Welcome to day two of our Badass Best of 2015 lists! I didn’t read as many books this year as I normally do (I got sucked into the world of comics), but I still found a lot of great reads that made narrowing down my Top 10 list very difficult. All of these books clocked in between 4 and 5 skulls for me, but the deciding factors behind my choices were whether or not I still think about the stories and if will I come back to re-read them again soon.
|#10: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle
Book 1 in Dark Alchemy
Dark Alchemy was a very dark and unique read that served as a wonderful series opener. Laura Bickle has created a world filled with an atmosphere of subtle dread, weird and wonderful supporting characters, and a hard-headed, determined protagonist.
|#9: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Book 1 in Monstrous
I don’t read a lot of childrens’ or middle grade novels, but the cover of Monstrous caught my eye and I’m so glad it did! MarcyKate Connolly has created a fantastic and heartbreaking story without talking down to her readers. This is the perfect story to share with the little ones, but also works as a gorgeous tale for adults.
|#8: Unforgettable by Shannon Richard
Book 4 in Country Roads
Shannon Richards’ Country Roads novels are the literary equivalent of a warm, cozy blanket and Unforgettable is no exception. With some of my favorite characters since the series debut, I couldn’t wait to learn the whole story of Hannah and Shep. This one is also quite a bit steamy!
|#7: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish
Book 1 in The Adventures of Owl
While Angie wasn’t quite as enamored of this book as I was, we both thought Owl and the Japanese Circus was a breath of fresh air in the crowded urban fantasy arena. Owl is a compelling new character and her dealings with the supernatural world lend this series tons of threads to explore.
|#6: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan
Book 6 in Darkest London
If you’re not already reading the Darkest London series, what are you waiting for?!? AH and I both agreed that Soulbound was an amazing entry into the series. The lead characters, Adam and Eliza May, were perfectly balanced and the explanation behind their connection was unique and fascinating.
|#5: Transmuted by Karina Cooper
Book 6 in The St. Croix Chronicles
I loved the entire St. Croix Chronicles, but Transmuted was a perfect end to the series. Karina Cooper did her long-time readers right; this is one of the most authentic and satisfying conclusions to a series that I have ever read. Though I’m sad to see Cherry’s story end, I am so glad I got to experience her journey and to see her come out with a happy ending.
|#4: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Book 8 in Kate Daniels
This one is a no brainer as the Kate Daniels series is currently my favorite urban fantasy running, but Magic Shifts stood on its own as a new chapter for Kate and Curran. While I had a few issues with the book, AH, Wendy, and I all agreed that it was still a solid story and one of the best in the Kate world.
|#3: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu
Book 1 in Time Salvager
Time Salvager had such an intriguing concept that I am already ready for more! I loved this dystopian world Wesley Chu created and I especially loved the focus on time travel. This book was packed with non-stop action and I can’t wait to see how James and Elise continue to adapt to their brave new world.
|#2: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven hit me right in the feels with All the Bright Places. While I was initially wary, this novel blew me away and made me fall in love with Violet Markey and Theodore Finch and their adventures across Indiana. I found this book to be beautiful story of friendship and love, but also a heartbreakingly realistic look at mental illness
|#1: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap is the unassuming little book that could! It’s part rural drama, part fantasy, and part thriller, but it’s definitely something new and different. I know “unique” gets thrown around a lot when describing book plots, but Bone Gap really deserves it. I can’t think of another story that is like it. Everything about this story worked for me, from the lovely characters to the community of Bone Gap to the sinister dread lurking underneath the main story line. This was truly a winner and I can’t wait to see what Laura Ruby cooks up next.
Did any of these books hit the top of your list for 2015?
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