Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

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Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of the new year!  Today I’m taking a moment to look back on the best books I read last year.

Heroes for Hire: First Contact (Book Two in the Heroes for Hire Fantasy Adventure Series) by C. S. Feldman- I absolutely love this series!  The first book in the series is excellent and the second installment completely lived up to my expectations.  I can’t recommend this series enough!  Here are my reviews of Book One and Book Two.

Somewhere My Lady (Ladies in Time Book One) by Beth Trissel- Reading Beth Trissel’s work is always a pleasure!  Here is my review.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows-I had so much fun reading this book!  I need to get my hands on the second one.  Here is my review.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin-I read this with my children, and it is delightful!  Here is my review.

Claire’s Last Secret by Marty Ambrose-I love a good historical mystery.  Here is my review.

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Secret Lady (Ladies in Time Book Three) by Beth Trissel-I just finished this romance and haven’t even written my review yet.  It comes out next month, and I highly recommend it!

Secrets of Bennet Hall by Jordan Elizabeth-This is a wonderfully creepy tale.  Here is my review.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco-I’m so glad I finally had a chance to read this!  Here is my review.

Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo-These books completely lived up to the hype.  Here are my reviews of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer-Such a great series!

Have you read any of these books?  If not, which ones are you most interested in?

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Hidden Gems (books that don’t get the recognition they deserve).  I’m certain many of the books I’ve read during my time at Long and Short Reviews qualify as hidden gems since they come from smaller/independent publishers.  I believe I’ve even used the phrase “hidden gems” to describe some of my favorites.  I only picked titles I rated 4.5 or 5 stars.  The titles are linked to info on the book and my review.  If you’ve been visiting my Top Ten Tuesday posts, you’ll probably recognize some of them.  I highly recommend them all!

The Magician’s Workshop Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr-I absolutely love the world the authors built and can’t wait to return to it.  I sincerely hope the authors are planning to release Volume 3 soon because the story is far from over.  I need to know what happens next!

Heroes for Hire: Discount Prices (Heroes for Hire 1) by C.S. Feldman-This book is excellent!  I had so much fun reading it.  Book two was released earlier this year and I plan on reading it soon.

Justice Unending by Elizabeth Spencer-I mentioned this book recently in one of my Top Ten Tuesday posts and Ms. Spencer commented and informed me she is working on a sequel!  I’m really looking forward to it.

Secrets of Bennet Hall (Return to Amston Book 2) by Jordan Elizabeth-If you’re looking for a Gothic tale to give you goosebumps, this book might be for you!

Blistered, Priestess, and Warrior (The Modern Greek Myth Trilogy) by Deidre Huesmann-Definitely a different take on Greek mythology.  Technically I rated the first two books 4 stars and only the final book at 4.5.  However, I included them since they are part of a series.

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Dragon’s Trail (The Outworlders, Book One) Joseph Malik-This is a well written, very detailed fantasy.  The second book comes out later this month!

Autumn Falls (Paradise Pines #3) by Delia Latham-This is a really sweet story.  It is part of a series but stands alone fine.

Spirit Ridge by L. A. Kelley-A lovely historical romance.

Angel of Night by Julie Simons-A different kind of YA paranormal.

Star Racers by Martin Felando-I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but I really enjoyed this one!

What do you think?  Have you read any of these?  If not, which ones pique your interest?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Highly Rated Books

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Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic was originally supposed to be a throwback to a previous topic of our choosing, but was changed to best books of 2018 so far.  I decided to combine the two topics.  A while back I wrote a post listing the First Ten Books I Gave Five Stars.  This week I’m listing the most recent books I’ve reviewed and given a high rating.  I decided to only list books I gave 4.5 or 5 stars.  Since I don’t give out those ratings very often, this encompasses books I’ve read in 2018 and 2017.  Titles are linked to a blurb of the book as well as my review.

Winter by Marissa Meyer-A great conclusion to the series!


Cress by Marissa Meyer-I really loved getting to know Cress.


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer-The second installment in the Lunar Chronicles is even better than the first, and Carswell Thorne quickly became my favorite character.


Autumn Falls by Delia Latham-A sweet, inspirational romance.


Justice Unending by Elizabeth Spencer-I would love a sequel to this!

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Warrior by Deidre Huesmann-An excellent conclusion to the Modern Greek Myth trilogy.


The Magician’s Workshop Volume 2 by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr-I can’t wait for volume three!


Dragon’s Trail by Joseph Malik-A very well written fantasy.


The Magician’s Workshop Volume 1 by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr-Thoroughly entertaining!


Spirit Ridge by L. A. Kelley-A delightful historical romance!


Clearly I enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, but the rest of my list is composed of some lesser known titles that are real gems!  Which book are you most interested in?