I’ve read some amazing books in 2016 so I decided to share with you my favorites. Who knows: maybe they’ll become your favorites too?
I’ve written reviews for most of these books and I’ll link them here so you can get a better understanding of what each book is like. Just click on the titles of those you are interested in.
Now, in alphabetic order, here are six books I read and fell in love with in 2016:
BURN ARTIST (PREQUEL NOVELLA TO THE HOUND OF EDEN SERIES) BY JAMES OSIRIS BALDWIN
Themes and genres: Action, Mafia, Magic
It’s 1986. Alexi Sokolsky is a 25-year old Spook, a hitmage for the Russian Mafia, and he is about to face his most difficult challenge yet.
The Yaroshenko Organization is neck-deep in a multimillion dollar Wall Street heist when an unseen mage levies a terrible curse against one of Alexi’s comrades. The mage demands that the Russians release his client from the deal, cancel his debt, and forfeit their earnings, or they will suffer the fatal consequences.
After the first victim burns to death from the inside out and the deadline closes in, Alexi is sent to hunt the murderer in a feverish game of cat-and-mouse and stop him before more people die. But to save his friends and family and honor his contract, Alexi must also save his worst enemy, the one person in his life who truly deserves to die in a fire.
Themes and genres: Fantasy, LGBT, Vampires, Incubi/Succubi, Magic
Blurb of Captive:
Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.
Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick–a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he’s desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now calls Master.
Blurb of Sire:
Still mending a broken heart, Matthew has spent a year avoiding incubi and their army of hunters.
Now he has a new goal: lift the shroud on his past. Why had he been turned and abandoned by his sire? Why didn’t he feel the initial bond between sire and child that vampires experience? Who were his parents, and why had they given him up at birth?
Frustrated by dead ends, his luck changes when a teenage girl tracks him down. She’s strange, socially awkward, and she can see the future. Matthew’s future. She’ll help him if he agrees to save her from the darkness…from Tarrick.
With the incubi armies closing in, a mysterious protector appears, swearing his fealty to Matthew. He’s ancient, seductive, and cursed—unable to explain why he keeps calling Matthew ‘my prince’.
CAPTIVE PRINCE (CAPTIVE PRINCE TRILOGY, BOOK I) BY C.S. PACAT
Themes and genres: LGBT, Intrigue, Politics, War, Romance
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Note: This is the book that made the biggest impression on me in 2016 and I’ll be writing a review once I’ve read the trilogy.
FINVARRA’S CIRCUS BY MONICA SANZ
Themes and genres: Fantasy, Fairytale, Romance, Magic
Finvarra’s Circus is coming to town, and Leanna Weston is determined to see it. Everyone knows once the circus leaves, the fairest girl in town is found dead, deformed, and heartless. Rumors say it’s the handsome ringmaster, Finvarra, who steals their beauty and their hearts, but this means little to Leanna. Her heart is damaged and failing her. Surely he won’t want it. She sneaks into the circus, but caught by Finvarra, he gives her a choice: become their tightrope walker or die.
Leanna accepts, and now a part of their strange family, she learns that Finvarra never meant to harm her. He needs her to stay. An ancient curse binds the troupe to their circus. They must perform forever or perish. To break the curse,Finvarra must die, and only the famed muse, the Leanan Sidhe, can kill him.
Finvarra believes he’s found his muse in Leanna, and Leanna can’t deny the growing attraction between them. But not everyone wants freedom for the circus and they’ll kill any girl suspected of being Finvarra’s inspiration.
With her life and the circus’s on the line, can Leanna sacrifice her love to free the troupe? Will her feelings for Finvarra be their demise? Or will her heart fail her when she needs it the most?
HEART OF THORNS (THORNWOOD SERIES, BOOK I) BY NICOLETTE ANDREWS
Themes and genres: Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Fairytale, Mystery
Catherine arrives at Thornwood Abbey on the heels of rushed marriage. The gothic style mansion is shrouded in fog and a sinister past. When neighbours start dying one after another, their hearts cut out, no one notices except for Catherine. The murders are tied to Catherine and old village superstition. In order to save herself, Catherine must confront her scandalous past before the killer takes her heart.
Honorable mentions (in alphabetic order):
Blood Hound (The Hound of Eden, Book I) by James Osiris Baldwin – Action, Mafia
Blood or Destiny (a Black Walker Warrior novel) by Angela Stevens – Native American Fiction
Her Dangerous Visions (Song of the Worlds Saga, Book I) by Brandon Barr – Fantasy
Kitsune (Tales of Akatsuki, Book I) by Nicolette Andrews – Fantasy, Japanese Mythology
What were your favorites that you were lucky enough to read in 2016?
Share in the comments and I’ll check them out!