If you have any favorite reads for this year please share! 2012 has been quite a year for me. I’ve read some incredible books, some great books, some not so great books, some terrible books. But overall it contributed to read count of over 131 stories this year. It’s kind of funny because I feel like a slacker compared to some other Goodreads friends who I’ve seen read over 400+ books; one even read over 900. But good or bad, I’ll take it as a victory. Communiting to and from my job takes a good 2 hours of my day, which allows me to and dedicate most of that to reading. A broken iPod has helped quite a bit too, but Christmas kind of rectified that so I’ll have to see how my read count in 2013 compares. But in the meantime, I want to narrow things down and present my favorite urban fantasy/paranormal books of 2012.
Ever After ARC (The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison
I debated listing this one because it technically doesn’t come out until 2013, but it rocked my personal socks this year, and I’m sure it will rock yours in January, so I’m going to list it.
All Dorina Basarab novels, including Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance
Though I was fairly familiar with its original sister series, Cassandra “Cassie” Palmer, I was really surprised to find that I love this series infinitely more. It’s got all of the pluses, none of the annoyances. Dory is a riot, but she kicks ass too. It just pains me that it take 2 years between books.
Wicked as They Come (Blud #1) by Delilah S. Dawson
Early on in the year this was my favorite book. The world was new, interesting and exciting. And Criminy was awesome! I definitely can’t wait for the next book featuring him and Tish, but much like Karen Chance, this author alternates from book to book.
A Perfect Blood (The Hollows #10) by Kim Harrison
Yes, the Hollows takes two spots on my list. In addition to the Ever After ARC, with all of the different publications this year from Into the Woods to Blood Crime to Trouble on Reserve to Trent’s POV from the paperback of A Perfect Blood, two spots can’t be surprising. However, while good, this book wasn’t quite in the same class as Ever After, but I did love it. And like most Trenchers out there, Trent’s POV left me speechless! Oh and it’s also pretty awesome anytime I can meet Kim Harrison!
Kingmakers (Vampire Empire #3) by Susan and Clay Griffith
This was another fantastic finish to a wonderful trilogy. I was fortunate enough to read the ARC for this series and I loved it! If only there was more!
Dead Morning Sky (Experiment in Terror #3) by Karina Halle
I wanted scary and I got scary! Just a little more than I bargained for with the weird crap that was happening OFF the pages while reading it. And funny enough, there was no repeat of that peculiar activity after I was done. I have since stopped here, but there are definitely more books with Dex and Perry’s adventures. I plan to get to them after catching up with the Night Huntress series that I’m currently reading.
Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire
I read this book at a pretty difficult time. I started reading it and then I got my hands on the Ever After ARC. I was riding too much of a high for anything else to compare, including this. But in hindsight, this book rocks and I bet the next book will be my favorite of the series!
Tale of the Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater
I was gripped from beginning to end on this one. It’s not an easy read, and do not mistake this for a romance. It’s more like one of those train-wrecks that you can’t look away from. Unfortunately the sequel was nowhere near as good, but I hope this series continues eventually. I would love to read a third book if it could get back to the level of book 1.
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
I have a bit of an aversion when it comes to the Young Adult genre, but this is an exception. I LOVED this book and I often find myself wondering how long it’d be until the second book is released. That’s definitely a sign of a book worthy of this list. Even better, it’s probably the best $0.99 I’ve spent on a book!
Love is Fear (Valerie Dearborn #2) by Caroline Hanson
Though this trilogy arc is complete, this book is probably my favorite of the three. I finished wanting more, more, MORE!
Iced (Dani O’Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning – I definitely didn’t inhale this one as fast as the original Fever novels, but it did leave an impression. Honestly though, I just want more Mac and Barrons!
At Grave’s End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost – The review is pending right now because I wanted to post this year in review first, but I did enjoy it the most of the three novels thusfar. This series isn’t really among my favorites, but it seems to be positioning itself in the tier of series that are right below my favorites. Not a bad place to be. There’s Bones to thank for that.
