MYSTERY/THRILLERI found Brian Freeman this year. I read the whole series! I passed them to my sister, who loved them too. Now we are both currently waiting on his next book. Jonathon Stride Series: Immoral, Stripped, Stalked, In the Dark and The Burying Place.
Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay. I love all of Mr. Barclay's books. There is always a twist that I never see coming at the end. Heart-pounding thrillers!
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. This book will leave you shocked. It's compelling, shocking, and heart-wrenching. This is Ms. Steven's debut novel and I can't wait until she has another book. Awesome writing!
YOUNG ADULTLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead tops my list. I just read it and I loved it, although I am sad to see this series end. She has such a talent for character and plot development!
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Another book that ended a trilogy that is going to be made into a movie. The book is Always Better IMO. A very dark and though-provoking end to a wonderful trilogy!
The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. I know it didn't release in 2010, but that is when I found the series. I almost read this series back to back, I love the characters!! Can't wait for the next in the series!
The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan. LOVED this book. It is so unique yet the characters will grab you and not let go.
Roseflower Creek by Jacquelyn Miles. Any book that starts with "The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face." has my attention. And coming from a child? Read the book!
Falling Home by Karen White. I read this book not long after my dad passed away this year. I literally cried for days. That said, it is a don't miss book. So much emotion and a message packed into the compelling characters. I'm a new Karen White fan!
Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas. Another author I found this year. This book is another compelling page-turner of children caught in a snow avalanche. Riveting and heart-breaking, but with hope.
Tomato Girl by Jane Pupek. Another new to me author, a book I wouldn't normally pick up but did at the recommendation of a friend. Shocking, heart-breaking, and yet a message all to real.
I vowed I was going to "catch up" on five series this year laying about on Mt. TBR. I finished One /sigh
I finished the Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake) series. I know alot of folks have strong opinions about them, but I enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin Series; Spider's Bite, A Web of Lies, and Venom. LOVE IT! Not often we get to see a female assassin who runs a BBQ Place. Kicking butt and taking names later.
I read several other urban fantasy series this year, but these are my top two. I'm really looking forward though to the final book in Karen Marie Moning's Fae series coming out soon.
I'm sure I missed a few that I absolutely loved, but these came to mind. I'm definitely going to try and finish up those other 4 series in 2011, namely the Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden) series.
Any particular books that top your list this year? I'm always looking for recommendations!!