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June 25: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

(This one was easy. Thank you, Goodreads! All these are books I rated as five stars.)


1. Angelfall; Susan Ee. Angels are real, and they brought with them the end of days, starting a war and killing humans. Seventeen-year-old Penryn is coping as best she can with the human gangs, killer angels, and her wheelchair-bound sister and paranoid schizophrenic mother. Then angels steal her little sister, and Penryn has no choice but to team up with a maimed angel, Raffe, in the hopes of getting her back.

Dead Isle

2. The Dead Isle; Sam Starbuck. This book is hard to explain. It’s an alternate history, steampunk with a dash of magic. Australia is still a place of exile/imprisonment, the place where technology rules. Elsewhere, engineers build things and creationists create from thin air temporary marvels. Wonderful characters, world-building–spies and adventure abound! I found it for free at worldlibrary dot net.

Dead Spot

3. Dead Spots; Melissa F. Olson. Scarlett Bernard nullifies any and all magic around her, and works as crime-scene clean up/mundane cover up. But one day she isn’t fast enough, and a police detective sees something he shouldn’t. And the big vampire boss of the city thinks she may be to blame–so she has to find the real killer and keep the detective quiet, or they could both end up dead.

etiquette espionage

4. Etiquette & Espionage; Gail Carriger. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia doesn’t act like a lady should, so her mother decides to send her to finishing school. What her mother doesn’t know is that this school teaches throwing knives along with dance lessons, poison along with comportment. And Sophronia has even more freedom to get into trouble, so long as she isn’t caught.

Frost Burned

5. Frost Burned; Patricia Briggs. Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a mechanic, and can turn into a coyote. She has a complicated relationship with werewolves–one helped raise her–and vampires–they need their cars fixed, too. Pretty much incapable of letting someone suffer, Mercy gets into all kinds of trouble through the series.

Midnight Blue Light Special

6. Midnight Blue-Night Special; Seanan McGuire. Verity Price comes from a family that protects cryptids, the mythical creatures best hidden from human eyes. The problem is the group of well-armed humans determined to kill every single cryptid–especially since some of these people are distant family.

shadows before the sun

7. Shadows before the Sun; Kelly Gay. The human world is flooded with people from hellish Charbydon and heavenly Elysia, and detective Charlie Madigan has to keep the peace despite that. With her siren partner Hank, she does the best she can, but there’s always complications–like the killer off-world drug known as ‘ash.’


8. The Silvered; Tanya Huff. Weres marry Mages in this world, and they all live peacefully in a small kingdom until the Empire declares war, determined to wipe out these different people. Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen aren’t the usual champions, a low-level mage and a young pack member. But they’re all the kingdom has.


9. Stormdancer; Jay Kristoff. Japanese Steampunk! About the daughter of the Imperial Huntmaster, trying to find a supposedly extinct griffin for a spoiled and power-hungry ruler. even if she survives the wastelands, will she survive the attention of the Emperor?

Written in Red

10. Written in Red; Anne Bishop. Meg Corbyn sees the future when her skin is cut. She, and other blood prophets are kept ‘safe’ in padded prisons, while their keepers sell their visions, carefully using each piece of uncut skin–and punishing girls who don’t do as they’re told. Meg escapes, and seeks shelter in an enclave of Others–non-human species that own everything the humans rent, from the land, water, to electricity. The Others are known to kill humans that anger them, but what choice does Meg have?

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

10 responses »

  1. kelley says:

    I do love Mercy Thompson. I’m glad you enjoyed your reading. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  2. Regan says:

    The Dead Isle sounds really good. I’m not quite sure what steampunk is but I like alternate history!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Ooh, steampunk will likely tickle your alternate history fancy. It’s science fiction (sometimes having an affair with fantasy) with steam-powered gadgets, often set in Victorian times.
      It asks the question: how would the world be different if we had steam-powered machinery then? And sometimes adds supernatural creatures and magic to the fix, just for fun.
      Find some, and hope you enjoy it!

      • Regan says:

        oooh that DOES sound fun. Can you recommend some good books to start with?

        • caitlinstern says:

          Well, Dead Isle, of course. Here’s three other varied favorites of mine:
          Soulless; Gail Carriger–with vampires and werewolves, and a funny but practical main character.
          Boneshaker–with a deadly gas that creates zombies, a little darker steampunk.
          The Alchemy of Stone–automatons, alchemists, and a dash of romance.

  3. I want to read Angelfall so badly!

  4. thesideofwonder says:

    Oooh, I haven’t even heard of any of these. Time to add some more to my to-read shelf on GR, me thinks! 🙂 – Rachel

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