May 2017: Seal of Excellence

BUNS by Alice ClaytonEach month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month. May 2017’s RT Seal of Excellence — the editors’ pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Buns by Alice Clayton. 

And the other nominees are …

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

If you’re looking for something to keep you up at night, this is the book for you! Plenty of twists will keep you guessing, but the true heart of this story is the tragic tale of two sisters parted too soon. One year ago Nicole Cutty went missing — now her sister, Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, is sure that Nicole’s body will end up on her table and she’ll finally be able to put to rest what happened. Instead, peculiar bodies begin popping up, and Livia believes she’s found a thread to the killer. She works with Megan, a girl who went missing the same night as Nicole, but the biggest question is: Why was Megan the only girl to get away? — Emily Walton

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Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

It’s so hard to say goodbye! Luckily for fans of the Chicagoland Vampires, the gang gets an amazing send off in this final book. It’s been a joy seeing how Merit and Ethan have changed over the years, so a beautiful moonlit wedding is sure to make fans cheer. Of course, nothing is ever so simple for the vampires of Cadogan house, and when Merit is attacked by a vampire plagued by a voice in his head, she knows trouble is coming for the city. Chicagoland Vampire fans still have more in-universe fun to look forward to — but they’ll need to read Blade Bound to find out more! — Emily Walton

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Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

I have to say, I’m a sucker for heroines who not only get the guy but kick butt while doing it, and Danielle LaCrosse definitely fits the bill! I mean really … with a smart, secret agent heroine and a devilishly good-looking pirate hero, what’s not to love? Danielle and Cade are so realistic and their flirting is delightful. Their relationship develops naturally, culminating in a satisfying and amazing HEA. Plus, getting to see Daphne and Rafe from The Irresistible Rogue is so satisfying. Never Trust A Pirate is such a solid addition to the Playful Brides series, while still standing alone as a gift for historical romance readers. — Alyssa Duspiva

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I devoured this novella in one night. The second I started I couldn’t stop — the window into MurderBot’s world and inner dialogue is so fascinating. The story is told from the perspective of an apathetic artificially-created human cyborg, who has become aware and has hacked his controlling software; but his only interest is binge watching TV shows (relatable!) and doing his job as security. MurderBot is mostly apathetic, which makes the events in the story even more exciting and horrifying as he tells them so calmly. I’ve read a lot of sci-fi and a lot of synthetics-versus-organics discourse, but “All Systems Red” transforms the concept, bringing it to higher grounds with detailed worldbuilding and excellent writing.— Alyssa Duspiva

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Congratulations to the winner and all of the nominees! You can find all of our Seal of Excellence winners here.

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