The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was the first book I read in 2012. My sister, Taylor, and I have this tradition. On New Year's Day we both start reading the same book and spend the entire day lounging and reading, forgetting that there's a whole world going on around us. So, naturally, we put a lot of thought into which book will be our first of the new year. And let me tell you, TSPoLaFS was definitely New Year's Day material! It's such a perfect little love story, keeping its characters real and flawed, yet totally lovable. I also recommend this one to anyone about to hop on an airplane. You'll wish you met your own Oliver on the flight!
Anyone have any suggestions for my First Read of 2013?
Wanderlove just so was not what I was expecting. I thought "Hey. Another contemporary teen novel about a girl trying to find herself." What I got was Rowan. I mean, no, I got a book about a girl who really does find herself. But she also finds Rowan. And Starling. And now I really, really want to go backpacking! It is such a beautifully written book. It fully immerses you in Bria's story, taking you on a tour of Central America that makes you feel like you're really there. And that was the biggest draw I had to it. I wanted to live in Wanderlove and never come back!
Scarlet is a retelling of Robin Hood. Do I need to say more? Okay. How about I tell you about what a kick-ass heroine Scarlet is? Or about how utterly swoon-worthy Robin is? What about the love triangle between Rob, Scarlet, and Little John? Yeah, A.C. Gaughen takes the Robin Hood you know and love and makes it all kinds of more awesome!
This is a hard one. I've read quite a few good ones this year: The Hallowed Ones, The Farm, This Is Not a Test. But I'm going to have to say the hands down scariest book I've read since the beginning of 2012 was The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. There were more than a couple scenes in this book that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And it also might win the title of most badass book of 2012 for its insanely cool heroine and her awesome katana skills!
In the beginning of 2012 I read a book called Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker. Rachel is a high school student and this was her debut novel. It's about World War II and what happens to the women who were left behind in America while their husbands and boyfriends and friends all went to war in Europe. When I first read this book I enjoyed it. It was something different that I probably wouldn't have read if I hadn't gotten it for review. It's a Christian book, but besides a few spiritual themes there isn't much religion flung at you in Interrupted, which is good because I hate preachy books.
I don't know why this book stuck with me. The main character Allie, isn't out of the ordinary for a contemporary. She's cynical, jaded, pigheaded, moody and at times she can be a little needy. Sam, the love interest, wasn't a stand out either. He is sweet, handsome, smart, brave and persistent even though the main character shoots him down over and over again because she's too scared to make a commitment. But for whatever reason, these characters, their emotions, have stuck with me throughout the year. Sometimes I'll see the beach in Maine where both characters lived pop into my head randomly, or I'll picture the scene where the pickup truck they were driving broke down on the side of the road. I feel Allie's fear when she realizes Sam is leaving her to go to war and her anguish when she thinks she'll never see him again. Interrupted just struck a chord in me, I guess, even though I didn't realize it until months after initially reading it.
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead wins the awad of most swoony book of 2012. Adrian Ivashkov. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will anyone. There is a reason Adrian won the YA Sisterhood Crush Tourney this year. And if you've ever read the Vampire Academy or Bloodlines series, then you know what that reason is. Adrian thinks he's God's gift and I'm just gonna go ahead and agree with him. Richelle Mead cooked up one swoon worthy dude when she thought up Adrian. And thank god she gave him his own set of books. Honestly, I liked Vampire Academy. It was good, Rose and Dimitri were awesome and all, but Adrian and Sydney are where it's at. The end of TGL had my heart racing and then breaking in half. How can anyone put so much swoon and heartbreak into one flipping page?! I can't wait until February 11th, 2013 just to get a copy of The Indigo Spell in my hands.
Poison Princess was my MUST READ of 2012. I wanted this book like no one has ever wanted a book before ever! I needed it. I was sure I would love it the same was I'm sure I need air to breathe. It was going to be the BEST BOOK EVER. And my God, it was. It really, really was.
Two words. Jackson Deveoux. He is the hottest hottie of all hotties. He's bad, but oh so good! He's protective. He's a jerk (I know I'm not the only one who finds that an attractive quality). And he's surprisingly sweet underneath it all. Throw in a strong, witty main character with secrets of her own and some zombies and you've got yourself MY TOP FAVORITE BOOK OF 2012.
There was just something about Poison Princess. It was fun, scary, adventurous, and hot. Evie and Jack's apocalyptic road trip is filled with action and romance and had me flipping pages as fast as I could. Unfortunately for me, I read Poison Princess during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 244 hours of no power seriously hurts your ability to read after the sun goes down. So I was trying to cram in as many pages as possible which led to me squinting at the pages in the dark, but it was totally worth it. In fact, I want nothing more that to go get the book off of my shelf and read it again!