The Year In Reviews

2013 – The Year In Reviews



Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The TNA crew has been busily compiling our list of the top reads of 2013, which is never easy considering we read and review hundreds of books each year, but we’ve managed to come up with a few that we felt stood out from all the rest and have put them together for you.

They are in no particular order, just the books and characters that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or touched our hearts and minds in their own unique ways. We’ve also included a special category just for cover love, in honor of our own A.J. Corza, whom we miss terribly and look forward to returning after the first of the year.

As a special celebration of these and the many more hundreds of books that aren’t on this list because of space constraints, but very well could have been, The Novel Approach would like to give you the chance to weigh in on your own favorites.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

And now, here they are—our Top Picks of 2013

Favorite YA/Coming-of-Age

Lisa:

    1.) Fearless by Chris O’Guinn
    2.) Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell
    3.) The Battle for Jericho by Gene Gant

Tina:

    1.) Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
    2.) The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly
    3.) Just Between Us by JH Trumble

Jackie:

    1.) Memorizing You by D.W. Skinner
    2.) Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
    3.) Superhero by Eli Easton

Lynn:

    1.) Relationships 101 (Dear Diary 3) by Allison Cassatta

BJ:

    1.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Favorite Contemporary

Lisa:

    1.) Muscling Through by JL Merrow
    2.) King Mai by Edmond Manning
    3.) Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

Tina:

    1.) Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden
    2.) With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg
    3.) Catch My Breath by MJ O’Shea

Jackie:

    1.) A White Coat is My Closet by Jake Wells
    2.) Hungry for Love by Rick R Reed
    3.) More Than Everything by Cardeno C

Lynn:

    1.) Double Full by Kindle Alexander

Lana:

    1.) The Trouble with Tony (Sex in Seattle #1) by Eli Easton
    2.) The Hardest Thing by James Lear
    3.) Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington

BJ:

    1.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
    2.) Probation by Tom Mendicino
    3.) Home Team by James Dash

Favorite Historical

Lisa:

    1.) The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
    2.) Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims
    3.) Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

Lynn:

    1.) A Place To Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace-Frech

BJ:

    1.) The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)

Lisa:

    1.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
    2.) The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson
    3.) Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed

Jackie:

    1.) Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
    2.) Moral Authority by Jacob Flores
    3.) The Harvest: Taken by M.A. Church

Lynn:

    1.) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Deanna Wadsworth

Lana:

    1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
    3.) Full Moon Dating by Julia Talbot

Favorite Paranormal

Lisa:

    1.) The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by KJ Charles
    2.) Spook Squad (PsyCop #7) by Jordan Castillo Price
    3.) Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley

Jackie:

    1.) The Haunted Heart by Josh Lanyon
    2.) Fish & Ghosts by Rhys Ford
    3.) Airos by Jennifer Wright

Lynn:

    1.) Thicker Than Water by A. F. Henley

Lana:

    1.) Every Drop of My Love by Jane Davitt
    2.) Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart
    3.) Blood Moon by MJ O’Shea

BJ:

    1.) Last Dance With Mary Jane by John Goode

Favorite Series

Lisa:

    1.) The Borders War Series by S.A. McAuley
    2.) The Wode Series by J Tullos Hennig
    3.) The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk

Tina:

    1.) The Collars & Cuffs Series by KC Wells
    2.) The Market Garden Series by Alexsandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
    3.) The City Knight Series by T.A. Webb

Jackie:

    1.) The Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux
    2.) The Diversion Series by Eden Winters
    3.) The Johnnies Series by Amy Lane

Lynn:

    1.) The Broken Series by Kol Anderson

Lana:

    1.) The Men of Myth Series by Brandon Witt

Favorite Couple

Lisa:

    1.) Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae Min – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series by Rhys Ford
    2.) Percival Whyborne and Griffin Flaherty – The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk
    3.) Larry Morton and Al Fletcher – Muscling Through

Tina:

    1.) Marcus & Ben – City Knight Series by T.A. Webb
    2.) Aiden & Finn – Marshall’s Park Series by Lisa Worrall

Jackie:

    1.) Bo & Lucky – Diversion Series by Eden Winters
    2.) Chase & Tommy – Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane)
    3.) Brian & Jamie – The Little Boy Lost Series by JP Barnaby

Lynn:

    1.) Wes and Micah – Livin’ on the Edge by Dee Dee Brock

Lana:

    1.) Brett and Finn – Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Brett and Schwint – Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
    3.) Tony and Jack – The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton

BJ:

    1.) Michael and Finn – Bring Him Home by Sammy Goode
    2.) Tavio and Tommy – Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper
    3.) Sir William and Sir Christian – The Lion and the Crow by Eli Eston

Favorite Cover

Lisa:

    1.) Stung by K.A. Merikan
    2.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
    3.) Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships by Kim Knox



Tina:

    1.) Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes
    2.) Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden
    3.) Collide by J.R. Lenk



Jackie:

    1.) Inside Out by Andrew Grey
    2.) Whiskey & Wry by Rhys Ford
    3.) Newton’s Laws of Attraction by M.J. O’Shea



Lynn:

    1.) Black Hurricane by Erica Pike



Lana:

    1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt



BJ:

    1.) Northern Star by Ethan Day
    2.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    2.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton




And that does it for The Year In Reviews. :)

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


It’s hard to imagine in just a couple of days, we’ll be ringing out the old year and welcoming in the new. It’s a clean slate we get every 365 days, a chance to start over and anticipate new possibilities, so here’s hoping your 2014 is filled with lots of joy and the gift of peace.

We’ve got a great week ahead of us as we play catch up on reviews, welcome some great authors, and usher in the New Year with a few giveaways!



MondayRhys Ford is with us today with her latest novel Fish and Ghosts, and there’s a one-of-a-kind giveaway you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday – Happy New Year! The TNA Team has selected our Top Books of 2013, so we’ll not only be listing those, but we’ll also be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

WednesdayRiptide Publishing presents the Reesa Herberth In Discretion Blog Tour, so you’ll want to stay tuned for what they have in store.

ThursdayStorm Moon Press is here today to kick off the first of its three 4th Anniversary Blog Tour guest spots.

FridayVJ Summers is our guest today with something that’s sure to be a little entertaining and a lot smexy.

SaturdayLeta Blake visits today with her latest novel Training Season, and she’s also offering a giveaway of the book, so be sure to stop in and say hi.

SundayPhillip MacKenzie Jr. is with us today with an interview and excerpt from his new anthology Bite the Pillow: Six on Sex.



And that’s it for another week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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