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: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
I loved this book from beginning to end, it was a really good read, the characters were amazing!
Best start of series: Black City by Elizabeth Richards.
Great plot, characters and romance!! I loved every minute of this book and Ash is HOT!!
Best standalone: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.
It was heart wrenching romantic as well as a tear jerker, which is always make the best books.
Best unexpected favorite: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.
Mermaid, Galen and…… Galen, this is definitely one of my favorites!!
Best all around: Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
Amazing and breathtaking read, the ending was :O!! I loved Divergent from the beginning and I keep re-reading Insurgent. It is definitely my most favorite this year and I love being in Tris’ head and even the romance between her and Four/Tobias. Soooooo excited for book 3!
Best debut novel: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Best start of series: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Best standalone: My Life Next Door by Huntley Patrick
Best unexpected favorite: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Best all around: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Best debut novel: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.
Jodi’s writing style tugs at your heart-strings because she has the kind of characters you just want to be best friends with or make out with.
Best start of series: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
I didn’t except to love The Raven Boys as much as I did but it quickly surpassed The Scorpio Races just because the characters are so real and heartwarming and I love how romance takes a backseat to friendship and the bond between people connected by a goal.
Best standalone: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
This is an obvious choice for me just because Code Name Verity was the book that made me cry the hardest, think the most, appreciate the life given to me and mourn the lives of people infinitely more brave and interesting than I am, ha.
Best unexpected favorite: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.
It is most definitely a “boy” book with a mostly boy cast, no kissing, and a video game-ish things going on. Yet I could not put this book down and I ended up falling in love with all the characters. Tom is ruthless, sometimes cruel, and it’s interesting to root for a character you sometimes want to slap.
Best all around: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
This one was an easy one for me because this book honestly blew me away. The world-building is phenomenal, the writing is lush without being overwrought, and it has the kind of characters you want to root for, cry for, and well, slap.
Best debut novel: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Best start of series: Grave Mercy by R.L. Lafevers
Best standalone: Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
Best unexpected favorite: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Best all around: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Best debut novel: Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I thought this book was so cute, fun, and original! Plus, Marissa is totally awesome.
Best start of series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
I fell head over heels for the characters and world building in this book. I CANNOT wait for the sequel.
Best standalone: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Although technically an “adult” book I would say that this has some crossover appeal. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read. It’s a waking dream.
Best unexpected favorite: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
I’m not one who usually loves historical fiction, but I LOVED this book. It hit me just right.
Best all around: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.
Ho.Ly. Cow. What can I say about this book other than it knocked my socks off? If you haven’t read this series yet. DO IT.
What do you guys think of this weeks’ choices? Do you agree about any of them?
Check back next week for the final round!