So, my ten favourite reads of 2010. I list these with lots of love, as I have discovered some fantastic new authors this year (Ann Aguirre, Jaye Wells) and read some fantastic reads from old favourites (The Reckoning!).
Top Ten Reads of 2010
1. Red-headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
2. The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells
OMG this series. The first book in this series was such a surprising read. I can't even remember buying this book, and I only picked up as part of the New Authors Challenge. But reading it was practically transformative. I hadn't felt this way about a book since The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong! As soon as I got my copy of The Mage in Black, I started reading it and didn't stop till I had finished it. It was just as good as the first!
3. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
4. Firespell by Chloe Neill
I was worried that The Reckoning wouldn't live up to all my expectations for the Darkest Powers series - I needn't have. It was beyond amazing! If I could only recognise one YA series, it would be this one.
Firespell stood out from the other YA debuts of 2010. Chloe Neill is a fun and funny writer, with a very different twist on the whole paranormal YA scene. Her adult series is also fantastic - so give her a shot!
5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
6. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Graceling was my Poison Study of 2010 - high fantasy that made me want to just sink into the novel and never return. I adored every word and am nervous/excited about reading Cashore's second book, Fire.
Grimspace. Grim-OMFG-space. I adored this book. Aguirre set my heart a flutter and just... yeah. OMG this book. And what's even more astounding is that she keeps up the quality in the second novel of the series, Wanderlust. I can't wait to review that one!
7. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rules of Attraction was fantastic. Everything you could possibly want from a Contemporary YA romance - if you want a fab, Romeo-and-Juliet-esque romance, read this!
I am so very glad I finally read the Vampire Academy series! I knew everybody loved it, but I had no idea why until I read it. I haven't finished the series yet, but it is certainly one of my favourite YA series... ever.
9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
I haven't written a review for Shiver or Linger, because I really don't know what to add to the conversation. These books are stunning. Seriously, beautiful beautiful books which I highly recommend to ALL readers. It was hard to choose between Shiver and Linger for the Top Ten of 2010 - so both made the list!
So, that's all for 2010. I am super excited about this new year, and I want to thank all DBD followers for sticking it out with me this year. It's been great reading your comments and following your blogs - so thank you!