My 5-star Reviews of 2018
This year was my first full year reviewing books, and I focused on indie dark fantasy. I found some new favorite authors and tried some things I normally wouldn't have. There is so much great work out there. It would be easy to hand out 5-star reviews often. I decided to come up with one specific criteria that sets a book apart enough to earn 5-stars from me: the further I get into a book, the harder it should be to put down.
Here are my 5-star reads for this year, in no particular order. The links go to my reviews on Goodreads. With each of these books, I had trouble putting it down, and have great respect for the author's storytelling expertise.
Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps
Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps
An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps
Faith by A. Dale Triplett
Hemlock by Jesse Teller
Crown by Jesse Teller
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer
Darkmage by M.L. Spencer
Darklands by M.L. Spencer
Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell
They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick
The Fifth Empire of Man by Rob J. Hayes
City of Kings by Rob J. Hayes