Happy Tuesday friends!
Today in our #BestReadsOf2020 we are voting for our favorite new series read this year!
I have several winners for you today:
⚔️ From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout ;
Here is what I wrote about it:
Ingredients to make a hot, sexy, intriguing and addictive fantasy book: take a Maiden (Poppy) who has no freedom but is the future of her people, add a villain (The Dark One) and some pretty evil sub villains (The Duke among others), mix with a sexy, cocky and very gifted personal guard (Hawke) and sprinkle all this with interesting world building and prophecy.
This is basically the key to this story’s success.
And it works splendidly!
The attraction between these Poppy and Hawke was undeniable and the sex scenes put this definitely under the adult category, adult fantasy.
Reading that story, with that imaginative universe, the secrets, the deities, the vampires, the attraction, great main characters and plot twists was a pure delight and I can’t wait for book three!
⚔️ A Deadly Eductation by Naomi Novik ( I loved it so much that I bought Spinning Silver and intend to read all of Naomi ‘s books);
I loved how unlovable Galdriel seemed as she was like a hedgehog. Always angry, not kind to people but it was rather that she was unkind to unkind people. To posers. Arrogant kids.
Yet Galladriel didn’t hesitate to anonymously save the freshmen, sacrificing lots of her precious mana stored in her mom’s crystals because deep down she is a good person. Her mom raised her to make the right choices even if everyone expects the worst from her.
That story was very interesting by its topics (don’t judge a person based on the appearance), by the intricate magic system and world building, by its characters quite like onions where you had to peel the different layers and …by its ending! One of my best reads this year!
⚔️ Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Oddly, this made me think of the TV show Lucifer, first season.
You have a killer to find, suspects to interrogate, clues to read and your partner is a Prince of Hell: Prince Wrath.
The main characters will take quite a long time before figuring things out while I guessed pretty early on “who did it” but their banter was entertaining. The world building and lore were done just right to have me in the story without being bored out by lengthy depictions and that unexpected pairing of a prince of Hell and a witch worked remarkably well.
In fact, I read that book in one long sitting!
I have plenty of likes!
I loved how the relationship between Wrath and Emilia progressed.
I loved the world building with the different Prince of Hell, white and dark magic, the prophecy.
I loved all the cooking in this book! It made me hunger for Italian food!
I loved the banter too and both characters in general.
I loved the writing that created an atmospheric read, never boring and plenty entertaining.
I just need book two already!
What are your favorite new series this year?
Thanks for reading!
I really want to read A Deadly Education!!
I hope you’ll love it!
It just sounds so good! I really hope it live up to my expectations
A million times yes to From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout! I can’t wait to get the next two books this year, I have to know what happens next ack!
These are all books that are on my list. Especially Kingdom of the Wicked!
I THINK (!!!) I’ve found a sneaky way to get From Blood and Ash in Canada! 🙂 At least, part of the way here … I have a friend in Washington who I can ship it to!
New barrier: The borders being closed. *le sigh*
I’m wanting to try this series. I’ve enjoyed some of her other books.
I hope you will Laura!
I bought Kingdom of the Wicked, but still need to read it! I am super excited about it now that you have it on the top of your list. I will have to check the others as well.
Please go with the audio if you can!
I’ve not read any of these but I really want to!
That Jennifer Armentrout book is definitely on my watch out for list, I am so happy to see that it made this top list.
I hope you’ll read it Renee!
I love the cover of that 3rd one.
It’s beautiful right?
I originally DNF’ed A Deadly Education but you’re making me think maybe I gave up on it too soon. I just got a copy of the Armentrout book so I’m excited to see that series made your list.
Suzanne, as I said to Tammy, go for the audio with A Deadly Education!
You’re making me want to give A Deadly Education another shot!! I feel like I need to keep reading.
Tammy try the audiobook! I swear all the descriptions will feel way better!
Wow, loving the covers on these three, Sophie, definitely would want to make me pick them up and read!
You totally should!