Reader Favorites – Tessa’s Top Ten Reads for 2015

by Maryse on February 20, 2016 · 18 comments

in Book Recommendations

YAY!!! I’ve received a few more reader favorites lists, recently, so our Saturdays are back on!!! :D Tonight, we’re featuring Tessa’s 2015 favorites list (and you can get to know Tessa even better, by checking out her Tessa’s Top Favorite Books List). It looks like she gave us this list awhile ago… but I missed it. I’m so glad I found it, now though. Better late than never, and this one is fun!!

P.S. We just found out more about Tessa!!

Yep. I sing. I was classically trained, but darn if I don’t prefer other music.  :P …Yep, opera. …Oh and the opera thing just means I won’t shut up and stop singing in stores with their bad elevator music.  :P

All sorts of talent amongst our crew!! I love “knowing” tidbits about each of you. Actually… I’m nosy. I wanna know it all! LOL!!

Ready for her favorites?

Tessa: *grins impishly* Finally got it down to erm, around top ten of the year. I purposely didn’t add any books that were part of a series I was reading prior to 2015. Every one of these took my emotions and gutted me in some way.

1.) Fear Me (Broken Love Book 1) and Fear You (Broken Love Book 2) by BB Reid <— A totally dark form of Bully. He’s scarier than scary. Fear You, his POV, wasn’t soothing or non-angsty like most male POV. He’s just nuts evil.

2.) Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— EMOTIONS! Slow burn, lots of love and OMG, felt real.

3.) The Deal (Off-Campus Book 1) and The Mistake (Off-Campus Book 2) by Elle Kenedy <— Like you all don’t know why!

4.) Branded (A Sinners Series Book 1) by Abi Ketner <— This dystopian messed with me BIG TIME> I didn’t know whether to feel scared,

5.) Breaking Him (Love is War Book 1) by RK Lilley <— It broke my heart! CH warning, but the romance and love was there, but totally toxic. I can’t wait for book two!

6.) The Tairen Soul Series by CL Wilson <— MichelleS is right. One of the best fantasy series I’ve read. It gripped me and then, I felt like OMG, why are bad guys allowed to live? Yeah, angst from bad guy POV. That’s insane!

7.) Indebted Series by Pepper Winter <— And this series is why I’m on some Homeland Security list.

8.) Diamonds (All That Glitters Book 1) by KA Linde <— Again, angst, all from the lies being told. I should have HATED this character. The mean girl that is popular and a cheerleader. Yet, I totally emphasized with her and felt every emotion she did.

9.) NOLA’s Own Series by Kelli Jean <— I laughed. I cried ugly tears. I spun in happy joy. There’s not a single freaking emotion I didn’t feel. Freaking series gutted me and I loved every second.

10.) Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas <—  Just… read this series. If you like fantasy, read it! I have my niece who doesn’t like to read hooked on it. It’s different and utterly fascinating. (I’m still rooting for the prince!)


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa M February 20, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Great list Tessa!! I’ve read 4/10!! More to add to my tbr list!!!

MichelleS February 20, 2016 at 7:44 PM

I just finished Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass book 3). It was awesome! Getting them on loan from library, so anxiously awaiting the next two. I’m a Rowan fan now. :-)

Maryse February 20, 2016 at 8:10 PM

I want to read the two Fantasy series listed here… I just know I’ll become a fantasy romance addict

MichelleS February 20, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Maryse – I may sound like a broken record, but there is no way you wouldn’t totally love the Tairen Soul Series. It sticks with me even now. Every detail. I know it’s 5 books, but someday….. seriously. And Throne of Glass is really great too. For me, Tairen Soul is still in the number one spot though.

Sade February 20, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Yes , Yes Elle Kenedy. This woman can write, funny, sexy, full of banter, and the chemistry is off the chains. Even though these romance books are fantasy, I appreciate some realistic interjections in them, which Elle Kennedy does so well. That series is among my Top 10.

bev February 20, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Tessa, great list!
I’ve only read a couple of these. I must read Throne of Glass.

