These Are 2017’s Most Highly Rated Books on BookBub

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

With so many great recent releases to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Why not take a recommendation from one of your fellow readers? We’ve rounded up the year’s best new releases that earned an average rating of 4.7 stars (or higher!) from BookBub members. Check out the full list of top rated books 2017 below, complete with reader recommendations. Please note: The numbers below reflect the data at the time of this article’s publication, and numbers may change over time.


Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

BookBub member review: “As usual, J. D. Robb has presented us with a picture of Dallas and Roarke that is extremely entertaining along with a good mystery. The seriousness of her work as a police lieutenant combined with the small areas of wit, make her book another great one. As usual, the ‘bad guy’ isn’t caught until the very end, but the book continually gives us clues.”

Average Rating: 4.9


White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

BookBub member review: “Even better than the first! Nevada and Connor continue to deliver with the action/adventure while off-screen their personal relationship gets steamier as they learn to trust and rely on each other. Love how Andrews does the development of romance in their series. ❤️ Also wonderful supporting cast!! I’m looking forward to while also saddened to see the end looming with #3. 😢 Heartily recommend this series!”

Average Rating: 4.8


The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

BookBub member review: “This story is very interesting if you like stories about Gods and mythical creatures. It’s bloody and will keep you entertained the whole way through. You’ll really need a cold shower after this one.


Average Rating: 4.8


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Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

BookBub member review: “Riveting. Unforgettable. Astronomical.

I don’t even know where to start in describing how much I LOVED this book and how OBSESSED I am with the series. The Andrews team never disappoint.

Wildfire is book three in the Hidden Legacy series and it’s mind-blowing. I’m hoping this isn’t the end of the series, because there is just SO much more I want to see and explore.

It’s a non-stop action-packed adventure that will drag you in. I seriously read this book in one day. Once I opened it. I could’t stop. I was hooked.

Rogan, Nevada, and the gang where all amazing. We go deeper into the Houses, learn more about Nevada and her family history, and the mystery on who wants to take down the current structure. We are spared no shortage on the action and developments. The writing flows and the detail into describing things is extraordinary. The romance between Rogan and Nevada takes on a whole new level with a few challenges to over come. These two see each other, truly see each other, and won’t hold the other back.

Last, that ending sentence. OMG!!! I think I figured out who Cesar is, but we don’t know for sure and we are not told. It’s a can you figure it out… I think I did.

Wildfire was monuments. I loved it. Can’t wait to own my own copy and hope we are treated to more in the Hidden Legacy series.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

BookBub member review: “There is just so much in this book… Start with Assassin’s Apprentice, and you will not be disappointed. To say any more would include spoilers. Let’s just say, I LOVED this book, and would highly recommend EVERYTHING Robin Hobb has written. The characters are complex and real, the magic is sophisticated and takes it’s price. The adventures are heart-pounding. The love is integral and so understood that you feel it even when nothing is written on the page. The world is full, vibrant and compelling. Read this book (AFTER the other 15 in the series), you will not be disappointed.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

BookBub member review: “Such a touching and inspiring story. Even though it is John and Elizabeth’s love story, the book is so much more than that. It provides stories from many of the characters from all the Baxter family books. Loved how even though its been a while since we had a new book about this family its like things pick up close to where the previous series ended plus even if you haven’t read any of the series it gives enough back story to completely follow the story. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Hook, Line and Blinker by Jana DeLeon

BookBub member review: “Five stars again! I have read all the books so far in this Miss Fortune series and loved them all. Each book is stand alone with only character carry over. Wonderful characters, great mystery plots, lots of action and laugh out loud humor!”

Average Rating: 4.8


Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

BookBub member review: “Listed as a mystery, this is one [of] the best pieces of fiction out there! This is a wonderfully constructed puzzle with a murder taking place in Three Pines away from the bIg city and crimes and drugs. But as you immerse yourself, you realize that drugs hit everywhere and everyone in some way.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Just Follow the Money by Jinx Schwartz

BookBub member review: “Hetta Coffey and all her friends are together again for a wonderfully witty and engaging, page-turning thriller. Love the quirky characters and their handling of difficult and often frightening situations.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan

BookBub member review: “I loveeee the Dark series but this by far is my favorite in the series. The characters are hilarious and the story is great. I can’t count how many times I literally busted out laughing.”

Average Rating: 4.8


Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

BookBub member review: “Once again, Mitch Rapp comes alive in this action-packed thriller. I loved the occasional humor that we don’t expect in a serious book. The characters come to life with the author’s witty dialogue… a five-star read!”

Average Rating: 4.7


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

BookBub member review: “Whew! I want to apologize to my family for ignoring them the last few days, but you have to adjust your priorities sometimes! Sarah J. Maas packs so much action into her books, so many plot twists based on small nuances, you really can’t skim to find the good parts. They are all good parts. This book was no exception.

I expected resolution for several plot lines… and she threw in even more! I’m not complaining… there really wasn’t anything in the book that didn’t blend, didn’t make sense. Feyre is still a bad a@*, her friends and enemies (and frenemies) are still multidimensional and down right fun. BUT… the story isn’t over! I thought this was going to be a trilogy and at the very end of the book it says, “TO BE CONTINUED!!” Another book next year! Start my happy, but impatient, dance. Love this series, love this book, can’t wait for more!”

Average Rating: 4.7


Issued to the Bride: One Sniper by Cora Seton

BookBub member review: “I really enjoyed the book. She has strong independent women and the men are alpha men that need to learn how to do with strong-willed independent women. It makes for really enjoyable reading. I have read the series so far and can’t wait till the next book is out.”

