Top 5 Reads of 2009
Coming up with a long list of great reads from 2009 was easy. Narrowing it down to just a few was really, really hard.
Here is my short list for 2009:
Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Not only did this anthology give me new insight into one of my favorite series, it also was excellent as a stand alone novel. Clay’s and Jeremy’s stories were great peeks into characters that usually serve as foils to the women of the Otherworld.
Clay’s voice, especially was wonderful, and gave me insight into why he is the scary, sexy misfit he is in the Otherworld series.
See my post about Men of the Otherworld here.
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
The book was a wonderful surprise. It included a highly original world, a heartbreaking protagonist, and beautiful prose.
Belimai and Captain Harper are unique characters, and I love the combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance in Wicked Gentlemen. Also, Blind Eye Books did a wonderful job with the production and artwork. I
So much was fit into the 2 novellas that make this beautiful, slim volume. Read my review here.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
This was a world and a story that stayed with me for days. The beautiful imagery and original story line made Angels’ Blood a page turner for me. The angels, vampires and hunters were fascinating.
I loved how the Archangels had such an edge of danger to them. Raphael was appropriately powerful and scary, yet I loved how as the story progresses, his feelings for Elena become clear.
This book was labeled and “urban fantasy romance”, and it’s clearly grittier than a typical paranormal romance, but still has more focus on relationships than a strict urban fantasy.
Read my comments about Angels’ Blood in my Top 5 Paranormal Romances post.
Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
This was one of those books that I wanted to tell everyone about. Prose, character development and a moving storyline completely entranced me.
I loved how Banallt has already reformed his rakish ways before the book opens. The drama centers on his efforts to convince Sophie that he has truly changed, and how she sloooowly comes to trust and believe in him—and trust in her own judgement.
This was the first book I read by Carolyn Jewel, but she has now become one of my favorite authors, both for her historicals and her paranormals.
Read my review of Scandal here.
The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon
An amazing conclusion to one of my favorite series. I’m still thinking about this books, which I just finished reading last week. In fact, last week I did something I never do: as soon as I finished reading The Dark Tide, I turned to the first page and started reading it all over again.
I LOVE that Josh Lanyon was able to provide a compelling story arc that extended through the 5 books in the series, and wrap it up in The Dark Tide in such a satisfying way, while at the same time providing an interesting and suspenseful mystery. Adrien’s and Jake’s relationship was never smooth, but in the final book they achieve a resolution to their relationship that is oh-so-rewarding for the reader. All the things that needed to happen at the conclusion of this series, did.
Bravo, Josh Lanyon.
Now, there are too many books that deserve a mention, but didn’t make my Top 5. Some didn’t make this list because, even though I first read them in 2009, they were released more than 12 months ago. Also, there are a number of books or series I really enjoyed that were excellent, but were in the top 10 or 15. Given that I read over 225 books in 2009 (not including re-reads) it was really difficult to narrow my list down to even a top 15. In an upcoming post, I’ll visit some other great reads from 2009, as well as some reading discoveries I made this year.
What were your Top 5 for 2009?
Entry filed under: 2009 reads, Top 5. Tags: Adrien English Mysteries, Angels' Blood, Carolyn Jewel, Dark Tide, Ginn Hale, Guild Hunter series, Josh Lanyon, Kelley Armstrong, Men of the Otherworld, Nalini Singh, Otherworld series, Scandal, Wicked Gentlemen.