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Favorite Book of 2021

Yes, my friends. Once again, it is time for the annual lists of all the things we liked this year. When I sat down to pick out my best book, I realized I hadn’t read many new releases. I focused more on getting through my ever-growing TBR list (take one off, put three on) than gobbling up the new stuff. So this year’s book is actually a 2020 release, but its literary power cannot be contained to a single year.

Publisher Summary: Book One of The Great Cities Trilogy tells the story of Five New Yorkers that discover they are the physical embodiment of their city and must come together to defend it from an ancient evil that threatens to devour it like so many cities that have come before.

This is one of the most original and intriguing stories I’ve read in years. Taking the concept that every city has a soul and building a world around it is genius. Every character is so vibrant and authentic that they leap off the page. Each guardian’s main traits are like holding up a mirror to the borough they represent. Their personalities and speech patterns reflect the different parts of New Your City in an elegant tapestry of words and imagination.

Not only is the story original, it is perfectly executed. It grabs you from the get-go and refuses to turn you loose long after the final page has been read. I don’t mind saying that I literally screamed for more when I got to the last page. I actually flipped back a few pages to make sure I hadn’t missed something because I wasn’t ready for it to end. Thank God it’s a series because I have to know what happens next.

I won’t give anything away, but the end masterfully sets up the future installments. No word yet on when book two will be out, but you better believe that I will be one of the first people in line to buy it on release day.

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Best Book of the Year

I’m a voracious reader. Since I read across all genres and demographics, it isn’t surprising for me to have 2-3 books going at a time. (Don’t judge me. I switch between them depending on my mood.) That being said, there were a lot of wonderful books in front of my eyes this year, but one stood out above the rest.

The Savior’s Sister is the companion novel to the first book in the Savior Series, The Savior’s Champion. Leila is the One True Savior and rightful ruler of Thessen, but her reign is in peril. A tournament designed to select her future husband is transformed into a way to bring assassins into her palace. Her father, Brontes, is determined to seize her throne for himself. Now Leila is in a race against the clock to discover her father’s secrets in order to save not only her life, but the life of a certain competitor that has absconded with her heart.

While this is a companion novel, this dystopian romance works wonderfully as a standalone. This book checks every box for me. Romance. Suspense. Action. Colorful characters. Immersive world-building. It is the total package.

I thought I knew want to expect going into this. I devoured the first novel in the series. I knew the story, but not all of it. Holy cow! It’s as if it has opened my eyes. There was so much going on behind the scenes of the first novel. Seeing what was happening in the palace while the competitors duke it out in the Labyrinth in some ways was even more satisfying than the original.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this novel is the strong female characters at its center. A lot of novels I read turn a strong female figure into a Mary Sue. This book does not do that. Leila is a kick-ass woman willing to take on anyone, but she is far from perfect. She makes mistakes. She shows vulnerabilities. She has to have help. The whole thing is refreshing.

There isn’t much more I can say about the novel without giving away its surprises, but I will say that this is a fantastic read. There is graphic violence and adult content, so steer clear if either of those is an issue for you.

You can get your own copy of The Savior’s Sister in ebook, hardback, and paperback at the link below. Give it a read. You will not be disappointed. The Savior’s Sister (The Savior’s Series Book 2) eBook: Moreci, Jenna: Kindle Store