She’s the daughter of seven gladiators. She loves her family and is true to herself, while refusing to perpetuate a suffocatingly rigid social system. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Lyn.
Best Performance by a Hero in a Recurring Role:
Curran for Magic Strikes
It’s just that he’s Curran. And he’s so furry and cocky and implacable. And out of his mind over Kate. Love the guy. Love, love, love him.
Best Debut Performance by a Hero in a Leading Role: Brigan for Fire
Because if you’re looking for still waters run deep, look no further. His iron self-control and constant putting of duty and family before any personal desires…well, in Kristin Cashore
‘s capable hands, he’s utterly spellbinding.
Talk about the definition of an antihero. Nicholas Ryves takes the cake, my friends. You love him, you hate him, you love to hate him. And his relationship with his big brother Alan will melt your heart. See if it doesn’t.
The dude smells like blood and roses and I can’t read a scene he’s in without gagging. Seriously. What is wrong with him?
Best Performance by a Vampire in a Supporting Role:
Stefan for Bone Crossed
Stefan is just, hands down, my favorite vampire around. He smells like popcorn and drives a VW bus painted like the Mystery Machine and he absolutely made Bone Crossed
. I hope Mercy gives Marsilia what she deserves one of these days. For Stefan.
For never dropping the ball and coming through in every way that matters and more. Tap & Gown
is the perfect ending to a ridiculously entertaining series. How many of those have you read?
I just love it. Better yet, its inside is every bit as breathtaking as its outside. And that is saying something.
These two are three books in now and the tension…let’s just say it remains high. Part of it can be chalked up to how well-suited they are to one another and part of it is just that Ms. Raybourn can infuse a scene with Victorian heat like nobody’s business.
And last, but not least…
Thank you, Martha. What can I say? I should have listened to you earlier. I have seen the error of my ways and will never delay reading a book you rave about ever again. This series instantaneously skyrocketed to the top of my beloved bookshelf and Turner is an absolute storytelling master. Highly recommended for fans of Robin McKinley
, Kristin Cashore
, and Sherwood Smith
As for my 2010 Must Be Mine list…I’m gonna leave you with my top 15 most anticipated titles. They hail from 3 new-to-me authors and 12 near-and-dear ones. The list is comprised of 8 YAs (4 fantasy, 2 urban fantasy, 1 dystopian, and 1 contemporary), 3 urban fantasies, 3 straight fantasies, 1 historical mystery, and is top to bottom made of awesome. Shiny, no? Here they are in order of publication date:
In a world of fever camps, wandering exiles, and cursed kingdoms, young Finnikin joins forces with the reckless Evanjalin in a bid to save the land of Lumatere from the evil that threatens to swallow it.
After the wonder that was Jellicoe Road
, I will read anything the woman writes. Due out February 9
A young woman leaves Scotland, bound for Roumania to visit a friend and write her book. There she encounters the mysterious Count Dragulescu and, well, really, need I say more? Due out March 1
The long-awaited fourth novel in the beloved Queen’s Thief series. This one follows Sophos as he fights his way to take his place as the heir to Sounis. Confession: I’m 100 pages into my ARC and it is, in a word, sublime. Due out March 23
A land beset by storms and quakes, a mysterious wizard who brings rain, and a young woman stolen from her home who may hold the key to it all…I am so there. Due out March 23
Fifth Mercy Thompson novel. ‘Nuff said. Due out March 30
A young girl has lost her memory. A desperate prince risks everything on the mere hope she is who he believes her to be. Forced to return to a place she once fled, amid scheming and lies, Isabel struggles to determine who she used to be and what she must become. Due out April 17
First in the Griffin Mage trilogy. The griffins are coming, bringing fire and desert in their wake. The king prepares for battle to protect his land. Meanwhile a young girl is summoned to heal the Griffin King and her awakening abilities lead her to the truth behind their sudden flight. Due out April 27
The fourth Kate Daniels book. Ilona and Gordon knocked it out of the park
with Magic Strikes
and I’m just not sure I’m gonna make it until May. Thank goodness for re-reading, right? Due out May 25
The first in the Curse Workers trilogy, it’s about a boy named Cassel and takes place in a private boarding school, features a family of grifters, and is about curse magic. Oh, and a white cat. And is a fairy tale retelling. And it will be mine. Due out May 4
No covers quite yet on the rest of these, but keep your eye out because they are definitely not to be missed.
