My Top Ten Books of 2017 Part 1

Today and tomorrow you’re going to get my Top Ten books of 2017. Some I have reviewed here before, some I haven’t. But these are the ones that affected me the most, I liked the most, or there was just something about them. They are mostly in no particular order, generally, because it was hard for me to decide what order they go in. They also may have been published before 2017, but I read them in 2017. And it’s hard to limit my list to just 10.

I’m Sawree

B. B. Blaque has written some truly strange, fucked up, mind fuck books. I’m Sawree is pretty much the mind fuck of the century. I had to message B. B. Blaque when I was done reading it because really, I wanted to know what the fuck she had just done to me. I’m not saying anything about the plot of Sawree, and my blog post doesn’t either. Basically, my blog post was a picture of fluffy kitties, which is what you need when you read this book.

The Day She Cried

I have mad K Webster love.  Mad love like I buy everything I can and then read it immediately. Of course, I’m always sad when I’m done reading her books because I’m done. TDSC gave me all the feelz while I was reading it. I’m reasonably sure that I died at some point, but I was able to come back. The basic story is that Courtney and Raven were texting back and forth, with Raven thinking that Courtney was a boy. Courtney’s nasty-ass friend sent information to Raven that mocked her and she committed suicide. Courtney was tried and sued for her part in it. Rowe is Raven’s twin and he’s bound and determined to get back at Courtney. The entire thing is just beautiful and tragic and so, so, so real. K said that this was a really personal story, and you can tell with every word. Make sure that you have a box of tissues sitting next to you when you read this one.

Whispers and the Roars

This is another K Webster book. It is, hands down, the very best love story that I have ever read. I won’t give any details on it, because this is another one that if you read the reviews, you are going to have more information about the story than you want to have. You have to go into this with an open mind and another box of tissues. Told you that I have the mad K Webster love, right?

Sick Fux

This is a book by Tillie Cole. It’s making its rounds through the various dark reading groups I belong to. The days after it came out there were a lot of us talking about it. There are very good reasons for that. This is a really, truly fucked up story. But, there is also a beauty to it and a lightness. The love between Ellis and Heathen is just… Yeah, I don’t know. If you like Alice in Wonderland, you may have some issues with this one, but it’s one that stayed with me for days afterward. Just as a warning, there are some disturbing subject matters and some serious trigger warnings for abuse of children. If that is an issue for you, please read responsibly.

Life of Anna

Marissa Honeycutt’s serialized book LoA is one that you are just about required to read if you read in the dark thriller/erotica/romance genre, especially if you read Indie authors. Most of the people I know who read that genre have read it, and many of us use it as the ruler to measure all other darkness against. It spans several years and some of the absolute worst things that can ever happen to a person. It gets pitch-black in places. It gets darker than pitch-black in places, if you can actually do that. But, it also stays with you. I dreamt about this book. I had to take a break for a couple of days from it. I read the complete series compendium, so I got it all at once. During that couple day break, I read some much lighter stories, and I dreamt of Alex, Anna, and Devin. There aren’t enough trigger warnings for this one, but there also aren’t enough ways for me to tell you about how good it is.

Alright, here are 5 of my Top Ten books of 2017. Remember, they may not have been published in 2017, that’s just when I read them. Although, I think most of these were published this year. Tune in tomorrow for the other 5.

Here’s a pretty picture I found yesterday while looking for something for Rapunzel.



Parker Sinclair-Truth

So, we’re into book two of Parker Sinclair’s Alex Connor Chronicles. Sticking with the one word title, book two is called Truth. In book one, we got to meet Alex AKA Lex AKA Elia, an Earthen Protector and Healer. She’s super-duper powerful and has been hiding all her life, even though she didn’t really know it. The Council has been looking for her, but they don’t know who she is or what her name is, they are just looking for someone with her powers. She defeated a big bad with the help of Ryan, an Earthen Protector who was supposed to be looking for the powerful person for the Council, befriended Dana, a friend of her grandmother, and learned all kinds of secrets. We also met Justin, who is her boyfriend. There is a whole weird triangle setting up with Ryan, Justin, and Alex. I also said that I was mad at Ryan in the last review based only on the first book, but that I wasn’t going to say anything about how I felt about him in later books until I got to those reviews. So, let’s get started.

Truth starts around a month after Trust ends. Alex is off in the desert training with Dana to enhance her Protector powers. She’s got really nifty hairsticks that turn into staffs, Serenity and Chaos. I so totally want hairsticks like that, mostly because I have more than 3 feet of hair hanging down my back and I use hairsticks and forks pretty much daily, but none of mine turn into magical staffs. I feel cheated. Anyway, Justin is doing work in Mexico not all that far away from where Dana is training Alex, and he comes to visit frequently. During one visit, Alex gets a call that her good friend and partner Shane has been injured in an accident and she has to go back to San Diego to try to heal him. Ryan is going to be there too. That makes Justin rather unhappy.

When she gets to San Diego, she and Ryan go to heal Shane and figure out that her foster brother has been fucking with him. They manage to get him taken care of and get him healed. Once they do some healing and such on Shane, they start arguing. She is mad at secrets he didn’t tell her. He is mad because she went off without telling him and has been ignoring him for a month. But, they are still madly and wildly attracted to each other. They are like really strong magnets. You just get them somewhere near each other and they are drawn together.

We also find out that Alex’s mom isn’t as out of Alex’s life as we thought she was, and they are working with each other to find Alex’s father, who was supposed to be dead but isn’t.

OK, we’re going to split off here. Remember how I said that we had the start of a really good adventure story? Well, we definitely have a great adventure series going on here. There is minimal sex, but maximal action and adventure. Most of the chapters start with journals again, which I really like. We also get information about Alex’s dreams in her journals and how they are affecting her current life. There are Dreamwalks which give us more info on the past. There is another book, as well as a novella about Sandra, Alex’s Seer friend. Those will show up sometime in the next few days, Friday probably, since this week is packed full of ARCs.


Ryan has gone a long way to redeeming himself over where I was mad at him before. I was mad because Dana told Alex that the Council has said that Earthen Protectors and Healers should marry ordinary humans to help spread the powers since they are so important. Except Alex doesn’t give a good goddamn about what the Council says, and that’s not going to stop him from being with Alex if they want that to happen.

I’m glad to find out more about Stacy, Alex’s mom. Her history was tragic for so many, many reasons. We get a good look as to what caused her to go off the rails why she did and why she did it to protect Alex. She’s a BAMF though, and a BAMF who has a Demon who is into her.

Poor Alexander, Alex’s father. He’s been through hell, probably literally. But, we also see where he’s been popping in and out of Alex’s past.

And the end? Yeah, that’s going to make you yell WTF?!?!?!

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. We have a really big week coming up, all kinds of ARCs, a new book from Candace Blevins, and of course, more Parker Sinclair. Meanwhile, happy reading!