Average Rating: 4.7


Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

BookBub member review: “I was sad to end the Penn Cage series. However, the author did not disappoint. The breathtaking action kept me reading well past my bedtime and I had to sneak in another chapter before leaving for work or my day was not complete! The greatest honor I can say about a writer is that he or she is a magnificent storyteller. And Greg Iles is just that.”

Average Rating: 4.7


The Midnight Line by Lee Child

BookBub member review: “A great iteration of the Reacher character with interesting new characters. This is a thought-provoking book, exploring the many shades of moral choices. The central theme could be straight out of the headlines but rendered so much more personal through the excellent character development and story. I thoroughly recommend this book for Reacher fans and as a gift to others.”

Average Rating: 4.7


Golden Prey by John Sandford

BookBub member review: “As a storyteller, John Sandford has no equal in modern fiction, and this episode in the Prey series is a prime example of his best work. Golden Prey is bloody, grisly, often humorous, but most of all it is immensely entertaining. This novel is a must-read for all the author’s millions of fans and an appropriate intro to the series for anyone who has not read Sandford’s work before. Don’t miss it!”

Average Rating: 4.7


House of Spies by Daniel Silva

BookBub member review: “This is Daniel Silva’s latest book, and worry not Silva fans. He has done it again Silva is one of those writers who book after book creates new story lines and mysteries for his hero, Gabriel Allon, and his team to solve. This time they are trailing a group of terrorists using drug money to fund their killing attacks on the largest cities in Europe. The twisted route which Allon and his people have to follow to find the mastermind of this plan is amazing and shows why it is so hard to find these people. Fear not though, fans, the last pages of this book gives a hint on where the next group for this group to face lives. Enjoy!”

Average Rating: 4.7


Use of Force by Brad Thor

BookBub member review: “This is Thor’s latest book. For those Brad Thor fans, this is every bit as good as his other book. The only surprise is that this author continues to turn out books on such a high level. Read this and then read other Brad Thor books.”

BookBub member review: “Brad Thor’s character, Scot Harvath, is a classic super spy: clever, strong, and skilled. His thrillers are true page turners.”

Average Rating: 4.7


The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell

BookBub member review: “Having read most of Cussler’s books, I look forward to new releases. This was no disappointment. Familiar characters, a lost treasure, lots of villains — all make for comfortable reading at the end of a busy day, although sometimes keeping me up later than planned.”

Average Rating: 4.7


The Chosen by J. R. Ward

The Chosen by J. R. Ward

BookBub member review: “I LOVE THIS SERIES! J.R. Ward’s writhing is pure magic where the Black Dagger Brotherhood is concerned. The world she creates is so well written that you feel like you are truly a part of it.
I highly recommend this series to any and all. If you haven’t read it get your copy today… I suggest you start with the first book in the series. Happy Reading :)”

Average Rating: 4.7


The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison

BookBub member review: “Get ready for another action packed exciting book in the A Brit in the FBI thriller series. The duo of Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison have another hit on their hands with the twist and turns we have come to expect from this series. Nicholas Drummond is once more the action hero of this series along with FBI Special Agent Michaela Caine as they rush to save the world, yes the world, once again. The action moves internationally without skipping a beat. This time the duo and the team are out to stop the twins of the Kohath family from wreaking havoc on the world. The twins are seeking the Ark of Covenant that was lost along with their mother during a storm on an archaeological dig. Meanwhile, their grandfather holds the secret to controlling the weather and in doing so they feel they can control the world. A wonderful romp full of surprises spiraling to a great climax.”

Average Rating: 4.7


Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

BookBub member review: “I read a lot and Beneath the Scarlet Sky is one of the 10 best books I have ever read. I identified with some of the characters. There were so many wonderful people that did so much for each other in very trying circumstances. The world owes a great debt to them. Please someone write more books like this.”

Average Rating: 4.7


The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

BookBub member review: “Wow, this book is so good. I am a fan of Karin Slaughter’s short stories but have only read one other full-length novel besides this one. I will be rectifying that soon. I thought Pretty Girls was a fluke. Her other stuff can’t be this good. Yes, it can.

The Good Daughter is all about the characters. Yes, there is a legal thriller/murder mystery in progress but truthfully all that jazz sits in the background of the massive and entirely engaging character and relationship development of two sisters and a very dark past they unfortunately share.

This book was so good. Did I say that already?”

Average Rating: 4.7


Deep Freeze by John Sandford

BookBub member review: “Gotta love Virgil. Gotta love John Sandford. One of my favorite authors. Starts a little different than most Sandford books, but then settles into what I am used to from him. Virgil doesn’t have his boat this book, but does manage to lose his truck, go figure. Good story. Good characters. Fast-paced, easy read. Shrake and Jenkins show up, and there is a call from Davenport. The gang’s all here.”

Average Rating: 4.7


Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

BookBub member review: “Christine is one of my favorite authors and I can never get enough of her stories. With each one, I am drawn in to the characters’ world and wish I could end up with one of those luscious alpha-males. My emotions react strongly and my heart always gets a workout!!! Love this Shadow series!!!!”

Average Rating: 4.7


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

BookBub member review: “The book is a roller coaster ride of emotions, action, and thrills. Everywhere I turn there is something that keeps my attention and made it hard for me to put it down. I also enjoyed the world building in this book. I actually the fact that in this book we got to learn more about fairies and see more of their world because in the other series she has written we don’t get a lot of fairies scenes as much. Another thing that enjoyed about the book is the fighting combat scenes that add another punch.”

Average Rating: 4.7


Reviews were edited for length and clarity.

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