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message 1: by Talin (new)

Talin | 1 comments wiil you name books that you only rate as 5 stars, i want to add good books to my shelf to read


message 2: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 135 comments Outlander, Pride & Prejudice.


message 3: by Melodie (new)

Melodie (melodieco) So far this year for UF/PNR I've rated [image error] and The Dark Divine by Bree Despain both 5 stars.


message 4: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 135 comments Melodie wrote: "So far this year for UF/PNR I've rated [image error] and The Dark Divine by Bree Despain both 5 stars."

I'm to read Beautiful Creatures in April for another group. I'll check out your review.


message 5: by VMom (new)

VMom (votermom) | 29 comments I'm checking my urban-fantasy shelf and the 5 stars are
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher (but start at Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher )
Tinker (Tinker, book 1) by Wen Spencer & Wolf Who Rules (Tinker, book 2) by Wen Spencer


message 6: by Joseph (last edited Feb 22, 2010 02:27PM) (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 26 comments I haven't rated any UF or PNR 5 stars in the last two years, but a good fantasy book I did rate at five stars is Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde. There are also two very good historical fiction novels I recently read: Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin and Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick. A really good 5 star YA work I recently read North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.


message 7: by Shannon (new)

Shannon C. I'm not sure of the types of books you like, i.e. UF vs PNR. I like both genres personally, but tend to like at least a little romance in my UF storylines. Here are series with at least 1 five star book:

Mercy Thompson series and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs (Don't miss the anthology in On the Prowl,which is a prequel to Cry Wolf)

Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (first book is weakest 4 stars, others are all 5...great new series)

Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward

Guild Hunters series and Psy-Changelings series by Nalini Singh **do NOT read reviews or look at the cover for Archangels Kiss until you've finished reading Angel's Blood. Otherwise you'll ruin the awesome surprise ending of the first book.**

Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill

Dorina Basarab Dhampir series by Karen Chance

Little Goddess series by Amy Lane

World of Lupi series by Eileen Wilks

Pride Stories and Magnus Pack by Shelly Laurenston

Demonica books by Larissa Ione (latest book is the best in the series)

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2) by Kresley Cole Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Lord of the Fading Lands by Wilson, C. L. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1) by Nalini Singh Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) by Chloe Neill Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) by Karen Chance Vulnerable (Little Goddess, #1) by Amy Lane Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi, #1) by Eileen Wilks The Mane Attraction (Pride, #3) by Shelly Laurenston Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1) by Larissa Ione


message 9: by Steph (new)

Steph (angel4492) Some that I've rated 5★, but aren't listed above:
** = series has ended

Night Huntress World by Jeaniene Frost
Maker's Song by Adrian Phoenix
Hoodoo by Adrian Phoenix
Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
As the World Dies: Trilogy by Rhiannon Frater **
Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater (Stand-Alone ... for now)
Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason **
Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner
Shifters/Werecats by Rachel Vincent
(1st book weakest, but Faythe matures throughout and they improve 10fold!) **
Alpha rls>
Blood Ties by Jennifer Armintrout **

First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) by Jeaniene FrostA Rush of Wings (The Maker's Song, #1) by Adrian PhoenixBlack Dust Mambo (Hoodoo, #1) by Adrian PhoenixThe Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena ShowalterThe First Days (As The World Dies A Zombie Trilogy, #1) by Rhiannon FraterPretty When She Dies A Vampire Novel by Rhiannon FraterThe Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Colleen GleasonEternal Seduction (A Darkness Within, #1) by Jennifer TurnerStray (Shifters, #1) by Rachel VincentThe Turning (Blood Ties, #1) by Jennifer Armintrout

A couple that range 4-5 for me:

Anna Strong by Jeanne C. Stein
Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge **
Vampire Memories by Barb Hendee
Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake
Riley Jensen by Keri Arthur **
Rachel Morgan/The Hollows by Kim Harrison
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ** Last Sacrifice rls>

The Becoming (Anna Strong, #1) by Jeanne C. SteinNight Life (Nocturne City, #1) by Caitlin KittredgeBlood Memories (Vampire Memories, #1) by Barb HendeeNightwalker (Dark Days, #1) by Jocelynn DrakeFull Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri ArthurDead Witch Walking (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #1) by Kim HarrisonVampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead


message 10: by Penelope (new)

Penelope | 1 comments A Discovery of Witches

Five stars of fantasticness!!


message 11: by Steph (new)

Steph (angel4492) Most recent 5★ read:
Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1) by Dianne Sylvan

LOVED it!


message 12: by Steph (new)

Steph (angel4492) Penelope wrote: "A Discovery of Witches

Five stars of fantasticness!!"


