Friday, December 7, 2012

Bloggers’ Best of 2012 (1)

This December I am doing an end of the year feature with not only my picks as the best books of 2012 but also twenty other blogger’s picks. Today I present to you the first five awesome bloggers’ choices!

Best debut novel- Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers.
I absolutely loved this historical fiction with a paranormal twist. I immediately fell in love with this world and the amazing cast of characters and I know I’m going to love the rest of the series as well!

Best start of series- Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris.
Beautiful storytelling, Sci-Fi, Alternate worlds, set in a town that I love, and an amazingly hot boy or two what’s not to love?!?

Best Standalone- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.
A remake of Persuasion by Jane Austen that is as good as the original with a dystopian/sci-fi twist. Loved, loved, loved this one!

Best unexpected favorite- Gilt by Katherine Longshore.
I am not a fan of historical fiction. But Katherine kept me entranced in the story of Henri VIII and his doomed 5th wife. I loved the court intrigue and the narrator Kitty.

Best all around- The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson.
I am a huge fan of High Fantasy and Rae’s books have quickly become my favorite High Fantasy series besides Maria V. Snyder’s books! Elisa is a strong kick-ass heroine and Hector will steal your heart!

Best debut novel: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini.
This one was really hard for me to choose, but…Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini. This book was adorable and beautiful. A close second was Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, though!

Best start of series: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
I HAD to put this book on the list as best of something. It literally blew my mind.

Best standalone: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg.
This book was great. It was cute, it was funny, and it was a really fast read. I adore it.

Best unexpected favorite: Article 5 by Kristin Simmons.
This was one of those books I kept putting off becasue I didn’t think I’d like it. But then I grabbed it from the library, read it, and IT WAS SO GREAT. Cannot wait for the sequel to this one.

Best all around: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
I have yet to read nything by Jen that I absolutely love. She is what amazing is made of, and Onyx was just…wow.

Best debut novel: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
This book completely blew me away. The characters, the world, the DARKLING? Everything was fantastic.)

Best start of series:  The Diviners by Libba Bray.
I love me some Libba Bray, and I was so happy to absolutely love this one.

Best standalone:  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Best unexpected favorite: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
I knew I loved the Peter Pan story, but Jodi Lynn Anderson took it to a whole new level! And with such breathtaking writing, too.

Best all around: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Best debut novel:
Farah: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo; This book was just full of originality and uniqueness, got me addicted from the start!

Juhina: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock; I loved the love triangle and a whole different intake on werewolves!

Best start of series:
Farah: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa; This was SO not your typical “vampire” story! Loved how paranormal was blended with dystopian!

Juhina: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater; oh boy, this novel was full of magic. I LOVED it

Best standalone:
Farah: Never Enough by Denise Jaden and Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti. Both amazing books that really touched me from the bottom of my heart.

Juhina: I also couldn’t pick just one! so I have two standalone favorites and they are Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols and Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Storhmeyer. I love strong empowering female protagonists!

Best unexpected favorite:
Farah: Revamped by Ada Adams; Wasn’t expecting much, but damn, this totally blew me away!

Juhina: Slammed by Colleen Hoover, I think I need to stop judging books by their cover right?

Best all around:
Farah: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa; Can’t get this book off my mind o.o

Juhina: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock; 5 months later and I’m still hopelessly obsessed with this novel!

Well I don’t know about you guys but I just moved a ton of books up on my TBR.  I trust these bloggers’ opinions and you should too.  Have you read any of the books mentioned?  Do you agree?

Check back next week for the next round of bloggers’ picks!


  1. Maji Bookshelf

    yay this post is so awesome! Thanks for letting us participate, and like juhina said, it was really hard to pick the best!! I havent read many books the other bloggers mentioned, so should really get my hands on those! Lovely post!
    – Farah @Majibookshelf

  2. Christina Kit.

    The Immortal Rules took vampires and gave them a whole new spin. I think it’s up to the author to take anything that’s been overdone and really revamp it 😉 Pun intended!

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