Top 10 2017 Books I NEED to Read

Our final topic is: Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2017. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2017)

I had to work really hard to narrow this list down to 10 with only a few honorable mentions!  2017 has so much good SF/F coming out that it’ll be hard to keep up 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor

Today is the cover reveal for Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Melancholy GhostMelancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)
By Kat Mayor
Genre: Paranormal
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 14 February, 2017

Blurb:
From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.

Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.

As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.

There are worse things than being dead.

Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul?

You can find Melancholy Ghost on Goodreads

Melancholy Ghost Teaser

Excerpt:
While the others were in the back storeroom, Bob and Luis investigated the front of the store. Bob’s spirit guides led them over to an old Victrola. An apparition in a three-piece suit materialized in front of them. Bob couldn’t see the solid forms of ghosts the way Casey and Barrett did. He saw them as clear beings with bright edges. But if a spirit was strong and determined, it could convey its thoughts and words to Bob. You, sir. Might I have a word?
“Certainly.”
Professor Charles Bowen. The translucent apparition held out his hand in introduction.
Bob made the motion of shaking his hand. “Pleased to meet you, Professor. How can I be of assistance?”
The professor pointed with his translucent pipe. On the floor were shards of broken teacups and saucers. That was Lady Jane Carraway’s collection of fine, English bone china. It was then that Bob noticed the silhouette of a feminine spirit. Her clear being was outlined in a Victorian era tie-back blouse and skirt. She stood behind and to the side of the professor, clutching a lace handkerchief and weeping soundlessly. A mute spirit, Bob realized. Somehow her silent sobs were more sorrowful than if she had been wailing loudly. The professor pushed his wire-rimmed glasses up higher on his nose. Now what is to be done about them?
“Them?”
Those hoodlums. It’s one thing to endure their practical jokes. But Lady Jane is a kind soul. She didn’t deserve this.
He’s sweet on her, a young male spirit taunted. Then he made smooching noises. A couple of other spirits with him began to laugh. They blurred into one as they floated off down another aisle.
Alas, I did not know Lady Jane when we were alive. He patted her arm. I wish I had. His eyes narrowed at Bob and Luis. You must make them leave. They are turning this fine establishment into a rowdy, ill-managed ale house.
“We’ll do our best, Professor.”
One more thing.
Bob turned to face him. The ginger boy is the ring leader. If you cross him over, they’ll all follow.

Kat MayorAbout the Author:
I am a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, I have written a young adult series, The Circle. I’m a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when I’m not kicking a story around in my head, I love to read and review books on Goodreads.

You can find and contact Kat Mayor here:
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Best New Series of 2016

Today’s topic is Best ________ Of 2016 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

I chose to feature new series, where the first book was released in 2016.  This is not a comprehensive list, and I decided to only include my absolute favorites that I’m looking forward to reading more of the series when released.  I hope you enjoy!

The Call

I’m not sure if this is technically a series, but it will have a sequel, which I NEED in my life!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

When this first came out, I don’t think it was a planned series, but I was extremely happy when Tor.com announced two more stories.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

You’re probably going to get tired of me mentioning this book and author, but this book was amazing and so was its sequel.

Shadow Magic

Here’s another book that I can’t stop telling people about!  I just an arc of the sequel and can’t wait to dig in.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

Book 1 in the series titled Kingdom on Fire, that’s what gets a girl excited.

Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I don’t know when we’re getting more from this series, just that the author has confirmed a sequel.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Apparently, this is not a true series but a series of companion novels set in the same universe but featurely new characters in each.  And I can’t wait to read more from this world!

I know that’s not 10, but 7 is close, right?  Make sure you check out the other blogs participating as well!

Please note that I will be skipping tomorrow’s theme, best book boyfriends as that’s not my thing.  But I’ll be checking out other people’s post to see what their lists look like 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

RoseBlood

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Amulet Books
Even though I still haven’t read Splintered, I’m excited that A.G. Howard has decided to tackle another retelling.  This time, though, it’s The Phantom of the Opera.  Having read the original work when I was younger (boy, was it dark and kind of gruesome) and enjoying the film version, I was excited to hear that someone was writing a retelling.
It’s not in the usual vein of stories chosen for re-writes, and that’s awesome because I can only read so many Cinderella and Snow White stories before I say enough.  2017 appears to have a nice change in the retellings trend with RoseBlood and Wintersong (think Labyrinth) as two of the ones I’m most excited for!

Summary:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Top 10 Best Book Covers of 2016

Today’s Top 10 in 2016 topic is best book covers! “Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required).”

Since yesterday’s post wasn’t a true top 10, today’s should make up for that 🙂  Here’s my favorite 2016 release book covers, most of which I was able to get read already!

The Transference Engine

I haven’t read this one yet, but look at that hummingbird!Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

So, I really like the covers for the whole Throne of Glass series, but I was at the reveal for this one, which makes it a little more special.A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

I actually like Breath of Fire‘s cover better, but it’s a 2017 release and this one is also really good.Heartless

The Owlcrate exclusive cover is simple yet has good composition.A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

I love the colors in this fiery rose!Shadow Magic  (Shadow Magic #1)

This cover gives such a fantastic intro to the actual story, plus who doesn’t love a giant bat.Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I haven’t read this one yet, but the cover is very alluring.The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)

I haven’t had a chance yet to read this one, but the cover is just as amazing as The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, which was a great read.Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

I love every cover in the Mercy Thompson series, but this one was incredibly powerful and really stuck with me this year.Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I found this book because of the cover artist and everything about this cover is awesome, which makes it my ultimate favorite 2016 cover!  Look at those demon cupcakes!!

Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

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It’s that time of year when I look back on what I read during the previous year and talk about some of my favorite books, series, or authors. And this year, I’ve decided to join up with the Top 10 of 2016 event sponsored by Two Chicks on Books.  This list isn’t in Top 10 format because I created it before I knew about this list, but the rest will be Top 10s!

Although 2016 was horrible in some aspects (ok, a lot), I did find some amazing new series and authors for my all-time favorites/obsessions list.  A few are already incredibly popular, I just fell into them late.  But several are debuts that I can’t wait for more of!

Without further ado, here’s my top picks of 2016!  (I decided to group them by type.)

Picture Books:

Flora and the PeacocksNobody Likes a GoblinThe Storybook Knight

Graphic Novels:

Monstress, Volume 1: AwakeningThe Nameless CityCrystal CadetsDC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals CrisisThe Tiger (Love, #1)

Art/Coloring Books:

Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art PhenomenonPop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful WorldThe Throne of Glass Coloring Book

Debuts:

Lotus and ThornShadow Magic  (Shadow Magic #1)A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)The Call

New to Me Series:

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)The Aeronaut's Windlass

I think that about covers all the amazing books that I read this year.  I know I didn’t get them all reviewed here, but I did try to leave mini reviews on Goodreads.  I’m looking forward to what 2017 has to offer and have already started reading a few arcs for review.

What were your favorite reads of 2016?  Did you find a new series or author that you’re now obsessed with?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Author Interview and Giveaway: Joshua Khan

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers and other internet folk!

Here’s a special holiday treat for all of you.  I was able to send some interview questions to Joshua Khan, author of the 2016 debut Shadow Magic, which I reviewed earlier this year.  I loved everything about this book, so I knew that I had to let the author know and find out about a sequel.  Luckily for us, he was willing to answer my questions and now I’m sharing them with you.  And he has some juicy tidbits strewn throughout, so make sure you read through all of them!

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