The fifth Heroes book featuring the lovable Source & Shield duo: Taro & Lee. Due out July 27
This series is #3 in my top favorite urban fantasies. I just love how smooth the writing is and finding out what happens to Ciara and Shane and the gang in the next WVMP Radio installment. Due out August 1
I have no idea how it’s all going to play out but I can tell you one thing. Katniss better knock some heads together in this one because I am THIS CLOSE to losing it. Grrr. Due out August 24
The second Killer Unicorns book (I just love saying that) and the sequel to Rampant
. Peterfreund is one of my very favorite authors and I, for one, am looking forward to more Astrid, more Giovanni, more Phil, and more Bucephalus! Due out September 21
The sequel to the lovely Heir to Sevenwaters
. This one is Sibeal’s book and one I’ve been waiting for for a long time. If you’ve never read any Marillier before, you have until December to pick up Daughter of the Forest
and discover the splendiferousness for yourself. Janicu
–I’m lookin’ at you. 😉 Due out December
That’s it for me. Thanks for having me, Smugglers! I’m off to track down some hot cider and wrap the last few presents. Thanks for stopping in this Christmas Eve and I hope your holidays are filled with good cheer and good books!
Lusty ReaderDecember 24, 2009 at 9:09 am
i love the layout of your post, so fun! Girl in the Arena is on my wish list, so by making YOUR 2009 list means i have to pick it up soon!
and Tap & Gown WAS excellence. i read the series after caving to thea’s pimping of it and just adored all 4 books, but i agree, there have been plenty of times series haven’t ended *juust right* (said in a goldilocks voice) but this one definitely did. and can we pause for a moment for Poe? Oh Poe! soo fascinating and surprisingly cute, he snuck up on me and stole my heart.
KarenDecember 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Terrific post! I’ve read and loves all the books on your list except The demon’s Lexicon, Catching Fire and the Queen’s Thief books. They are all on my TBR list, though.
Your 2010 Must Be Mine list is great. Every book on your list is on mine except two (Simone Elkeles, Rachel Neumeier) which I’ve just added. And I had no idea the new Moira J. Moore book had a title and I’m so glad to see it’s out in July. Also added the Diana Peterfreund to my list even though I haven’t read Rampant. She can really do no wrong in my opinion so she’s an auto buy for me. Rampant’s staring me in the face and I must read it soon.
Thanks for the list. A delight to read this Christmas Eve. Happy holidays!
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JanicuDecember 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm
What do you mean, I have until December?! *shifty eyes*.
Yes, Kate & Curran! And Brigan! I just read GRACELING — Cashore writes great guys for her female protagonists. I love them.
I think I have to just bookmark this post and read all the books on it. I also now have the first 2 Deanna Raybourne books based on your previous pimping. One is on the computer so I can start it over the Holiday break. AND I also found a Mary Stewart mystery novel at a thrift store and I bought that too because of you. So I DO listen… I just have to *read* all of them..
LiDecember 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm
I am intrigued by Perfect Chemistry. So many mentions. And oh, I really should read The Hunger Games over the Christmas holidays.
And I’m not going to mention how jealous I am of your CoK ARC…
AngieDecember 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm
Lusty Reader, you know I am always up for a moment of silence for the awesome sauce that is Poe.
I love him with a very large love.
Let me know what you think of GIRL IN THE ARENA!
Karen, I’m still reeling over THE DEMON’S LEXICON. Phew. What a book. My review will be up soon. I highly recommend it and I cannot WAIT for the sequel. Amen to Peterfreund=autobuy. It’s certainly true for me. Merry Christmas!
