Lola’s Ramblings: Best Books I Read in 2015

Posted December 31, 2015 by Lola in Lola's Ramblings / 26 Comments


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In total I read 109 books this year and I wanted to show you my favourite books this year in this post. So far I have ended every previous year with a post like this as well. I don’t rate a lot of books 5 stars, so I will list all the books I gave 5 stars this year. In total 10 books received a 5 star rating from me this year.

Best books I read in 2015

The Legacy HumanThe Legacy Human (Singularity #1)
by Susan Kaye Quinn

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find The Legacy Human on Goodreads

Spiritual successor to the bestselling Mindjack trilogy…

When transcending humanity is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

The Legacy Human is the first in a new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.

Read my review of The Legacy Human here

Promises Under the Peach TreePromises Under the Peach Tree (Heartache #1)
By Joanne Rock
Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Promises Under the Peach Tree on Goodreads

The trouble with Heartache

Nina Spencer swore she was done with Heartache, Tennessee, when she left the town—and her sexy ex, Mack—in her rearview mirror. But when her bakery business is rocked by scandal, she needs a place to regroup. What she doesn’t need is Mack Finley reminding her of peach-flavored kisses and the hold he still has on her.

Mack never forgot Nina—not that he didn’t try. Yet between caring for his family and organizing the annual Harvest Fest, he’s overwhelmed and he needs Nina’s help. They can work together without getting swept up in memories and the rush of brand-new passion…right?

You can read my review of Promises Under the Peach Tree here

reclaimedReclaimed (The Nogiku Series #4)
by S.J. Pajonas

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Reclaimed on Goodreads

Coming May 28, 2015! This will be the final book in the Nogiku Series.

On the road and gaining ground against Fujiwara, Sanaa and her team find the local population hesitant to accept them. Charm and bribes can only get the colonists so far, and no matter what Sanaa does, she is not welcomed amongst the men and women of Yūsei. When Sanaa is denied help again, she reaches out to a Northern clan, the Odas, and bargains for a secret technology that will give her an incredible advantage but comes at a steep price.

Being on the road means leaving Yamato undefended, though, and when enemies strike, they leave everything in chaos. With Sanaa and Jiro sacrificing all their time and effort to keeping their home secure, they both must give up nearly everything to save the colonization, their future together, and reclaim Yūsei for its people.

Family lines collide, secrets are finally spoken, and the freedom of Yūsei is in the hands of one woman determined to find equality and justice for everyone on the planet.

RECLAIMED, Book FOUR of the Nogiku Series, is the FINAL book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

You can read my review of Reclaimed here

cold burn of magicCold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)
by Jennifer Estep

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find Cold Burn of Magic on Goodreads

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

You can read my review of Cold Burn of Magic here

Destiny RisingDestiny Rising (True Calling #3)
By Siobhan Davis
Format: e-copy
Source: for beta read and review
You can find Destiny Rising on Goodreads

Every choice has a consequence.

Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom.

As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever.

Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed.

Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear.

When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?

You can read my review of Destiny Rising here

visionsVisions (Cainsville #2)
by Kelley Armstrong

Format: Hardcopy
Source: bought it myself
You can find Visions on Goodreads

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

You can read my review of Visions here.

Summer HaikusSummer Haikus (Happily Ever Asia)
by S.J. Pajonas

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Summer Haikus on Goodreads

“When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”

Isa planned the perfect summer:
Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check.
Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check.
Forgetting she’s in love with Masa — double check.

But when Isa’s mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family’s Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

You can read my review of Summer Haikus here.

DeceptionsDeceptions (Cainsville #3)
by Kelley Armstrong

Format: hardcover
Source: bought it myself
You can find Deceptions on Goodreads

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series delivers her most suspenseful novel yet, where the discovery of Cainsville’s dark past and the true nature of its inhabitants leads to murder, redemption, love, and unspeakable loss.

Olivia Taylor Jones’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she is not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks both Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that connects them. Will darkness prevail, or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

You can read my review of Deceptions here.

RevealedRevealed (The Nogiku Series #5)
by S.J. Pajonas

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Revealed on Goodreads

Come back to the Nogiku world with Jiro Itō and Mark Sakai as they live the events of REMOVED from their perspective. Secrets, lies, and cover-ups are all in a day’s work for Jiro and Mark, but when Sanaa Griffin enters their world, truths emerge, plans fall by the wayside, and enemies come out of the shadows. How does Mark veer so far off course while training Sanaa? And how does Jiro win back his family’s loyalty after losing their trust? If you loved the Nogiku Series, REVEALED will uncover the details behind all the action and reveal the future life of Sanaa and Jiro on Yūsei. Don’t miss this companion novel to the four books of The Nogiku Series!

Note: This is a companion novel and should be read after RECLAIMED, Book Four of The Nogiku Series. If you read the REVEALED short stories, Parts 1, 2, and 3 are the first 14 chapters of this book. All the rest (32 chapters total) is brand-new material. This novel is 80,000 words.

You can read my review of Revealed here.

Amanda lester and the Pink Suagr MysteryAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)
by Paula Berinstein

Format: signed paperback
Source: won in a giveaway
You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy on Goodreads

A reluctant detective, a criminal mastermind, and . . . sugar?

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these seeming clues mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

You can read my review of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy here.

What are the best books you read in 2015?


26 responses to “Lola’s Ramblings: Best Books I Read in 2015

    • Yeah it’s a coincidence I actually managed to read ten 5 stars books. I usually list all my 5 stars books as it’s easier than narrowing it down and they are all my favourites, but it’s fun I actually ended with a top ten list this year.
      I love Kelley Armstrong her books, I hope you’ll give one of ehr books a try!
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  1. You still gave more 5 star ratings than I did lol. I’m very picky with those 5 stars.

    I have the first book in the Nogiku and True Calling series, so it’s good to know you like those series so much and that the books don’t go downhill as the series goes on. I still haven’t read any Kelley Armstrong, but you mention her a lot, so I want to try one of her books too. And I just added The Legacy Human to my maybe list 🙂

    I’m glad you found some great books this year! Fingers crossed that next year will be even better and bring us even more great books!
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    • I am picky with my 5 stars, but still give them out regulary.

      I hope you’ll enjoy the Nogiku and True Callign series. The Nogiku series started as a 5 star read for me and stayed that way. While the True calling series started good, but the last book was amazing, it’s definiely one of those series that get’s better the further you get.
      Yes, I mention Kelley Armstrong a lot, she’s one of my favourite authors. I hope you give one of her books a try.

      I hope 2016 will be a great year for books!
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  2. All of these are new to me :O Looks like I have a bunch of awesome books to look forward to reading. I know I’ve read and enjoyed something by Jennifer Estep before so I can’t wait to check her new stuff out.
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    • I don’t have many 5 stars each year, but it’s fun to feature them again at the end of the year. I really should buy the third Joanne Rock book soon. I am looking forward to ehar what you think of the second book 🙂
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    • I am still not sure if I want to read Illuminae, but I’ve heard great things about it. Furiously Happy is on my to-read list :). I hope you’ll give SJ Pajonas her books a try, I love her books!

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