Good to know, Penelope. I'm looking forward to that one!


message 13: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jnhart) Some of my 5 star books:

Furies of Calderon
The Hunger Games
The Host
A Game of Thrones (epic fantasy)
The Dark Mirror

All but The Host are just the first books of each series


message 14: by Julia (new)

Julia | 119 comments Here are my five star books from this year, so far:

The Very Best of Charles de Lint
Parable of the Sower
With the Light... Vol. 1: Raising an Autistic Child

The first is urban fantasy short stories. The second is dystopian sf, with a bit of hope. The third is a graphic novel about raising a baby/ toddler with autism in Japan.


message 15: by Joeera (last edited May 04, 2011 08:12PM) (new)

Joeera Here are some of my 5 star



Visions of Magic (Awakening, #1) by Regan Hastings Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) by Kelly Creagh Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1) by Dianne Sylvan Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) by Richelle Mead Then Came You (Gamblers, #1) by Lisa Kleypas Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne Duvall


message 16: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nancyc) Penelope wrote: "A Discovery of Witches

Five stars of fantasticness!!"

This sounds good. Just requested it from library. I'm 47 on the wait list. thanks can't wait.


message 17: by Sharon (last edited Aug 20, 2011 12:15PM) (new)

Sharon Michael Steph wrote: "Penelope wrote: "A Discovery of Witches

Five stars of fantasticness!!"

Good to know, Penelope. I'm looking forward to that one!"


I got this from the library, their large print book didn't have a long list so I think I only had to wait a couple of weeks. I enjoyed the book but found myself wondering if the author was being paid by the word!

It had some of the issues I see often in first books by an author but most of those were minor and I always hope, if not expect, those to work themselves out over time.

I think the author (and the book) would have benefited greatly by working with a good editor with a view toward reducing the number of pages by about 20% or more. Things would start moving along nicely and then you'd find yourself bogged down in explanations which would go on and on until you felt like you were wading through molasses.


message 18: by Cindy (last edited Dec 12, 2011 08:05AM) (new)

Cindy | 3 comments A couple of 5 stars I'd like to mention are First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) by Darynda Jones Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Dreamfever (Fever, #4) by Karen Marie Moning Karen Marie Moning


message 19: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Michael Some I've found particularly good this year

Skinwalker I've read the entire series so far and have found them consistently good, 4 and 5 star ratings.

First Grave on the Right Very good, as was the second in the series and I'm waiting impatiently for the third.

The Wild Ways This is the sequel to The Enchantment Emporium(sort of ... same family, focus on different members of the family) and both are at the top of my list for the year.


message 20: by Julia (new)

Julia | 119 comments Two five star books that I read in 2012 already...

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler actually a reread and Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor .


message 21: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 1 comments Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead first book in the series
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5) by Richelle Mead This is the 5th book of Vampire Academy.
and the first Twillight got 5 stars from me: Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer


message 22: by TumultuousHigh (new)

TumultuousHigh | 2 comments so far my 5 star rated books are hunted, sought, and found which are books from evangeline anderson's series brides of the kindred, one bite with a stranger from christine warren, and ecstasy in darkness by gena showalter. all are paranormal romance novels.


message 23: by KOMET (new)

KOMET | 8 comments Hi Talin,

By all means, check out Shadow of the Beast: A Werewolf Novel by Margaret L. Carter.

It's a contemporary werewolf novel set in Maryland. Very well written and intriguing. (By the way, the werewolf is female.)

Shadow of the Beast A Werewolf Novel by Margaret L. Carter


message 24: by Sara (new)

Sara | 2 comments Looks like some of the ones that I frequent have already been mentioned. But I will list the ones that I watch and have done re-reads on:

Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels books
Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson & Cry Wolf books
Karen Chance
Devon Monk - Allie Beckstrom books
Brent Weeks
Kevin Hearne
Gail Z. Martin
Anne Bishop - Black Jewels books
Kalayna Price
Karen Moning - Fever Series
Deborah Harkness
and one that I just found she is a YA author but I liked what she has done so far: Sarah Maas

Some of these authors have produced books faster than others but I have enjoyed them all.


message 25: by Devon (new)

Devon Ashley (devonashley) Some lesser known ones that I've read lately and loved are Pitch (Death Day, #1) by Jillian Eaton , Reign of Blood (Reign of Blood, #1) by Alexia Purdy .


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