Armchair BEA Day 2: Best Of 2011

2011 is shaping up to be a great reading year for fans of genre fiction series. I tried my very best to narrow down the books that I'm most excited about this year (both released and upcoming), but barely scraped by under ten selections. ^_^ Check it out.

Already Released

Aftertime (Aftertime, #1)
by Sophie Littlefield
Quick Take: This book had my pulse racing for much of the time I spent reading it. The lush visuals, the emotions, the mystery and (of course) the high chill-factor made this an absolutely wonderful read. I was so spooked and unnerved, but absolutely could not tear my eyes from the page. (full review)

The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen, #1)
by Amanda Stevens
Quick Take: Loved it. Loved. It. Stevens's writing style is so easy to get into. To say that I look forward to more of this series is a serious understatement. Highly recommended to all of my ghost-story-friendly urban fantasy peeps. (full review forthcoming)

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
by The Oatmeal
Quick Take: Freaking. Hilarious. (full review)
Upcoming Sequels

Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2)
by Meljean Brook
I sort of have to not think about this book's release, or else I get too excited and whiney about the release date still being a good ways off. But you can bet I'll be first in line to buy this one. And oh, the wait will have been SO worth it.
Release date: November 1, 2011 by Berkley

Shadowflame (Shadow World, #2)
by Dianne Sylvan
A paranormal romance series that reads like urban fantasy…I'm hooked. This installment continues the adventures of newly minted vampire Miranda Grey.
Release date: July 26, 2011 by Ace

Rebirth (Aftertime, #2)
by Sophie Littlefield
I absolutely fell in love with the first book, and from the quick synopsis of the second, I think my love affair with this series is bound to continue. Protagonist Cass Dollar is a supremely intriguing character.
Release date: July 19, 2011 by Luna

Runners up ('cos it's so hard to pick JUST three!):

Upcoming New Series

My Life As A White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie)
by Diana Rowland
This book has a fabulous premise, making me so excited to read about a good (and good looking) zombie. ^_^ I have the feeling this series will become a favorite; Rowland's Kara Gillian series is already near the top of my lists.
Release date: July 5, 2011 by DAW

Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning)
by Ellen Conner
From the writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty, this paranormal romance series looks like it will have all the necessary elements for a good time. The three books (Nightfall, Midnight, Daybreak) will be released within months of each other.
Release date: June 6, 2011 by Berkley Trade

Dead Iron (Age of Steam)
by Devon Monk
As far as I'm aware, I've never before read a Devon Monk book. But when I hear the word "steampunk," I automatically sit up and take notice. Monk's Allie Beckstrom series is quite beloved…so I'm sure the author is fully capable of creating another winner.
Release date: July 5, 2011 by Roc Trade

**Note: Release dates may not be finalized.**


  1. I so agree about those. I can't wait to read the Dianne Sylvan and I love the look of the White Trash Zombie book. That covers is made of awesome. Even though I have to admit I'm actually not so fond of zombies when they are in Shawn of the Dead. ;)

  2. Indeed...Daniel Dos Santos can seriously do no wrong with his cover art.

    Hopefully this book will only be full of happy, friendly zombies who eat brains....delicately. ^_^


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