Hey guys, wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve posted something in this awesome little blog of ours. But, the holidays have passed and the new year has yet to come, so I’m here to tell you guys how my year went. It’s that time of year! The time of year were you realize that throughout the whole you’ve read a hell a lot of books! Well at least that’s happening to me. So, here are the top 12 books that I’ve read this year starting with 12!
12. Heist Society by Ally Carter
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster’s art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Heist society was awesome because it was a book about teenage thieves coming together to pull off an unbelievable heist in the Henley museum in London. How awesome is that? It’s about Katarina Bishop who has just walked away from the life but realizes she has to go back for all the right reasons. This book was amazing because while you’re reading the book you couldn’t actually guess what their big heist was going to be. I don’t want to spoil it, but their heist was pretty amazing. It also took place, mostly, in London which is simply awesome. Also one of the characters, Nick Bennett, intrigued me because he’s not only awesomely British his mother is the head of Interpol! And he’s in on the heist! Anyways, it was simply an awesome light book to read and the reason why it’s number twelve on the list.
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11. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
The Name of the Star was filled with facts on Jack the Ripper for goodness sake! The book even had a map of his murders! Tell me honestly you’re not intrigued or that you think that’s awesome. The book was fun because it took place in London and was about ghosts hunters. I liked the process that takes away your ability to not see ghosts. Also, it made me think of the book A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake. Which are both mighty fine books. Overall, that book left me wanting more, which just means it was made for my eleventh spot on my list.
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10. The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa
Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa’s unforgettable world of Faery.
Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory—while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.
What can turn enemies into reluctant allies? A call from the Exile Queen, Leanansidhe, ties legendary prankster Puck to his archenemy, Prince Ash, on a journey that may end in betrayal and will set them both on an irreversible path.
Before she ever knew what she might become, Iron Queen Meghan Chase was warned by the oracle that her firstborn child would bring nothing but grief. And even as Meghan and Ash celebrate their long-awaited union, the prophecy stirs.
I see this as a fully fledged book despite the fact that it’s actually three novellas put into one book. I put this in my number ten spot because of the awesome things that happen in these novellas. In the first one, Winters Passage, I got to read what had happened in-between the Iron King and the Iron Daughter. I always wanted to know what happened during that time because they talk about it in the beginning of the Iron Daughter and throughout the Iron Knight. In the second one, Summers Crossing, which happens to be my favourite, we get to see a little bromance between Ash and Puck. If you’ve read the series you’re probably saying, in the Iron Knight we get to see a bromance for a long period of time. Well, in Summers Crossing it’s in Puck’s P.O.V. which makes it awesome and significant. The last novella is The Iron Prophecy, which is what happens in-between the Iron Knight and the first book in the Iron Fey Call of the Forgotten series, the Lost Prince. In this one you learn of the prophecy that basically starts the spin-off.
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9. Darker Still by Leanna Renne Hieber
I was obsessed.
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen–everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable…utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.
There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.
I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting, and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked–bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.
Darker still was so interesting because of the possession of the living concept and the start of the resurrection of the dead. I loved the characters they were easy to love and yes I’m including the antagonist in this group hug. I really liked how the antagonist, the daemon that possesses Lord Denbury, murdered people. I know that’s probably a very odd thing to say but the way he chose the people was quite intriguing. The daemon would kill prostitutes that had the first name of a British martyr and kill them the way that they died. Which was pretty detailed. Also, I liked the whole puzzle to find the daemons name because if you have the real name you have power over them. I thought that was bad-ass especially the way that Miss Natalie Stewart banished him. This book was based in 1880 which is awesome because that means that it’s both historical fiction and steam punk which is why it’s my number nine.
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8. Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
This book is the first in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. Yes, you heard correct, Assassin. This book is about Ismae who come from the Mortain convent that happens to teach you how to be class a assassin for death himself. This book was great because of the many different ways she killed people. Never the same thing twice and always so discreet and with confidence. I loved how she worked with poisons. It weirdly reminded me of Harry Potter. And I love Harry Potter. I loved how this book is set in 1495. I’ve never read a book that’s set back so early in history. I love how the author really made this a regular historical fiction/fantasy young adult novel because apparently this is her first young adult novel, she usually writes children book. That a huge leap and she played it so goo that I made it my number eight.
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7. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell – the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked – as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history – it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returning to court after three years of freedom in the mountains – riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea – the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her – including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for.
