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SciFiChick’s Best of 2013

Well, I read a total of 209 books this year! With so many great books, the competition was fierce. However, here’s my list of this year’s best SciFi/Fantasy titles (published in 2013) that I’ve read and reviewed.

Science Fiction:

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Reviewed here:

The Society of Steam: Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer
Reviewed here:

Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert
Reviewed here:

Vicious by VE Schwab
Reviewed here:

The Burn Zone by James K Decker
Reviewed here:

Hellhole: Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Reviewed here:

The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck
Reviewed here:

The Human Division by John Scalzi
Reviewed here:

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Reviewed here:

Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity by William Leisner
Reviewed here:

Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack
Reviewed here:

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
Reviewed here:

YA SciFi:

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Reviewed here:

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed here:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Reviewed here:

Fragments by Dan Wells
Reviewed here:

Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu
Reviewed here:

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Reviewed here:

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Reviewed here:

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
Reviewed here:

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Reviewed here:

Taken by Erin Bowman
Reviewed here:

Reboot by Amy Tintera
Reviewed here:

Inhuman by Kat Falls
Reviewed here:

The Feros by Wesley King
Reviewed here:


The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed here:

Masks by E.C. Blake
Reviewed here:

The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee
Reviewed here:

Thieves’ Quarry by D.B. Jackson
Reviewed here:

The Misfortune Cookie by Laura Resnick
Reviewed here:

The Forever Knight by John Marco
Reviewed here:

Rogue Descendant by Jenna Black
Reviewed here:

Cold Copper by Devon Monk
Reviewed here:

Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova
Reviewed here:

Stonecast by Anton Strout
Reviewed here:

YA Fantasy:

Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Reviewed here:

Poison by Bridget Zinn
Reviewed here:

Slayers: Friends and Traitors by CJ Hill
Reviewed here:

Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland
Reviewed here:

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Reviewed here:

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Reviewed here:

The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Reviewed here:

Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland
Reviewed here:

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Reviewed here:

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Reviewed here:

What were some of your favorites this year?

SciFiChick’s Best of 2011

This was another record-breaking year for me, having read 233 books in 2011. Several were audio and graphic novels, but the vast majority were traditional, full-length novels. Of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, the below list are novels published in 2011 and early 2012.

Science Fiction:

1. Hellhole, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

2. Star Trek: Cast No Shadow, by James Swallow

3. Heaven’s Shadow, by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt

4. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

5. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic, by David A. McIntee

6. Deep Sky by Patrick Lee

7. Working Stiff, by Rachel Caine

8. I, Robot: To Protect, by Mickey Zucker Reichert

9. Star Trek Voyager: Children of the Storm, by Kirsten Beyer

10. Outpost, by Adam Baker


1. Hounded, by Kevin Hearne

2. Hexed, by Kevin Hearne

3. Hammered, by Kevin Hearne

4. Vamparazzi, by Laura Resnick

5. Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher

6. Dark Jenny, by Alex Bledsoe

7. Dark Descendant, by Jenna Black

8. The Skin Map, by Stephen R. Lawhead

9. Dark War, by Tim Waggoner

10. My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland

YA Science Fiction:

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth

3. Enclave, by Ann Aguirre

4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

5. This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, by Kenneth Oppel

6. Variant, by Robison Wells

7. Plague, by Michael Grant

8. Cosmic Storm, by Dom Testa

9. Starfleet Academy: The Gemini Agent, by Rick Barba

10. Legend by Marie Lu

YA Fantasy:

1. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

2. Centauriad: Daughter of the Centaurs, by K. K. Ross

3. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

4. Touch of Frost, by Jennifer Estep

5. Fateful, by Caudia Gray

6. Sweet Venom, by Tera Lynn Childs

7. Frost by Wendy Delsol

8. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

9. Steel, by Carrie Vaughn

10. The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong


Agatha H and the Airship City, by Phil & Kaja Foglio

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson

SciFi/Fantasy Movies:
1. Captain America: The First Avenger
2. Thor
3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
4. Cowboys & Aliens
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
7. Source Code
8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
9. Green Lantern
10. The Adjustment Bureau

What were some of your favorites this past year?’s Best of 2010

Having read 170 books this year, it was extremely hard to narrow down favorites – even with the many categories below. This was definitely the most I’ve ever read in a year, and many were fantastic new releases. Of my favorite books that I’ve read this year only those that were released in 2010 are listed below, including a couple releasing in 2011.

Top 10 Science Fiction Novels:

1. Afterlife, by Merrie Destefano
2. The Breach, by Patrick Lee (technically, December 29th 2009)
3. Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire, by Timothy Zahn
4. Song of Scarabaeus, by Sara Creasy
5. The Osiris Ritual, by George Mann
6. Star Trek: Inception, by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison
7. Instinct: A Chess Team Adventure, by Jeremy Robinson
8. Project U.L.F. Reacquisition, by Stuart Clark
9. State of Decay, by James Knapp
10. Star Wars: Crosscurrent, by Paul S. Kemp

Top 10 Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Novels:

1. Changes, by Jim Butcher
2. Cat’s Claw, by Amber Benson
3. Through Stone and Sea, by Barb and J.C. Hendee
4. Amazon Queen, by Lori Devoti
5. Mind Games, by Carolyn Crane
6. Web of Lies, by Jennifer Estep
7. Being Human: Bad Blood, by James Goss
8. The Mage in Black, by Jaye Wells
9. Blood of the Demon, by Diana Rowland
10. Red Hood’s Revenge, by Jim C. Hines

