Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend” — Paul Sweeney

I thought that I should follow the Worst Books I’ve Read in 2012 with the best. Just as it was in the first post, they might have been published at another time.

So, without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .  Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Why I liked this book: This novel was just fun. It was so much fun to be read. Unique original and well-written, it was engaging the whole way through — and it was quite large book. The main character was pretty spunky, but at the same time, I felt as though she was realistically flawed. Definitely recommended to anyone who wants a good light-hearted Science Fiction read.

[Read more opinions of the book here]

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2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake:

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story… Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Why I liked this book: This one was quite dark, so if you’re into dark ghost-hunting, then this one is for you. Sometimes I found male POVs that have been written by a female author to sound quite feminine, but this wasn’t the case this time. He was sarcastic and realistic, with a touch of humour to lighten the story.

[Read more opinions of the book here]

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3. The Selection by Kiera Cass:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Why I liked this book: It was a light Dystopian. Due to The Hunger Games, a lot of Dystopian novels are all about survival and death, but this has a fairytale spin to it which I enjoyed thoroughly. Dynamic, interesting characters, and an entertaining read. If you’re not into the dark Dystopian genre and would prefer something lighter, then this one is for you.

[Read more opinions of the book here]

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4. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard.

I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did. The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet. Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Why I liked this book: At first, I was actually hesitant to read this novel. I made the mistake of watching the series first, which isn’t anything like the novels. The TV show took the basic idea of the novel and changed it so much, that the two are hardly recognisable. This is a novel that will most definitely keep you wondering, and has just enough mystery and suspense in it to hook the reader in. Though the idea of the novel is quite dark, there are also teen-relatable elements to it. If you liked Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, then I’m sure that you’ll also enjoy this.

[Read more opinions of the book here]

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5. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see ThemThat is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Why I liked this book: Before I go further, I should say that if you wish to read this novel (which you should) then you should read Kagawa’s The Iron Fey novels beforehand. [Check them out here] Ethan was such a great main character. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from him in the novel, but he was likeable. Just like her other series — I love the way that she writes. Descriptive, yes, but it’s description that you actually want to read. It has a wonderful blend of romance, action and fantasy. If you have read/enjoyed They Iron Fey novels, you’ll like this.

[Read more opinions of the book here]

So there you have it! The best books I’ve read in 2012. What are yours? (:

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