Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA: Best of 2012 (so far) & Giveaway

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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116 comments:

  1. There have got to be so, so many books! Off the top of my head: Obsidian, Under The Never Sky, Storm and Timepiece. I loved them all!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Hello, thank you for the giveaway :D my favorite book so far is Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa!

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  3. Mine is Storm by Brigid Kemmerer :)

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  4. I think my favourite books in 2012 are so far "The Witness" by Nora Roberts and "Grave Mercy" by Robin LaFevers.

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  5. I really loved Silent Song and Pushing the Limits =)
    thank you so much for this giveaway! S nice of you! GBU<3

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  6. One of my favourites of the year would be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, such an amazing book! :D

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  7. My favorite book of 2012 so far is "The Immortal Rules" by Julie Kagawa and "City of Lost Souls" by Cassandra Clare.

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  8. +JMJ+

    My favourite book that I've read this year (but which was published earlier) is Ermita by F. Sionil Jose.

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  9. Probably I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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  10. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!
    Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  11. Probably Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins :D

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  12. Hmmm...it'll be Obsidian. Definitely Obsidian.
    : ) Thank you for this awesome giveaway and I love your picks!


    Happy Day Two of Armchair BEA!

    Check out my Best of 2012

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  13. I've only just finished the audiobook of Cinder and can't believe I loved it so much! It's the only book I've read that's published in 2012! My fave of the year so far has been Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

    Tanya
    Girlxoxo.com

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  14. my favorite book that I've read this year (so far) would be Divergent by Veronica Roth :)

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  15. I have a few I have really enjoyed so far this year but I would have to say Saving June by Hannah Harrington.

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  16. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

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  17. Divergent or My Life Next Door! So much book love!!

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  18. I can't wait to read A Midsummer's Nightmare!

    I think my favorite book so far this year though would have to be Graffiti Moon...so good!

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  19. Favorite so far is Timepiece by Myra McEntire! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. My favorite so far is Unbearable Lightness, but of a 2012 release I liked Pretty Amy, Cinder, and Graffiti Moon. I can't wait to read A Midsummer's Nightmare. I love KK!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

    PS - Come enter my giveaway! Thanks!

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  21. So many! I'd have to go with Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins though.

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  22. Mine is Insurgent! But I liked a lot of books, 2012 has been a good year.

    Penny Pe

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  23. I LOVED Insurgent and The Immortal Rules too! They were both incredible reads!

    Thanks so much for the fabby giveaway!! :D

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  24. My favorite book so far is THe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen! :) Great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. So far, my favourite book has to be Wanderlove or Pandemonium ... though I'm quite behind on reading the new books this year!

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    Kristilyn
    @ReadingInWinter

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  26. Oh man I am so jealous that you've already read "the golden lily"! I cannot express enough how anxious I am for it's release date!!

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  27. Right now, I'm reading Liar and I love it.

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  28. My favorite book so far has been THrone of Glass. I read the arc and loved it.

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  29. I think my favourite book so far is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein!

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  30. Cinder and Insurgent were on my list too. They were fantastic.
    Thanks for the giveaway

    - Kate

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  31. So far my favorite is Fever by Lauren DeStefano. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  32. The Immortal Rules was really good!

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  33. These all look great. I havne't read any of them and would love to give them a go!

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  34. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Absolution by Patrick Flanery!

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  35. Veronica Roth's books look like ones I should check out if I ever want to dive into the YA genre, they've appeared on several "best of" lists.

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  36. TimeRiders: Gates of Rome by Alex Scarrow

    For some reason, I'm unable to leave a comment through Rafflecopter. I hope this counts!

    -Aurora (ocdaboutpj55@hotmail.com, even though my comment is under a different email)

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  37. article 5 was the best book i've read so far this year!

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  38. My favorite book is The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and Insurgent by Veronica Roth! Thank you for this awesome giveaway (:

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  39. We have quite a few of the same books in our best of 2012 posts! Hehe. I would have to say that my favourite book read this year would be Insurgent by Veronica Roth - what a book!!

    Thanks for the giveaway <3

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  40. Grave Mercy and Of Poseidon!

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  41. My favorite so far is For Darkness Shows the Stars!

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  42. Cinder sounds great! My favorite is a toss up between Die for Me or Juliet Immortal. I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books

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  43. So many of your books are definitely on mine including Immortal Rules, Cinder, Insurgent and The Fault in Our Stars. We have similar tastes, so I'll have to check out the rest of the list.

    Happy BEA from a new follower!

    Armchair BEA: Best Yet of 2012 and Giveaway Day from Otherwhere.co

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  44. My favorite read so far is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Here's my Armchair BEA Best of 2012 post and my giveaway post for today!

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  45. So far? Cinder & The Selection.

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  46. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent, the second book in her Unbound series, and I don't think anything is going to top it later in the year either!:)

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  47. Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! :) :) Love this book so much <3 <3 Awesome giveaway and enjoy aBEA!! :D

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  48. My favourite books so far are The Selection and Pushing the Limits!

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  49. Seriously can't pick just one favorite so Here are some: http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-best-of-2012.html

    Yours look awesome too! I need to read some of them soon!

    Enjoy this week!

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  50. So far, I guess I'd say The Night Circus, but I've fallen in love with the Mortal Instruments series as well.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  51. I'm seeing Insurgent, Cinder and The Fault in Our Stars at a lot of blogs! I loved Cinder and enjoyed Divergent, so I'm looking forward to reading Insurgent as soon as I can get my mitts on a copy.

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  52. It's so hard to choose only one :) I have a bunch of favorite books. I loved If I Die by Rachel Vincent and Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout.

