When I sat down to put this week's Top 5 together my biggest problem actually turned out to be knowing whether or not a book was actually released in 2012 or in late 2011. This is what happens when you fall behind on your TBR pile - you start to lose track of when exactly you added any given book to the pile. It's sad really and clearly I need to engage in some major catching up over the summer. Cue sigh here.
Well, in any case, here is Calliope's Domain Top 5 Fave Books from [hopefully] the First Half of 2012.
#5 - Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
This was a fun read with a good balance of adventure, mystery, romance and family bonding. It developed the characters and plot lines from the first book while simultaneously standing on its own. You can read my full review of the book here.
#4 - Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane
What I love about this series is its ability to make me wince. Chess, the main character, is an drug addicted, ghost exorcising, haunting debunking, top-of-her-game witch living a world ruled by the Church with an underside that even Satan would hesitate to visit. And somehow what it all boils down to is a girl wallowing in self-loathing, solving mysteries that coincidentally interconnect, and having boy troubles. Honestly, what's not to love?
#3 - By a Thread by Jennifer Estep
Finally, finally, those last pesky plot threads left hanging are tied up, neat as can be. Ever wonder what became of Detective Caine (the slime ball who left at the end of book two, Web of Lies, disappointed that Gin had managed to survive a mine collapse)? Were you left questioning whether Bria, Gin's cop sister, would truly be able to accept her sister The Spider? Did you want more Owen? This book delivered all that and more.
#2 - Nice Girls Don't Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper
Jane has got to be one of my favourite vampires. And why shouldn't she be? Between her love of books, her quirky, sarcastic, spastic nature and her inability to go more than a day without walking into one calamity or another, there's a lot to love about her. In this latest installment in her series, Jane tackles siring a teenage vampire - and dealing with the consequences - the homicidal intentions of some unknown stalker bent on revenge and, perhaps worst of all, planning her wedding. It was funny, it was surprising, it was every bit as good as its predecessors and, really, what more can you ask?
#1 - Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
I loved this book! It was funny and quirky and romantic and surprising and a hundred other things, all of them good. I was intrigued by the premise and all it had to offer - an exiled family of cryptozoologists, the beasts they study, a daughter trying to balance her familial duties with her love of dance while striking out on her own in NYC, a hardcore monster slayer from an order of zealots trying to balance his duty with the intrigue he feels for a certain dancing cryptozoologist, and a whole slew of talking, devout mice, to name just a handful. All in all, an amazing read - I cannot wait for the second book to release!
And there you have it - my Top 5. Tune in next week for more. Ciao!