Fire Baptized (Habitat #1) by Kenya Wright – I inhaled this book as well. This fresh take on the urban fantasy genre was just what I needed at the time and unlike some series where the sequels don’t measure up, its sequel certainly did and I look forward to book 3!
A Blood Seduction (Vamp City #1) by Pamela Palmer – an alternate Washington, DC gets some bonus points! This book introduced a pretty intriguing world. I read it in a day and enjoyed it, so that’s why it gets a mention. Just beware that this isn’t true romance. If you go in with those expectations you’ll likely be disappointed.
The Fire Lord’s Lover (The Elven Lords #1) by Kathryne Kennedy – I read this particular book in one day and I loved the world building and build up to the eventual romance. Unfortunately the sequels never really struck the same chord.
So all in all it’s been a good year! This blog has been good to me. YOU guys have been good to me. And I hope 2013 is even better!! The great thing about books is that there’s something for everybody. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
December 29, 2012 | Categories: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Books, The Hollows (Rachel Morgan), Cassandra Palmer (Cassie Palmer), YA (Young Adult), Valerie Dearborn, The Elven Lords, Vampire Empire Trilogy (The Greyfriar), Vamp City, Fever Series, Blud, Penryn & the End of Days | Tags: Kim Harrison, Karen Chance, Cassie Palmer, A Perfect Blood, Rachel Morgan, The Hollows, Ivy Tamwood, Jenks, Trent Kalamack, Algaliarept, Kisten, Giveaways, Mircea, Mircea Basarab, Vampire, Werewolf, Shifter, Trent and Rachel, Harper Collins, Harper Voyager, Big Al, Valerie Dearborn, Lucas, Vampire King, fae werewolves, Host of the Hills, Caroline Hanson, Dominic Raikes, Mor'ded, Lady Cassandra, Dominic and Cassandra, Lady Cass, Cassandra, The Elven Lords, The Fire Lord's Lover, Historical Romance, Sourcebooks Casablanca, magic, Jack and Valerie, Cer, King Cer, Lucas and Valerie, Giles, Cecily, Giles and Cecily. Lady of the Storm, Fire Baptized, Kenya Wright, Urban Fantasy African American Heroine, fire magic, dystopian, Lanore, love triangle, MeShack, Zulu, Every Which Way But Dead, vampire empire, Pyr, Susan Griffith, Clay Griffith, steampunk, steam punk, gareth and adele, adele and gareth, greyfriar and adele, adele and greyfriar, Cesare, Dead Witch Walking, Into the Woods, The rift walker, Prometheus, Paranormal, Dawn Cook, Avon, 13 Hollows Books, how many hollows books do we have left, how many rachel morgan books do we have left, Criminy Stain, Criminy and Letitia, Criminy and Tish, Tish Everett, Letetia Everett, Delilah Dawson, Pocket Blood, Blud, seam punk, favorites, Casper, The Kingmakers, The Avengers, Chris Evans, Captain America, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Ever After, Pet Shop Boys, midnight's daughter, dorina basarab, halfway to the grave, night huntress, cat and bones, louis-cesare, dorina, louis-cesare and dorina, caedmon, tantor media, kit marlowe, radu, The Burning Bush, jeaniene frost, Dragonfairy Press, Saya, Blood+, Haji, Hagi, kill bill, October daye, Toby Daye, Sylvester Torquill, Luidaeg, Toby and Tybalt, Tybalt and Toby, October and Tybalt, Toby and Connor, October and Connor, Seanan McGuire, tybalt, Late Eclipses, An Artificial Night, A Local Habitation, Rosemary and Rue, DAW BOOKS Inc, king of cats, Etienne, Ashes of Honor, One Salt Sea, Trouble on Reserve, love is darkness, love is fear, love is mortal, mysterious madam morpho, morpho and murdoch, Blood Work, Blood Crime, Warm bodies, isaac marion, R, Julie, Perry, R and Julie, Juie and R, Julie and Perry, Perry and Julie, Perry and R, R and Perry, Vintage, Dex Foray, Perry Palamino, Declan Foray, Dex and Perry, Perry and Dex, Karina Halle, Experiment in Terror series, experiment in terror, Dead Morning Sky, Red Fox, Darkhouse, The Benson, Lying Season, On Demon Wings, Old Blood, The Dex-files, Into the Hollow, And with Madness Comes the Light, Come Alive, Metal Blonde Books, Bones and Cat, Catherine Crawfield, Crispin Russell, Ian, Harper Co, warm bodies movie, nicholas hoult, Theresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, one foot in the grave, at grave's end, tale of the vampire bride, rhiannon frater, vengeance of the vampire bride, paranormal african american heroine | 7 Comments
