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Question: First Books in a Series that Knocked Your Socks Off


I’m a series addict, and as much as I look forward to reading an author’s next installment, there’s just something extra special about discovering a fictional world and the characters who inhabit it for the very first time. And, I don’t mean “Yeah, that was good, I’ll check out the next one” but rather “OMG! I want to crawl inside this novel and live there!” (But, only if I can either A- be the heroine, or B- be an equally kickass chick. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t even survive a day in most of these universes. LOL)

It’s questions like this that make me super grateful for GoodReads, and its stats because otherwise, I’d be racking my brain trying to remember them all. The below list is in no way all inclusive, but I think I got the main ones. So, with no further ado, my favourite book #1’s are as follows (in no particular order):

This post turned into a top 10 without me even realizing it. Ha! Anyway, I showed you mine—your turn!

What First Book in a Series Knocked YOUR socks off?

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  1. A lot of mine are from older series. There are a ton of series that knocked my socks off, but maybe not the first book. Just like here, the first book was great, but the entire series might not end on a bang. For example, The Witching Hour was the only book that I liked in that trilogy, but that book was great and is still on my favorite books. I want to reread some time. I wish they had it on unabridged audio.

    Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton
    Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
    The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
    Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
    The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop
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  2. I’m sure there are more but these immediately came to mind:

    Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Rescue Me by Christy Reece
    Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
    Consequences by Aleatha Romig
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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    • Oooh, yes! How could I forget Outlander!! And, pre-GoodReads. *sigh* I thought about putting Dark Lover up there, but I’m still pissed after The King, so I didn’t. LOL Great picks!

  3. Hands down: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. It’s also the first fantasy read that I genuinely enjoyed. I hope you’ll have the chance to check it out sometime. 🙂
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    • I’ve never crossed paths with it until now. Off to Amazon I go to check-out the blurb, and to read some reviews. Thanks!

    • OMG!! I LOVED Finnikin of the Rock & the whole series by Melina Marchetta!! Totally awesome!!
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  4. Some of these will date me but they definitely had an impact on my reading at different times in my life. These are in addition to other some named and in no particular order. ; )
    1. The Stand by Stephen King
    2. Sky O’Malley Series by Bertrice Small
    3. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson *they made me laugh
    4. Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
    5. Cast In Shadow by Michelle Sagara
    6. Term Limits by Vince Flynn
    7. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    8. The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Shelton
    9. Blood Wager by Connie Suttle
    10. Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

    • Haha No worries, oldies can still be goodies. Connie Suttle is such a pleasure to work with as an author, and YAY—another Written in Red fan!

  5. I’d have to agree with Bitten, Spider’s Bite, Halfway to the Grave. The rest I can’t since I haven’t read them yet hehe Will be checking a few of these out!

  6. Definitely Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Most of my series are so long that I forget the titles, but off the top of my head I would say Dead Witch Walking, Halfway to the Grave, Bitten, the first Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill, the first Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Guilty Pleasures by LKH.
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    • Nice! I really enjoyed the first three CV books too, and I’m happy to see that Frost & Armstrong’s first installments made your cut as well. Great picks!

  7. Bitten, of course. Kelley Armstrong is my favourite forever, and the Women of the Otherworld series has a special place in my heart. AND KINDLING THE MOON! Seriously, more people need to read Jenn Bennett’s stuff. You’re totally right Carmel – basically the only way I’d survive demon attacks and murderous parents is if I were Cady herself. Plus that way I’d get both Lon and Jupe, so it’s not exactly a hardship! 😉

    I’d also add Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Kickass ladies abound!
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    • Woohoo, another WOTO fan-girl! I 100% agree that more peeps need to read Bennett’s books, and I’m so sad that that Cady only got 4 installments. I liked Magic Bites, but I didn’t LOVE it; however some of the later novels in that series are a different story entirely. Hehe

  8. Oh god this is hard. Hmm i’ve had a few but i always worry when first books completely knock my socks off because what if the next few don’t?
    Mine are:
    Altered by Jennifer Rush
    Black City, Elizabeth Richards
    Deception, CJ Redwine
    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
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    • Nice! Thanks for the YA recommendations; it’s always helpful to know which are the best-of-the-best, especially considering I read so few books in that genre.

