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2018 Top Ten Reads

27thDec

To date I’ve learn/listened to 254 books, of these 141 have been books that I learn. In no specific order…..my favourite reads this yr.  Please word: This record doesn’t embrace audiobooks.  You’ll be able to take pleasure in my prime ten listens tomorrow. Seize a cup of peppermint mocha espresso and take a look at my prime ten reads.

 

2018 Top Ten Reads

Kill the Queen
by Jennifer Estep
Collection: Crown of Shards #1
Genres: Fantasy
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Gladiator meets Recreation of Thrones: a royal lady turns into a talented warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her household, and save her kingdom on this first entry in a stunning fantasy epic from the New York Occasions and USA As we speak bestselling writer of the Elemental Murderer collection—an enthralling story that mixes magic, homicide, intrigue, journey, and a touch of romance.

In a realm the place one’s magical energy determines one’s value, Woman Everleigh’s lack of apparent potential relegates her to the shadows of the royal courtroom of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator custom. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing greater than a ceremonial fixture, ignored and principally forgotten.

However darkish forces are at work contained in the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mom the queen and takes the throne by drive, Evie can also be attacked, together with the remainder of the royal household. Fortunately for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the bloodbath.

Pressured into hiding to outlive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Although they use their skills to entertain and amuse the plenty, the gladiators are literally extremely educated warriors expert within the artwork of conflict, particularly Lucas Sullivan, a strong magier with secrets and techniques of his personal. Unsure of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins coaching with the troupe till she will determine her subsequent transfer.

However because the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her energy, pushing Bellona to the brink of warfare, Evie’s destiny turns into clear: she should turn out to be a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

From the world-building to the gladiators I devoured this one and can’t wait to return to this world. Learn my assessment HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

The Damaged Women
by Simone St. James
Genres: Suspense thriller
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Vermont, 1950. There’s a spot for the women whom nobody wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too sensible for their very own good. It is referred to as Idlewild Corridor. And within the small city the place it is situated, there are rumors that the boarding faculty is haunted. 4 roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until considered one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As a lot as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan can’t cease revisiting the occasions surrounding her older sister’s demise. Twenty years in the past, her physique was discovered mendacity within the overgrown fields close to the ruins of Idlewild Corridor. And although her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of homicide, Fiona cannot shake the suspicion that one thing was by no means proper concerning the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Corridor is being restored by an nameless benefactor, she decides to write down a narrative about it. However a surprising discovery through the renovations will hyperlink the lack of her sister to secrets and techniques that have been meant to remain hidden within the past–and a voice that will not be silenced. . . .

I beloved the chilling, atmospheric boarding faculty, the secrets and techniques and thriller! An excellent standalone that may have you ever maintaining a light-weight on. Learn my ideas HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang
Collection: The Kiss Quotient #1
Genres: Modern Romance
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Warmth Degree:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one factor: there’s not sufficient knowledge on the planet to foretell what is going to make your coronary heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the one factor that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to foretell buyer purchases–a job that has given her extra money than she is aware of what to do with, and approach much less expertise within the courting division than the typical thirty-year-old.

It does not assist that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its tooth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she wants numerous practice–with knowledgeable. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner cannot afford to show down Stella’s supply, and agrees to assist her examine off all of the packing containers on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary place…

Earlier than lengthy, Stella not solely learns to understand his kisses, however to crave all the opposite issues he is making her really feel. Quickly, their no-nonsense partnership begins making a wierd sort of sense. And the sample that emerges will persuade Stella that love is one of the best sort of logic…

I liked, liked, liked this romance and straight up contemporaries are all the time my factor. In truth, it’s the style I learn/take heed to the least, however these quirky characters stole my coronary heart, made me snort and introduced on all of the feels. See my evaluate HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Burn Vibrant
by Patricia Briggs
Collection: Alpha & Omega #5
Narrator: Holter Graham
Size: 9 hours and 47 minutes
Genres: City Fantasy
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Narration: 5 cups
Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a menace like no other–one that lurks too near residence…

They’re the wild and the damaged. The werewolves too broken to reside safely amongst their very own sort. For their very own good, they’ve been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Shut sufficient to the Marrok’s pack to have its help; far sufficient away to not trigger any hurt.

With their Alpha overseas, Charles and Anna are on name when an SOS is available in from the fae mate of 1 such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the kidnapping of the wolf–but cannot cease blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna should use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to monitor down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter up to now that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

I really like the Mercy Thompson collection by Briggs, however should confess the Alpha & Omega collection is my favourite. Briggs made me heat as much as Leah. That. Is. All. Learn my ideas HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Jar of Hearts
by Jennifer Hillier
Genres: Thriller
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

That is the story of three greatest pals: one who was murdered, one who went to jail, and one who’s been looking for the reality all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years previous, Angela Wong—one of the in style women in class—disappeared and not using a hint. No one ever suspected that her greatest good friend, Georgina Shaw, now an government and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical firm, was concerned in any approach. Definitely not Kaiser Brody, who was shut with each women again in highschool.

However fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s stays are found within the woods close to Geo’s childhood house. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—lastly learns the reality: Angela was a sufferer of Calvin James. The identical Calvin James who murdered a minimum of three different ladies.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. However to Geo, he is one thing else solely. Again in highschool, Calvin was Geo’s old flame. Turbulent and sometimes risky, their relationship bordered on obsession from the second they met proper up till the night time Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what occurred to Angela and informed nobody. For fourteen years, she carried the key of Angela’s demise till Geo was arrested and despatched to jail.

Whereas everybody thinks they lastly know the reality, there are darkish secrets and techniques buried deep. And what occurred that fateful night time is extra complicated and extra chilling than anybody actually is aware of. Now the obsessive previous catches up with the lethal current when new our bodies start to show up, killed in the very same method as Angela Wong.

