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Best of 2021: The Series

Posted January 6, 2022 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh: While Archangel’s Light wasn’t my favorite installment in the series, the series itself is still amazing. I am continually enthralled by the world that Nalini has created here.

Realm Enforcers by Rebecca Zanetti: I read this series late in 2021, so it’s still on my mind. Which doesn’t mean anything except that the series is amazing. I read the entire series in less than a month. The characters were so intriguing that I couldn’t stop. I think this is Zanetti’s best series.

Navesink Bank by Jessica Gadziala: I’m kind of cheating here because Navesink Bank isn’t actually a series itself. Jessica Gadziala calls it the Navesink Bank Universe. It’s made of several series that all connect. I have to admit, it’s nice to have old favorites pop up here and there. My favorite series of the Navesink Bank Universe is the Mallick Brothers series. So yummy.

Aurelia Ryder by Ilona Andrews: Do I really need to say anything here?

Clifton Forge by Devney Perry: This is your classic MC type series. It is completely engrossing.

Honorable Mentions: Dominion by Juliette Cross, Getting Some by Emma Chase, Wrecked by Catherine Cowles, and Dark Protectors by Rebecca Zanetti.

Holly

Ever Dark, Ever Deadly by Jenna Collett: I was really into Fairytale retellings in 2021, and this series was one of the better ones I found. Each book is a blend of fairytales. Books 2 and 4 were especially good. I highly recommend them.

Demon Days, Vampire Nights by K.F. Breene: This is a multilayered series that spans several trilogies and spinoffs featuring different characters. I loved the world-building and the characters.

Class 5 by Michelle Diener: I read more Sci-Fi in 2021 than I usually do, in part because of this series. The books are romance-lite, but I hardly noticed. I was fully invested in the thinking AI’s and the way they bonded with their humans.

Sarazen Saga by Isabel Wroth: What a crazy ride this series was. There’s a lot going on in this series. I was never bored or impatient while reading. I was fully invested in each character and story.

Dominion by Juliette Cross: I really loved the books in this series. The overall theme has shades of Nalini Singh, which worked well for it. I loved the strong women and the world.

Honorable Mentions: The Little Coven by Isabel Wroth, Dark Planet Warriors by Anna Carven, Getting Some by Emma Chase and Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath.

What was your favorite series in 2021?


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Best of 2021: The Authors

Posted January 4, 2022 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Rebecca Zanetti: I’ve enjoyed Rebecca Zanetti’s books for years. Her books are incredibly immersive. I’ve loved most of the books she’s written. From paranormal to dystopian to romantic suspense; she writes it all.

Devney Perry: This is a relatively new-to-me author. I read a book she wrote in the Rifts & Refrains series. It was really good so I glommed most of her backlist. I still have a few more of her books to read & that’s very exciting.

Jessica Gadziala: This is a new-to-me author that I found randomly on GoodReads. The books sounded decent so I headed over to Amazon to buy a few. Imagine my surprise when I found all her books are on Kindle Unlimited. I glommed her for months. I think there were a few months there in the summer that the only author I read was her. Her characters are fascinating and I love how all the books are connected somehow.

A.L. Jackson: A.L. Jackson has been on my Best of Authors list for the last three years. I discovered her in 2019. I’ve read almost all her books & have yet to be disappointed. They are very emotional

Catherine Cowles: This is another new-to-me author. Her books pack quite the emotional punch. Her heroes are to die for. Heroines are pretty badass too.

Honorable Mentions: Cassandra Robbins, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, and Kristen Ashley.

Holly

This year I chose new-to-me authors that I binge-read in 2021. I didn’t love every book I read by them, but I enjoyed them enough to glom their books/series.

Jenna Collett: Collett has a series of fairytale retellings I really enjoyed. Her writing is wonderful and I enjoyed the girl power theme in her books.

Isobel Wroth: I binge-read a ton of Wroth’s novels this year. She reminded me a lot of Kristen Ashley – in a good way. Imaginative and creative, her world-building and female friendships kept me coming back for more.

Anna Carven: I struggled with Carven’s writing early on, until I realized some of her books had been released as serials and then just combined. After that I easily fell into her world. She writes imaginative stories full of detail and relatable characters.

Juliette Cross: I love that Cross can do both light-hearted and darker novels. I read and enjoyed two different series by her, and they were so different you’d never know the same author wrote them.

Melanie Karsak: I first discovered Karsak’s steampunk novels, which I really enjoyed. Then I tried her Shield-Maiden series and I was hooked. Anyone who watched Vikings and loved Lagertha should try her.

