After much deliberation and consideration, I have picked out my top 10 books of 2012. The five best and the five worst. It wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. Only two or three books jumped out at me as belonging on these lists and the rest were all most equal and needed to be thought over very carefully. Finally, I reached a consensus.
The Five Best
1. Renegade by J.A. Souders.
This book stood out to me by a mile when I considered my best books of the year. I read it a little over a month ago and I still catch myself thinking about it and pondering over it. I have recommended it to every person I know and will await the next book with bated breath. It was a creepy and amazing book that was so much more than I ever expected it to be and created a fan out of me.
2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.
This is another book that swept me off my feet and enticed me into its world and didn’t want to let me go. It is a beautifully written book and I expect a lot of great things for the author in the future. A masterfully woven tale that I couldn’t put down.
3. Noturnal by Scott Sigler
While I may not have reviewed this on the blog, it was one of my favorites all the same. For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a gigantic fan of Scott Sigler. I can only think of one thing I have read by him that I didn’t absolutely love. Now this book does have a few moments where even a die-hard junkie like me rolled my eyes, but the overarching story was spectacular. It was creepy, fun, and interesting for all the right reasons. Sigler’s horror novels aren’t the kind that will scare you and make you check under the bed, that’s not his style of horror. His style of horror is the kind that has you wrinkling your nose and thinking, “Oh my God!”
4. And All the Stars by Andrea K Host
This book was a surprise. I had seen a lot of good reviews for it but wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was a joy and a pleasure to read. The characters were real, the story was interesting, and I couldn’t put it down. Without a doubt one of the best books I picked up this year.
5. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Before last year I had never read a Julie Kagawa book. I had heard a lot of great things and when I got offered the chance to read this beginning of a new series, I jumped at it to see what all the fuss was about. The fuss was well deserved because this book was fantastic. The world building was some of the best I have read and the characters were well-developed and rounded. I will be reading from his author again and hope to be just as pleased.
The Five Worst
1. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
This book earned its place as the worst book of the year. It was boring and amateurish. The interest premise it established was squandered at every opportunity with boring nonsense. I wanted to quit on this book so many times and probably would have if it wasn’t a book club read. The long swathes of gibberish that had nothing to do with the plot made this the most annoying book I read all year.
2. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
POVs that switched and swapped every few pages and a convoluted plot that made everything about as clear as mud are the primary reason this book sucked. Add in religious references being shoved in your face as nauseum and in the most annoying way possible and I wanted it to be over. 560 pages of purple prose later this book succeeded in making me fall asleep repeatedly and made my eyeballs shoot blood spontaneously to prevent any more pain.
3. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
This book made me angry. It has such a great story and it just pissed it away with typical boring YA garbage. The heroine was embarrassing to all young girls on the planet and the heroes should be locked up to protect the women of the world. I didn’t find a single redeeming quality about this book.
4. Immortal City by Scott Speer
If ever there was a book that should be destroyed for the protection of humanity, it’s this one. Yet again, another fascinating premise that they author mutilated and destroyed until it was unrecognizable. I hated the characters, the plot, the villain, and everything in between. I sincerely hope Mr. Speer goes back to screenwriting, it’s a certainty that he’s more talented at that than novels.
5. Breed by Chase Novak
Ugh, what a waste of a tree. The characters were so irritating that I really didn’t care if awful things happened to them. The plot dragged on and on and on but yet we never got anywhere. There was no point to any of it and no resolution in the end.
So that’s it ladies and gents. These are my favorite and most hated books of 2012. I’m interested in knowing what yours are. Add a comment and tell me!