I shall do my usual and put books into categories. I've had a shift around with the categories because I didn't read many m/m/m books but did read a few great futuristic books. Also, many of the books fit into more than one category so for example, a historical could also be a mystery and a paranormal. Anyway, I'll let the books speak for themselves and do half my list today and half tomorrow. All the books are ones which I have read this year and were not necessarily published this year.
The Apothecary's Garden by Julie Bozza
This author is a bit of a find for me this year. I love her intelligent writing and the way she manages to make a very large age gap work effectively as a romance in this book. Both characters were charming and the story has stayed with me long after I finished. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Compulsion by Clare London
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
A book which fits into several categories but the main plot is centred round an investigation into a family curse. Loved the characters and the way they are drawn to each other. Loved the setting and the build up to the plot. I can't wait for the next book which is due at the end of January. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Boystown 5: Murder Book by Marshall Thornton
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
Wonderful sweeping epic of a fantasy that gripped me from page one. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Bound by Megan Derr
Barbarossa's Bitch by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
Not one for the faint hearted but this sometimes chilling, sometimes heartwarming look at a post-apocalyptic society was compelling. The world building was detailed and intense. Highly recommended. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Zero Hour by Jordan Castillo Price
Bone Rider by J Fally
This book had a cinematic feel to it that I found pleasing and in keeping with the fast paced plot. It was also chock full of humour and great characterisation. Mini review here.
Honourable Mention: Cold Front by Ann Somerville
Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
Another book that fits into several categories! I loved both books in this series, especially the two main characters and their opposite personalities. I'm looking forward to the next book. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Winter Wolf by SP Wayne
Stung by KA Merikan
Disturbing story with a sweet thread of romance running through it. One of the best zombie books I've read in that it turns the genre on its head and does something different. This will not appeal to everyone, but fans of horror will find it a treat. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot by Selah March
Something Like Autumn by Jay Bell
A must read for followers of this series. It had me in tears but I loved seeing the events of previous books from Jace's point of view and getting to know him better as a character. Book 4 in this series can't come fast enough for me. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Glitter by Ayla Star
And that's it for today. Come back tomorrow for the last set of books, including my book of the year.