  9. Jeez. there are many. Definitely agree with Halfway to the Grave! There are a lot that I just can’t think of right now. Haha.
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  10. Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
    Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
    A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix
    Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

    • Jennifer Estep’s EA series was love at first listen, and I’m thrilled to see that Kindling the Moon is getting so much love today!

  11. A lot of these are on my list to read still, especially Written in Red but most of these I have read too and agree, they were fabulous!
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    • Glad you approve of my picks. You need to bump Written in Red to the top of your TBR asap! You have NO IDEA on what you are missing out on.

  12. Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, First Grave by Darynda Jones, the first of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresdan novels and the first of Karen Marie Moning’s Fae series.

    • Cool. I adore KMM’s books, but the first installment didn’t wow me because of the heavy world-building. I really liked Skinwalker too, and Jones’ audios are one-click MUSTS.

  13. Hmmm, I always go into a 1st book ready to give the author a break because so many of my favorites series have really bad first books. Off the top of my head:
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Soulless by Gail Carriger
    Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen (the only book out so far but had me completely hooked)
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    • Exactly! Which makes today’s question kind of a tricky one. 🙂

  14. I’m currently reading Hounded and it’s definitely one of my favourite series first so far. I loved Bitten a lot too, as did I get sucked into the world of Dead Witch Walking. Great list, I still have to read quite a few of them 😀
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    • I’m glad that you are enjoying Hounded, if you want to amp up your experience even more, check out the audiobook. YAY for Bitten!

  15. My faves have been : written in red, hunger games, anna & french kiss, touched by an alien by gini koch , some girls bite 🙂

    I also read Anne Rice pre blogging 🙂
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    • Good stuff! Those are all fabulous picks!

  16. I love series too, but I can only name a few that have knocked of my feet with the first book, I can think of: Written in Red, Dark Lover, Outlander, The Siren, Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake) Bitten, and just one more I can think of right now, Daughter of the Blood….LOL
    I have a lot favorite series, but those are the first books that got me hooked instantly.
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    • I just KNEW that you were going to list Daughter of the Blood. LMAO That’s ok, I won’t hold it against you. 😉

  17. Ooooo yes to Halfway to the Grave and Spider’s Bite!!!! Two of my all-time favorites Carmel:) The rest I’ve yet to read which makes me way out of the loop and is completely unacceptable:) Even though one might not consider it a first book, ICED would top my list of books that knocked my socks off, but I can’t tell you how upset I am about the changes she announced for BURNED. I liked Dani as the MC! *sobs*

    • I know!! I’m SO upset that KMM is switching MC’s for Burned. I thought about listing Iced too because it kinda is a first book, but not really…

  18. Oh, there are SO many on my list:
    and a big yes to POISON PRINCESS!

    I could go on. I really, really could 😉
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    • Haha Today’s real challenge is keeping your list to a minimum. I just listened to Poison Princess a couple of weeks ago, and fell head-over-heels in love with it. I can’t wait to start Endless Knight.

  19. Geez, there are so many, but I am just going to name a few off the top of my head.

    Just Evil by Vickie McKeehan
    A Human Element by Donna Galanti
    Shadow of Danger by Kristine Mason

    Thank you everyone for giving me more to add to my TBR. LOL
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    • All of the above commenters (including you) are also adding to my TBR, so it’s only fair IMO. 🙂

  20. Darkfever by KMM
    Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

    • Another Daughter of the Blood lover—you and Loupe should be BFFs! Thanks for commenting!

  21. Seeing a lot of mine like Hounded, Beyond Shame, and Kindling the Moon here but gotta throw a few others in the mix that blew me away…

    Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay
    A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
    Luck of the Dragon by Susannah Scott
    Dark Vow by Shona Husk
    Moonlight by Lisa Kessler
    North of Need by Laura Kaye
    Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
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    • It’s always good to spread the love around a bit, so thanks for sharing your list, Rhianna. I’ve only read Moonlight; I guess that means that I have my work cut out for me.

  22. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (from the very first page) and Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (after about the halfway point).

    • I’m sure I’d feel the same way about Darkfever if I re-read it, but my first impression wasn’t as strong. Jessica LOVED The Hollows series, so I can definitely understand why it’s on your list even though I haven’t checked them out myself.