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
This book was amazing! This book is about two different people from different social classes that collide together and start something a thousand years in the making. A lot of people said that it was really slow and that I shouldn’t read it. I took a chance bought it and read it and loved it. It was slow but you can tell the reason it’s slow is so that you don’t get mixed up and also it’s spinning this intricate tale that will leave you wanting more. After I read this I wanted more. I can’t wait to buy the next book so I can learn what happens next. I loved how they called it the queendom instead of the kingdom. I loved everything about it. That’s why it deserves the seventh spot.
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6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
This book is about Karou and Akiva and where they stand in a war that’s not even connected to Earth. I loved this book because of the setting, the plot, the everything. The characters are amazing despite some issues. I like how in this book they show the concept of resurrection. I’ve never read a book about resurrection but I’ve read books about possession of the living and you sort of have all of that in this book. The author kept you interested with flashback-inceptions and those little fairy tale intermissions. This book for me was flawless. I can’t wait to but Days of Blood and Starlight because I bet I’m going to see a lot of epic war scenes that involve angels, demons, Karou, and Akiva.
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5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Oh my gosh! Fangirling! This book was beautiful to me. It had historical fiction, nostalgia, and possession of the living, shadowhunters, steam punk and my favourite character William Herondale! Clockwork Angel is the first book in the prequel to the Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices. I personally like the Infernal Devices better because of the steam punk theme that is always present in this epic series. Also, it’s so unexpected at times. It was a book that as soon as I read it I was like I need the second book. Thankfully I had gotten the second one when I got the first one. Overall, I will never ever forget this book. That’s probably why it’s my number five.
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4. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Holy Awesomeness! This book was awesome/amazing/epic/lovely/to die for/ great! This book made me cry! So far in this list there hasn’t been a book that’s made me cry. This was so emotional for me. I felt what the characters felt. It was just so deep at times I couldn’t believe it. I’m so happy that I got to get this book signed by the author because this book deserves to be signed. It left you wanting more than more. If that even makes sense. It left you with a cliff hanger and about ten thousand question pertaining to what will happen to Tessa. By that I mean who will she chose? She may have accepted Jem but nothing set in stone. Ahhhhhh! Will! Curse! Omg! That was the part that I cried at. I just couldn’t believe it. Damn I’m on the brink of tears. Oh! Let’s not forget Magnus! I love how he’s in both series I find that so awesome. Especially because he’s such a Bro to Will.
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3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I’ve read this book two times this year because it’s so amazing! When the second book came out I went to the store day of just to buy it and read the crap out of it. Especially with how this book ended. I loved it because it was so legit to real life. By that I mean, she thought and acted like a real person. People say this book is like the Hunger Games. In some ways it is. In some ways it’s not. I liked that because I could spot out all the differences while reading it. Some people would say that because the author didn’t explain the world building that it was an OK book. I do not believe that I believe that the author is building up to it. Which is true. That’s why this book is so awesome. It’s also filled with symbolism, which I think is cool. Oh, I almost forgot! What makes this book number three is that this book, which is perfect/flawless, is the debut novel for young 24 year old Veronica Roth. I always thought that was amazing.
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2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
This book is about Ghost hunter Cas Lowood who kills ghosts because his father did that before he was murdered by a ghost who also happens to attack Cas pretty bad in this very book. I loved this book because of the characters. Anna Karlov, a girl entangled with curses. Cas (Theseus Cassio Lowood), a broody, tormented teenager with his own demons to fight. I love it! I love how they gradually fall for each other but their torn apart. This book got me so excited for Girl of Nightmares, the second book in the Anna novels. I thought it was so cool that it was set in Thunder Bay because I’m Canadian I felt pride for that. I love the ending because I wasn’t expecting that. I love books that surprise me; hence, this was hit for me. Which is why I actually bought it and read it. This book would have been first if the sequel hadn’t hit me so hard (in a good way).
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1. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.
This book starts of six months after the Anna was torn from Cas. I loved this because of how obsessed he was. He couldn’t live without hid Anna Dressed in Blood. I liked how Anna called from hell for help and Cas literally goes through Cas just for her. He literally says something like that. I loved how there was foreshadowing on what will happen to him after the books over. It made me cry when I read about his father and the even more when I read about the afterlife and the way he described it. Oh my gosh! I felt so bad for him. I liked how the ending wasn’t sad nor happy. I like how after you read it you realize how much pain he put himself through for her. Now that was true love. Hell and all. All of that pain and with that ending made this book extraordinary!
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Well now you know what books I favoured over the past year and why I picked them out of my 45 books that I’ve read this year. Let’s hope the world will stay intact long enough for us to see Caryl’s top 12 of 2012 posted in the upcoming days!