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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

From "RT Book Reviews": Reviewers' Choice Nominees for Best Paranormal-Related Books of 2015

     During 2015, RT Book Reviews reviewed more than 3,100 books in a variety of categories. The editors have nominated a handful of them as best of the best for this year. The single winner in each category will be announced on April 15, 2016, at the RT Booklovers Convention, and the complete list of winners will be published in the May issue of RT Book Reviews. (I will post the list on my blog at that time.) Click HERE to go to the complete list of nominees, which includes links to each book's RT review. 

     Listed below are RT's "Best Book" nominees in categories related to paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and classic fantasy. If the book title is a pink-link, you can click on it to go to my review, which will include an overview of the world-building, an analysis of the plot, and a critique of the quality of the writing, as well as a link to an excerpt, a link to the author's web site, and a link to the book's page. If the book is part of a series, my review will also include a list of all of the other books in reading order and reviews of previous books in the series.

     In one or two instances, I completely disagree with the RT editors on the quality of the novel, so your pink-link click will take you to a review of the series and a publisher's blurb for that specific book. 

Paanormal-Related Nominees for Book of the Year
Rachel Vincent: Menagerie (fantasy)
Jenn Bennett: Grave Phantoms (urban fantasy)
(Note: Two more books will be added to this category in the next few months.)

Steampunk Novel
Pip Ballantine: The Diamond Conspiracy
Anna Butler: The Gilded Scarab
Beth Cato: The Clockwork Crown
Delilah S. Dawson: Wicked Ever After
Bec McMaster: Of Silk and Steam

Paranormal Romance Novel
A. C. Arthur: Primal Heat  
Jenn Bennett: Grave Phantoms  
Jeaniene Frost: Bound By Flames  
Sara Humphreys: Vampires Never Cry Wolf  
Lindsey Piper: Hunted Warrior  
Nalini Singh: Archangel's Enigma  

Paranormal World-Building
G. A. Aiken: Feel the Burn  
Christine Feehan: Viper Game  
Thea Harrison: Shadow's End (review still to come)
Alexandra Ivy: When Darkness Ends  

Indie Press/Self-Published Urban Fantasy Novel
Rachel Aaron: One Good Dragon Deserves Another  
J. C. Daniels: Edged Blade (I'm way behind on this series, but plan to catch up ASAP.)
Diana Pharaoh Francis: Edge of Dreams  
Elizabeth Hunter: The Secret  
Colleen Vanderlinden: Nether  

Urban Fantasy Novel
Ilona Andrews: Magic Shifts  
Patricia Briggs: Dead Heat  
Gini Koch: Alien in Chief  
Devon Monk: Crucible Zero  
Nicole Peeler: Jinn and Juice  
Lisa Shearin: The Dragon Conspiracy  

Urban Fantasy World-Building
Ben Aaronovitch: Foxglove Summer  
Anne Bishop: Vision in Silver  
Darynda Jones: Eighth Grave After Dark  
Diana Rowland: Vengeance of the Demon  
Carrie Vaughn: Kitty Saves the World  

Parranormal Romantic Suspense Novel
Cherry Adair: Gideon  
Sylvain Reynard: The Raven  
Karen Robards: The Last Time I Saw Her  
Rebecca Zanetti: Total Surrender  

Fantasy Novel 
Lila Bowen: Wake of Vultures  
Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown  
N. K. Jemisin: The Fifth Season  
Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Signal to Noise  
Naomi Novik: Uprooted  
Rachel Vincent: Menagerie  

Fantasy Adventure Novel
Elizabeth Bear: Karen Memory  
Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass  
Clay & Susan Griffith: The Conquering Dark 
Michelle Sagara: Cast in Honor  

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