Favorite Reads of 2013
We usually wait until the end of each year to list our favorite reads but for 2013, we decided to follow in the footsteps of Jen at Red Hot Books (who is awesome) and list our favorite books as we read them throughout the year.
Previous month picks:
During November I read books 4-6 of Nalini Singh’s amazing Guild Hunter series. Archangel’s Legion isn’t my favorite installment, that would be Archangel’s Kiss, but finishing off this series was the highlight of my month. Or lowpoint because now I have to wait like everyone else for the next book. Depends how you look at it. ~ Stephanie
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
My unlucky streak with historical romance came to an end when I cracked open Sherry Thomas’ The Luckiest Lady in London. The story features two intelligent leads in Louisa and Felix, the pace is pretty even, and her prose is elegant without being overly wordy or dull. My favorite part of the entire book was the courtship that took place before the marriage, as every single interaction had memorable dialogue and left me wanting more. This was my first Sherry Thomas book, but it won’t be my last. ~ Ronnie
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Any book that gives me this much of an emotional kick in the gut I’m going to talk about! This is a YA Science Fiction story with some mythological influences. I’ve warned family members that this is most likely going to be their gifts from me, those that like to read anyway. I finished the book sobbing my eyes out, and as a teen—I would have done the same. It doesn’t downplay the story for teens, it turns on the tears—even though you knew it was coming, and it stays haunting even after the book is over! ~ Elizabeth
In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield
Long ago I was complaining to Lara (reviews a lot of our YA) that I would love mermaid stories, but none of them are done right. If I’m reading a mermaid talk underwater, I start to see it as a cartoon. The same goes for fighting. She told me to pick up this book of Alternate History/mermaids that looks at what the mer-race would really look like. They are scaly creatures that speak in clicks and whistles underwater, like dolphins. The believability was very well done! These were mermaids I could get behind. ~ Elizabeth
Note: All books are listed by when we read them, not when they were published so some books will have been released in 2012 or earlier.