Most anticipated book in 2011
Ames: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh - I don't really need to explain why, right? LOL
Nath: Nath: The list is long, really long LOL. If I had to choose, it'd be Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh (Hawke and Sienna's story!!), Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (talk about cliffhanger!!)... and Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen :)
Book that took you by surprise in 2011
Ames: Sea Change by Darlene Marshall- you can read my review here. OMG I loved this book! Go read my review if you haven't already. It had a cross-dressing heroine!!
Nath: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James. She's a hit and miss author for me and to tell the truth, I'm not a fan of fairy tales and their retelling. That's why it took me so much time to pick up this book, despite all the raved reviews. Even then, I didn't expect much and certainly not to enjoy it as much as I did!
Books that met your expectations
Ames: I had super high expectations for this book and it definitely delivered – Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Nath: Warcry by Elizabeth Vaughan, Ghost Story by Jim Butcher and Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Best new series
Ames: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne. This book made me like mysteries. LOL And at the core, there's a taboo romance between a woman of the cloth and a married chief of police. And our heroine? She's the definition of kick-ass!
Nath: Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It reminds me a bit of the Stephanie Plum series :) Lots of fun!
Series that are still going strong
Ames: Even though I’m not caught up, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Nath: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews definitively. Everything in that series is gold :) My other choices are the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman, the Lucy Valentine books by Heather Webber and Psy-Changelings by Nalini Singh. LOL, yes, I read a lot of series... Who doesn't nowadays? :P
Series that I've given up on
Ames: Since I didn’t even make an effort to read any this past year, I’d have to say Lora Leigh’s Breeds and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.
Nath: The Dark Hunters series was my choice last year. This year, it's Immortals after Dark by Kresley Cole. I might succumb to temptation, but for now, I really don't have any urge to pick up the new releases.
Best debut novels
Ames: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Nath: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and an honorable mention to Joanna Chambers for The Lady's Secret
Ames: I didn't get a chance to read The Lady's Secret in 2011 but I read it soon after the New Year and yeah, that was one excellent debut!
Nath: To keep in mind for next year's post, Ames :P
Best new-to-me authors
Ames: Julia Spencer-Fleming
Nath: Darynda Jones. Oh and I finally read a Carrie Lofty book. She lived up to the hype :)
Best come-back author
Ames: I don't have anyone to nominate for this category.
Nath: Jacquie D'Alessandro :) Her last few historicals were so-so to me and honestly, I didn't really have high expectations for Summer at Seaside Cove... but I was really pleasantly surprised!! Also, to a certain extent, Rick Riordan because his last releases - the 2 Kane Chronicles books and The Lost Hero - weren't up to the standard he set with Percy Jackson and the Olympians books.
Best Author of 2011
Ames: Richelle Mead. Richelle had a million book releases this year - the final Succubus book (*sob*), the final Eugenie book and she also started another series with Bloodlines. On top of that, she had a baby! It was a very good year for Richelle and that makes her the best author of 2011 for me. :P
Nath: Ilona Andrews. Ms Andrews was very prolific this year - several novellas, 1 Kate Daniels book and 1 Edge book - and while not everything was to my taste, what I enjoyed, I really enjoyed :) Like I said earlier, everything part of the Kate Daniels series was gold ;)
And that's our recap of 2011! How did our choices compare to yours? We're interested, so let us know. And here's to hoping that 2012 is an even better year than 2011!