Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Novel Approach's Year In Reviews - The Best Booyah Books of 2013









Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The Novel Approach crew has been busily compiling our list of the top reads of 2013, which is never easy considering we read and review hundreds of books each year, but we’ve managed to come up with a few that we felt stood out from all the rest and have put them together for you. They are in no particular order, just the books and characters that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or touched our hearts and minds in their own unique ways.

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And now, here they are—our Top Picks of 2013



Favorite YA/Coming-of-Age

Lisa:

1.) Fearless by Chris O’Guinn
2.) Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell
3.) The Battle for Jericho by Gene Gant


Tina:

1.) Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
2.) The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly
3.) Just Between Us by JH Trumble


Jackie:

1.) Memorizing You by D.W. Skinner
2.) Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
3.) Superhero by Eli Easton


Lynn:

1.) Relationships 101 (Dear Diary 3) by Allison Cassatta


BJ:

1.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan



Favorite Contemporary

Lisa:

1.) Muscling Through by JL Merrow
2.) King Mai by Edmond Manning
3.) Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan


Tina:

1.) Billy's Bones by Jamie Fessenden
2.) With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg
3.) Catch My Breath by MJ O’Shea



Jackie:

1.) A White Coat is My Closet by Jake Wells
2.) Hungry for Love by Rick R Reed
3.) More Than Everything by Cardeno C


Lynn:

1.) Double Full by Kindle Alexander


Lana:

1.) The Trouble with Tony (Sex in Seattle #1) by Eli Easton
2.) The Hardest Thing by James Lear
3.) Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington


BJ:

1.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
2.) Probation by Tom Mendicino
3.) Home Team by James Dash



Favorite Historical

Lisa:

1.) The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
2.) Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims
3.) Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk


Lynn:

1.) A Place To Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace-Frech


BJ:

1.) The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton



Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)

Lisa:

1.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
2.) The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson
3.) Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed



Jackie:

1.) Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
2.) Moral Authority by Jacob Flores
3.) The Harvest: Taken by M.A. Church


Lynn:

1.) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Deanna Wadsworth


Lana:

1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
3.) Full Moon Dating by Julia Talbot


Favorite Paranormal

Lisa:

1.) The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by KJ Charles
2.) Spook Squad (PsyCop #7) by Jordan Castillo Price
3.) Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley


Jackie:

1.) The Haunted Heart by Josh Lanyon
2.) Fish & Ghosts by Rhys Ford
3.) Airos by Jennifer Wright


Lynn:

1.) Thicker Than Water by A. F. Henley


Lana:

1.) Every Drop of My Love by Jane Davitt
2.) Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart
3.) Blood Moon by MJ O’Shea


BJ:

1.) Last Dance With Mary Jane by John Goode



Favorite Series

Lisa:

1.) The Borders War Series by S.A. McAuley
2.) The Wode Series by J Tullos Hennig
3.) The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk


Tina:

1.) The Collars & Cuffs Series by KC Wells
2.) The Market Garden Series by Alexsandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
3.) The City Knight Series by T.A. Webb


Jackie:

1.) The Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux
2.) The Diversion Series by Eden Winters
3.) The Johnnies Series by Amy Lane


Lynn:

1.) The Broken Series by Kol Anderson


Lana:

1.) The Men of Myth Series by Brandon Witt



Favorite Couple

Lisa:

1.) Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae Min – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series by Rhys Ford
2.) Percival Whyborne and Griffin Flaherty - The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk
3.) Larry Morton and Al Fletcher – Muscling Through


Tina:

1.) Marcus & Ben – City Knight Series by T.A. Webb
2.) Aiden & Finn – Marshall’s Park Series by Lisa Worrall


Jackie:

1.) Bo & Lucky – Diversion Series by Eden Winters
2.) Chase & Tommy – Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane)
3.) Brian & Jamie – The Little Boy Lost Series by JP Barnaby


Lynn:

1.) Wes and Micah – Livin' on the Edge by Dee Dee Brock


Lana:

1.) Brett and Finn – Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Brett and Schwint – Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
3.) Tony and Jack – The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton


BJ:

1.) Michael and Finn – Bring Him Home by Sammy Goode
2.) Tavio and Tommy – Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper
3.) Sir William and Sir Christian – The Lion and the Crow by Eli Eston



Favorite Cover

Lisa:

1.) Stung by K.A. Merikan
2.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
3.) Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships by Kim Knox









Tina:

1.) Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes
2.) Billy's Bones by Jamie Fessenden
3.) Collide by J.R. Lenk









Jackie:

1.) Inside Out by Andrew Grey
2.) Whiskey & Wry by Rhys Ford
3.) Newton's Laws of Attraction by M.J. O'Shea









Lynn:

1.) Black Hurricane by Erica Pike









Lana:

1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt










BJ:

1.) Northern Star by Ethan Day
2.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
2.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton














And that does it for The Year In Reviews. Don't forget to leave a comment at The Novel Approach for your chance to win a $25 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card! :)

1 comment:

  1. I loved Superhero by Eli Easton, a definite keeper and my introduction to the writer.

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