  23. I usually find first books a little boring, too much set up and I have no patience. I almost DNF Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Chicagoland Vampires…
    I think my favorites would have to go to Pushing the Limits, Shatter Me and Cinder 🙂
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  24. Only the last two are paranormal, but even so…

    KING PERRY by Edmond Manning
    DIVERSION by Eden Winters
    HOT HEAD by Damon Suede (I forget it’s a series, but #2 is coming, they say)
    SPELL CAT by Tara Lain
    BURN WITH ME by RG Alexander

    • They don’t have to be paranormal, I just read mostly that, and my readers expect it. If I threw out Life of Pi, I’d probably get a lot of WTF comments. Hehe

  25. I haven’t read any of these. 0.0 Apparently I need to branch out into other genres a bit. 🙂 I read mostly contemps, which are usually standalones, and romances. Great post! 🙂
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    • No worries. Thanks for stopping by, and checking out my list!

  26. For me, the most recent first book success was House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter. It was fabulous. Hounded and Written in Red are also on my list, but so is Gameboard of the Gods for example. I can’t think of any others at the moment, but there are plenty. Still, the latest book really stands out.

    • I loved Mead’s Georgina Kincaid novels, and almost put Succubus Blues on my list, so I can understand why book 1 in her Age of X series is among your favs. She’s a very talented author.

  27. Lux, Vamp Academy, light of asteria, twilight, harry potter

    • I’m surprised that you’re the first one who brought up Twilight and Harry Potter!

  28. I thought both Kindling the Moon and Poison Princess were a bit weak, but I liked the second in Arcadia Bell much better. I haven’t continued with Cole’s series I was so unimpressed. I would definitely say Hounded, Written in Red and Daughter of Smoke and Bone as well as First Grave on the Right.
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    • Aaww, no love for Bennett or Cole from you! LOL Oh wells, to each their own! Your other picks are great. 🙂

  29. Awesome list of firsts, Carmel 🙂 Halfway to the Grave gave me the exact same reaction, and so did Silver by Dannika Dark, and Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. Oh, and Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane… heh, it seems I could make my comment into a top ten as well. First books in series need to be totally kick-ass, then I just want to stay in that universe forever as well 🙂
    Happy reading.
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    • I didn’t immediately hit it off with Stacia Kane’s novels, but now I am a total Downside fan-girl. Never ask a book blogger to pick just one title, it’s IMPOSSIBLE!!

  30. Oh Frost here as well. Man that was a fantastic one. Shelly Laurenston was another for me. With her Pride series. From go I was all in that one. So quirky fun.
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    • Frost hooked me with her first installment, and now because of it I can’t resist one-clicking any of her titles. Shelly Laurenston’s series is on my wishlist… somewhere.

  31. Patricia Brigg’s first Mercy book!
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    • Wow! You only picked one—I didn’t think that was possible from a blogger. LOL

  32. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. I just started to read Moon Called (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs, and liking it a lot.

    • Oooh, look at you, not even finished the book yet, and already claiming that it’s a fav. NICE!

  33. I definitely agree with Kindling the Moon. And Halfway to the Grave. I have Spider’s Bite, Poison Princess, Written in Red, and Kiss of Steel and just need time to read them! I bought Hounded on audible for the hubs and he loved it so much he woke me up in the middle of the night for our audible password so he could buy book two! I would also add Dead Witch Walking, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Obsidian.

    • Oh! And Guilty Pleasures!

    • Hahaha My guy is addicted to Hearne’s series too, although he refuses to give the audiobooks a try. I’m happy to hear that most of my list is already on your TBR pile.

  34. Oh that’s a great list.

    The very first series I ever started reading started with Dark Prince by Christine Feehan.

    Others that I really liked are…

    Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake)

    Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn kenyon
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  35. Can I just say YES to all of those fab books on your list? Maybe throw in Stacia Kane’s series (though I started in the middle (I know you’re surprised by this) and really didn’t like it until someone told me I had to start at the beginning and then I was blown away) and JR Ward’s series (though I haven’t read that in a while).
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    • Hey! No stealing my list! 😉 Reading the Downside series in order makes a HUGE difference; I actually think that book 1 might have made the cut had I read the prequel first.

