Monday, December 24, 2012

Best Books of 2012!

First Read of 2012:

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?


Funniest Book of 2012:

Well, I'd say the funniest book I've read in 2012 is Also Known As by Robin Benway, which I just finished reading a couple of weeks ago. It was laugh out loud funny on every page! But since that doesn't actually release until February 2013, I'm going to go with Body and Soul by Stacey Kade. Her Ghost and the Goth is one of the funniest I've read and it's somehow completely adorable at the same time. And Body and Soul was the perfect ending to that series. Alona was back in ghost form for most of the book and there's nothing funnier than a mean girl ghost popping in and out. Then there was Will, chasing Alona's, sort of, body around while trying to not get arrested for being a stalker and kidnapper. It was just a fantastically hysterical end to one of my favorite series of all time.


Most "Uggghhhhh!" Book of 2012:

We all have that book we want to hurl against the wall because its just so frustrating, that character that just grates on your nerves, but the book is just too fascinating to put down, so we don't hurl it out the window. We stay seated, turning page after page, desperately seeking our answers, our resolutions, our justifications. Blind Spot by Laura Ellen was that book for me. I was infuriated by the way the secondary characters, namely a teacher, treated the main character Roz just because she had an eye disease. They called it a handicap, they told her she couldn't do the things she wanted to do, yet they still expected her to do them and punished her or made fun of her of she wasn't able to. That is not okay! Being fair though, Roz was no peach herself. She had a hard time accepting help and made a lot of bad decisions. My favorite part of Blind Spot was that Roz was forced to deal with the consequences of her mistakes. This was no teenager-runs-around-solving-a-murder-and-her-parents-and-the-police-have-no-idea story. This was a Roz-gets-arrested-and-loses-all-her-friends-because-she-was-too-pigheaded-to-ask-for-help story. And as frustrating as it was to read, it was totally worth it!


Best "I Wish I Could Live In This Book" of 2012:

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!


Best Retelling of 2012:

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!


Scariest Book of 2012:

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!


Best Zombie Book of 2012:

There were so many zombie books released this past year. Some were awesome, some were not so awesome, but if I'm choosing my favorite it would have to be This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Zombies and a group of teenagers trapped in a school. What more could you want? Well, how about a main character who isn't sure if she wants to live through the zombie apocalypse? Puts a neat little spin on normal zombie novels, doesn't it? Summers geniusly makes us fear for Sloane's safety by making her depression her enemy. It's written in such a haunting way that you'll be sure to keep thinking about it long after you turn the last page. Also, the terrifying zombies will totally keep you up at night!


2012 Book That Stuck With Me The Most:

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.


Best Swoon of 2012:

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.


Must Read of 2012:

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!


Fun Fact of 2012:

Megan Duncan, author of many awesome independent books such as the Agents of Evil series, the Warm Delicacy series and Falling From Eternity, was holding a contest over the summer and I won. You want to know what the prize was? My name. In the third Agents of Evil book! Oh, yeah! There will be a character named after me in one of my favorite series! How freaking cool is that?


  1. Totally with you on the ones that I've read!

    Body and Soul was so great! Love series so much, sad to see it end. :'(

    The Immortal Rules and The Golden Lily deserve their awards as well! They're on my list of the best 2012 books because they were simply too amazing for words. Kind of annoyed with The Immortal Rules' new cover that Harlequin designed, it's yucky.

    Loved reading your list of the Best Books of 2012!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

    1. I know what you mean about The Immortal Rules cover. It's so plain compared to the original. Plus the original is totally creepy just like the book.

  2. Awesome list! ADRIAN *swoons* cannot wait for Indigo Spell!

  3. First off yes, to your list. Second, LOVE WANDERLOVE!!! Great list it about sums up the list :D

    Merry Christmas!!

  4. Great post, I will have to check out some of these. Scarlet sounds especially good. I have Poison Princess and I loved The Golden Lily, it was awesome. Can't wait for Indigo Spell.

    Merry Christmas
    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

  5. I love this list! I've only read The Immortal Rules but you have some great categories so I'll have to look into a few of the others. I've been wanting to read Scarlet and it's pretty awesome that your name is going into a book!

  6. oh This is Not a Test is epic I'm so happy to see it on here! I also HAVE to read Wanderlove. The reviews for that one are insanely positive and I even have it! :D Looks like you had a great year, muffin!

  7. Great choices -- cant wait to see what book you and your sister decide to read!

  8. Great list! I agree with The Golden Lily :)

  9. Great list! I totally want to live in Wanderlove, I loved that book! Also loved This Is Not a Test. That is so cool that your name is in a book! :)

  10. TSPoLaFS was one of the first books I've read in 2102 as well :P :) Loved the Immortal Rules! Completely fell in love with This is not a test!! And OMG I really need to check out Poison Princess!! :) Sounds awesome :D :D You've got me with those two words ;) ;)

  11. These are wonderful books! I need to read Wanderlove and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! You should really read Cinder, it's a really nice retelling as well, I'm hearing Splintered is also a good one. I'm not really fond of This Is Not A Test, I don't think I've read any Zombie book this year aside from this one and it certainly didn't piqued my interest. I have Poison Princess waiting for me to read! Hands down to Julie Kagawa but as far as I'm concerned I was not that scared much with The Immortal Rules. Awesome blog post!

    We Fancy Books

  12. Just read the Temple Wars Novel on Ganesha! The story is well told through a parallel protagonist Tarun who helps Ganesha retrieve his objects from the spirit world. It's a page-turner that will have you wanting more. You guys should check it out! Temple Wars


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