I was aiming for 20 books to read this year after I really surprised myself last year with 45. I managed to almost hit last year’s count again – I am currently at 40. However not all of them were that good but I wanted to share my favorite books of 2017. There will be two parts as it has been a good reading year.
I have this personal quest. I will read many of the debut authors and free books on Amazon. And then I will clap myself on the back when those books will later be sold for money and I found a good one for free and was one of the first to read and discover. Well it is a tough job but I kinda love it.
Also I come across books I would otherwise not read. And I have to admit most of them are really easy reads so I can manage my reading goal.
Anyway, lets get into my finds for 2017 that I can really recommend and where I spent money on sequels or further books of the author.
Carrion by Betsy Reavley
If I have to sum up this book in one word it would be: disturbing.
The story starts with a very rough opening (car accident and death) and is pretty dark throughout (mental illness). However it is very engaging and I could not put down the book because I wanted to know all the puzzle pieces and get the full dimension of the story. I was intrigued with the different aspects of the character’s and how they develop throughout the story line.
I also like how the language of the author transformed to my own mood and while I was reading this book I was going through emotions like anxiety and anger and I felt how I clenched my jaw while reading because it was so intense.
Over all I can definitely recomment reading! A good writing style and engaging storyline and an interesting topic you don’t come across often.
My rating: Carrion***** free eBook
Ice (Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson Thriller) by Kevin Tinto
This book was written a bit like an movie – an adventure movie. Fast pasted and a bit over the top but very entertaining. Leah is an archeologist specialized in cliff dwelling settlements of Southern Mexico and her ex Jack an extrem athlete/arctic expert. They end up on a mission with a millionaire at the end of the world between a political conflict. I learnt a lot of survival stuff and you can tell that the author is an athlete himself.
My rating: **** eBook
After You’ve Gone by Lisa Tremayne
What a wonderful gem! Seriously this book is different and lovely and stands out from all the other (free) Amazon romance books.
Hope and love across oceans and time without being cheesy and flat. Great characters, wise words and just magical. My advice: read! Perfect for the upcoming holidays.
My rating: **** free eBook (unfortunately it is currently unavailable so keep a look out)
House of Cry by Linda Bleser
Starting this book I expected something totally different. I was positively surprised.
I found this book a bit dark and the serious topic (suicide) took me by surprise and yet it was so full of hope and promise and love. An interesting intriguing combination, something I haven’t come across, ever?! It’s a book I won’t forget as soon as I finished it.
So definitely read it!
My rating: **** eBook
The Scottish Rose by Jill Jones
A time-travel romance set in Scotland in the year 1651.
TV Journalist Taylor doesn’t believe in magic and has a show where she discovers the truth behind legends. Of course she ends up in one. After this rather predictable start the story is quite engaging. All about how to adapt to a new era, change history, discovering ones own heritage and falling in love. The main characters are very likable, well crafted and have their flaws but are very likable. It is not all sunshine and rainbows more like struggle and reality. And while reading you learn about Scottish history.
The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium #1) by C.J. Archer
I am usually not really into paranormal suspense but figured I could read something different for a change. It was entertaining and I was not disappointed. I might even found a new guilty pleasure. I defiantly discovered a new author. I like her style of writing.
Emily is a bit weird. She can talk to ghosts. And a ghost was assigned to her because he can’t cross to the other side. Well and there is a demon. And some romance. Again I would read the sequel but hoping it shows up on kindle unlimited.
The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele #1) by C.J. Archer
My second book I read by this author and it did not disappoint.
India lost her father – a watchmaker and also her inheritance as her fiancee stole it and left her. A girl in London of 1890 is depending on man – not so India Steele. It’s a combination of fantasy, mystery and romance. I would read the sequel.
The Game by Terry Schott
I was having this one on my kindle for a while as gaming is not so much my thing but then I figured I give it a try. And while I found the setting and the thought process I had really interesting and worth mulling over I have not picked up the sequel. I believe it is a good book and would recommend it. Iit is just not my kind of entertainment.
Now will you share your discoveries of 2017 with me.
*If you buy a book through one of the Amazon links I will receive a small provision. This would help me keep this blog alive and cover a few of the administrative costs. Thank you. Or maybe I just buy a new book, who knows…