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2012 in Review – Our Favorite Books of 2012

You’ve seen my picks for the worst books of last year, as well as a recap of Katy’s and my reads in 2012, and now in the last of our 3 part series Katy and I are going to share our favorite books of the year. It wasn’t easy – it’s been a stellar year with so many standouts Katy actually blanked when I asked for her list – but these are our top favorites, including a few surprises.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Mitch’s #5

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: September 18, 2012

It was Maggie Stiefvater’s atmospheric writing that drew me in, but it was her twisty plotting that kept me going. I docked off a star because of the ending, but make no mistake, The Raven Boys is still a standout for anyone who enjoys their books slow, well-written, and full of surprises.

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From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer

Katy’s #5

From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer

Release Date: May 15, 2012

Katy’s offbeat sense of humor makes another appearance with this… book that she describes as a train wreck you just can’t look away from. Maybe she relates to the characters because she’s had her own wild night in Mexico (?), but From What I Remember… is supposedly a lot of drunken fun.

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The Triumph of Death by Jason Henderson

Mitch’s #4

The Triumph of Death (Alex Van Helsing #3) by Jason Henderson

Release Date: July 24, 2012

Part historical thriller, part vampire slaying action-adventure, The Triumph of Death is an excellent pick for anyone who prefers their bloodsuckers staked instead of sparkly. Plus, with references to Byron, the art of the Middle Ages, and other Gothic horror inspired Easter Eggs, it’s like a mini DaVinci Code!

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Katy’s #4

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: December 8, 2011

Will or Jem, that is the question. I agree Cassandra Clare’s prequel series is much better written than The Mortal Instruments and isn’t bad steampunk at all, but for Katy and the millions of other rabid Clare fans who can’t get enough of her characters, Clockwork Prince is a no brainer.

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Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Mitch’s #3

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

Release Date: September 28, 2012 (Australia)

There’s a reason Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles is so widely beloved – who doesn’t like fantastic character development, rich plotting, and emotions in spades? And Quintana of Charyn does exactly what I’d expected the last book in the series to do. ‘Nuff said.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Katy’s #3

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Oh dear. Katy has no idea why she likes this one as much as she does, and I didn’t like it at all, so we’ll just chalk this one up to temporary insanity. At least it wasn’t A Temptation of Angels. *shudders*

P.S. Again, Celaena Sardothien is NOT a kickass assassin. She’s just a big talker!!

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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Mitch’s #2

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta

Release Date: March 13, 2012 (US)

Froi can be a hard book to wrap your head around – it’s long, intricate, and intentionally strange in places, but for anyone who enjoys complexity in just the right places, there are few fantasies as immensely satisfying as this one.

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Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Katy’s #2

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

Release Date: September 28, 2012 (Australia)

Katy obvious prefers the more simplistic feel of Quintana, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Mitch and Katy’s #1

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Release Date: August 28, 2012

I know, right? I didn’t expect Katy and I to agree on our number one pick either. But Sangu Mandanna’s debut goes above and beyond every other dystopian released this year – what other book turns your typical dystopian plot into a rich, emotional, philosophical exploration of the meaning of life?

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  1. deniz
    January 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Totally agree with both of you the lost girl is number one! an increadible book!
    also on my fav list #2 quintanna, #3 froi, #lucky fools,
    then i am not so sure.. definitely in my top then would be ravenboys, from what i remember(its good fun, in case you were wondering M),the legion and frost

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