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Monday, December 31, 2018

Lexi's Picks for Best of 2018 + #Giveaway!

We've popped the champagne and are ready to go through our best reads of 2018! So pull up a chair and grab some bubbly, it's time to look back over this past year's read pile.

Lexi: 2018 was a hot streak for me and it's hard to pick a top one in some of the genres. Just a little more champagne and I'll start with...

Historical Romance: Dangerous by Minerva Spencer

A perfect example of why I read historical romance. Strong heroines, danger, fierce loyalty, and secrets. This was the beginning of Spencers series and both are perfect!

Fantasy: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

A perfect fairy tale inspired novel whose characters criss-cross the line between good and evil. The ending is superb! 

Fantasy Romance: 
My favorite genre and there were two stand out books that I adore too much to decide!

The Arrows of the Heart by Jeffe Kennedy

Kennedy’s signature balance of magical elements and deep relationships is at its best in The Arrows of the Heart. The connection between Zyr and Karyn is moving and a great building block for the overarching, and frightening, plot.

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

Draven’s ability to create a land and its magic system filled with diverse people is astounding. The evil is palpable and the desires and determination of the hero and heroine are powerful and felt on each page. 

Science Fiction: Mem by Bethany C. Morrow

Thought provoking sci-fi that will leave you with the uneasy thoughts of what it means to be human.

Sci-Fi Romance: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

This debut is technically out in January 2019 but this ARC blew me away. A space princess, action and adventure, and a stunning hero all culminate to a perfect read. 

Mystery/Thriller: The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Another January 2019 release that I fell in love with early. Family secrets on a cursed estate that is accused of having involvement with the fae. Told in alternating present and past POVs, The Au Pair is a can’t-put-it-down read.

Audiobook: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I tore through The Murderbot Diaries and this lovely audiobook started it all. Kevin R. Free’s voice allows the personality of Murderbot, the security robot who turned off its governor in order to enjoy hours and hours of soap opera viewing and prevent it from murdering humans, again. Humor, AI, a bit of a mystery, and action make this irresistible.

Contemporary Romance: Diamonds Are Truly Forever by Gina Robinson

This was a re-read and it was as delightful the third time around as it was the first. Sweet, fun, and well written, everything you want in a contemp-romance/chick-lit.

Cheers to 2018, a good year, and a cheers to welcome 2019. May your year be filled with many wonderful books!


And to start one of our lucky readers off, I'll gift one of my top picks, no restrictions on location because it will be an ebook (kindle or nook, your choice). Let me know one of your faves from 2018 and enter in the Rafflecopter!

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Sue G. said...

I loved Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. It was such a fun, entertaining story.

Lexi said...

I like the sound of that little blue note, Sue! Thanks for stopping by!

Kassandra said...

I am with you on Spinning Silver! LOVED it. Another one that was a fantastic read for me was Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse.

Debby said...

I think I would like Dangerous.

Linda Townsend said...

One of my favorite CY2018 reads was A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas :-)

Glenda said...

I really love Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole!

erin said...

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven. Draven is definitely an autobuy author for me! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Lexi said...

Yes, Kassandra! Trail of Lightening is high on my TBR list!

Debby, you'll LOVE Dangerous!

Excellent pick, Linda :)

Ooo Glenda, A Princess in Theory looks so cute!

Cheers, Erin!

Timitra said...

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning, thanks!

Ruby Jo said...

I absolutely loved To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

jodi marinich said...

I really like high voltage this year

Lexi said...

High Voltage votes! Nice! I haven't picked up a Monning book in years, now I think I'd better get back to them!

Ruby Jo, your fantasy fairy-tale pick sounds so good! Hello TBR list!

jmcgaugh said...

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews was one of my favorite reads in 2018.

Joanne B said...

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole was one of my favorites.