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Best Books I read of 2012
1) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo- This book was written with gorgeous prose. I really enjoyed the whole mythology and set up of Bardugo's world. I am dying for Siege and Storm to come out.
2) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- I honestly do not know what it is about this book that keeps it constantly at the top of my favorites. It shocked me. That must be it. When I read Unbecoming I could not guess any of what was going to happen. Whenever I'm unable to automatically tell what is going to happen next I get absurdly happy.
3) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl- Alright, so it's kind of cheating since I'm in the middle of reading the book. Still, I'm loving Beautiful Creatures and it is one of my favorite reads of this year. My only guilty confession about it: I wasn't totally persuaded to start and finish the book until I fell in love with the movie trailer. (I LOVE Emmy Rossum.)
4) The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- Another cheat, but also another amazing world I can get completely lost in. I love so many of the characters. The story of Hanalea and Alger is one I am very much interested in learning about.
5) Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols- Oh boy, oh boy, talk about fiery couples, Leah and Grayson have all the steamy. I will admit to being a little bit bothered by their tempers and the less healthy aspects of their relationship. I wasn't blind to it. Still, they ended up working out very well together.
6) Fire by Kristin Cashore- This was the fantasy book that made me love Kirstin Cashore's writing and characters. I really became interested in her world. Fire was a riveting character to read with all of her conflicting feelings, struggling not to be a monster, but still feeling like one.
7) Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood- I adore Cate Cahill. She is so strong and absolutely fierce, looking after her sisters and protecting all of those she loves. Yet, she was totally unsure of herself. She constantly wondered if she was doing the right thing. Plus, witches have always been one of my favorite supernatural beings. I think It is fantastic how the Cahill sisters interact with and can entirely change the world around them.
8) Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken- After all of this time, I'm really unsure what I can say I loved about the book so much. It had wonderful fantasy, great characters, intriguing plot. Yet, I think what makes me care the most about Brightly Woven is the utterly fantastic, heart-felt writing. "No part of you is dark or ugly,' I said sharply, squeezing his hand 'Not to me, not ever. Do you understand?"
9) Scary School by Derek the Ghost- I don't typically enjoy many humor based books. I love witty and sarcastic conversations, but outright ridiculous situations or behavior rarely fly with me. Scary School managed to make me happy and relaxed. I giggled through most of the novel. It was exactly what I needed at the time to cheer me up.
10) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Assassin. Captain of the Guard. A hot prince and a warrior princess. Need I go on? Seriously, ToG is a spectacular fantasy novel with a rich world I cannot wait to see more of. Just looking at Sarah's pin board has me spinning with all the potential directions the story could go in. Hands down, one of the best fantasy books I've ever read.