I decided to knock out the first three Experiment in Terror books, and I can say book 3 was by FAR the scariest one yet! They are easy reads, but the writing quality gets better book by book. This series follows amateur ghost hunters Perry Palamino and Dex Foray as they investigate locations near and far that exhibit paranormal activity. Something’s always been a little special about Perry. She may not be the most beautiful or glamorous (in her eyes), but she has a special affinity with the dead, making her skills (unintentional as they may be) invaluable to producing good content for the show. Dex has his own demons as well, unraveling more and more by the book as he tries to keep Perry safe.
This particular investigation will prove to be their most dangerous and terrifying yet as they travel to a remote island between British Columbia and Washington state. There’s no romantic getaway here, unless a former leper colony with dozens of unsettled souls somehow qualifies. And to make matters worse, that’s the least of their problems; moment by moment, the ones they need to fear most may be each other…
I definitely came into this series wanting good creepy storytelling. The first couple of books had its moments, but it was clear that the primary focus was the evolution of Dex and Perry’s relationship. It’s great if you’re into the slow build, but that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for…until this book. It struck a much better balance with their development and the story’s horror element. I got some occasional “The Shining” vibes which really worked in its favor.
One thing I notice with these books is that there’s not total resolution for a case. Perry and Dex definitely get more answers, but they don’t completely solve the crime or remedy things. They just get the hell out of dodge when the gettin’ is good. If you want a little more resolution to the mysteries then this may not be the series for you, but I actually find this aspect somewhat refreshing. I’m curious as to if the sequels follow that pattern as well.
But now I’ll switch to a personal experience with this book. I initially started this series reading the first two books during my daily commute, but I decided read the bulk of this one at home and at night just to amp up the spook factor. And let me tell you, some peculiar things happened:
- So here I am innocently reading the book at a particularly creepy moment and then all of a sudden the power goes out completely. It’s eerily quiet aside from a leaky faucet and those random noises a house tends to make. I’m alone at this point aside from the cat who was sitting next to me. Then the lights come back on a few seconds later. We rarely lose power for anything other than a storm, but it is completely dry with nary a cloud in the night sky. So I chalk it up to randomness and continue reading.
- And then it happens again…and again…and again. So I decide to put the book down for a bit. Power is finally going strong so then I pick it back up because I want to finish the story. I just make sure to turn on every light in my vicinity.
- No power outages this time, but the cat (who is clean of catnip at this point) is mysteriously staring at something out in the hall. You can tell because his posture is rigid and he’s looking up. He even gets off the bed to get a closer look. I follow him, wondering if he’s spotting a fly or something. But there is nothing there. I sort of have Paranormal Activity 2 flashbacks when the dog was presumably barking at the demon that we can’t see. But of course that’s just poppycock in the real world, right?
So I finished the book thoroughly freaked for more reasons than one. I will certainly continue the series, though it will no longer be in the comfort of my own home, but I’m going to take a break to read a few other books first.
Be careful what you wish for.
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