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 final set of five awesome bloggers’ choices!
Best Debut Novel: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Fantasy is my favorite and this book has all the makings of an incredible fantasy – action, magic, romance, a well crafted world and SO much more!
Best Start of Series: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Words cannot properly convey how much I loved this book. What’s great about it as the start of a series is that it can stand on its own but really, you don’t want it to. I NEED more of these characters.
Best Standalone: Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala. Absolutely one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read in my twenty-two years of living. My feelings took a pretty bad beating but I enjoyed every second of it.
Best Unexpected Favorite: Mothership by Isla Neal & Martin Leicht.
Usually I’m not a fan of humorous books. I like my characters to BE funny but a funny plot is not for me. Mothership totally defied that.
Best All Around: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
The action is epic, the characters are kick-ass, the story is enthralling. I could fangirl all day about why this book is so incredible.
Best debut novel: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Best start of series: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Best standalone: Every Day by David Levithan
Best unexpected favorite: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (from the cheesy cover, I pretty much had some doubts about this one, but I loooooved it.)
Best all around: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Best Debut Novel: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Best Start of Series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Best Standalone: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
Best Unexpected Favorite: Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky
Best All Around: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Best Debut Novel: The Selection by Kiera Cass, absolutely. The part about this book that caught me the most was the beauty of the setting, and the lies and troubles underneath.
Best Start Of Series: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. This book left me wanting more and more and more. I can’t wait for the 3rd!
Best Standalone: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. I really could have chosen a lot of books for this one, but this book stood out. I really liked the setting of this book, and the fact that the main character is a pilot? Love.
Best Unexpected Favorite: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked up that book. Sometimes I pick up books based on what other people say, and don’t read the synopsis at all, and I did just that with this book. I had no idea what this book might turn out to be, and I absolutely loved it.
Best All Around: I’m going to have to give the obvious answer here… The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; John Green must be a wizard. I swear.
Best debut novel: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen.
Best re-imaging of Robin Hood…EVER! Just thinking about this one has me wishing my copy was with me so that I could spend a couple hours rediscovering the epicness.
Best start of series: The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley.
I have read a ton a books this year that were the first in a series, but this one just stands out because the writing and world building in it were incredible. This has also been one that I just want every single person to pick up and read because I loved it and want everyone to experience.
Best standalone: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad because it was a twisted, chilling read and I loved that the author didn’t try to drag the story out and make a sequel where none was needed. The ending of this one blew my mind. O_O
Best unexpected favorite: Rock On by Denise Vega.
I was not expecting to like this one, let alone be completely swept up in the lives of the characters.
Best all around: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
After all the hype surrounding this one I was skeptical about reading it, turns out I had nothing to fear because this one one amazing read.
What do you guys think of this weeks’ choices? Do you agree about any of them?
That’s it for the best of 2012 round but check back for the choices of most anticipated books of 2013.