Saturday, December 27, 2008

Top 5 of 2008

This year I read only a handful of books published in 2008. Because of that I found it hard to come up with a best of 2008 list. Now, after searching my bookshelves, I did come out with at least five books published in 2008 that I really liked. They might not be as memorable as some, but they were good books. In no particular order here they are:

His Wicked Sins by Eve Silver - Historical Paranormal: I hadn't read a Gothic Romance in a long time before getting this book. It swept me back to a time where I'd sneak my mothers Gothics and go off to read them in secret. Ms. Silver did a great job building the tension between Elizabeth and Griffin, by the time they came together, their heat flicked off the pages. The mystery worked well with the past slowly being revealed until it met up with present. This kept the mystery fresh.

Dark Desires after Dusk by Kresley Cole - Paranormal Romance: A Demon with lickable horns. Need I say more? I'm a big fan of The Immortals After Dark series, and this installment was fantastic. Ms. Cole is good at matching her heroes and heroines so that neither overshadows the other. Cade and Holly were no exception, they were a great match. The humor in her stories is great, as are the supporting cast of characters.

Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas - Historical Romance: This is one of the best Historical Romance's I've read that was published this year. Private Arrangements is Ms. Thomas' first book and it was a really good one. Cam and Gigi had to work for their Happily Ever After, and when they finally got it it felt well worth the wait.

When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason - Paranormal Romance: The fourth entry in the Gardella Vampire Series was the best one so far. Victoria has come into her own as a slayer, and she's also quit waffling between her two love interests and picked one. It took me some time to warm up to the series, but now that I have I'm impatiently waiting on the final installment.

Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra - Paranormal Romance: This PNR was a good change from the run of the mill paranormals out there. Ms. Kantra has taken a rarely used species in the paranormal world and used it in a way I enjoyed. Selkies are the star here. Sea Witch is the first in the Children of the Sea trilogy. I loved the hero in this book. I have a soft spot for veteran heroes, and Caleb was great. The mythology is interesting and Sea Witch was a promising beginning to the trilogy.

And though I have The Spymaster's Lady on my most memorable books of 2008, I have to add it to my top 5 of 08. That makes it a top 6 then, right?

The Spymaster's Lady - Historical Romance: I loved, loved this book. The dry humor between the hero and heroine, the secondary characters, the surprises, the overall story... it was fabulous! I became an instant fan of Joanna Bourne with The Spymaster's Lady.


  1. The only ones I've read from your list are Cole's and Kantra's books. I'm a huge fan of Cole's IAD series and lickable horns? Awesome!

    Sea Witch was definitely a nice change, I agree.

  2. I loved Eve Silver's Gothic Romance. I had been such a long time since I read one, it was just a treat for me. It was well done! Kresley Cole's IAD series just seems to get better and better too, it's one of the 2 paranormal series (the other being Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series) that I still look forward to.
    The Sea Witch Trilogy looks interesting, and I'm going to look this one up since it's a trilogy AND PNR, as opposed to UF, which I don't like to read.
    I see we had different favorites in the Historical Romance genre, but it seems that both of these books are favorites to lots of people all around.

  3. Wendy, I didn't know that you read the Sea Witch. You seem to have liked it. Did you read Sea Fever?

    Hils, you and me are likethis on both the IAD and the Psy/Changeling series'. In fact, just finished doing a reread of Visions of Heat, I'm on to Caressed by Ice next.

    Sea Witch was good. The second book (Sea Fever) was good, too, but I liked the first one better. The last one comes out next year.

    I didn't read many Historical Romance published this year, not for lack of trying. What were your favorites, I'll have to look in to them?

  4. I need to get over my paranormal funk because it looks like I'm missing out on a bunch of great books right now.

    Great list!

    And I am still loving the heck out of your blog template, it's so cute!

    Cheers to you in the new year sweets! =)

  5. Hi Weena! There are some good paranormals out there, you just have to find one that works for your mood. I'm real iffy on them, but I have been able to find some gems.

    Glad you like the template!

    Happy new year!

  6. I don't think it should matter whether the book was published in 2008 or prior. I mean, it's not as if you can only read books published this year...

    Anyway :)I don't see any contemporary in your list! No wonder you want to make a contemporary challenge :D

  7. Great list! I've enjoyed every single one of Cole's IAD novels. That's a auto buy for me. I had hoped to get to Delicious by Sherry Thomas, but it still remains on my TBR. I'm also glad to see yet another reader who loved Kantra's new series Children of the Sea series... I always wanted to pick that up.

    Happy reading in 2009!

  8. All of which I really want to read... Maybe I should get on that.

  9. Nath, I really need to read more contemporaries.

    Hi Christine! I haven't gotten to Delicious yet, but I do want to read it. Kantra's series is good, you should give it a go.

    Hi Sarai! :)