Best Books of 2013

Welcome to TTS’ Best Books of 2013!  I’ll admit, I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to this year.  Too many family health problems and deaths.  I do think this is a great list.  Every single one of you deserve to be here and a few more totally deserve to be here but I didn’t get to your books.  No worries though!  There will be other fun lists like this in TTS’ future!

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Day One by Nate Kenyon

This book gave me the chills.  It was AMAZING!  I know there are books that many say they can’t put down but this one you definitely cannot put down.  I couldn’t do it, Brandon couldn’t do it and everyone I’ve recommended it to that actually read it couldn’t.  I want more! Where’s the sequel!  Is there gonna be one?  Give me the email of the powers that be so that I can let them know I want a sequel!

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Help for the Haunted by John Searles

Creepy and beautifully written, Help for the Haunted was my pick for a Halloween read this year. Late nights and a reunion with my book lamp ensued. I want to go back and read the other two books Searles has written and I look forward to what’s next from him. Brandon says he does too. This is my book list Brandon! Get your own!

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The Absence of Mercy by John Burley

Some books come in as a blog tour email that I think would be interesting. Then when I read them, they rock my world. The Absence of Mercy was one of those reads. I still can’t get over how disturbing this killer was and I almost read it in an entire day. This is why sleep should be optional! It was 2 AM and I only had 72 pages left!

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Falwyn by Ashley Knight

Fans of Ashley Knight already know how amazing the Fins Trilogy was and we’ve been waiting anxiously for what would come next. Falwyn is no disappointment! Vivid characters, action, adventure and love awaits in this tale you can really get lost in. Lara Dupree isn’t your run of the mill female heroine. She feels she’s weak but finds a strength inside herself that is admirable and above all believable. I LOVE a good fantasy with a strong female character! Now… I’m waiting again!

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The Devil’s Necktie by John Lansing

One word describes The Devil’s Necktie and that word is WOW! I was absolutely wowed by this book. Complex characters, gripping storytelling and actions scenes that belong in a movie. John Lansing has given us one heck of a ride with this novel. I found myself going “oh crap” several times throughout and almost crying once. The ending is epic and I mean EPIC! Jack Bertolino is a hero you just have to get behind. He’s not perfect but you have to admire him nonetheless.

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NoWayBack_coverNo Way Back by Andrew Gross

Like complex mysteries? How about a thriller that will keep your eyes glued to the pages? No Way Back should be on your list. Andrew Gross pens this story as if it were an event unfolding. You follow several compelling people who have their own part in it all and you’ll have your preference of what parts you want to see. Mine was Wendy’s and while I was riveted to what was happening to her, I was wondering how the others tied together too. When it all came together, I was floored and at that point I knew that I HAD to finish this book, like THAT night.

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Black_Dog_Stephen_Booth_coverBlack Dog by Stephen Booth

The Cooper and Fry series has been available in the UK for a while but now thanks to Harper Collins, we readers here in the states get to experience this awesome series. Booth sets up an mystery for us here but the big thing for me was the characters. Their stories at times are actually BETTER than the main storyline thread going on! Then he pulls us back in by adding something interesting regarding the case. I could seriously see myself being guided. Was a different feeling for me as a reader. Totally reading more Cooper and Fry in the new year!

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Eyrie by Emma Michaels

If you haven’t read Owlet yet, go do so! This is book two in the Society of Feathers. Another beautifully written fantasy with world building I have to admire. Iris’ quest is beautiful and heart breaking. I don’t want it to end but I’m hearing it will with the next book. I’m totally a sad smiley over here.

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The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

The Demonologist is a creepy tale of a father searching for his daughter. It seriously gave me the chills and was so much fun to read. Fans of Paradise Lost will get another layer to this book that some may not. Not everything is given to you and a few things you’ll wonder about. I like not having everything handed to me as a reader. I also loved the end which will definitely spark discussion.

