Another year has come and gone which means that it’s time to participate in Two Chicks On Books, Reading YA Rocks, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Tales of a Ravenous Reader annual TOP 10 OF 2014 week long meme. Not only do I love lists but these posts are easy to put together and schedule during the holidays so that I can spend time with my family. Also, peeps LOVED my werewolf list in 2012 & 2013, and they continue to get hits to this day so I decided that I best bring it back! All of these books were published this year. Enjoy!
|10. Alpha Divided by Aileen Erin
ALPHA GIRL continues to be by favourite New Adult series, and Aileen Erin will be releasing not one, but TWO installments in 2015. The heroine is a shifter / witch hybrid, so there’s tons of paranormal goodness to go around. My Review
|09. Veiled Target by Robin Bielman
Samhain Publishing sure knows how to pick their authors; I have yet to read a bad book from them, and VEILED TARGET is another great example. The lore’s simple but good, and there’s plenty of steam which makes it a great pick for PNR junkies. My Review
|08. Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
I jumped into Ashley’s SHIFTERS UNBOUND series at #6, and it was love at first read. Her world-building and characters were definitely the stars, but I really enjoyed this author’s approach to the romantic elements as well. My Review
|07. Daring by Elliott James
This author’s sense of humour is fantastic; I adored his protagonist, and Roger Wayne’s narration of the audiobook gave James’ first person POV writing style an extra edge. Recommended for fans of Kevin Hearne’s IRON DRUID CHRONICLES. My Review
|06. Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
This is a great anthology for long time readers of Patricia Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON and ALPHA & OMEGA series; there are a couple of shorts that are better than others, but as a whole this novel delivered in the fur department. My Review
|05. Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus
After book 3, I was a little worried that these novels were beginning to fade, but instead Reus injected new life into her MOON SHIFTER universe with this most recent installment by shaking up the story arc, and showcasing one of my fav characters. My Review
|04. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
It’s unusual for an anthology to outshine its corresponding series, but Kelley Armstrong has published three of these now, and they’ve all been incredible. It features the most amazeballs werewolf couple EVER, so definitely give this one a go. My Review
|03. Summer Moon by Jan DeLima
I was pleasantly surprised by this author’s debut novel last year, and this follow-up installment was even better. SUMMER MOON is borderline Fantasy Romance, features older protagonists, and incredibly rich mythology. My Review
|02. Black Rook by Kelly Meade
Meade really hit a home run with this trilogy; her wolf colours = power levels was ingenious, and she skillfully blends Urban Fantasy & Paranormal elements to create a wold that’s truly unique. Her writing is on the dark side too which was a bonus. My Review
|01. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Don’t let the novella label fool you; SINNER is nearly 400 pages in length, so there’s no shortage of WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS action in book 3.5. I adore Stiefvater’s lyrical style, and this was a riveting mix of Young Adult & Contemporary Romance. My Review
Did you read any good werewolf books this year?
I dont think I read a single book with a werewolf this year. Though Tainted Blood did have a were-bear, so COUNT IT!
Nathan ( recently posted…2014 Barneys- Colorado Book Club
REALLY!? Shame. On. YOU!
I haven’t read most of these. I should fix this soon.
Melanie recently posted…Best Book Covers of 2014
I’ve heard that before. 😉
Now the wheels are turning in my head trying to figure out if I read anything this year with werewolves or shifters as main characters. I didn’t read Shifting Shadows but I did read Night Broken. Wow, I’ve been missing out! LOL
Tanya recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year
Most people have the same problem. Every 2nd or 3rd book I read usually features a werewolf, so narrowing down my top 10 is a little more challenging.
Loved Shifting Shadows and it got me reading Alpha and Omega.
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I saw that. Nice!!
Nope, I haven’t read much werewolves this year. I get sucked into everything I see and I miss the werewolves. They are my favorite shifters!!