  36. Hmmm, very interesting question! I think not many first books would get a let’s say 5 stars from me right off the bat, even if some do. Mostly as long as I enjoy the book and it intrigues me enough, I’ll continue the series!
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    • I agree, but still, you must have at least one first installment on your list…

      • The first two that come to mind are Darkfever and First Grave On The Right, from the ones I’ve read in recent years.
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      • Nice! Thanks for humouring me with your follow-up comment. 🙂

  37. Amen to Written in Red & Poison Princess!
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    • Great minds think alike! This is why we are blogging BFFs. 🙂

  38. Firelight by Kristen Callihan was definitely one. Also Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison 😀 And The Turning by Jenny Trout (Jennifer Armintrout), though it was a while back… 😀 Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, too.
    Stopping now, lol.
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    • Why stop now, you haven’t hit 10 yet? You have to have AT LEAST that many book 1 favs.

  39. Don’t usually read the first book in a series; haven’t had any favs

    • Really!? How do you not feel horribly lost when reading series? o_O

  40. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, A Game of Thrones by GRRM, Devices and Desires by KJ Parker were all starts to series that I loved that started with a bang.

    I am trying to think of some that had a strong first book I fell in love with yet fell apart later. I know this has happened but am drawing a blank.
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    • I enjoyed A Game of Thrones, but in all honesty the books are too big, so I’ll just let HBO do the heavy lifting for me. I know, I know, it’s not the same thing…

  41. Oh my! I have a lot of series to check out. Bitten and Halfway to the Grave would definitely top my list. Magic Bites and Stray (Rachel Vincent) would as well. Actually, I think Vincent’s My Soul to Take would make it on the list too. 🙂

    Now I’m off to add your list to my tbr. 🙂

    • I thought about adding Stray to my list as well, but there are just too many awesome books to chose from. FYI Bitten should be your #1 priority!

  42. Hmmm, quite a few of the books on your list are still on my TBR! O_o
    My list (off the top of my head) would be:
    Crimson Night by Marie Hall
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    The first book in Fever Series (I get them confused) by KMM
    Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
    Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

    And… I think that’s it! I’m kinda all over the place, but I’m realizing I like YA more than I thought!
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    • Look at you pimping the YA, I never realized you read so many books in that genre. Thanks for sharing your list!

  43. Here’s mine:
    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    Angelfall by Susan Ee
    Legend by Marie Lu
    Divergent by Veronica Roth
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

    I love dystopian/ya books if you noticed. 😀

  44. I totally agree with Written in Red and the first Jeaniene Frost book – they were totally epic! I also would add Succubus Blues as well, although a lot of urban fantasy seems to take a while to get off the ground. Great picks Carmel!
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    • Succubus Blues almost made my cut, but in all honesty I probably could have picked 20, or 30… LOL

  45. Oh jeez, let me think. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, of course. Then there’s Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Croak by Gina Damico, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.. my brain stops here, but that’s a nice list!
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    • Yours is pretty decent as well; thanks for adding to my TBR pile!

  46. There were mayn, including some on your list. First grave to the right, Throne of glass, Dead witch walking, Halfway to the grave, Kindling the moon , Enclave, Magic bites, Unholy ghosts….
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    • Those are some GREAT novels that you listed there!

  47. Oh, Carmel!It’s such a difficult question. I’m going to talk only about recent series, because it’s too many books otherwise…
    Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
    Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    Beg by C.D. Reiss
    Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland
    The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
    In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener
    A Soldier’s Duty by Jean Johnson
    The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
    A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
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    • I went with recent releases as well, because otherwise it would have taken me a full day to type up this post. LOL

  48. Written in Red for sure, The Bone Season, Throne of Glass, Run the Risk, Red Rising, Grey Walker. Just to name a few 🙂
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    • Greywalker and I didn’t exactly hit it off, but that might have been the narrator’s fault. Written in Red FTW!

