My favourite books of 2007 – roughly in reading order:
** Patricia Briggs‘ “Blood Bound” (urban fantasy) – The second book in her Mercy series didn’t disappoint. I’ve just finished the third (“Iron Kissed”) and can safely say this is one of my all-time favourite series. It stands out from the hundred and one werewolf urban fantasy series out there.
** Elizabeth Peters‘ “The Falcon at the Portal” and “He Shall Thunder in the Sky” (mystery) – I loved the entire Amelia Peabody series, but these two books are my favourite because of the romance. Rambling series review here.
** Kelley Armstrong‘s “No Humans Involved” (urban fantasy) – I love all her books and the seventh book in her Otherworld series is no exception. Review here. Her Nadia Armstrong book, “Exit Strategy”, nearly made it onto this list as well…
** Jacqueline Winspear‘s “Maisie Dobbs” (mystery) – Set in 1930s London, this is the first book in her Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series. I love the post-WWI setting and all the period detail – Ms Winspear really brings the era to life. Series review here.
** Jacqueline Carey‘s “Kushiel’s Justice” (dark fantasy) – This is the second book in her Imriel trilogy, but definitely doesn’t suffer from the “middle-child” syndrome. I posted some thoughts about it here, but appear to have spent more space ranting about the spoiler on the copyright page than actually talking about the book.
** JK Rowling‘s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (YA fantasy) – Well, this just had to be on my list! I thought it wrapped up the series perfectly.
** Suzanne Brockmann‘s “Force of Nature” and “All Through the Night” (romantic suspense) – I’m a big Jules fan, and I’m glad he finally got his HEA. Apart from that, I thought FoN was classic Brockmann, with a great ending. Review of ATTN here.
** Eva Ibbotson‘s “The Secret Countess” and “The Morning Gift” (YA romance) – Jennie’s review inspired me to buy the former, and I’m so glad I did. It’s the perfect feel-good story. Review of “The Secret Countess” here. “The Morning Gift” is just as good – I don’t think I could pick the one I like better (some initial thoughts on it here).
** Diana Gabaldon‘s “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade” (historical mystery) – She’s one of my favourite authors, and Lord John’s one of her most fascinating characters. I don’t think think anyone else out there writes the way she does.
** Nalini Singh‘s “Caressed by Ice” (paranormal romance) – Third in her Psy-Changeling series, this was the one that wowed me. I don’t think I reviewed it (lazy me!), but I loved the romance and the world-building.
** Lisa Kleypas‘ “Mine Till Midnight” (historical romance) – Ms Kleypas is a relatively new-to-me author, but now one of my auto-buys. I liked how Cam wasn’t a typical hero and loved his story.
** Sharon Shinn‘s “Reader and Raelynx” (fantasy) – Fourth in her Twelve Houses series. I think I would read anything Ms Shinn writes. Fangirl gush aside – I thought this wrapped up her Twelve Houses series very well… but I’m still hoping for one more.
** Eloisa James‘ “An Affair Before Christmas” (historical romance) – I loved this one. I haven’t yet done a review (am waaaaay behind), but I thought it was better than the first book (“Desperate Duchess”) in this series. Loved the Georgian setting, her writing, the cast of characters… everything about this book really!