Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top 5 Fantasy Books for July 2011 thru June 2012

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Top 5 List of Fantasy books

...I've reviewed for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

I started this last year with my blogging celebration and really enjoyed doing it, and it's easier to do it at this time of year rather than end of year with all going on.

And I always ask a fellow blogger to join in on the post as well, so we get a variety of books, or double whammed on amazing books too. lol. (that's happened, Really!)

My list for the last year:
I have blended a mix of fantasy and fey in this years list.  In no particular order my top picks for this last year are:
~~ The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan - #3 in Moorehawke Trilogy - the conclusion I couldn't stop reading.  I had to see where the characters went and about the dreaded machine!

~~ Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan (this one many might recognize as book you buy now: the third book in the novel Heir of Novron.) - Aaah, this was the finally as well.  What an ending with all tied up in the end.  Great conclusion!


~~ The Fly In Paradise by Frances Pauli - #2 of The Changeling Race - this is where the whole story took on a new idea, and a major turn for me.  And I LOVED it!

~~ Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball - #1 of Tranquility series - This is where I meet Bethany first, and loved learning about her secrets and what came to pass with the God heritage she holds.

~~ Flame of Destiny by Colleen Helme - #1 of Flame dualogy - I thoroughly enjoyed Callista's connection with the flame within her.  The magical mystery behind the shadowbeasts and the ending we come to.  This book stuck in my mind throughout the whole year, until I picked up the second.  I had to get back to this world. (second books review will be coming this year.)

And because I stink at following the rules I set, I have one additional book to add to make six books this year...
~~ Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine - #1 of A Shifted World Novel - This one made the list for it's amazing and outstanding world building.  This fantasy novel is one to go in with a fresh clean mind, as what you know of fantasy will be changed from the first word of this novel.  The characters are grown from this chaos world, and become more.

My Guest this year is:
Mirjam from A Bookworm's Treasure Trove.
I enjoy stopping by Mirjam's blog as she reviews old and new books in both fantasy and urban fantasy genre.  I learn about many great books I've missed over time, or coming out.  She is a rather kind person to chat with, so please visit Mirjam and find the great books and friend I've found.

Now, time for Mirjam's Top Five Fantasy List:
Mirjam found she gave all these books 5 stars, which she doesn't do all that often.  So these all look like winners!
1.)  Cast in Ruin  by Michelle Sagara West

2.)  Spider's Revenge  by Jennifer Estep

3.)  The Dread  by Gail Z. Martin

4.)  Shadow City  by Diana Pharaoh Francis

5.)  All Spell Breaks Loose  by Lisa Shearin

30 comments:

Felicity Grace Terry said...

That's 10 great books you and Mirjam have picked - I'm surprised you managed to narrow it down to only five each. Of all the books you featured it was Heir of Novron that really caught me eye.

Mirjam said...

Ok, I need to check out your list, Melissa! Hunter and Fox is on my wish list, but I am unfamiliar with the other five. :)

Veronika said...

I can't take my eyes off these beautiful book covers! Thank you for the list. My tbr list is growing and growing :)

Beth D. said...

I have the first in the Micheal J. Sullivan series. I am really looking forward to it!

Beth ^_^
http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I would never have guessed your list Melissa ;)

Ohh Shearin, always wanted to try her

miki said...

I don't have any of these books and i only heard of two before...my wishlist list will explose

Barbara E. said...

I knew about all the books that Mirjam picked and have read several, but I'm not familiar with any of your picks except Phillipa Ballantine's book. I'll definitely have to check them out.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh such great choices! Love the UF ones, but have been wanting to get more into the Fantasy choices. Oh Hunter and Fox... you know I loved that one!!

Mel said...

I adore your choices! And I feel like I'm so under-read (is that even a word...?)...must read some more fantasy books this year!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Petty Witter. Glad you liked them! It's hard to narrow down, really. But I can't share all the books I read in the last year. :D And I really really loved The Heir of Novron series. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Mirjam, thank you greatly for joining in with me. :) And I think you would enjoy the creation in Hunter and Fox. Its an amazing world and story. Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Veronika, Oh thank you! And that is a huge complement to hear you tbr list is growing. lol. Glad to see you are enjoying the picks. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Beth D. I will say, I Absolutely Loved Michael Sullivan's books. Really. The first book you don't realize the story thread is so deep. But the series gets amazingly better with each book. Really! Hope you love it as much as I did. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd, LOL! You are here for all those book reviews, so you know all to well. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Miki, lol. That is great to hear that your wishlist is going to explode. :D Thank you!!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Barbara E. Thank you! Glad to hear you like the picks this year. :) And do hope you like what you find with the others. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&things) - lol. Glad you like the picks! And yes, Hunter and Fox was a wonderful read. I'm still floored over that world. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh Mel, thank you! You make me feel good about the picks. :D And glad to share some new ones with you. :) Thank you!!

Melliane said...

AAAH there are some books I really need to read as well. I'm so late in Fantasy, UF books took all my time lol. thanks for this post!

rissatoo said...

I think I have to stop following blogs... y'all are making my To Be Read/Bought/Downloaded list TOO. DARN. LONG.!!! ;-)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hey Melliane, so glad to share some great ideas with you for Fantasy as well. :) And I know the feeling with UF taking all your time. If I don't try to switch it up as the year goes, that happens to me as well. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

LOL! Rissatoo, I hear ya! I find more books this way...and it gets me in trouble. lol

Unknown said...

I love jennifer estep and I am looking forward to reading the rebel prince

Liss Martz said...

WOW! Those are great books!!! I'm so intrigued, most by The Dread, Cast in Ruins and Hunter and Fox!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Caitlin Rahm, thank you! I've only gotten through the first book by Jennifer Estep. I do need to give the second book a go too. ;D Thank you for stopping by!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thank you Lissette Martinez. Sounds like you have some great picks from this list. :)

Cherry said...

Awesome books!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thank you Cherry! So glad you think so. :)

Bastard said...

My top 5 last year were:

The Iron Jackal - Chris Wooding
God's War - Kameron Hurley
Among Thieves - Douglas Hulick
Spellbound - Blake Charlton
Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence

Something along those lines.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

You have a few on that list Bastard, that I want to get. Thanks for the picks!