the only ones who can stop it — if it’s not already too late.

This is a series that pretty much every book up to book 4 deserves to be on here. However, book 4 is the one with the biggest pay off so far! Truly marvelous and I can't recommend this series enough.

Finally some good paranormal young adult. Truly can call it Urban Fantasy YA.

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson, book

River Marked  (Mercy Thompson #6)

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip - and the pimped-out trailer they're using - is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached...

Being a different breed of shapeshifter - a walker - Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil...

Yep, continuing my Mercy read. I have a feeling this will be a favorite for a while. Because of two major things. The plot is not driven by people being kidnapped. AND Adam and Mercy get to be together the majority of the book and resolve the issue as a team.

It was awesome.

Honorable mentions. Because really all of the books I read from these series are worthy of making this list. So I guess this is more honorable series nod.

Club Dead  (Sookie Stackhouse #3) Lover Eternal  (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
Sookie Stackhouse series
by Charlaine Harris

Book 1 to 4
Black Dagger Brotherhood series
by J.R. Ward

Books 1 to 4
Man I forgot how fun the Sookie books are! They really brought back my fire for reading, not to mention I had such fun reviewing them. It's nice to know that I really do love these books, though I'm fearful of the next two because that's where the series got a bit rough.

Still love the cast of characters! Still one of the best PNR series.