Friday, December 14, 2012

Bloggers’ Best of 2012 (2)

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 second set of five awesome bloggers’ choices!

Best debut novel: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Best start of series: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Best standalone: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Best all around:The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Will everybody pick this? Probably. But it took my cold stone of a heart and made it shed actual tears. For that, it’s most definitely the best book of the year.

Best debut novel: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. 
I am crazy about fairy tale retellings, so to combine that with a fun science fiction twist was a match made in heaven. And a little sneak peak, I’ve read Scarlet and LOVED it. So, definitely get started on this one now!

Best start of series: Grave Mercy by Robin L. LaFevers.
Grave Mercy is a great crossover series that has the same qualities as Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (another favorite). Assassin Nuns, and a great historical setting really make this book exciting. I can’t wait to jump on Dark Triumph, the second in the series.

Best standalone: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.
Absolutely no contest there. This book absolutely blew me away. I haven’t read Persuasion, the Jane Austen novel that this book is based on. But, now I’m just going to have to. With a full-time job and a 2-year-old, it isn’t often that I’m able to truly say that I couldn’t put down a book, but I couldn’t put this one down!

Best unexpected favorite: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. 
I was drawn into the synopsis, though the cover didn’t blow me away. But, this is a perfect book for boys that are into fantasy (I’d categorize it as an older middle-grade, early YA). But, I’m sure that fans of Shannon Hale will really love it too.

Best all around: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima (#4 in The Seven Realms Series).
This is my absolute favorite series after Harry Potter, and it had an amazing ending that I really couldn’t have dreamed to be any better. This one is great on audio or in print. If you love high fantasy, then this is a must read.

Best debut novel: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Best start of series: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Best standalone: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Best unexpected favorite: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Best all around: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Best debut novel: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.
I remember staying up until four or five in the morning reading this book. It was so addicting and I loved the characters.

Best start of series: The Diviners by Libba Bray.
I love Libba Bray, the time period of this novel, and the concept. Basically everything about this book and I can’t wait to continue this series.

Best standalone: Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis.
I just thought that this novel was really unique and addicting.

Best unexpected favorite: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Stephanie Strohmeyer.
I went into this book not expecting much, but I ended up loving it. It was so cute and I could relate to the characters so well.

Best all around: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent.
This is one of my favorite series (and Rachel Vincent is my favorite author). I just love this world and these characters so much. I think this may be my favorite book in the series.

Best debut novel: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Best start of series: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Best standalone: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Best unexpected favorite: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Best all around: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

What do you guys think of this weeks’ choices?  Do you agree about any of them?

Check back next week for the next round!  


  1. Sarah E.

    I keep seeing everyone say The Immortal Rules – but parts of it were hard to get through, imo. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not my favorite. I loved TFIOS. John Green is a master author.

  2. Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews

    I LOVED Cinder and Grave Mercy is easily in my top ten of all time. And I am so happy to see Ask the Passengers on here. That book was beautiful and wonderful and does not have near enough attention. AS King always delivers.

    I still have a lot of those titles to get to: The Immortal Rules, The Diviners, and anything by Rachel Vincent.

    Pretty Deadly Reviews

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