This was a fun post to write as it had me browsing my own blog and recalling books and characters that I have read. Listed are six wonderful books I read and discovered while blogging. This list does not include Audiobooks, as I have given them their own top six posts. You can check that out tomorrow. Grab a cup of sweet tea. (yes, I like tea occasionally) and enjoy….
In no particular order here are…..
Six of My Favorite Books Read as A Book Blogger
by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service. When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…
Libraries, automations, brilliant characters and incredible world building have made this series a joy to read. A combination of dystopian and fantasy Caine transports us to a world in which books are banned and kept from the general populations. Read my review of INK AND BONE. Be sure to check out the other books in this series.
by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #3
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied - and too glorious to surrender.
If you have been following Caffeinated you already know this is one of my favorite trilogies. I have gifted RED RISING more than any other book on the blog. Pierce takes us to Mars and introduces a brilliant dystopian world in this epic fantasy series. The world building is absolutely incredible and it was such a joy watching these characters and author evolve. This book about broke my heart and had me so invested the rest of the world slipped away. Read my review of MORNING STAR then check out the rest of the trilogy.
by Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage, #1
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun. With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
THE PASSAGE and the entire Passage series is simply brilliant. This trilogy is by far my favorite post-apocalyptic tale. From the characters to the horrors Cronin held me captive. Check out my review THE PASSAGE, then click here and read my thoughts on all of the books in this trilogy.
by Sally Thorne
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.
If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
Office romance, competitiveness, snark, wickedly fun banter and adorkableness made this a stand out romance. I found the HATING GAME to be fresh, humorous and swoony. Check out my review of THE HATING GAME
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Genres: Urban Fantasy
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...
I love the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. SILENCE FALLEN ranks among my favorite. I loved the setting, supernatural encounters, and Doctor Who references. Mercy really shone in this installment. Read my review of SILENCE FALLEN and then check out my reviews of the Mercy Thompson series.
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire… Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive. Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Typically I listen to all of Andrews books on audio, and I totally recommend that you try them. However, I read BURN FOR ME and the Hidden Legacy series. Once those character voices are created in my head I stick with the format. This urban fantasy series filled with superheroes was brilliant from beginning to end. Andrews gives us unique, quirky characters, a family to root for and a swoony romance you won’t be able to get enough of. Check out my review of BURN ME and then check out my reviews of the rest of the Hidden Legacy series.Caffeinated Shares Six Books she loved and read while blogging... Click To Tweet
Six Funny Review Stories
- I once published a review post at Midnight with no review. I had read the book and imagined I wrote the review. What resulted was the fastest review I ever wrote.
- I received two books from the publisher with releases two months apart. I read the first and began to write my review only to realize the synopsis did not match what I read. I had read book three of the trilogy first. No wonder I felt lost for the first 20%. Eek gads.
- I wrote a five-star review and the NY Bestselling author stopped by to say she loved my review but asked who the characters I mentioned were. You know when you read fantasy and the characters have some weird names and you changed them in your head to something like Mac and Claire? No? Ha. I wrote the review with my made up names.
- I accidentally selected two stars when setting up my review and then gave a fan-gushing review. Thankfully folks said something and I changed it the four it was supposed to be.
- I referred to an author with a unisex name as he. Turns out he was a she. Good times 🙂
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