How far will somebody go to bury her secrets and techniques and conceal her grief? How lengthy are you able to get away with a lie? How lengthy can you reside with it?

Secrets and techniques betrayal, homicide, and heart-pounding suspense await you in Jar of Hearts. The small print of this story stayed with me. Learn my assessment HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Smoke and Iron
by Rachel Caine
Collection: The Nice Library #four
Genres: Fantasy
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The opening strikes of a lethal recreation have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with solely his wits and talent to assist him in a recreation of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Nice Library. With the world catching hearth, and phrases printed on paper the spark that lights insurrection, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and students to save lots of a library hundreds of years within the making…if they will keep alive lengthy sufficient to outwit their enemies

I really like the Nice Library collection and this was one other nail-biting installment. From mythology to automatons Caine held me spellbound. See my raving evaluation HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

The Governess Recreation
by Tessa Dare
Collection: Woman Meets Duke #2
Genres: Historic Romance
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Warmth Degree:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

He’s been a nasty, dangerous rake—and it takes a governess to show him a lesson

The unintentional governess

After her livelihood slips by way of her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an inconceivable publish: reworking a pair of untamed orphans into correct younger women. Nevertheless, the women don’t want self-discipline. They want a loving residence. Attempt telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s inheritor within the streets and satan within the sheets. The women of London have tried—and failed—to make him calm down. By some means, Alexandra should attain his coronary heart . . . with out risking her personal.

The notorious rake

Like all self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a cussed little governess tries to reform him, he decides to offer her an schooling—in pleasure. That ought to show he can’t be tamed. However Alexandra is greater than he bargained for: intelligent, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a misplaced trigger. Quickly the partitions round Chase’s coronary heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in peril of falling, exhausting.

Tessa Dare simply makes me smile and jogs my memory why I have to hold including historic romance into my TBR pile. Learn my ideas HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Sadie
by Courtney Summers
Genres: Thriller
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A gripping novel concerning the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the subsequent e-book you will not be capable of cease speaking about.

A lacking woman on a journey of revenge and a Serial—like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had a simple life. Rising up on her personal, she’s been elevating her sister Mattie in an remoted small city, making an attempt her greatest to offer a traditional life and hold their heads above water.

However when Mattie is discovered lifeless, Sadie’s complete world crumbles. After a considerably botched police investigation, Sadie is decided to convey her sister’s killer to justice and hits the street following a couple of meager clues to seek out him.

When West McCray—a radio character engaged on a phase about small, forgotten cities in America—overhears Sadie’s story at an area fuel station, he turns into obsessive about discovering the lacking woman. He begins his personal podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, making an attempt to determine what occurred, hoping to seek out her earlier than it is too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout e-book of her profession. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and can maintain you riveted till the final web page.

I’ve by no means met a Summers guide I didn’t like, and Sadie is a type of books that’s related and stays with you lengthy after you’ve closed the ebook. The thriller, the quirks and the secrets and techniques will pull you in. Sensible. You’ll be able to take a look at my ideas HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Iron Gold
by Pierce Brown
Collection: Pink Rising #four
Genres: Fantasy
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

They name him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. However he feels a boy as he falls towards the pale blue planet, his armor purple, his military huge, his coronary heart heavy. It’s the tenth yr of struggle and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade in the past, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. However the Rising has shattered every part: As an alternative of peace and freedom, it has introduced infinite warfare. Now he should danger all the things he has fought for on one final determined mission. Darrow nonetheless believes he can save everybody, however can he save himself?

And all through the worlds, different destinies entwine with Darrow’s to vary his destiny eternally:

A younger Pink woman flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a brand new life she might by no means have imagined.

An ex-soldier damaged by grief is pressured to steal probably the most beneficial factor within the galaxy—or pay together with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the inheritor in exile to the sovereign, wanders the celebs together with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the lack of the world that Darrow reworked, and dreaming of what is going to rise from its ashes.

Pink Rising was the story of the top of 1 universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a brand new one. Witness the start of a shocking new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Occasions bestselling writer Pierce Brown.

I really like the world however most of all of the characters Brown has wrote in his Purple Rising Saga. He takes nice satisfaction in bringing us the sudden and toying with our hearts. Learn my ideas HERE

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2018 Top Ten Reads

Searching Annabelle
by Wendy Heard
Genres: Suspense thriller
Supply: Writer
Buy: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads

Score:

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Sean Suh is completed with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric jail, he’s decided to keep away from temptation. However he cannot resist Annabelle–beautiful, assured, incandescent Annabelle–who alone can see previous the monster to the person inside. The person he is desperately making an attempt to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is certain she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken first hand—however the police are satisfied that Sean himself is on the centre of this crime. And he should admit, his sickness has brought about him to “lose time” earlier than. What if there’s extra to what occurred than he’s capable of keep in mind?

Although haunted by the worry that it is perhaps higher for Annabelle if he by no means finds her, Sean can’t convey himself to let go of her and not using a battle. To save lots of her, he’ll need to do greater than confront his personal demons… He’ll need to allow them to unfastened.

Twisted, freaky and fascinating. Followers of You’ll take pleasure in this and that ending…wow! Learn my ideas HERE.

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That was not straightforward. I additionally learn some terrific books that deserve point out. Rhiannon Frater’s Hidden Necromancer Collection, Ilona Andrews novella, Diamond Hearth and Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley.

Share considered one of your prime ten learn from 2018 with me! 

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Kimberly is a espresso loving e-book addict who reads and listens to fictional tales in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, in addition to a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, ideas, recipes and internet hosting the Sunday Publish. The espresso is all the time on and she or he is able to chat…Twitter | Fb | Instagram

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