Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl (YA Super Hero)
I still get a rush thinking about this one. I'm kind of a super hero geek. I also love Black Widow's character and the Avengers. I ate this story up from the first page to the end!
The Cenote by Chelsea Dyreng (Adult Fantasy)
I didn't know what to expect from this one. It was so unique and well done. The emotion and the immersion in this culture. A must read.
Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage (MG Steampunk)
This was another surprise read for me. I thought I would like it, but I didn't realize how good the story was going to be. Amazingly unique too, with a combination of steampunk and dystopian and fantasy (why yes, there are dragons).
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (Christian Historical Fiction)
This one was so good because of the depth and the contrasts between the terrible, desperate situation and the joyful, beautiful parts. There were so many good lines and fabulous banter. My favorite from this author to date.
Secrets of Neverak by Jacob Gowens (YA Fantasy)
There was so much that happened in this book - so much going on. The characters were also put through the ringer and seriously tested. It was a middle book that didn't fall into the usual. Fabulous story with fabulous characters and fantasy world!
A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack (Adult Historical Romance)
I love all the books under A Proper Romance line. There were a couple released last year, but this one stayed with me. I didn't like the main character at first, but part of the draw of this book was her transformation, including the heartache and love she experiences to get there.
The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall (Christian Historical Romance)
What carried this story to this list was the sizzling chemistry between the two main characters and that I loved them individually as well. The setting was marvelously done as well. The inspiration was light and there was even a little danger. A book that sits on my shelf and will be read again.
Spindle by W.R. Gingell (NA Fantasy)
This was such a crazily well-written, entertaining, fabulous story! I loved the setting, how well the fantasy world was built and explained, and the way a fairy tale was twisted to become a story that held its own. I loved the tone, the voice, the characters and how they complimented each other. It was also really intense in parts. Definitely not the last book I will read from this author.
The Dandelion Field by Chelsea Dyreng (Christian Contemporary Romance)
This was such a great book! I loved the main characters. They all had lots of backbone and heart. This might be my all-time favorite book in this genre, or at least tied with some other favorites. Well worth reading and then reading again.
This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof (YA Christian Historical Romance, Novella)
This book... It's amazing how much life, love, and heartbreak you can fit in roughly 150 pages. This was such a good story. Seriously recommend it to everyone.
Kisses in the Rain by Krista Lynne Jensen (LDS Contemporary Romance)
This was such a good story! Amazing from beginning to end. It surprised me with its depth. The romance was beautiful as well. I need to re-read this one already!
The Perilous Journey of the Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham (YA Steampunk)
This was the year of books that surprised me and blew me away. I was expecting to like this one, but I ended up loving it! It was witty, had awesome gadgets, some fabulous characters, some heartbreak, some lovely romance, surprising twists, and was just overall awesome.
A Hope Remembered by Stacy Henrie (Christian Historical Romance)
I loved this story from beginning to end. I loved the setting, the characters, the romance... I loved it all. My favorite from this series.
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (YA Fantasy)
This first book in Meadows' new series was so fabulous! The world building was amazing. I loved the characters with their strengths and vulnerabilities. There was some serious tension, both in the romance and action department, and some crazy twists. I'm so looking forward to book two!
A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love (Christian Historical Romantic Suspense)
Another book that was so, so good. The historical setting and characters were perfectly done. I loved the suspense, the twists, the slowly building romance, and inspiration and heartwarming aspects... Definitely worth the read.