You guys!!!! We have a new fellow reader that has come out of the woodwork. !!!! I think Xandory is a lurker but OH EM GEE is she ever one of us!!! Her favorites of the year will definitely speak to the potential book twin in many of us, and I can only hope Xandory comes out and joins us in our conversations and reading fun. *hint hint* AND!! She aroooooooos!!!!
That said, I’m just thrilled she sent over her list. Thank you Xandory! This one’s great, and I love that you included your personal details as to why you picked each one of ‘em.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! Xandory = Tessa (who is well known and plenty-vocal in our group). LOL!!! Gah!! bev is SO astute. I keep saying it bev, and you keep proving it, time and time again.
bev: Wait. Are we sure this isn’t really Tessa?
Tessa: It is me. *blushes* It’s not Maryse’s fault though. I have my email set for my art stuff, and that always goes by Xandory. I’ve no clue how to change it. lol
Maryse: XANDORY!!!!!!! Er… I mean TESSA!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!! OMG that is hilarious!!! I even cross checked Xandory’s email address here in the member database to see if “Xandory” had comments, so I could properly “intro” her. And. She. Didn’t. LOL!!!!! OMG that is a funny blooper.
Xandory’s (er… I mean TESSA’s) Top Books for 2016
Marked In Flesh (A Novel of the Others Book 4) by Anne Bishop <— This was the action we’d all hope to see. Yet, also the heart of the characters was there, making the actions seem real and tense. Also, Aroooo!
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2) by Sarah J Maas <— I had to choose between this and her other series. However, unlike Empire, Court kept me guessing, not knowing what’s happening next, or what I should be rooting for. In the end, this is her best book to date.
Forget (Changing Colors Book 1) and Blur (Changing Colors Book 2) by NA Alcorn <— I love my rock star, but I’m picky with them as well. This one just jerked my emotions everywhere. Not so much Forget, but Blur. Forget sets it up, but Blur just played with my emotions in all sorts of great ways.
Born of Legend: (The League: Nemesis Rising Series Book 9) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— I know! A sci-fi, not fantasy, on my list. However, it’s always about the characters, and Sherrilyn Kenyon has outdone herself with this one.
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata <— Slooooow Burn, with side characters that you absolutely fall for. Pure classic Zapata
A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1) by Amanda Bouchet <— A different storyline that kept me intrigued. Griffin and Cat are hot, but it’s more of how she lives and who she is that kept me reading.
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas <— The story is about who these characters are and what they do to “survive” in high school. However, it’s not typical in any way. What normally happens doesn’t here.
Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins <— This is dark and exciting. This does take place in the Fae world, but Lucian is no Ryder. He’s darker, and the present and his past combine in this story to deliver something that took my breath away.
Kick, Push & Coast Duet: Includes Kick, Push and Coast by Jay McLean <— My heart! *clutches* This is a sweet story told by a teenage single dad and a girl who is a recluse. It’s emotional and raw, but so many sweet moments too. Also, you’ll adore his kid.
The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan <— Yep, a kid’s book. This is the Percy Jackson’s world, but it’s Apollo’s story. He’s stuck as a human and the humor in this is off the chart. The action is fun, but Apollo and his kids kept me on my toes. It’s different than his others with more humor and a bit of an adult thought process that isn’t normally there in his books.
One more to my list
Alright, I did really good at reducing to ten, but this book won’t leave my brain alone.
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare <— Yeah, it’s a given by who the author is that I’m going to love it, but this one is more special to me. There is a kid in it with autism, though it’s never said throughout the story. The thing that makes it awesome is it’s real without trying to prove itself. Also, the H in this deserves a shout out. A kid raising his family without anyone realizing it just makes me love the story more. Anyone who loves Cassandra Clare should read this.
Check out more of Tessa’s favorites:
- Reader Favorites – Tessa’s Top Favorite Books List:
- Reader Favorites – Tessa’s Top Ten Reads for 2015