Werewolves take priority for me. 🙂
Charming by Elliott James
Seven Years by Dannika Dark
Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
Written in Red / Murder of Crows by Ann Bishop
Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright
Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane
Black Rook / Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade
Jennifer recently posted…Mistletoe Madness 2014 Wrap Up
Oooh, look at you reading over 10 furry novels this year. There’s hope for you yet! *high five*
The only of these series I’ve started is Mercy Thompson, but it’s also one I won’t be continuing. I do have the first Alpha Girl book on my reading list for 2015 though! I’m quite excited to start that one. 😀
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Aww, sorry to hear that Mercy isn’t cutting it for you anymore. I’m still on the fence about Aileen Erin’s series; the next two installments will hopefully help make up my mind.
I’ve only read Shifting Shadows from this list but Black Rook sounds like something I need to check out.
Kristina D recently posted…Review ~ Locke & Key Volume 1
Meade’s series is only a trilogy, so it’s not too long of a commitment, and it’s super well written.
Great list! I recently picked up Charming after reading your review. It sounds like something I would love. Thanks for the list – I’m going to have to check more of these out.
Happy Holidays, Carmel 🙂
I listened to both of James’ novels, so the narrator played a big role in my overall enjoyment. I hope you like it!
I have obviously not read enough werewolf books this year. I’ve only read 3 of those, though Daring is on my TBR list. Gotta check some of these out!
Three is above average, so give yourself some credit!
Oooooh! Didn’t realize 7 or 9 were werewolf books. Time to add them to my wishlist if I didn’t already have them there.
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The protagonist of #7 is a werewolf, however I’m not sure #9 will continue to feature ’em going forward, but this installment did, and that was all that mattered to me.
I have only read the last two on your list and loved them both. I have the Jennifer Ashley on my TBR pile and the Patricia Briggs on my wish list.
Hmm, added to those, I read several of Eve Langlais’ shifters that I had fun with, Cecy Robson’s series has a delicious shifter hero, Patricia Briggs’ Night Shift, Kresley Cole’s Macreive, JD Tyler’s Alpha Pack series books that I’ve started, Paige Tyler’s X-Ops series, Kendall McKenna’s Strength of the Mate, Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet and I think that’s about it. 😉 But maybe not…
Sophia Rose recently posted…Review: Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows
WOW! That’s a pretty impressive list! I never realized that you read so many werewolf books. Can we be BFF’s? 😀
I don’t read werewolf books. But yay for another posting that wasn’t in the list! 🙂 For my own post today, I posted about Best Less Known Authors/Books.
Karsyn recently posted…Top 10 of 2014 ~ Best of the Less Known
Blasphemy! You’re really missing out on something special.
An unusual topic but the only werewolf book I remember reading this year was The Originals: 01 The Rise by Julie Plec. Loved it.
Here is a link to my top 10 fav villains: http://welcome-to-zeds-thoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/day-3-top-10-villains-of-2014.html
Zed recently posted…Day 3: Top 10 Villains of 2014
It’s an unusual topic for most, but not this blog. I’m not familiar with The Originals, so I’ll have to fix that in 2015.
Interesting category. I have not read enough werewolf books to have this list. Ha. But I did read Sinner and I really enjoyed it.
Cynthia recently posted…Top Ten of 2014: Books that made me cry
Most peeps haven’t, so no worries there. Sinner was amazing!
I haven’t read many wolf books. I’m not normally a fan but I did like Andrea Cremer’s wolf books.
Bookluvr Mindy recently posted…Top 10 of 2014: Top 10 Books that caused me insane emotion + Giveaway!
I liked her Nightshade series, not so much the prequels, but then again they weren’t very wolfy.
I seriously need to pick some of these up soon. I need more weres in my life. 😉
kindlemom1 recently posted…WoW Pick of the Week
This list is an excellent starting point! Let me know if you need any recommendations!
I loved Wild Wolf. I haven’t read the others you have here. So many books, so little time.
