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Best Books of 2011 – Final List

Now that there are only 2 days left in 2011, I think it’s time I updated my Best Books of 2011 list. There were so many fantastic books published this year – especially by debut authors.

Best Books of 2011 – Final List

Most Ridiculous Love Triangle

Firelight & Vanish by Sophie Jordan

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Even though I’ve complained about the instalove and rampant hormonal overloads in this series, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. The ETERNAL battle between Cassian and Will sucked me in and kept me reading (which distracted me from rolling my eyes time to time).

Best Overall Fantasy

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns pulled an “ugly cry” out of me and still had me feeling triumphant at the end. That is masterful skill that only the best fantasy book can provide.

Most Gripping/Suspenseful

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I loved, loved LOVED this book. I was equal parts confused, riveted and suspicious. I also had nightmares, but it was a side effect I’m willing to endure.

Best Use of Language (as a Literary Tool)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me was so different than any of the other books I read this year. It used a bunch of this and had a stream of consciousness feel that added to the dynamic and character of the book. Well played, Mafi, well played.

Best Historical Fiction

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (review to come)

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Darker Still is set in New York City during the 1800s – it’s romantic and dreamy and full of charm. Plus, the period dresses sound divine.

Best New Series

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder has written 3 amazing series so far, and the Healer series is her newest. I’m completely fascinated with the world, healing abilities and characters. Here’s to more of her books coming out in 2012!

To see my complete Best Books of 2011 list, click HERE.What were your choices for the Best Books of 2011?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.