My Books of 2012
Since I didn’t begin to use Goodreads actively until recently, I do not remember all of the books I read this year. Of those I remember, I don’t have reviews for most. I’m hoping that next year there will be a list of reviews that go with my 2013 reads!
Comments on each of the books are not intended to be summaries or reviews.
Grave Mercy (R.L. LaFevers)
The idea of assassin nuns, apparently, got many people to read this book. And while killing is interesting, I enjoyed the story overall. This was one young adult fiction novel that I enjoyed. Minus the close encounter between the leads towards the end. Seemed a bit forced to me.
The Fifth Rule (Don Aker)
I was surprised at how much I loved this book! Apparently, it is also a sequel, something I didn’t know when starting the novel. I found myself rooting for Reef and Leeza to overcome their difficult past and learn to forgive each other and themselves. Not exactly your typical boy-meets-girl. Especially when one of you sent the other to hospital and didn’t even know it.
Death Benefits (Sarah N. Harvey)
4/5? 3.5? Depends on my mood. I remember laughing at parts, cringing at others, and smiling at the relationship between Royce and his grandfather. Although younger readers may be uncomfortable with some of the language used, this novel was a sweet read for me.
The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)
4/5, surprisingly. Books like these usually get a 3 from me, maximum. I’m going to withold judgement until I read the second book in the series.
Ashes, Ashes (Jo Treggiari)
2.5/5 I know many people liked this one, but I read it after Blood Red Road. The romance seemed forced, the conflict was slightly bland. A bit of a disappointment for me, really.
Poison Study (Study #1) (Maria V. Snyder)
3/5 And that’s purely for the idea behind the book. The writing style did not appeal to me. Some of the characters grew on me. Valek, definitely. Ari and Janco were nice additions. Others were not so memorable, and (sadly) very predictable. Never let someone else decide your opinion on a series, though. Give it a try!
Magic Study (Study #2) (Maria V. Snyder)
2.5/5 And that’s purely for the idea of the last book. And the magic. Sort of. The writing style killed me again. Some of the scenes were downright outrageous (Yelena, the lead, actually tells all of her friends to leave her alone with a man who wants to kill her after they’ve all shown up). And then Valek’s character, all deadly and assassin-like, ends up missing for half of the book and then reappears as the loving partner. Really, Valek? You should have left us with our memories of you from last book. Disappointment for me.
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
3/5 The three is because I love thrillers, and this book was definitely suspenseful enough for me. However, with this book I found myself slightly detatched from the characters. It read more like a movie script at parts than a novel. Overall, I remember enjoying the book while reading it, minus some moments of uncomfortable-ness. It wasn’t one of those reads which stick with you long after you’ve finished, but it was all right.
Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2) (Kim Harrison)
3/5 I didn’t find the first book particularly exciting, and the second did not do any worse. It also didn’t do much better, but it was a good, easy read for me.
Wake (Dream Catcher #1) (Lisa McMann)
Fade (Dream Catcher #2) (Lisa McMann)
Dream (Dream Catcher #3) (Lisa McMann)
This entire series gets a 3.5/5 for me. One: because I like how the story was told. Two: because the story was interesting. And three: because that was about it. Granted, I didn’t pick the first book expecting amazing. I wanted a casual read, one without passionate teen infatuation and a unique plotline. I was granted the second but not spared the first. Overall, the series was a good one.
Insurgent (Divergent #2) (Veronica Roth)
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Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (Divergent #1.1) (Veronica Roth)
4.5/5 Only because I don’t like giving out 5/5. But I found this read cute, in a way, and a scene that is interesting from Tobias’s point of view.
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) (Kristen Cashore)
3/5 Which isn’t fair, since I only skimmed the second half. I found the attraction between the characters difficult to believe in. And I quickly got tired of the whole lone-wolf character. Personal opinion here, since I know there are many who really enjoyed the series. It was a disappointment, though, for me.
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) (Moira Young)
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Me and the Blondes (Teresa Toten)
Better than Blonde (Teresa Toten)
Beyond Blonde (Teresa Toten)
5/5 I loved this series! I laughed out loud throughout. My favourite of the trilogy was definitely Beyond Blonde. I really appreciated how the author did not try and stick on a ‘perfect ending.’ What may be considered a home broken apart by alcohol and jail is not so simply defined. Like all families, there is laughter, tears, successes and failures. A definite favourite among this year’s reads!
Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
Sapphique (Catherine Fisher)
4/5 This series reminds me of Artemis Fowl for one reason: I don’t know why I picked it up, but I’m glad I did. The characters grew on me, there was never a lull in the story, and I loved the character of Incarceron. That’s right. The prison was probably my second favourite character. My favourite was Keiro, though I don’t know why. Try it, but no hard feelings if you don’t like it!
Educating Rita (Willy Russell)
I cannot rate a play I read for school. Too many biases! But I did like the play’s interesting take on education. An ‘educated’ man who apparently couldn’t care less about being ‘educated’ and Rita, who successfully becomes the ‘educated’ woman she aims to be. Educated is in quotations for a reason. It’s a short read, so I would recommend it to anyone with some spare time and wants a laugh.
And that’s a wrap! All of the books I remember reading this year! Since most of these books are from the same general genres and target very similar audiences, it’s no surprise there are similar ratings. Hopefully, with a greater variety 2013 will have many more ‘loves’ and ‘hates’!