Top Ten Youth Science Fiction Novels:

1. Matched, by Ally Condie
2. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
3. Dark Life, by Kat Falls
4. TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow
5. The Rise of Renegade X, by Chelsea M. Campbell
6. Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly, by Rick Barba
7. The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner
8. Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve
9. Black Hole Sun, by David Macinnis Gill
10. Hero, by Mike Lupica

Top Ten Youth Fantasy Novels:

1. The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
2. Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison, by Brandon Mull
3. Enchanted Ivy, by Sarah Beth Durst
4 and 5. Iron King and Iron Daughter, by Julie Kagawa
6. Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, by Jason Henderson
7. Monster Slayers, by Lukas Ritter
8. Pegasus, by Robin McKincley
9. Wereling, by Steve Feasey
10. The Invisible Order: Book One, by Paul Crilley

Graphic Novels:

1. Superman: Earth One, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis
2. Star Trek: Spock Reflections, by Scott Tipton
3. A-Team: War Stories, by Chuck Dixon and Erik Burnham
4. A-Team: Shotgun Wedding, by Tom Waltz


1. Thieves of Darkness, by Richard Doetsch
2. Thereby Hangs a Tail, by Spencer Quinn
3. Stolen, by “Jordan Gray”

Youth Mystery:

Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island, by Paul Adam

Favorites To Be Published in 2011 (Because they’re that good, they need mentioned):

1. Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
2. The False Princess, by Eilis O’Neal
3. Of Truth and Beasts, by Barb & JC Hendee

What were your favorites this year?

SciFiChick’s Best of 09

In 2009, I read a total of 143 books – some old, some new. This made narrowing down favorites very difficult! So, instead of a simple Top 10, I’m listing by category.
All favorites listed below were published in 2009.

The Stats:
143 books consumed in 2009.
58 authors never read before.
120 scifi/fantasy novels read.
12 graphic novels read.
42 were young adult or children’s books.
79 book reviews written.

18 tv/movies received in 2009.
317 books received in 2009.

Favorite Debut Novel:

Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler

Favorite Space Opera:

Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Favorite Dark Fantasy Novel:

In Shade and Shadow, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

Favorite Urban Fantasy Novel:

Doppelgangster, by Laura Resnick (technically published January 5, 2010)
Dresden Files: Turn Coat, by Jim Butcher

Favorite Horror Fantasy:

Nekropolis, by Tim Waggoner

Favorite Time Travel Novel:

The 13th Hour, by Richard Doetsch

Favorite Super Hero:

City of Souls, by Vicki Pettersson

Favorite Tie-In Novel(s):

Star Trek Movie Tie-In, by Alan Dean Foster
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace, by William Leisner
The 4400: Promises Broken, by David Mack

Favorite Series Debut/Standalone:

Death’s Daughter, by Amber Benson
The Calling, by David Mack

Favorite Graphic Novel:

Runaways: Dead End Kids, by Joss Whedon

Top 10 YA and Children’s SF/F Books:

1. My Soul to Take, by Rachel Vincent

2. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull

3. Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst

4. Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

5. Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher

6. Vampirates: Black Heart, by Justin Somper

7. Adventurers Wanted: Slathbog’s Gold, by M. L. Forman

8. Curse of the Spider King, by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

9. Starfinder, by John Marco

10. The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum

What were some of your favorites?

What Are Your Favorite Authors Blogging About?

Author Blog Links:

Why Karen Miller won’t be watching Watchmen.

Why Lee Goldberg won’t be watching Dollhouse.

What Colleen Gleason thinks about single-gender schools.

P.N. Elrod talks about her latest convention experience.

Jennifer Rardin discusses the influence of grandparents.

Jim C. Hines compares writing to diabetes.

Marjorie M. Liu talks about her computers.’s Best of ‘08

As the year comes to a close, here are my lists of favorite books published this past year, for both adults and youth/children.

Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy Books:
(Adult Category)

1. Touch of Twilight, by Vicki Pettersson

2. Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls, by David Mack

3. Child of a Dead God, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

4. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

5. Dragonforge, by James Maxey

6. Goblin War, by Jim C. Hines

7. Dead To Me, by Anton Strout

8. Deja Demon, by Julie Kenner

9. Rogue Angel: Gabriel’s Horn, by “Alex Archer”/Mel Odom

10. Small Favor, by Jim Butcher

– If I was including reprints (hardback to paperback) in 2008, Star Trek: The Academy: Collision Course, by William Shatner, Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens and The Last Days of Krypton, by Kevin J. Anderson
would have certainly be on the list as well.

Because of the number of wonderful young adult and children’s book released this year, I decided to do a separate list.
Youth/Children’s Top 10 List:

1. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull

2. Vampirates: Blood Captain, by Justin Somper

3. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia, by John Flanagan

4. The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail, by Michael P. Spradlin

5. Pillage, by Obert Skye

6. Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer

7. The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora, by R.A. and Geno Salvatore

8. City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare

9. Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini

10. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North, by John Flanagan

Of Note:
-Stephenie Meyer made both lists.
-John Flanagan placed on the youth/children’s list twice.
-Anton Strout was the only debut author that made the list.
-15 of the 20 novels are sequels in a series.
-3 novels are first in a new series.
-2 novels are stand alone.

Click here to view titles read in 2008.
Click here to view last year’s picks.

What were some of your favorites?