Thursday, January 08, 2009

Best Reads of 2008

All reviews are linked unless otherwise noted.

Best Book of 2008, King of the Mountain~

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; Maggie O'Farrell Literary fiction set in contemporary Scotland explores family relationships, betrayal and the difference between justice, vengeance and revenge.

Best of the Rest, runners up~

A Rose for the Crown; Anne Easter Smith Historical fiction about Richard III and his mistress; 2008 release.

Tangled Webs; Anne Bishop Fantasy set in the same world as the Black Jewels trilogy. 2008 release

The Invisible Ring; Anne Bishop Fantasy released in 2000 set in the same world as the Black Jewels trilogy.

Komarr; Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction set in the Vorkosigan Universe, readers watch as Miles falls in love and runs afoul of yet another nefarious plot.

Five Quarters of the Orange; Joanne Harris Literary fiction set in contemporary and WW II era France; explores a struggling family living in occupied France and how children within the same family remember and experience events very differently from each other.

Skeletons at the Feast; Chris Bohjalian Literary fiction set in WW II Germany. Readers journey along with a German family fleeing the advancing Russian army.


Lord of Scoundrels; Loretta Chase Dominick Ballister meets his match in the personage of one Miss Jessica Trent

A Gift of Wings in The Queen in Winter by Sarah Monette Short Story. Fantasy romance with a cabin mystery thrown in for good measure, explores the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome on the loved ones of the sufferer.

The Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas. Not linked. Three of which I read over the holiday period, but none of which I've managed to review yet. Books in this series are: Devil in Winter, Scandal in Spring, Secrets of a Summer Night and It Happened One Autumn.

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