  49. Hounded is definitely at the top of my list. I fell in love with Atticus big time. I’d say Addicted to You would be on my list. And the great thing about it is the series keeps getting better and stronger.
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    • Hounded was soooo good, I’m horribly addicted to Atticus & Oberon’s adventures. I even follow them on Twitter. Hehe Owen is growing on me too…

  50. Written in Red, Hunger Games, Magic Bites, Dead Witch Walking and so many more.
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  51. I haven’t read any of those books, although I’m very curious about Firelight and Hounded 🙂 Some of the books I can think of: Grave Mercy, Cinder, Shadow and bone & The girl of fire and thorns.
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  52. A great list! Mine would include:

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    Darkfever by KMM
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
    Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
    Burn for Me and Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
    Obsidian and Half Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
    Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
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    • Burn for Me isn’t even out yet, cheater! 😉 I’ve read Darkfever, Moon Called, Some Girls Bite, and Pleasure Unbound, so that’s pretty darned good! Adding the rest to my wishlist…

  53. Firelight and Halfway to the Grave were excellent first in a series! Just wonderful. The rest of the series kind of went downhill for me a little though heh.

    • You think Callihan’s Darkest London series went downhill after Firelight!? *keels over* I’ve given all of her books 5-stars! Although admittedly, I didn’t LOVE all of the Night Huntress novels.

      • Well, I LOVED Firelight, really enjoyed Moonglow. I gave both 5 stars, though the second was more 4.5. Winterblaze was meh and I rolled my eyes a lot. And then I stopped lol.
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      • Haha Ok, fair enough!

  54. Moon called by patricia briggs ( still my top one^^ so i really want shifting shadows *___*)
    Magic bites by ilona andrews ( i really loved the first instalment now i’m a little more hesitant honestly)
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    • See, I’m the reserve, I adore the later installments in Andrews’ series, but Magic Bites didn’t make my list of top firsts. Moon Called seems to be a popular pick!

  55. Gosh, I haven’t read any of these! I’m really bad at this UF thing. But I’m going to read them one day as I have heard nothing but amazing things about them. Great list 🙂
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    • I’ll get you on the UF bandwagon yet, just you wait and see!

  56. Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep;
    Firelight by Kristen Callihan;
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop;
    Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost;
    Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster;
    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole;
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  57. This is hard :))
    Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood
    Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other
    Lorraine Heath’s In Bed With the Devil
    Patricia Briggs’ Cry Wolf

    Unfortunately this is all that comes to mind at the moment 😀

    • Still, that’s a pretty solid list nonetheless!

  58. Outlander,of course (although I enjoyed the fact that you didn’t include that one). But I also loved A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
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    • I read Outlander pre-blogging which is the main reason why it didn’t make my list.

  59. I, too, loved Bitten, Kindling the moon and Halfway to the grave. UF wise I’d add First Grave on the Right, Nightlife and The Shadow Reader. Other genres – Wither, Shadow and Bone, Grave Mercy and Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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    • I strongly considered including The Shadow Reader on my list, but I tried to behave and not go too overboard. 10 is reasonable I think…

  60. I am totally with you on Poison Princess!! LOVED it!!
    Holding the Cards by Joey Hill, Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (my start to romance reading).
    These are a few that I can think of at the moment.

    • I’m listening to Endless Knight right now. 😀

      • LOVED that one, too!! I am anxiously awaiting the last one!
        I can’t do audio books. I am not able to stay focused on them. Lol.

      • Oh, it’s only a trilogy? I didn’t realize that. Well then, I guess I’m getting caught up just in time!

  61. Lots of great books listed, need to add several to my list!! It’s hard to narrow it down, but here goes:
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Hunger Games
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    Stray by Rachel Vincent
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
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    • I liked Shiver, but I didn’t love it like I did the other two installments. Stray was indeed awesome, as for the rest… on my wishlist they go!

  62. I agree with Halfway to the Grave, who wouldn’t want more Bones in their lives!
    I also rather enjoyed:
    Dark Lover
    The Hunger Games
    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
    Mine Till Midnight
    and so many more.
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    • Bones! *swoon* I’m so upset that he won’t be making an appearance in 2015. 🙁

  63. I just saw the tweet for this post. I guess i am little late to the ball for this answer, lol. I loved Alison Tyler’s series A story of Submission. It is not a cliffhanger, but I still couldn’t want for the next and the next and the next (I am there now). Dark Secret Love.
    I also really liked Gemma James series starter Torrent. I can’t wait for Rampant to come out.
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