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10. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
I finally got around to listening to ALPHA & OMEGA in audio this year. Move over MERCY THOMPSON, you are no longer my favourite Briggs protagonist! Holter Graham’s narration is also way better suited than Lorelei King’s (I LOVE her as Charley Davidson, but not so much as Mercy).
09. Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
This novel was on my most anticipated books list of 2014, but unfortunately the release date got pushed back which somewhat damped my excitement. However, I’m a die hard Rachel Vincent fan, and it’s been WAY too long since her last Urban Fantasy series ended.
08. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Normally the next installment in Estep’s ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series would be in this spot, but she also has a new Young Adult novel in the works, so I’m slightly more psyched about the latter, plus it hits shelves in April as opposed this summer.
07. The Veil by Chloe Neill
Again, book 11 in Neill’s CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES series could have easily made the cut, but seeing how we’re about to start a new year, I’m all about the debuts, and this author will be introducing readers to her A DEVIL’S ISLE universe in 2015. I’ll be there!
06. Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur
I was really wowed by the first novel in Keri Arthur’s SOULS OF FIRE series; phoenixes aren’t exactly common in the supernatural world, so that alone made the story super unique, but when you add this author’s phenomenal writing to the mix, awesomeness ensues.
05. Bayou Blues by Sierra Dean
I was on the verge of plunging into a full-out depression when I bid adieu to Dean’s SECRET MCQUEEN series on December 16th, but then a little ray of hope entered my life in the form of a spin-off. And, the protagonist is a witch / werewolf hybrid!
04. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
I owe Jennifer (The Book Nympho) and HUGE thank you for getting me hooked on Kresley Cole’s Young Adult series. The narration and writing are absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately, this caused me to fly through the first two installments. C’mooon January!
03. Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Ilona Andrews makes my top 10 looking forward to list every year. MAGIC SHIFTS has some pretty big shoes to fill after the quasi series finale that went down in book 7, but if anyone can it, it’s THIS author duo. Kate Daniels and Curran forevah!
02. Burned by Karen Marie Moning
Here’s another repeat from 2013, but unlike MENAGERIE, the change in publication date in no way diminished my anticipation for KMM’s next novel. In fact, the author completely changed her game plan by instead switching back to Mac’s POV which was great news.
01. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
I’ve actually already read this book (I couldn’t WAIT!), so it’s kinda funny that it holds the #1 position. I first discovered this series in audio, so even though my review is already ready to rock in March, I still plan on visiting Meg & Simon AGAIN Alexandra Harris style.
I liked Dani, but I can understand why a lot of readers had a problem with her. It’ll be interesting to see what KMM does with Mac’s POV after such a long hiatus.
Ooooh good list…let’s see, I’m waiting on the second book in the Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews which will be released in sometime 2015 and of course Magic Shifts. I have yet to read ICED because I was waiting on BURNED and it’s nice to know that I don’t have to wait too long! Cristina recently posted…Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
I’ve had Clean Sweep in my iPhone for MONTHS! I was really hoping to get through more ‘just for me audibooks’ during the holidays, but alas that didn’t happen.
Awesome list, Carmel! I love almost all the authors you’ve mentioned, too, and I can’t wait to start their new books in the new year 🙂
I hope you’re having some quiet time these days. And please let us know when you hear back about your exams! Lexxie recently posted…Giveaway and Blogtour Review: Canning the Center – Tara Lain
Thanks! I could have done a top 20 or 30, but the hosts specifically asked us not to. LOL! I’m supposed to hear back before the end of the month which is only a few days away, so here’s hoping.
At least they both release in the first quarter, so we don’t have too long to wait!
I love the Anne Bishop series and it’s probably the top of my list as well. Looking forward to several on your list for 2015 Kristina D recently posted…Merry Christmas Randomness
I just discovered The Others at the end of 2013, and have been hooked ever since. I wish Bishop would write faster!!
I have a very expensive book year to look forward to based on what is already on the wish list for next year. Definitely the new Patricia Briggs, but the new JR Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Chance, Nalini Singh, Rebecca Zanetti and oh so many more will find their way home with me. I really need to get caught up on Ilona Andrews and Anne Bishop. Sophia Rose recently posted…Merry Christmas!
This will be the first time that I won’t buy the new Ward book on release day; I was so disappointed with The King that I’m going to hold-off for reviews. That’s a great looking list ya got there. Thanks for sharing!
That’s pretty much all I read, so if you need any recommendations, let me know!
OMG why didn’t I knew before that Jennifer Estep has a new YA series coming up! I love her books, althoguh I still have to read the last Mythos Academy book and need to catch up on her Elemental Assassin series. I already have Menagerie pre-ordered, can’t wait to read it. I am more excited for this one then her other book for some reason. Great picks! Lola recently posted…The Twelve Days of Christmas
The pub date for Menagerie better not get bumped again otherwise I am gonna FREAK! I’m super excited about Estep’s new YA series. Now I just need to find time to read her BigTime novels…
I really think I should get to starting the Alpha and Omega series too. I also need to catch up with book two of The Others! And I agree, can’t wait for Burned, it seems we’ve been waiting forever for that book. Mogsy recently posted…Audiobook Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff
I thought you’d have been all over Bishop’s series, and YES the wait for Burned has been excruciatingly long. Fingers crossed that it was worth the delay.