Janicu, lol! Well, it is next December so that really ought to be enough time….:)
Cashore is SO good with strong women and awesome men. I love them so much. And I’m glad you loved GRACELING. Yay!
You’ve got the Raybourns?!? I will sit here and wait until you return and report. *plops down* They are loooovely.
Which Mary Stewart? You have thrilled me with all of these lovely holiday purchases. 🙂
Li, heya! Give PERFECT CHEMISTRY a shot when you’re feeling like something sweet happy and sweet and hot. It’s all those things in spades.
oranniaDecember 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Fantastic list Angie – thank you! I only discovered Ilona Andrews this year (I know, where have I been?) and currently have the second book waiting for me to pick up at the library! Ditto Juliet Marillier. I read Thea’s fantastic review of Heir to Sevenwaters late last year but only picked it up a few months ago. It blew me away. Daughter of the Forest is sitting by my bed waiting for me 🙂 Oh, and I have Megan Whalen Turner on my TBR list, so I’m not a complete lost cause 😉
Best Kiss: Lady Julia Grey and Mr. Nicholas Brisbane for Silent on the Moor.
And about time! I *heart* this series.
Sarah Rees BrennanDecember 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm
I beam at Angie for inclusion in this lovely list, and oh, Kate and Curran, the upcoming loveliness of Diana Peterfreund, Holly Black and Megan When Will My ARC Arrive Turner. Thumbs up to this most excellent guest post.
AartiDecember 25, 2009 at 10:34 am
SO EXCITED for Turner’s next book. I wish I had an ARC. Sigh- so close, yet so far 🙂
JanicuDecember 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm
Phew, I have till next December! 🙂
The Mary Stewart book I got was THE MOONSPINNERS. The cool cover caught my eye.
Rhiannon HartDecember 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm
I’m listening to Finnikin of the Rock on audio right now and it’s so good. It’s funny how Marchetta has turned her hand to fantasy–and I’m just bursting with pride at her being an Aussie!
President Snow, good pick. And OH, Brigan. There are no words…
Thanks for the heads up about Brightly Woven and Lord of the Changing Winds.
AngieDecember 26, 2009 at 12:04 am
Orannia, you are not a lost cause at all. SO much win in store for you! DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST is going to rock your little socks. 🙂 And yay for Julia and Nicholas!
Sarah, you totally deserve it. My word, I heart Nick and Alan. I kept picturing them tearing into some magicians, gun and sword ablaze! Made of awesome, this duo.
Aarti, lol, I know. The sound I let out when the ARC showed up surprised even me.
Janicu, ooh, that’s a good one. Enjoy!
Rhiannon, the Aussies know how to bring it and no mistake. I am a huge fan. And very interested to see how different FINNIKIN is from JELLICOE.
There really are no words for Brigan. *happy*
StephanieDecember 26, 2009 at 12:52 am
Every book I read that you mentioned I totally agree with your review. The ones I haven’t read yet are now on my list to read. Thanks for the list of whats to come in 2010. Some have been on my calendar but others I had no idea. Now I have something to look forward to. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
KIKADecember 28, 2009 at 1:43 am
aww Angie! LOVE the way you did this post, even more so that I knew many of the characters you awarded, and others I look forward to getting to know!
YAY for the “Heroes Return” I didn’t know there were going to be more to the series! and the Thief Series??? I’m still green all over with envy that you have that ARC of the “A Conspiracy of Kings” Oh and so many more books that you’re looking forward to just make my mouth water with anticipation! and also many books to be added to my TBR pile, As always love your posts!
Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)December 29, 2009 at 7:45 am
what a great post! I love it. and great selections to choose from.
AngieDecember 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Stephanie, sounds like we’re likeminded folk. 🙂 I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Happy reading!
Kika, you know how attached I get to some characters. When I get the chance to spotlight some of the year’s favorites, I really can’t resist. Moira J. Moore has a plan for a total of six books in the Heroes series as far as I know. So definitely more to look forward to! My review of ACoK will be up in the next day or two.
Serena, thank you! So many good books in store for us this year. I can’t wait.