Check out the best books of 2012:
Best Books of 2012 – Final List
Best Novel by a Debut Author
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
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
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
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
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.
Bitterblue from Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
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.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
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!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
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
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
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
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
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?