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Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

Top 10 of 2012 hosted by Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

I tried to stick with titles that were mostly published this past year but seeing how it’s not required for this list I’ve also included a few oldies but goodies as well.

10 Lover Avenged by JR Ward Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
I love a good bad boy and Rehvenge is as bad at they get. He’s a symphath, drug lord with good intentions even though his methods are questionable. Rev isn’t a brother but who cares! He’s still one of my favourite characters in this series and I loved discovering his story.

My Review
9 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I branched out from my usual paranormal genres by giving this book a go this year and I’m glad I did. It was hard not to seeing how it was e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e! I didn’t enjoy the other two installments in this trilogy nearly as much as this one but I will probably check out similar books in the future thanks to Fifty Shades.

My Review
8 Iced by Karen Marie Moning Iced by Karen Marie Moning
There’s a reason why KMM is called the queen of Urban Fantasy and the 6th Fever book proves that once again. The world building is unparalleled, Dani’s larger-than-life personality leaps of the pages and Ryodan… RAAWWRR. See my top book boyfriends post on Thursday for more details!

My Review
7 Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean
I’ve been hooked on the Secret McQueen series since the get-go and now that Dean’s werewolves are finally becoming more prominent in her books there’s little danger of my interest waning anytime soon. The heroine is beyond fiece, the story progresses at a breakneck pace and Sierra crams more action into one book than I ever thought possible.

My Review
6 Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Nearly every single book in this series received 5 stars from me and this one was no different. This conclusion knocked my socks off; I was amazed with how beautifully Mead made the main story arc come full circle. Talk about a HEA! I’m just sad that it’s over. :(

Review coming in January 2013
5 Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
This has to be one of the best paranormal romances that I have ever read. The audio version is downright addictive! If you love the tall, dark and brooding type well then you’re sure to hit it off with Roland; I know I sure did!

My Review
4 Firelight by Kirsten Callihan Firelight by Kirsten Callihan
Amber I. from Awesomesauce Book Club bugged me for almost an entire year to read this one and I finally cracked in November. I will never doubt her recommendations again! This book is a neat blend of paranormal romance and historical romance, plus, the writing is outstanding. You definitely can’t go wrong with this one. It’s now my turn to harass people to read it!

Review coming in January 2013
3 Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Picking my top 3 books of 2012 was no easy task and my top 3 was even tougher! This one and the two that follow it are pretty much interchangeable. This is my favourite werewolf book of the year (stay tuned for my full list on Wednesday!). I absolutely ADORE Amanda Carlson’s wolves and I’m ecstatic that she’ll be publishing two more installments in 2013.

My Review
2 Bitten by Kelley Armstrong Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
It’s no secret that Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors of all time and that Bitten is my favourite werewolf book. Ever. I re-read this novel as part of Moonlight Gleam’s WOTO challenge this year and fell in love with it all over again!

My Review
1 By a Thread by Jennifer Estep By a Thread by Jennifer Estep
I could have easily put the entire Elemental Assassin series along side this one but I opted to pick the book that I just finished recently. Estep’s first person POV writing style is mesmerizing and experiencing Gin Blanco’s adventures through audiobooks makes them all the more addictive.

Review coming in January 2013



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32 Comments

  1. Great list! I’ve read most and others are on my TBR list.
    I also had Estep, Carlson, Moning, Dean and Callihan on my list.

  2. @Jennifer TheBookNympho I didn’t want to put Estep down more than once so it was tricky! LOL

  3. Wow…only one of our favorites match! lol Some good choices there though Carmel. :)

  4. Black Dagger Brotherhood series is a guilty pleasure of mine so it’s nice to see Rehvenge’s book in this list. I don’t usually read Adult Paranormals but based on the feedbacks and reviews I’ve been seeing these are some of the best in the genre. Maybe next year I’ll venture more into it. :)

    Dea
    Teen Readers’ Diary

  5. @Julie I guess I’ll have to check out your list next week and compare notes.

  6. @Dea S. You can’t go wrong with BDB! :)

  7. gr8 list . i hope to read full blooded soon

  8. Whoa, so many enticing covers on your list! Me likey!
    Adding a few to my TBR ;) Thanks!

    Happy holidays!!!

  9. I’ve been seeing Full BLooded on so many lists! Was soooo good! Great List!

    My Top 10 of 2012 List! Post
    Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

  10. Love Kelley Armstrong — I’m reading Thirteen next :) I haven’t read Full Blooded, but I might have to give it a try, because it sounds good.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I love that Fifty Shades is on here. I really enjoyed those books!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  12. love your list. And I LOVE that Firelight was on your top 10. I am so glad you read it before we met at RT or else the harassment would have been so on! I have read most books on your list. Its a great one. I had a hard time narrowing mine down, that is why I had 3 categories.

  13. Oh, man! I have only read BITTEN out of all of your books, Carmel. Well, I guess I know what other books to check out if I’m looking for an adult PNR or UF! ;)

  14. I got Bitten.. And I so need to read it..
    Nice list.. Several of these I am curious about

  15. I’m not familiar with your books. I only read Fifty Shades and Iced! :D

  16. Can you believe I haven’t read any of these? I have heard such wonderful things about J.R. Ward’s books though so I may have to check them out. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post and Happy Holidays!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  17. Great list of books! Most of these are on my tbr, I’ve read only Firelight, and yeah, I loved it :) I’m hoping to get Full Blooded soon, I really want to read it :)

  18. Thanks for stopping by! You picked some amazing books!

  19. A great selection: I haven’t read all of these, but quite a few are on my TBR list! I absolutely LOVED Bitten though! :)

    My Top 10 Reads: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-of-2012-best-books-read-in-2012.html

  20. @roro You’d better!! LOL

  21. @The Bumble Girl I’m always happy to be able to add to others’ TBR piles. LOL

  22. @Mariya That it was!

  23. @Kate I’m going to be re-reading Thirteen sometime in the new year.

  24. @TeresaMaryRose Hehe yeah… my list is kinda chaotic.

  25. @Amber I @ Awesomesauce I should be reading Moonglow sometime in January too. :P

  26. Shame on you @Avery ! ;)

  27. @MoonStar What!? You HAVEN’T read Bitten yet? What’s your Twitter name? I need to start harassing you daily. LOL

  28. @Jo Anne Those are two excellent books though. :)

  29. @Sara @ Forever 17 Books Sounds like you have some reading to do! :p

  30. @Aleksandra Firelight rocked my world!

  31. @PamM My pleasure; thanks for returning the visit!

  32. @Sue Bricknell Always happy to meet a fellow Bitten fan! :)

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