T. Hosler February 20, 2016 at 11:21 PM

I absolutely loved Fear Me and Fear You. Both books were 5+ star reads for me. Everyone should READ THESE TWO BOOKS NOW!!!

Fabi February 21, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Hi Tessa *waves*

I’d already made note of your list but I love having it here so it’s a simple bookmark for me.

I’ve read 4 of your favorites and have 3 more them lined up in my tbr.

I love how we all have such similar tastes around here!

Tessa February 21, 2016 at 12:50 PM

:-D Oooh, my list this time. Fear Me and Fear You to need a trigger warning. He does hurt her in the beginning.

Michelle’s, see why Rowan is important? I step love Dorian, though. :D

Maryse, I’m going to free with MichelleS on this one. You’d love Tairen Soul more than Glass Throne. Both are awesome, but Tairen Soul just had that extra gut twisty oomph. Also, NOLA. I need an angst lover to read that to see if it really was that emotional or if it was just me.

Beg, you’d love Glass of Throne. Also, most libraries have the series. :) I know the price is prohibitive.

Fabi which 3 are in your TBR? Curious minds want to know. :-P

Fabi February 21, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Branded, Diamonds, and Throne of Glass are high on my tbr.

I’ve read Kulti, The Deal, The Mistake and Lord of the Fading Lands.

Tessa February 21, 2016 at 1:43 PM

You haven’t read Throne of Glass? 0.0 *throws peanut* Look at MichelleS’s response to it. :D

Fabi February 21, 2016 at 1:58 PM

I know. I know! It pops up every time I open my Kindle. Front and Center. That’s how high up it is in my tbr. I even started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses a few weeks ago because I got it confused with Throne of Glass.

I’ve got some beauties like this one lined up for when I hit my fantasy reads again. :-)

Grey February 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

What the what?! I have only read 4 of these 10, and being as though Tessa and I have VERY similar tastes, I feel like I’ve fallen somewhat short of the yellow brick road and landed in a very bad version of Oz somewhere. Although…again, being the type of books that Tessa likes… *giggle*

Wait. The Indebted series was like 7 books… so that should count as a bunch more books. *taps nose* I see you girl!

So, guess what? Every single one of these has just moved up on my TBR, *AFTER* TBRU on drops on Tuesday, I know she understands me… we have a mutual understanding of these things!

Great list Tessa, thank you! And thank you as always Maryse, for rocking the blog!

Tessa February 21, 2016 at 3:31 PM

And NOLA is three books. *blinks innocently* Everything is after Tuesday, The Power is out on Tuesday! My sexy Seth. *swoons*

Bad version of Oz? Ooh, that could be really good or really bad.

Jean February 21, 2016 at 6:12 PM

I’ve only read 3 of your 10! How is that possible? I do have the Indebted series, Diamond, Fear Me, and Throne of Glass downloaded though!

Cheryl February 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Tessa, I’ve read 2, 3, and 8. I have Nola and Fear Me already on my tbr. Breaking Him is too, but I haven’t started it yet because I hate CH!! Great list!

Amy February 23, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Tessa!!!! You sing? Like, with training and everything?? That is awesome!!

I LOVE seeing Branded on here. And since there isn’t a followup book yet but Branded does wrap up at the end, it’s perfect for everyone to try out without making a big series commitment. *ahem* Hint hint, everyone.

NOLA will be my next 2016 read. How can I resist when you pull the angst card? ;)

Tessa February 23, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Cheryl, when all of the Breaking whatever books are out, you have to read them. They are so good, but that cliffy was a big one. Thankfully, I like cliffie when they are done right, and this one was. NOLA and Fear Me were so good. *grins* Seriously awesome full of goodness good.

There is a number two! I just looked and it’s called Hunted. :) I will be getting that one next month. *next month is SOOOO expensive* And, NOLA, yes. I really need an angst lover to read that to see if it’s just me. I really did ugly cry, but not where everyone would assume.

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