My Top 5 Fav Books of 2011

Posted December 31, 2011 by Carmel in / 8 Comments

My Top 5 Fav Books of 2011
1- Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Shadowfever

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January 18th, 2011
“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.(

Thoughts: I’m sooo happy that I listened to Julie‘s recommendation to read this series. It really is a must for all UF lovers. Shadowfever was another one of those bittersweet reads though. Amazing book but I was sad to say good-bye to Barrons & Mac. (My Review)

2- Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special— a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Blood Bound

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August 23rd, 2011
Thoughts: This book blew me away! The story line of this book is unlike anything I’ve ever come across before. I was already a HUGE Rachel Vincent fan after reading her Shifter series but this… WOW. Blood Bound is a must read IMO! (My Review)

3- Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur

Darkness Unbound

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September 27th, 2011

The fight against darkness rages on for the next generation—in New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur’s exciting new series set in the world of the Guardians.

Being half werewolf and half Aedh, Risa Jones can enter the twilight realms between life and death and see the reapers, supernatural beings that collect the souls of the dead. But she soon makes a terrifying discovery: Some sinister force is stealing souls, preventing the dead from ever knowing the afterlife.

Reapers escort souls—not snatch them—but Risa is still unnerved when a reaper shadows her in search of someone Risa has never met: her own father, an Aedh priest, who is rumored to be tampering with the gates of hell for a dark purpose. With the help of her “aunt”—half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jenson—and an Aedh named Lucian who may have lost his wings but none of his sex appeal, Risa must pursue whatever shadowy practitioner of blood magic is seizing souls, and somehow stop her father . . . before all hell breaks loose.

Thoughts: It had felt like forever since I’d read something by Keri Arthur. Her Riley Jensen Guardian series ranks among my top all-time fav werewolf reads. So far she’s equally as awesome at writing about angels. Her new Dark Angels books rock! (My Review)

4- Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla

In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished…

Shaedes of Gray

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December 6th, 2011
Thoughts: Amanda Bonilla’s Shaedes of Gray is my fav book of 2011 by a debut author. It is pure awesomeness from beginning to end. You’ll LOVE it, I’m telling you. Make this novel a priority for 2012! (My Review)

5- The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

Shadow Reader

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October 25th, 2011
There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.

Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.

A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

Thoughts: Sandy Williams is another debut author who’s book you can’t afford to miss. The Shadow Reader is a real page turner from beginning to end. I’m anxious to find out what happens next to McKenzie! (My Review)

What were your favorite books of 2011?

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8 responses to “My Top 5 Fav Books of 2011

  1. I am ashamed to say that I have only read one of the books on this list! Though I did make the attempt to read Karen Marie Moning’s series (I bought book 3 or 4 instead of book 1- oops)… 😉

  2. I better hurry up and read Ms Bonilla’s book! everyone is loving it.
    I haven’t read anything about fae since the fever series, The shadow Reader sounds very interesting.

    I hope you have a wonderful! 2012

  3. I loved Darkness Unbound. Keri Arthur was new for me this year but I have already read 13 of her books. I love her. And of Shadowfever and Blood Bound were both awesome,haven’t read the others.

  4. I read almost all of them! Squee! And I really have to read Blood Bound. I really really do. Great choices Carmel. I am impressed you managed to get it down to 5. lol