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Best Books of 2012

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Best Books of 2012 – Final List

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 – Tie

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

Shadow and Bone totally took me by surprise. I loved the Russian-style setting, the high fantasy elements and the rich and complicated romance.

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!

Best New Series

Skylark by Meagan Spooner

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This book is intensely delicious. What made it a true standout was the journey of discovery that Lark makes. Plus there’s one killer plot twist that had me reeling.

Best Traditional Fantasy

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

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Words cannot describe the wonder and genius that is Juliet Marillier’s writing. She’s simply a master. I hope everyone reads her Sevenwaters series. She ends the series with a flourish in her final book.

Best New Dystopia

Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin

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Masque of Red Death was a stellar debut dystopia – it had all the right ingredients. The end of the world. Revolts. And over-the-top parties with unrestrained revelry. An awesome addition to the wide, wide world of dystopia.

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

Best Book I’ve Read All Year

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?