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Second Watch by J.A. Jance

Beautiful is the only word to describe Second Watch by J.A. Jance. With this book, we go back into J.P.’s past with a cold case that was never solved. That alone would have made for a great book but Jance took it a bit further and weaved in a personal quest for J.P. that moved me to ears. I really do need to go back and read the rest of the books in this series! You won’t be lost if you start with this one though. I wasn’t!

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DevilInTheHoleFrontDevil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg

With Devil in the Hole, Charles Salzberg takes the John List murders and changes them a bit to bring us a chilling tale of a man who murdered his family. I loved the way this book is three dimensional. We’re told about the murders through the eyes of people who encountered John Hartman while he was on the run, the neighbor who called the police, the investigator and many more. It’s telling us about the story while at the same time we’re reading a book about the murders.

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9781611880649_frontcover181857Back from the Dead by Peter Leonard

I fell in love with Peter Leonard and his cast of complex characters with the first book, Voices of the Dead. Now my waiting is over and Peter Leonard once again delivers! Just as Harry Levin, I had to see this all through to the end. The gripping plot and dark humor keeps you glued to the pages. I feel you can read this book as a stand alone novel, the author does just enough explaining for it all to make sense. However, I strongly recommend you read Voices of the Dead first. You will not regret it.

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HarrisGray_JavaMan_1400Java Man by Harris Gray

Coffee shop owner Brian Lawson is diagnosed with cancer but it won’t stop him from saving his struggling coffee shop. If you’ve read Vampire Vic, then you know that the writing team of Harris Gray have a writing style that is disturbing and yet humorous at the same time. Several times I found myself thinking I’m going to Hell for laughing. It’s quirky and different but if you get offended easily, it may not be for you.

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Unusual Awakening by S.M Knowles

I love those books that make you feel. You wonder what the heck is going on, you hate a character, you like a character and you go big eyed several times. That’s what I did with Unusual Awakening. S.M. Knowles has given us an amazing first novel and I’m impatiently awaiting the second. I HAVE to know what happens next!

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Weather Witch by Shannon Delany

I used to read a lot of fantasy and that’s mainly why I switched genres and why I read a lot of different books as a reviewer. If you stay in one genre for too long everything starts sounding the same. Weather Witch brought me back to fantasy! Shannon Delany’s steampunk world with a hint of magic is one of my favorite places to visit. I have the 2nd book in my review pile and I can’t wait to get back!

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The Dare by Karin Tabke

Like your books a bit spicy? This erotic serial novella from Karin Tabke was just fun. Anybody can make up an erotic story with hot sex scenes but Karin gives us characters we love, a great story and a feeling of OMG she did not go there with this story! Part two is out and I can’t wait to get to it.

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Reality Hero by Ashlynn Monroe

I am a huge HUGE fan of Ashlynn Monroe. Her books are quirky, sexy and just fun to read. Reality Hero has one strange twist after another. What do you expect when dealing with a superhero and his lady love?

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On the Right Side of a LineOn the Right Side of a Line by Shandy Kurth

At 176 pages, I demolished this book in about three or four hours. Valen’s world is dangerous and feels legit. We’ve seen many movies and books out there where the “good” little girl moves into a bad neighborhood or ends up going to a bad school and changes because she falls in love with a boy. Charlie doesn’t change all that much and her decisions and actions made me like her and hate her at times. That’s a very refreshing change and very real.

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Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton

Well written, well crafted and truly dark. I am proud to say this was my last read of 2013. The romance between Olivia and Loren is as complicated as it is hot. I think this is like the third time I’m going to say I love a read with a strong female character and I got it here. Also, Felicity Heaton can write a heck of a fight scene! Can’t wait for book 2.

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Slingshot-MatthewDunn_coverSlingshot by Matthew Dunn

This was my first encounter with Matthew Dunn’s Spycatcher series and it certainly will not be my last. Slingshot was such a compelling and captivating read that I wanted to enjoy it rather than just plow through it in order to meet my date for its book tour. I was dying to know what happened next but at the same time I didn’t want it to end. When I finished it, I actually needed some time to recover.

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So that’s my list! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it.  I hope you check out these books and I look forward to another year of great reads in 2014!

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf