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!  

9 Comments

  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.

    Bekka
    Pretty Deadly Reviews

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