ALL of these!
That’s a great list. I’m looking forward to Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley, I preordered it a while back and can’t wait to read it. Mary Kirkland recently posted…Review: Three For All By Kitt Crescendo
I actually just received an ARC of that book last week. Don’t hurt me. 😉
Oh, it’s been so long since I visited your blog, Carmel! Oh, I miss our interactions!
Cold Burn of Magic is YA? Heee, can’t wait for it then!! This author is great, REALLY need to read more books by her. Happy Holidays, Carmel!! Lola recently posted…The Christmas Song Book Tag!
I’ve been slacking in my blog rounds over the holidays, so don’t feel too bad. We’ll have to compare notes on Jennifer Estep’s book once it’s out!
Yes many great books to look formard! I can’t wait for them as well. And Visions in Silver was awesome!
It was indeed awesome! It sucks that we can’t really talk about it yet for another couple of months.
2015 will be the year that we catch up on EVERYTHING. Hahahaha! Yeah, right!
Patricia Briggs’s books have been on my TBR for FOREVER. I need to actually get around to reading her books. xD Same goes for Kresley Cole (although I’ve had bad luck with her YA series, so I think I should try her adult ones instead). Plus Karen Marie Moning. And Anne Bishop. Seems like I have tons of reading to do this 2015. xD Aimee recently posted…A Deadly Christmas: Kendall Kulper
I finally tackled Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, so you’re not alone. I actually rather enjoyed Cole’s YA novels, and I normally dislike that genre. *shrugs* KMM & Bishop are auto-buys for me.
We have 5 of the same 🙂 Vision in Red is at the top of my list. I’m a little nervous about Burned..eeek! I really don’t know how much I want to listen about Mac a Barrons anymore…They are done and happy in my book, plus one of the biggest factors that made me love that series was the sexual tension between those two…But will see, KMM is an awesome author and I shouldn’t be worried..lol Lupdilup recently posted…Wolf’s Fall Audiobook by J. D. Tyler (review)
I’m holding out for the audiobook of Burned as well because you got me hooked on the narrators of Iced. Not sure if they are the same ones, but either way, it’s a date.
The separation anxiety is enough to keep me awake some nights. Hehe!
The Dead Heat cover is kind of scary looking. I’m definitely looking forward to Kate Daniels newest, even though I still need to read the 4th book. I’ll be caught up by then. 🙂 Christy recently posted…My Top Reads of 2014
I really like the cover of Dead Heat; it’s about time that Charles made an appearances!
I hadn’t seen the cover for Magic Shifts yet. Very nice!
I like the Alpha & Omega series too although I’m a little behind.
Yes! Except for it being the 3rd change in cover models. I’m diggin’ the new Kate though, so no harm no foul!
I only recognize Ilona Andrews and Anne Bishop in this list but like you, I am also looking forward to them. Granted, I haven’t read Magic Breaks yet (or was that its name? I mean Book 7), but Ilona Andrews has an addictive writing style and I’m pretty certain I’ll love it (despite my hesitances because a lot didn’t really like Book 7 D:)
AND I GOT LUCKY WITH VISION IN SILVER!!! I was able to get a review copy of it on EW and also read it and I have to say, it’s the best one in the series yet. I love it so much and I am SO going to buy a physical copy of it. Faye M. recently posted…Review: Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
For some reason I thought you were caught-up on Ilona Andrews’ series; I know you were binge reading it for a while there. You must continue!! I scored a copy of Bishop’s book too. I can’t pick a fav though, I love ’em all.
It is! I got my grabby hands on an ARC, and read it ASAP. It did not disappoint!
I hear so many great things about Kresley Cole, Anne Bishop, and Karen Marie Moning but have still yet to read a book by them-I really need to change that! Hope you get to read and enjoy these sometime soon! Alise recently posted…2014 End of Year Book Survey
YES! Those three authors are MUSTS, and I’m kinda surprised that you haven’t read Cole’s YA series yet.
EEEEE YES to Vision in Silver and it’s amazing that you’ve read it already! I actually haven’t seen the cover to it yet and yay for more Meg and Simon feels! Jeann recently posted…2014 Recap & Blogging Highlights
Oh, yeah? Where have you been girl, under a rock? I kid, I kid. I know you’be been on hiatus for a while, so I forgive you. 😀
Ooh so many awesome books on the list. I hadn’t heard about that Rachel Vincent. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for it.
2015 is going to be an excellent year for Rachel Vincent fans!
I don’t have any of these on my list yet! It’s so weird that the young adult books are the ones that sound the best to me when before last year I didn’t read YA at all. Also I hate it when a release date gets pushed back. Congrats on already reading your most anticipated read! 🙂 Molly Mortensen recently posted…Happy New Year! and 2014 in books
The YA genre gets such a bad rep which is unfortunate because it has so much to offer. I avoided it for a while, but am slowly adding more & more titles to my TBR, and so far so good.