Favorite Books Jan - June 2015

I'm a little late with this post, but I promised I would share my book recommendations about every six months, so here you go! In no particular order: My Favorite Books from January through June 2015. Not all are new, but all are new to me!

The Psy-Changeling Series is one of very few books I will preorder on Amazon. Basically, as soon as it's posted, I run out to click the buy link. SHARDS OF HOPE reinforces that decision. This is one of the best of the Psy-Changeling books, breaking into slightly new territory with two Arrows leaving the bonds of silence to fall in love with each other. I couldn't put it down! 

[NOTE: With Psy-Changeling, you really do need to start with Book 1: SLAVE TO SENSATION. While the books can be read independently, you'll miss a lot of critical subtext and history if you don't read them in order.]

The Jane Yellowrock series is another book that I will usually preorder, and I did for this one! These are dark books with just a little romance (but lots of sexual tension) and a kick-butt but flawed shapechanging protagonist in Jane Yellowrock. Dark Heir continues the story line involving the European Vamps impending visit and Jane's own growing powers. Loved it!

[NOTE: Also like the Psy-Changeling Series, you really do need to start with Book 1: SKINWALKER in the Jane Yellowrock series. The books can probably be read independently, but you'll miss a lot of critical subtext and history if you don't read them in order.]

ANGELFALL is the first book in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. I read the first two books in a matter of a few days, and only waited for the third because it wasn't available when I finished book 2. Although it's technically YA and involves angels, both of which I tend to shy away from as being a bit overdone, this was a fantastic trilogy. It was dark and twisted, and didn't get too "angsty". I highly recommend you pick up all three.

Nathan Lowell writes the Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series, which I devoured a couple of years ago. SOUTH COAST, though entirely independent of the Solar Clipper series, is nevertheless set within the same Universe. It takes place on an agricultural planet that supplies fish (and sheep, but the book doesn't really get into that) to the other planets in the system. Shamans exist on this planet as advisors and leaders who are connected to the communities they live in. They carve small figurines out of wood that magically protect and aid the individual they're given to. SOUTH COAST follows young Otto, heir to his father's post as Shaman, as he transforms from an average boy into a powerful shaman with extraordinary abilities. It's a nice cross between science fiction and fantasy. Highly recommended.

This is a great urban fantasy by author Ranae Glass (pen name for Sherry Ficklin). Like all of Sherry's books, I loved this one! Action packed and entertaining, it follows Private Investigator, Isabel Stone as she and her vampire partner investigate a series of murders. Though she would love a nice picket fence, 2.5 kids and a dog, her life keeps getting in the way. Great characters and an exciting plot kept me thoroughly engaged! There's a second book out now, which I haven't yet read, but it's in my TBR pile!

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