In my humble opinion, not that what I think matters, but meh, you’re here, you may as well gawk at the list right?
#10 – Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton
Beautiful writing, hot romance, mermaids, and the big bad wolf. I really don’t need to tell you why I loved this book so much. It’s an Indie Read, one that you should pick up now. Why? Because of Jackson and Madly of course! Okay, Jersey and Aiden aren’t so bad either.
#9 – Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This writer is on the rise and on a roll. If you’ve read this then you know that Alex is a little kick butt half blood thing that has a lot of danger surrounding her. I haven’t read Half Blood or Pure yet but I’m itching to do so. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Jennifer also has an alien series out. She’s taking the Indie world by storm and if you haven’t read one of her books, you should!
#8 – Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Ouch! It’s called Scottish! Aura and I can’t even remember what his name is right now because he’s Scottish and hot and he wore a KILT, Zach! Okay so Aura and Zachary have a sizzling relationship which yeah still involves dealing with Aura’s dead boyfriend and the Department for Metaphysical something or other. I’m sorry I’m fuzzy on the details but I do remember what happened in the freezing cold river. You’d think that wouldn’t happen to boys in temperatures like that. All I have to say about this one? “Where can I kiss you?” “Anywhere.” I think the sexy award should go to Jeri.
#7 – The Veil by Cory Putman Oakes
My book birthday babe! Her book about Addy and the Annorasi and Luc is amazing. From her learning about her abilities, to her falling in love, to the landscape of San Francisco, this book really has everything that you’d want. Danger, romance, and kitty cats! This is her first one and it was a super quick read for me. Watch out, I’m sure there’s more from Cory!
#6 You Against Me by Jenny Downham
One of the only contemporary books I read this year, and by a British Author. I have decided I like my contemporary British. This one involves families, court drama, forbidden romance, and some very down to earth sexy scenes. I like that she didn’t pizazz anything up, this is life as it is.
#5 Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The cover has barbed wire on it for a reason. This book hurt a lot. It’s like living inside a real life nightmare. It’s so easy to imagine that somewhere out there, there is a family exactly like this. Maybe they don’t have the same psychological drama, or the same outcomes, but there is dysfunction like this everywhere. I’m glad that Tabitha took on a tough topic (incest, for those of you who haven’t read it) and explored both its good and bad sides.
#4 – Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Murder mystery on a spaceship, cryogenics, and infatuation. This was mostly about the writing for me, and the anthropological spin Revis put on the book. I enjoyed the horror, the infatuation, the containment, and the mystery. This was definitely a book that I had to buy twice, and read many times.
#3 – City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
So it wasn’t exactly published this year, but it is my favorite of the Mortal Instruments books. Cassandra Clare dominates when it comes to mixing metaphysics. She has an entire world that includes everything, otherworlds, vampires, fae, werewolves, and shadowhunters. It’s intricate, it’s heart warming, there’s a strong sense of family, there’s passion, intensity, and humor. I think Cassandra wins when it comes to putting flavor into her books. Each of the characters feels like a real person, and even though her story is urban fantasy, she’s got a very good grip on reality. Oh and she has Ed Westwick and who wouldn’t like a book read to them by him in his sexy british accent?
#2 Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Sam and Grace’s story came to an end in this book and I cried. She did everything right, and their story ended in exactly the way it had to end. And it’ll always be beautiful and sad.
at last no one decided
and no one knocked
and no one jumped up –
and no one opened
and there stood no one
and no one entered
and no one said: welcome
and no one answered: at last
#1 – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I won’t gush about it. There were too many things that were absolutely perfect about this book. It was the style, it was the allure, it was Celia and Marcus, Poppet and Widget. It was the circus, it was the dress that changed, it was the magic, the enchantments. It was everything. I loved this book because it shows how some people work on stage and others work in the background and somehow everything needs to stay in balance. Some people work off of talent, and others off of study. Some are born wrong, but can be made right, and sometimes unfortunate things happen to people who try too hard. Of all the books I’ve read this year, this one made me think and feel the most. I identify with Celia and Marcus on levels I can’t even begin to explain, and so I will just say that this is my favorite book of the year.
I’ve had a great year and I’m looking forward to all the gems I’ll find in 2012! What do you think of the books on my list? Are any of them your favorites?