Top Ten Books I Read in 2012
Here are my favorite reads of 2012 in no particular order.
1) Insurgent by Veronica Roth- This is the stunning sequel to Divergent and it surprised me with every delightful twist and bend in the road. In my review I called it "toe-curling, mind-blowing perfection" and that pretty much nails it for me.
2) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- I feel in love with the rich world that Rossi created and the two very different leads she chose to inhabit it. In my review I say that "there is something new and incredible to discover on each page". Pages melted away as I raced through this stellar debut.
3) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows- "The perfect start to what promises to be an exciting fantasy" is how I describe this novel. I loved that Incarnate felt magical without feeling completely unbelievable and I love the idea of soul being born into different bodies and how horrified everyone is when one person is "new".
4) Fracture by Megan Miranda- I said in my review that Fracture is "unputdownable". For such a short novel, the characters and the mystery really get under your skin. Plus, I fell in love with Delaney and Decker's best friend turned romantic relationship.
5) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson- some people have called this novel slow and I can see where they'd get that. But this novel is so beautifully written and so poignant, it sticks with long after you've read the last bittersweet sentence. I'll forever be dreaming of the wild Neverland Anderson created and the even wilder boy who stole Tiger Lily's heart.
6) Defiance by C.J. Redwine-I find it hard to put into words the brilliance of this novel. For me it was everything about Defiance that made me love it--the main characters, the dueling perspectives, the supporting characters and the plot. Everything surprised me about this one and I just kept wanting to read it.
7) Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake- This definitely makes the life because it says goodbye in such a glorious and satisfying way to some of my favorite characters ever. I call Cas like "both Winchester boys mixed together from Supernatural" which totally makes him a favorite. RIP Cas, Anna, Thomas and Carmel.
8) Everneath by Brodi Ashton- I loved that this was a retelling of mythology and I mention in my review that "even though you know where this story is heading from the beginning, you still race to the end to see if the main characters can figure out a way to beat fate". I loved this one!
9) The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke- Wildly imaginative for such a short novel, I feel in love with the settings and characters pretty much instantly. I've never met a YA heroine like Ananna before who is so rough around the edges and I love how her coarseness collided with Naji's swift, intelligent nature. These two were the perfect pair, a pirate and a ninja.
10) The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting- Another stellar novel in this stellar series, I loved how Violet truly had to rely on herself in this one. The killer was way more intense, her problems bigger and her will to survive strongest yet. With a much more diverse cast of characters and a twist that will keep your heart racing, this book was awesome!
Which amazing reads made your list?