Top 10 of 2011

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The following are my favorite reads of 2011:

A Lady Awakened  A Lady Awakened by
Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?
I got this book ARC and I was excited to find out today the there is a sequel in the Blackshear Family  series. 
The Hunger Games by The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

I finally found out what all the hype was about......and Now I'm on the band wagon!

The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend, #4)The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend #4) by

This was the turning point for me in this series.  This book made me LOVE it!
 The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress Legend #7) by The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress Legend, #7)
The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead, and Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Damali Richards, the Vampire Huntress, and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy---one that not even Damali will anticipate---has been developed. There is only one entity who can best Damali, send Carlos packing, and put the Guardian team at mortal risk. This powerful being was once banished into a forsaken land and possesses everything that would bring a Neteru to his or her knees. This time the fight is not so clear-cut, and it is not only Damali's soul in the balance but her body and heart as well.
Funny how I came across this series.  I sent my friend to the library to pick up my holds and her came back with Minion (the first in this series) instead.  I told him I'd never let him run my errands again.  I don't know if he did it on purpose, but in the end I loved it.  So now I let him pick my books up when I need something new to read in hopes that he'll stumble on another good book!
Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #5)Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5)  by

This was my favorite of all the Breed love matches.....*SIGH*!!!
Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories I) by Kelley Armstrong Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories I)

New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has captivated readers with her spellbinding Women of the Otherworld series. Now, for the first time, in this collection of four tales she gives center stage to the men who love these sexy, supernatural women—the men who live on the other side of humanity…the wild side.

As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this tantalizing volume, featuring three of the most intriguing members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling, and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics—including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is....

From the nature of fear, weakness, and courage, to the triumph of belonging and the complications of love and loyalty, these mesmerizing tales reveal the trials of a werewolf coming-of-age, and lay bare the hearts and minds of the men strong enough for the women of the Otherworld—and adept enough to take on two worlds.
Finally, a glimpse into the guys' past!!!

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by

This the second book on my list with the same name.  Being bitten was popular this!

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) 
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.
This was a perfect ending.  I'm afraid to pick up the next book in the series.

Bumped (Bumped, #1) Bumped (Bumped #1) by Megan McCafferty

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

This book did not get a 5-star rating from me, however I could not over look it for this list.  It's definitely memorable.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Again, 4-stars but definitely a memorable book.
The following is my favorite covers of 2011:

Betrayal (The Descendants #1)
Betrayal (The Descendants #1) by Mayandree Michel

Clarity (Clarity, #1)
Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington

Spirit Storm (Spirit Guide, #2)
Spirit Storm (Spirit Guide #2) by E.J. Stevens

Angel Arias (Night Creatures, #2)
Angel Arias (Night Creatures #2) by Marianne de Pierres

Spiderwork (Apocalypto, #2)
Spiderwork (Apocalypto #2) by L.K. Rigel

Unlovable (Port Fare, #1)
Unlovable (Port Fare #1) by Sherry Gammon

My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)
My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland

Exiled (Immortal Essence, #1)
Exiled (Immortal Essence #1) by RaShelle Workman

My Unfair Godmother
My Unfair Godmother (My Fair Godmother #2) by Janette Rallison

Wayfinder (Worldwalker Duology #2)
Wayfinder (Worldwalker Duology #2) by C.E. Murphy

So what are your top 10 of 2011?

1 comment:

  1. Betrayal, Spirit Storm, angel arias, Spiderwork and Exiled are all brand new to me but gorgeous! I love the dress on Spiderwork. I'm a sucker for that dress and I want it. I would have no where to wear it but I want it.
    My Top 10 Book Covers of 2011


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