Today is Day Two of Armchair BEA and that means it's giveaway day. The suggested writing topic was "Best Books of 2012...so far". In the spirit of things, I came up with my Top 10 favorite books I've read so far that have been published in 2012 and there is a giveaway below, so be sure to keep reading. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite reads so far this year (in no particular order -- links go to my review of the book if it has been posted).
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
I absolutely adored Starcrossed when I read it last year and had been waiting for Dreamless since reading the last page. Now that I've read it, I can say that it was absolutely amazing, even better than Starcrossed. I don't really know how to put it into words. It was a book I loved and with every page I turned I tried to slow down to make it last longer but I just couldn't because the book was so good.
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments series is easily one of my all time favourite series and I've loved every book so far. When City of Fallen Angels came out last year I read it right away and while I really liked it, it wasn't all I was hoping it would be. City of Lost Souls on the other hand was fantastic. I was back in the world I love with the characters I love and the story simple did not disappoint.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Do I even need to explain this one? I loved Divergent when I read it last year and I loved Insurgent even more when I read it a month ago. This dystopian story is such a great one and despite the size of the books, you just end up speeding through them. If you haven't picked these two books up already, you seriously should.
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
I absolutely adore Richelle Mead and her Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series. And I'm lucky enough to have already read The Golden Lily and it was so, so, so good. I can't even begin to explain how good it was. I am so happy to be able to see more of Adrian, Sydney, Jill and Eddie and then certain characters come back and it makes the book even better. And now I'll stop rambling about The Golden Lily.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is unlike any other YA book I've read. There are plenty of story tale retellings out there, but none of them felt quite like the one Marissa Meyer wrote. This is a retelling of Cinderella in a futuristic world where there are humans, androids and cyborgs. It's a little out there when you think about it this way, but it works so well in the book. It was really a fantastic read.
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
I love Kody Keplinger's books and A Midsummer's Nightmare may just be my favourite. When I picked it up and sat down to read it, I didn't get back up until I was finished reading it. And that happens to me with all of Kody Keplinger's books, but this one in particular just had something that made it stand out. The story was great and this is also definitely a fantastic summer read.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Again, do I even need to explain this one? I'm not going to lie, The Fault in Our Stars was only the second book by John Green that I read. But it was so good. It was funny but completely heartbreaking and often had me laughing through my tears. Before I even started reading I knew that my heart would be breaking pretty much the whole way through the book. But I just couldn't help but keep on reading.
Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers
I would consider Lisa Desrochers' Personal Demons trilogy one of my favourite series and Last Rite was the perfect conclusion to it. It was filled with action and the hot and sexy romance I've come to expect from Lisa Desrochers. And all things considered, it was going to be difficult to have an ending that would fully satisfy me and with Last Rite there was.
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Before reading The Immortal Rules I had already read and loved Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, so I was really excited about this new one. And it really delivered. Just when I thought vampire stories were getting kind of repetitive, Jullie Kagawa went and wrote The Immortal Rules and it was fantastic. The story, the world and the characters all blew me away.
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
I have always had a thing for mermaids and Of Poseidon was a fantastic new mermaid story. Right from the first page I was laughing out loud and it lasted through the whole book. It was a really great read and it definitely lifted my spirits while I was reading it. And it would definitely make a great summer read if you haven't already read it.
And now for a giveaway!
Two lucky winners will each win a book of their choice from my list of Favorites of 2012 so far. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY, wherever the Book Depository ships. Good luck to all!
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