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Best Books of 2012 So Far

Despite a small reading slump I had a few months back, I’m happy to report that there are some pretty amazing novels in my best books of 2012 list. I mean, it has some good lookin’ books right there.

So many of these books were just absolutely stunning. Their worlds were rich, their characters authentic and their stories mesmerizing. So, in my humble opinion, here are my absolute fave reads of 2012 so far.

Best Books of 2012 So Far

Best Novel by a Debut Author

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

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Born Wicked offers an alternate history with witches thrown in – not to mention some hot boys and a fierce girl, fighting to protect her sisters.

Most Original Concept

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Jodi Meadows weaves a wholly unique world with fleshed out characters and heart-stopping romance. The idea of reincarnated souls in different bodies was so fascinating to me, and Meadows paints a clear picture of how this works.

Best Series Finale

Black Heart by Holly Black

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Holly is a born story-teller. Her tale of Cassel and his amazing curse-working abilities, street-smarts and general mischievousness are stunning. Each book in her trilogy was well-rounded and fully-formed. There was no weak link in these books, and Black Heart was the cherry on top.

Best YA Fantasy

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass has a strong heroine, her even stronger sense of self, a beautifully cruel kingdom and a story that I couldn’t put down. Not to mention some seriously steamy moments.

Most Interesting World/Setting

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

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Zoe is innocent and sweet, but she’s quietly strong too. Plus, she has some smooth self-control for experiencing emotions for the first time.

Favorite Character

Bitterblue from Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

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Bitterblue is so strong being queen at such an early age. But, she’s got a sarcastic sense of humor, a healthy disregard for the rules and a commendable sense of duty for her people.

Best Sequel

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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There are no words. This book is EPIC in its scope of the factions and the serious intensity of a community that is virtually imploding. AGH, BOOK 3 COME OUT SOON!

Fastest Page-Turner

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I could not put this book down. Every chapter ended with a dangling end, and I had to find out where it was leading. MOAR!

And now for the “best of” you’ve all been waiting for…

Best Book I’ve Read All Year (so far)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Under the Never Shy was rich and beautiful and sweet. I’m absolutely in love with Aria and Perry and I’m dying for more. More!!!


Are there any books you would add or subtract from my best books of 2012 list?

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.
  • Pam

    Read quite a few of these already and agree with you 100%. Great choices. Thanks for your suggestions!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I’m glad you enjoyed these books too!! :D

  • http://profiles.google.com/washington.phillips Linda Phillips

    I agree! Great list of books.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Thanks, Linda! There were some true gems out this year.

  • http://twitter.com/heylisarenee Lisa!

    Gahhh I want to read THRONE OF GLASS so bad!

  • Rebecca

    I think “Fifty Shades Of Grey” would have to be the ultimate winner so far just couldn’t get enough and wanting MORE!!!!!!!!!!!

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