Honorable Mentions: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sherry Thomas, Michelle Diener, Hailey Edwards and Molly Harper.

Who were your favorite authors in 2021?


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Best of 2021: The Books

Posted January 3, 2022 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Lucky Stars (Ghosts and Reincarnation #5) by Kristen Ashley: I read this book very early in the year, but I still remember it. It’s a second-chance romance with a few ghosts thrown in. It was typical Kristen Ashley fare and I was hooked.

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews: At the end of 2020, I struggled to start this book. I finished the Kate Daniel series in 2020 & I didn’t want it to be over. So I procrastinated. Then I read it, & omg you guys, it was amazing. Aurelia was just so like Julie, but not like her at all. Seeing the short glimpse of Derek & I all for this series. I can’t wait for the next book.

Give Me a Reason (Redemption Hills #1) by A.L. Jackson: For me, A.L. Jackson has never missed. There is not one book she’s written that I didn’t like. This book went beyond like and straight into love. It’s the first in a new series. Both Trent & Eden are amazing characters.

Tin Queen (Clifton Forge #5) by Devney Perry: I’m really disappointed that I didn’t review this book. It took me awhile to love it, but when I did? Holy crap, this was a good book. There is romance, intrigue, family secrets, and a happy ending. This book stayed with me long after I finished it. Nova was so badass. Plus she admitted when she was wrong, which made her a better character than she already was.

Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers #5) by Rebecca Zanetti: This is probably my favorite book of 2021. I enjoyed Bear and Nessa so much. Their struggle was very real. I hope to bring you guys this review sometime this month. It was a fabulous book.

Honorable Mentions: Fallen Jester by Devney Perry, Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh, and Come to Me Recklessly by A.L. Jackson.

Holly

Murder on Cold Street (Lady Sherlock #5) by Sherry Thomas: I somehow missed this series when it was first released, which turns out to be a blessing because I was able to binge-read it. I loved all the books, but this one stood out for me. Charlotte, Watson and the whole cast of characters is really wonderful here.

Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai: This is the Hades/Persephone story I’ve been waiting for. I loved everything about it…except that it ended too quickly.

Heart (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters #2) by Audrey Faye: This series was another new discovery for me in 2021. I liked all the books I read in the series, but this one was my favorite. The focus on the pack submissives and letting those who were abused and traumatized find their own power was wonderful.

Wild Sign (Alpha & Omega #6) by Patricia Briggs: Briggs is always a favorite, and I love Charles and Anna, but I especially loved learning more about Leah in this book. Although this isn’t my favorite book in the series, it was definitely an awesome book.

Shatter the Dark (Ever Dark, Ever Deadly #4) by Jenna Collett: This was such a great book. I really loved the nod to Hansel and Gretel and Beauty and the Beast. Both MCs were well-written and really grew over the course of the novel.

Honorable Mentions: The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson, Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik and Boyfriend (Moo U #1) by Sarina Bowen.

What were your favorite books in 2021?


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Best of 2020: The Series

Posted January 8, 2021 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

We’re back with a new best of 2020 post today, aren’t you excited? 🙂 A huge chunk of the books that we all read is part of a series. Whether it’s a new series or an on-going series or a series that has finished, you’ll see our favorite series of the year listed here.

Casee

Unfinished Hero by Kristen Ashley: This series was exactly what I needed from Kristen Ashley and I didn’t even know it. It has dark, alpha heroes that seem to be a thing of the past. The men are anti-heroes and they were yummy.

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews: Holy crap, I can’t believe that I didn’t read this series years ago. I freaking love it and am so excited to read Julie/Aurelia’s book. I (like most KD readers) am not ready to let this series go quite yet.

King by T.M. Frazier: So this is a weird one for me. I love this series as a whole, but the individual books are hit and miss. I ate this series up and I have no regrets.

Ghosts and Reincarnation by Kristen Ashley: I read this series in December. It was exceptional. I couldn’t put the books down.

Reapers MC by Joanna Wylde: This is a new-to-me author that I really enjoyed. I’ve read almost all the books in the series and I was hooked.

Holly

The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards: “Make No Apologies for Surviving” is the theme of this series, and I was here for it. Grier was a wonderful MC, and I loved how she grew in strength and power as the series progressed.

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen: The Bridge Kingdom was probably my favorite read of the year. I loved the world, the characters and the political intrigues of the series. I can’t wait for the next release.

Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath: This was a lovely series from start to finish. I enjoyed my time with the Trewlove family and I was very sorry to say goodbye to them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This was such an interesting world, I easily fell into it. I really loved the secondary characters and the storylines.