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  53. My favorite book of 2012 so far is The Selection. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  54. I really enjoyed The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

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  55. Favorite book of 2012 so far is probably Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, it was just so amazingly creative!

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  56. I haven't read a new release for 2012 yet. I feel so bad! But, I am looking forward to finally getting my hands on the second installment of the Delcroix Academy series by Inara Scott. Does that count?

    - Jackie

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  57. Partials by Dan Wells is on my favourites list!

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  58. So far Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins has been my favorite book.

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  59. So far my favorite has been Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. I really enjoyed Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen earlier this year, but I'm currently reading Shadow and Bone, and if it keeps going the way it's going, it definitely might end up being my favorite book (so far) of 2012!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  61. You've listed so many good books! My favorite of the year so far was The Immortal Rules. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy ArmchairBEA :)

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  62. Great list!
    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is my current 2012 fave!

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  63. Wow, great books to giveaway. I loved Cinder!

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  64. I really want to read Last Rite! Thanks for the reminder and the chance to win it! :p

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  65. My favorite so far has been I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga! What a great giveaway. :)

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  66. Oh wow, awesome choices up there! :) I think my favourite so far has been Insurgent but there are a lot of books close behind that. Thanks so much for the giveaway! <3

    Sonia

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  67. First off, thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! My favorite so far is The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter! New follower :)

    Cierra @ Books Ahoy
    http://www.books-ahoy.blogspot.com

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  68. I fell in love with Insurgent by Veronica Roth. :D

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  69. Insurgent's been my favourite this year so far! :D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D
    Ambur
    My Armchair BEA Giveaway

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  70. My favorite so far is The Fault in Our Stars, but there's still so many that I have to get to. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    Great list! Most of the ones you chose are either on my bookshelf (have read and loved), on my nightstand (waiting to be devoured), or on my TBR shelf (Why aren't there more hours in the day?).

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's Best of 2012

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  71. The Fault in Our Stars is my absolute favorite so far this year!

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  72. A Midsummer's Nightmare looks very intriguing to me--like the Lois Duncan novels I used to read.

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  73. The best this year for me is definitely Article 5 by Kristen Simmons - I'm sure Insurgent, CoLS, Dreamless and Golden Lily are pretty high up my list, but I haven't read them yet. And Cinder was amazing too of course, The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker also. (Okay, there are too many books!)

    Aleksandra @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

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  74. Hmmm, I'm not sure which is my favourite! I totally got hooked on the Vampire Academy series earlier this year. And I was quite impressed by Siobhan Vivian's contemp YA book Not That Kind of Girl. Also, I liked the clever plotting of Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin!

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  75. I have two favorites - 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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  76. In Honor by Jessi Kirby. It's a wonderful summer read that pulls at your heart strings.

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  77. I seen several of the books you mentioned on many blogs, yet, I haven't read any of them. It's funny as I go through these blogs that I rarely see a book I've read. Hmm. I didn't think I was a niche reader.

    Girl Who Reads

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  78. There are so many, so I'm going to cheat and paste my list from my ABEA post.

    Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Legend by Marie Lu
    Starters by Lissa Price
    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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  79. City of Lost Souls is my favorite!! =)

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  80. I have a lot of favorites this year, but I quite like Scarlet from A.C Gaughen :)

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  81. My favorite book of 2012 so far was When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle.

    I'm having a giveaway too, if you'd like to enter!

    http://www.literallyjen.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-best-of-2012-giveaway-int-but-only-open-to-armchair-bea-participants/

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  82. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Immortal City by Scott Speer

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  83. Slammed by Colleen Hoover. :)

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  84. I really enjoyed "The Selection" by Kiera Cass. Thanks for a great giveaway...you've chosen some really good books! Have a great Armchair BEA week!

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

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  85. I loved The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore!

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  86. My favorite book of 2012 is actually a tie right now between Insurgent and The Immortal Rules! They were both such fantastic reads!

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  87. Starters by Lissa Price:)
    -JennyC

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  88. Under the Never Sky and Starters are my top two favourites this year.

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  89. My favorite books in 2012 so far, Divergent & Delirium^^

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  90. My favourites so far this year are Anna and the French Kiss, Revolution and The Fault in Our Stars :)

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  91. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore! (entering giveaway under name "Leann")

    Thank you for the chance to win! :)

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  92. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I laughed and cried. :) Loved it.

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  93. My book was Obsidian By Jennifer L Armentrout.
    Great giveaway :)

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  94. My favorite so far was The Presidents Vampire

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  95. Well that's practically an impossible choice :P My most recent favorite is probably Illuminate.

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  96. Obsidian, Half-Blood and Sweet Evil :)

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  97. So far, my favorite book has been Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Thanks for the great giveaway(:

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  98. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder.

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  99. I think I'm one of the few Adult/YA bloggers participating b/c everyone is saying their fave YA books but my fave was Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. I've been picky this year for some reason! I did love Cinder and Dark Kiss. And I think I'm one of the few who really enjoyed The Glimpse. Eh, whatever... to each his own :D

    Thanks for the great giveaway and I'm glad I found your blog this week!

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  100. One of my 2012 favorite reads is The Fault in Our Stars.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    - Noely Jeleen

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  101. My favorite book of 2012 so far is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. It was amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. The Fault in Our Stars. Thanks!

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  103. The Selection. Loved that book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. My favorite so far is Masque of the Red Death. Thanks. - Flord Naezel

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  105. Tie between The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead and Angelfall by Susan Ee!! :)

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  106. So far it's Under the Never Sky. Thanks!

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