RT Editors' Best of 2013: Trent's Picks

This blog post is part of a series that the RT Editors will be taking part in during the month of December. Please check back all month long for each editor's installment!


With 2013 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. While this year's RT Awards winners won't be announced until our convention in May, we've decided to share our personal favorites of 2013, in no particular order. Although he's not an editor, Convention Assistant Trent Hart is definitely a rabid reader. Today he shares his favorite reads of the year. 



Autumn Whispers
by Yasmine Galenorn

I have been a big fan of Yasmine’s Otherworld series for some time now. I devour each book as I get them, and sometimes stay up all night to finish them. AW was a game-changer, and being the 14th book in a series, that takes a lot of skill on the author’s part. I won’t spoil anything, but read this series, trust me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Crimson Veil



Last Blood
by Kristen Painter

I was given all five books of Kristen’s House of Comarre series at the same time. I started the first one and faster than I could blink realized I was already at the end of book five! Last Blood ended the series on a very strong note, wrapping up all loose ends, and leaving an ending that was satisfying to me as a reader. Looking forward the spin-off series, Crescent City, starting with House of the Rising Sun!


Endless Knight
by Kresley Cole

There are not enough good things I can say about this book and series! I even gave it a Top Pick! Poison Princess hooked me into the Arcana Chronicles, but EK made me fall in love with the world. Find my full review here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for Evie and the rest in book three!



Night Vision
by Yasmine Galenorn

Yes, I had to include another book by Yasmine, she’s just that fabulous! This, however, is from her Indigo Court series, another one of my favorites. Yasmine has set the stage for the final battle against Myst. My favorite parts were the coronations of Cicely and Rhiannon as the new Fae Queens of Winter and Summer, respectively. Unfortunately this is the penultimate book of this series, so come July, it will be very bittersweet to read Night’s End.



Sing for the Dead
by PJ Schnyder

Sing for the Dead is the second book in PJ’s London Undead series, where a viral outbreak has ravaged the city of London by causing zombies to rise up, and it’s up to the supernaturals to guard the humans. The first book, Bite Me, focused on the werewolves who police the city; SftD introduces the Fae and wereleopards into the mix. Sorcha and Kayden both drew me into their stories/histories and I couldn’t wait to get to the next page and learn more. PJ has created an intriguing new world and can’t wait for Survive to Dawn to release next year!



Dead Ever After
by Charlaine Harris

I’ll put it out there; I was satisfied with the ending and who Sookie ended up with. If you haven’t heard yet, you might have been living under a rock, but I won’t spoil you. I felt that DEA tied things up the best way it could for such a popular series and that the groundwork was there for the ending. Some people said it was out of left field, but I disagree. Based on information in After Dead, it looks like there is potential for a spin-off series, which could wrap up things that were left unfinished, and I would certainly love to read that!


Playing the Part
by Robin Covington

I have only recently started reading contemporary romances. I’ve never been particularly drawn to them, but since starting to work in this industry, I wanted to have a well-rounded understanding of all the genres. PtP hooked me from the beginning. Robin writes amazing chemistry, both sexual and otherwise. Her sex scenes were so hot that I needed a fan at times! Looking forward to reading more by her!


The House of Hades
by Rick Riordan

I’m a bit of a Greek/Roman mythology fan (aka nut). Don’t ask me why, but I have loved the stories and characters since I was very little. Riordan expertly weaves the old mythology with the modern times into something completely new and his own. I was a fan of the first series, and now an even bigger fan of the Heroes of Olympus series. HoH picks up where Mark of Athena left off and sent me on a rollercoaster ride until the very end. Another penultimate book, I can’t wait to see how everything resolves in Blood of Olympus next October!


Do you and Trent share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2013? Let us know in the comments, and check back all month long for more editors' picks!