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Best of 2012

It's New Year's Eve and I've got my list all ready. It contains 15 titles this year, one up from last year and one down from the year before if memory serves.

Best of 2012 (in the order in which I read them)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sightby Jennifer E. Smith Scarletby A.C. Gaughen For Darkness Shows the Starsby Diana Peterfreund The Fault in Our Starsby John Green I've Got Your Numberby Sophie Kinsella Grave Mercyby Robin LaFevers Nightshiftedby Cassie Alexander Bitterblueby Kristin Cashore Easyby Tammara Webber Magic Dreamsby Ilona Andrews Her Best Worst Mistakeby Sarah Mayberry Fair Gameby Patricia Briggs The Raven Boysby Maggie Stiefvater The Governess Affairby Courtney Milan Moonshiftedby Cassie Alexander
FYI, that's 4 urban fantasies, 4 contemporaries, 3 fantasies, 2 romances, 1 historical, and 1 post-apocalyptic.  Interestingly, 3 of them are also novellas.
Best New Discovery of 2012 Cassie Alexander
As evidenced by the fact that she shows up twice on my B…

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

All right. I've officially waited as long as I could. The thing is--you need to know about this book. This sequel. Because it's coming in less than two months and I want you to be ready and not sitting around, twiddling your thumbs, wondering whether or not it'll be worth your time. Hint: it is so beyond worth your time. For those of you wondering, Scarletis the sequel to Cinder, the first book in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. Each installment is also its own fairy tale retelling. First we had Cinderella, now Little Red Riding Hood, with Rapunzel and Snow White yet to come. Ask me how much I love quartets? Go on. Ask me! But I'll be honest. At first I was skeptical with the fairy tale hopping and the completely new protagonists taking up valuable page time with no resolution in sight. I was a bit not okay with where Cinderleft off, but the early word on Meyer's take on Little Red Riding Hood was extremely good. And, really, how long have you been longing f…

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

What's that you say? You love a good dissenting opinion? Well, that's works out well. Because here I am. Not thrilled, but certainly prepared, to be the lone voice of dissent on this one. I went ahead and read an ARC of Katja Millay's The Sea of Tranquilityafter sifting through the seemingly universal ecstatic reviews that have been pouring in from all and sundry. And when I say universal, I mean universal. Readers across the board are going out of their ever loving minds over this book. Yeah. I kind of had to get in on that action, especially when a review copy floated my way. This is Millay's debut novel. She self-published it a couple of months ago, and it has (as has become the way of things) since been acquired by Atria Books for paperback publication this summer. A change of cover went along with the acquisition (as is usually the case), and I have to say I'm likely in the minority on this subject as well. I much prefer the self-pub cover. But as the overall…

Smugglivus 2012!

Psst. You guys. It's December 1st! I'll meet you over by the usual palm tree, aka Book Smugglers Central, where I will be holding court with my annual awards for the best of 2012. From Meet-Cutes and Mid-Series Game Changers to Declarations and Comfort Reads, we'll be hashing it out. Stop by and weigh in. I'll see you there!