The Best Book(s) I Read This Year (PNR- Dystopia – Urban Fantasy – YA)

This post is part of the 30 Day Book Meme for December 2012 hosted by The Indie Exchange. I am to post my favorite book of 2012, but it would be unfair to list just one. In reality I do not have just one favorite, I have many. Therefore below you will find a list of few of my favorite reads for 2012.

My Favorite Paranormal Romance Book (s) for 2012:

This was a deliciously well written story, one that will leave you gasping, hyperventilating and asking for more. I had high expectations, and I am glad I was not disappointed. As far as the characters: There is so much to say about them, Lara Adrian’s characters are often more than some of us can handle. Chase hasn’t been one of the favorites within the breed but he is however one of the most intriguing characters in the series. His character is one we have come to love & hate and one that has been struggling for a long time. Mrs. Adrian not just creates a complex & dark character but also manages to make him intelligent, sensitive and very sexy.

Lothaire was is a wild ride. A story filled with raw emotions, desires, love and action. Those who follow Kresley Cole’s series are quite familiar with Lothaire and his reputation within the lore. Lothaire – Enemy of Old is perhaps one of those few characters in IAD series that has touched every character’s life in one way or another. He is known to be one of the most feared Vampires of the lore and one who is almost impossible to kill. I find his character fascinating, not just because he is portrait as an evil vampire who isn’t capable of love, but because he is intelligent, sarcastic and sometimes even funny.

The characters, oh there is so much to say starting with Zacharel the unyielding and feared angel. His personality is awesome, he is sexy, strong, trustworthy, and a fierce warrior. He sees no difference in evil, demos and humans alike. A demon is a menace and for him a possessed human isn’t any different. His actions catch up to him though. Zacharel is the type of hero I enjoy reading about. He is strong yet understanding, he is ruthless yet tender. Anabelle is fierce in her own way, she had suffered more than many person would be able to withstand, but those struggles have made her hard, but haven’t break her. She is strong, intelligent, sweet but behind all that hardness there is tenderness. She is awesome and the perfect mate for Zacharel.

My Favorite Dystopia Book (s) for 2012:

This story is set in a post-apocalyptic US where humans have succumb to a virus that have threaten to destroy humanity and vampires alike. The plot is intense, enticing & engaging. It comes all together in a story that will keep you glued to the pages and you will not want to put it down. Mrs. Kagawa is able to create a world in which humans are considered cattle; their importance is that of an animal and a source of food. This is a story of survival, love, change & adaptability. I can safely say that the complexity of this story is what makes it different and amazing. I have yet to read a YA novel with the intensity level of The Immortal Rules. If you think The Passage, The Road & I am legend were amazing stories, then you will love The Immortal Rules.

After the destruction of the world, society was divided by those few who survived. The Groundlings or the people forced to live on the ground are the survivors of a post apocalyptic generation forced to live under very strict set a rules. They were to live on the ground and work the land for food and were responsible for the supply of the water. On the other sides of the spectrum were the Lofties who live up in the trees and who provide protection to the groundlings against the flesh-eaters.

My Favorite Urban Fantasy Book (s) for 2012:

The plot follows the same line of events as in the previous book. Now that the bad guys have taken possession of a very rare vampire breed the action begins. Expect the same quality of writing, the characters dialog and interaction is fascinating. Their struggles and needs only increase the tension, and this mix of emotions creates an awesome read. If you haven’t read the first three books in this series you really need to get to it. The characters are fantastic, smart, sexy and quite skilled. This series have so much to like, shifters, vampires, demons & fae, the list goes on.

My Favorite YA Contemporary/Paranormal Book (s) for 2012:

It is hard for me to love some of the characters I guess because I am not longer a teenager, and most times I can’t relate, but there are times when a book surprises me and I can’t help but give it the praises it deserves.  Putting aside my skepticism about most YA books I must say Pushing The Limits  impressed me. This book is everything I didn’t expect it to be. It was fantastic. The plot was awesome, well developed and researched.  I felt like I was reading into someone’s life, perceiving their emotions, their rage and frustrations. The story compels you to keep reading; the emotions were so raw and felt so real that I couldn’t help but feel compassion for these characters. They brought all sort of emotions from me and I admit to be a tough cookie to crack.

This is the 2nd book I read by Lucy Swing and I can’t help but feel pleased about it. She has done such a great job creating this world of angels, demons, gourd and fallen angels. Her knack for writing a great introduction never fails to surprise me, I was hooked right then. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jade, her innocence and spirit made her even more likeable. Her friends Claire and Nate were an awesome addition to the story and made the story even more dramatic. Their friendship and nonsense attitude gave the story the necessary kick to make this an awesome story. Avan is so adorable,  his feelings for Jade made the story believable. His support and kindness makes him perfect for Jade.

You may ask yourself, what’s so great and different about this book from others of the same genre? Well, this Dystopia take on Romeo & Juliet is a nicely written story that will keep you on the edge of the seat until you have read the last page. Manhattan is now ruled by two dangerous and rich families, each family runs a side east & west respectively. While there isn’t a central government both families have a good hold on their side and are more than able to overcome any obstacle that gets in their way. Though the origin of the Mystic people isn’t well explained they seem to have been part of society for a long time. It is unknown to the reader where they originated, but do not let that little bit of uncertainty fool you, the mystery behind their origin is what I think push me to keep reading.


There are a lot more books I could list but if I did the list will be as long as  my reading pile and it wouldn’t fit in just one post. Other books that I am loving so far are: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, Violet Midnight by Lynn Rush and the list goes on.

Do you have a list of favorites? Share your list!

Happy Holidays!

30 Day Book Meme for December 2012

Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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