RT Book Reviews Honors Tor Books Among Their Best Books of the Year!

Founded in June, 1981 as a 24-page tabloid, Romance TimesRT Book Reviews Magazine has grown into a hub for romance novels, publishing a large glossy magazine, a comprehensive website, and hosting conventions, all in celebration of the romance genre.

This year they’ve honored many SFF, paranormal, and horror novels among their Best Books of the Year, including Tor Books’ Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise; The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, edited by John Joseph Adams; The Human Division by John Sclazi; London Falling by Paul Cornell; and Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

RT Book of the Year:

  • THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS—Karen Lord
  • OMENS—Kelley Armstrong
  • WICKED AS SHE WANTS—Delilah S. Dawson
  • WRITTEN IN RED—Anne Bishop

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Erotic Romance:

  • HAEVYN—Darcy Abriel
  • NO MERCY—Jenna McCormick
  • TAKEN BY A VAMPIRE—Joey W. Hill
  • MAIDEN FLIGHT—Bianca D’Arc
  • BLOOD CURSE—Sharon Page

First Historical Romance:

  • DEMON’S CURSE—Alexa Egan

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal:

  • IF HE’S TEMPTED—Hannah Howell
  • THE MAGIC OF “I DO”—Tammy Falkner
  • EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT—Kathryne Kennedy
  • SHADOWDANCE—Kristen Callihan
  • LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON—Isabel Cooper

Steampunk:

  • GILDED—Karina Cooper
  • THE QUEEN IS DEAD—Kate Locke
  • HEART OF IRON—Bec McMaster
  • WICKED AS SHE WANTS—Delilah S. Dawson
  • HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY—Beth Ciotta
  • BREATH OF IRON—Kate Cross

Shapeshifter Romance:

  • WOLF WITH BENEFITS—Shelly Laurenston
  • ONLY LYCANS NEED APPLY—Michele Bardsley
  • BREATH OF FIRE—Liliana Hart
  • MACRIEVE—Kresley Cole
  • SAVAGE BETRAYAL—Shelli Stevens
  • KINKED—Thea Harrison

Vampire Romance:

  • GATES OF RAPTURE—Caris Roane
  • THE DARK HEROINE—Abigail Gibbs
  • TWICE TEMPTED—Jeaniene Frost
  • DARKNESS AVENGED—Alexandra Ivy
  • DARKNESS RISES—Dianne Duvall
  • PRINCE OF SHADOWS—Tes Hilaire

Paranormal Romance:

  • DEMON HUNTING IN A DIVE BAR—Lexi George
  • OMEGA—Susannah Sandlin
  • THE CURSED—Alyssa Day
  • A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES—Molly Harper
  • HEART OF OBSIDIAN—Nalini Singh
  • THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE—Erin Quinn
  • FURY OF DESIRE—Coreene Callahan
  • BLACK AND BLUE—Gena Showalter

Paranormal Worldbuilding:

  • BLOOD WARRIOR—Lindsey Piper
  • GUARDIAN DEMON—Meljean Brook
  • STYXX—Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • THE NIGHT IS FOREVE—Heather Graham
  • NAUGHTY KARMA—Vivi Andrews
  • REAVER—Larissa Ione

Indie Press/Self-Published Paranormal/Urban Fantasy:

  • THE END OF DARKNESS—Jaime Rush
  • NIGHT BLADE—J.C. Daniels
  • SHIFTING SELVES—Mia Marshall

Futuristic Romance:

  • ALIEN IN THE HOUSE—Gini Koch
  • GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS—Richelle Mead
  • HEART FORTUNE—Robin D. Owens
  • DECEPTION COVE—Jayne Castle
  • NIGHT WHISPERS—Alisha Rai

Urban Fantasy Novel:

  • BLOOD ORANGES—Kathleen Tierney
  • DEAD THINGS—Stephen Blackmoore
  • WRITTEN IN RED—Anne Bishop
  • MOUNTAIN ECHOE—C.E. Murphy
  • THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY—Mur Lafferty
  • MAGIC RISES—Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy Protagonist:

  • FROST BURNED—Patricia Briggs
  • HOT BLOODED—Amanda Carlson
  • BINDING THE SHADOWS—Jenn Bennett
  • TEMPEST REBORN—Nicole Peeler
  • BLOOD BOND—Jeanne C. Stein
  • WATCHER OF THE DARK—Joseph Nassise

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding:

  • TOUCH OF THE DEMON—Diana Rowland
  • BLOOD WINTER—Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • TRICKSTER—Jeff Somers
  • LAST BLOOD—Kristen Painter
  • HEART OF VENOM—Jennifer Estep
  • RITUAL MAGIC—Eileen Wilks

Paranormal Romantic Suspense:

  • RELENTLESS—Cherry Adair
  • THE LAST KISS GOODBYE—Karen Robards
  • THE PROTECTED—Shiloh Walker
  • SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON—Maggie Shayne
  • FLAMEBOUND—Tessa Adams

Sci Fi/Fantasy:

  • THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS—Karen Lord
  • THE MAD SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION—John Joseph Adams, Editor
  • THE HUMAN DIVISION—John Scalzi
  • THE MELANCHOLY OF MECHAGIRL—Catherynne M. Valente
  • THE SEVERED TOWER—J. Barton Mitchell
  • FORTUNE’S PAWN—Rachel Bach

Fantasy Novel:

  • LONDON FALLING—Paul Cornell
  • WITHOUT A SUMMER—Mary Robinette Kowal
  • THE CITY—Stella Gemmell
  • COLD STEEL—Kate Elliott
  • MASKS—E.C. Blake

Fantasy Adventure:

  • DREAMSPINNER—Lynn Kurland
  • SCENT OF MAGIC—Maria V. Snyder
  • CAST IN SORROW—Michelle Sagara

Epic Fantasy Novel:

  • BLOOD OF DRAGONS—Robin Hobb
  • PROMISE OF BLOOD—Brian McClellan
  • EMPEROR OF THORNS—Mark Lawrence
  • CHILDREN OF FIRE—Drew Karpyshyn

Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal:

  • SHADES OF EARTH—Beth Revis
  • THE DREAM THIEVES—Maggie Stiefvater
  • RELIC—Renee Collins
  • UNBREAKABLE—Kami Garcia
  • ALLEGIANT—Veronica Roth

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