First of all, yeah, let's get this out of the way. yeah, J.K. Rowlings is probably gonna win in a landslide like she did last year, but this is about everything that's been already been nominated, not what will win. Also, I wanna give a shout out to Darwin who gave me the idea to quickly preview books instead of reading reviews like I was before. It's really helped me out. Thanks buddy! Anyways, a lot of books from this year seem really interesting, and I'm thinking about reading the free previews for almost all of em(the ones I won't will be the sequels, and I'll try to give the first books of theirs a sequel.) and deciding from the preview whether I want to read them or not. And yes, I am aware that many of these books fall into a lot of the subcategories that I don't enjoy, but I feel like really being in the moment and giving things I wouldn't read otherwise a chance. So again, what do you all think of the books that have been nominated? Here's the list. https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2017 ---- Edit: Decided to say fuck it, I don't need anyone's permission to do this. Some people won't like it, some people will, most won't give a fuck. Alright, first we go tMercy Thompson 10 Silence Fallen. Jumping to book 1 since I've yet to read any of these Moon Called by Patricia Bridge Description: Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water.. Oooh, word of darkness. Not a fan of lycans, but that doesn't mean I won't like this. Time to dig into the preview.... Ok, read the first chapter. One on hand, I'm impressed. I really wanna read more of this. In the first chapter alone it builds up the series' werewolf society without beating me over the head with a brick with the world building that far too many books do. I like the writing style, and I like the main character. The problem however is that I usually can't get myself to read more than a few books in a series in a year, and we're up to book 10 now. And I imagine that the series isn't going to end anytime soon. That's quite intimidating to me. Still, I'll add the first book to to-read list, because I do wanna read at least the first book. --- Ok, what's next? The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent. As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. ... Ok, well this...yeah, it's not something that's up my alley, but like I said, I'm giving everything here a chance with the preview Time to dig in... First of all, this definately not my kind of book. It's listed as young adult, but it comes off as very Chronicles of Narnia. I would have loved to read this right after finishing The Last Battle in Third Grade... ...and eve here in my 30's I still wanna read this.!It's a sequel story to one of my favorite short stories as a kid, Jack Frost. It's a story I still enjoy hearing, and I've always wanted a sequel to it. Thank yu Katherine Arden, I'll try to read this book sometime soon! --- And next we have: Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) so I'll jump into the first book with... Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun. ... Um, ok..? Let's see what this has to offer: .... Wow, this was definately not what I expected. The main characters father is killed by a complete deuchebag who happens to be part of a race considered to be gods, and his instinct is to fight this "god." In the middle of the fight, when the "god" is about to kill the main character, his servant takes his huge rock and hits the "god" over the head with it, killing him. They run away, and they realize that they have to escape together, as they'll be wanted men. Of all the previews I've read so far, this is easily the most interesting. And that's enough for now, Depending on how tired I feel I'll contine either in a couple hours or tomorrow. Liking that I decided to take on this little project.