Crown of Shards by Jennifer Estep: The third book was a little flat by comparison to the first two, but I enjoyed the series as a whole. Evie was a kickass MC and I really loved the way her story progressed.

Honorable Mentions: A Gathering of Dragons by Meljean Brook and Mercenary Librarians by Kit Rocha.

Rowena

Kate Daniels: Are you guys tired of me talking about how much I loved this series this year? Cause it’s still true. Kate Daniels was my top series of the year. I’m so sad it’s over…but I’m looking forward to the new Aurelia Ryder series.

Mercy Thompson: There are few characters that I love more than Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson. Mercy is more low key than Kate is but no less kick ass and I absolutely adore this series. I’m always thrilled to get a new Mercy Thompson book.

Psy-Changeling Trinity: I love Nalini Singh’s paranormal world that she created for the Psy-Changelings and Alpha Night was such a great addition to that new Trinity books so of course it’s on my list of favorite series of the year.

The Iron Covenant: Another spin-off from the Kate Daniels world? Yes, of course, I liked it and of course, I can’t wait for more. Who knew that I would come to love Hugh???

Hidden Legacy: Catalina Baylor and Alessandro Sagredo are killing it in the Hidden Legacy series right now and I’m so here for it so of course, this made my top series list.

What were some of your favorite series that you read in 2020?


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Best of 2020: The Heroines

Posted January 6, 2021 by Casee in Features | 1 Comment

2020 was the year of the strong heroine for us here at Book Binge and we’re here to list our favorites of the bunch. You’ll find some really great heroines, heroines that are some of the strongest, most caring and loving heroines that we all read and loved in 2020. Check it out.

Casee

Kate Daniels from Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews: There are few heroines that rate as high as Kate Daniels for me. She’s just as amazing in book one as she is in book ten, though she grows and changes exponentially in between.

Sharine from Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh: The Hummingbird has always been very elusive in this series. Not just elusive, but fragile. Sharine was anything but meek. I enjoyed her journey to finding herself. It was inspiring.

Julia Fairfax from Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley: Julia gave up her life to move to England to take care of her nieces and nephew. I found her courage and resilience to be very admirable. She never made the children feel like she sacrificed and she didn’t let Douglas get away with anything.

Rage from All the Rage by T.M. Frazier: Rage was a very unusual heroine. As an assassin, she was completely different than your usual heroine. She thought she didn’t have the emotions that other people had until she met her match with Noloan.

Olivia Shade from Sebring by Kristen Ashley: Olivia was heartbreaking. She knew she was trapped with her criminal family and she did whatever she could to take care of her employees. No matter that they were criminals. She didn’t think she deserved Nick with just destroyed me. All the feels with this one.

Holly

Lara from The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen: A female assassin raised in a compound with her sisters, who sacrifices everything to save them? Yesssss. Lara made some mistakes, but man did I love her. She was just so fierce!

Yvenne from A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane: Yvenne was weak, disfigured and small – not exactly what you’d expect of a Barbarian heroine. But she was also strong, fierce, loyal and very smart. Her quick wit and determination to save herself and her people was so well done. I adored her.

Nina from Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha: I really loved how capable and tough Nina was, and how quick she was to step in and protect those weaker than she was. Right from the beginning she was kicking ass and taking names, and I was here for it.

Grier Woolworth from The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards: Grier was such a standup character. I loved how determined she was to put the pieces of herself back together, to enjoy her freedom, and to learn from past mistakes. She took some hits, but she kept striving to be better. I loved that.

Sharine from Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh: Sharine was another broken character who was determined to put the pieces of herself back together. She had strength and grace, and I loved watching her personal growth throughout the novel.

Rowena

Kate Daniels from Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels is the top of the best for me. I freaking love the heck out of her.

Mercy Thompson-Hauptman from Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson is up there with Kate Daniels for me. I absolutely love her.

Julie Olsen-Lennart from Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews: Julie is a favorite character of mine from the Kate Daniels world for me and I completely adored her in Magic Stars. I’m Team Derek for Julie. Get it together, Derek!!

Catalina Baylor from Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews: I really enjoyed Nevada’s books but Catalina is holding her own and I really enjoyed all of the books with her front and center. She’s completely different from Nevada, but still just as awesome. Love her!

Selenka Durev from Alpha Night by Nalini Singh: Selenka was a great heroine, perfect for Ethan but equally great on her own. She was a great alpha to her pack and a great partner for Ethan. Just an all-around great character and I really liked her.

Who were some of your favorite heroines in 2020?


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