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10. Indigo by Charlaine Harris (amongst others)
This is not an anthology. This is a “collaboration.” A “collaboration” of half a dozen of my top authors and another handful that I’ve been itching to try. A “colloaboration” in which these authors, “join forces to bring you a crime-solving novel like you’ve never read before.” Please and thank you.
09. The Waking Land by Callie Bates
The only reason this one came in at the #9 spot is b/c it’s a debut, so my fervor is mindless hopefulness. But if we were going on unsubstantiated excitement . . . this one would be #1:
In the lush and magical tradition of Naomi Novik’s award-winning Uprooted comes this riveting debut from brilliant young writer Callie Bates—whose boundless imagination places her among the finest authors of fantasy fiction, including Sarah J. Maas…
I know not to put too much stock in these kinds of blurbs, but this time I can’t help it. Don’t really want to either.
08. An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
Kat Howard’s ROSES AND ROT was my favorite debut novel of the year, so I’m anxious to read her next effort. And that title . . . An “unkindness” is a gathering of ravens . . . Makes you think, doesn’t it? GIMME!
07. Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead
Mead and I have had our ups and downs, but lately it’s been more up, so I’m hopeful the trend continues with the forthcoming second installment of what might prove to be my favorite of her YA series.
06. Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs
These authors that I’ve loved and read for so long are making my brain slow at coming up with reasons for why I’m looking forward to their latest work: umm . . . b/c Patricia Briggs. #thatisall
05. Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson
New installment of Sanderson’s STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE series? YES, please.
04. A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong
CITY OF THE LOST rocked my socks off, as is the case with almost everything Armstrong does, so of course I can’t wait for A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE.
03. Untitled (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
NEVERNIGHT was probably my biggest surprise of 2016. I went into it thinking I’d give it a perfunctory skim and call it a day . . . Twelve hours later, I finally had to put it down to eat. Or maybe sleep. Everything from that time except the book is hazy . . .
02. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab
Earlier in the year, I thought the ending of A GATHERING OF SHADOWS might kill me. Now I think it’s the wait for the final installment of this ridikkulusly good fantasy series that will be what does me in. NEED. NOW. *wails*
01. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Given the popularity of SJM’s two NA fantasy series, it’s probably not a surprise to see her at the top of my list. I, however, am very much surprised, b/c the first book of ACOTAR . . . MEH. But the second book . . . probably my favorite of all her works to date.
My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.
I’m surprised they haven’t released more information about Nevernight #2! At a title or something. I’m looking forward to reading that one as well. A Conjuring of Light is one I can’t wait to read as well! I especially like the cover. 😀 Excellent list, Jessica!