Mary Kirkland recently posted…Understanding HIV: Having a Mixed Status Relationship
Wild Wolf was my first Jennifer Ashley book, and I loved it! I’ll definitely be back for more.
So sad I only know one book out of this list. 🙁
Joy // Joyousreads recently posted…On the Night Table : Leaving on a Jet Plane
You read way more oldies than me though, so you’ve got me beat there.
Clearly one book that I NEED to add to my list is Shiver by my dead Maggie Stiefvater!! Great list Carmel!!
Happy Xmas Eve and Merry Xmas!
Pili recently posted…Top 10 of 2014: Best Debuts of 2014!!
YES!! And, don’t forget Linger, Forever, and Sinner while you’re at it. 😀
You are, as ever, the best source to go to for werewolf books 🙂
Mogsy recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday 12/24/14
I do what I can! And, you’re one of my to-go Fantasy / SciFi peeps.
Ouch! I don’t think I’ve read a single book from this list, Carmel! 🙂 Although Black Rook is on my wishlist because of its consistently good reviews.
kara-karina recently posted…Merry Christmas, Everyone!
That’s too bad because 2014 was a fantastic year for werewolf books!
Oh yes, Sinner is a winner! Merry Christmas, Carmel!
Braine Talk Supe recently posted…Loved It: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish
It was more Contemporary than werewolf YA, but it still counts. Merry belated Christmas!
Loving the list Carmel amd Black Rook has been on my wishlist…gonna have to try that soon 😉
The final installment hits shelves in January, so you’d better get on that!
I need shifting! *goes to check the price again*
blodeuedd recently posted…MacKenzie Family Christmas – Jennifer Ashley
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC, otherwise I’d probably be in the same boat as you right now.
I haven’t read any of the books on your top ten were list, Carmel, but some of them are hiding somewhere on my kindle…
I hope you are enjoying the holidays, and that you’ve gotten to read some good books these days.
Lexxie recently posted…Giveaway and Blogtour Review: Canning the Center – Tara Lain
Oh well, I won’t hold that against you, Lexxie. No one’s as obsessed with weres as I am, so… I hope Santa was good to you this year!
Oh I’ve read 2! LOL it’s a good start right? I’ll have to try the others. thanks for sharing!
You’ve a leg up on most, so GOOD JOB!!
Ah yes, I thought I’d added Black Rook to my kindle because of you. 😉 Actually, there are a few on this list that I have on my kindle thanks to you. Great picks, Carmel! I’m hoping to get *all* of these read in 2015.
Bookworm Brandee recently posted…**My TBR List Review ~ December ~ Redemption ~ C.J. Barry**
Who, ME? *whistles*
I predict this post will get hits forever and ever. And I’ve gotta agree with you, Kelely Armstrong really knocked it out of the park with Otherworld Nights. Love the Pack!
Danya recently posted…Short Fiction Review: Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
I was surprised at how well my werewolf top 10 list did in 2012, so now they make regular appearances every December.
Great list! I’m kicking myself for not reading Black Rook yet, 2015 for sure!!
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As you should, Kimberly. As you should. LOL! 😛
I enjoy a good shifter book now and then. I read two werewolf books that really struck me but they are more horror then romance. Wherewolves, yep that’s how it’s spelled. And I’m almost finished reading No Such Thing As Werewolves. It has ties to Anaubis and Wepwawet. Very fascinating.
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I prefer it when the weres are the good guys, although I have been known to dabble in furry villains on occasion.
I love lists! Why didn’t I discover this sooner? I like world building and characters over romance. I appreciated your breakdown. I hadn’t heard of Daring somehow, a male protagonist and he’s funny! The wolf colors thing sounds so unique. The only one of these I’ve read is Sinner, so I’m glad it made number one!
Euuuh, because you were on holidays like the rest of us? Daring is a MUST, but make sure you start with Charming otherwise you might be a tad lost.