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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top Picks of 2012

Another year is coming to a close which means another post featuring my Top Picks of 2012.  While some of these sections only have one, you will find that it was hard to narrow it down in others.  There were many great books in 2012! I can't wait to see what 2013 will bring us! 


Contemporary Romance

Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey
-- Ms. Stacey, how much do I love thee? This is one author that knows how to write a Romance with sweetness, love, and wit.  I loved the entire series, but Yours To Keep is the one that stood out for me. 


Historical Romance

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
-- While I am not a huge fan of Historical Romance, author Tessa Dare made me a firm believer in it.  Flawed characters with a romance that isn't always easy makes a true romance stand out.  Thank you Ms. Dare for giving me a reason to read this genre.


Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
-- PERRY! Is it any wonder that this made my list? I bow down to author Veronica Rossi.  Under the Never Sky brought angst, turmoil, first love, and a freaky world to boot! Plus did I mention Perry?


Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
-- Oh Vlad, I have waited forever for your turn.  While I will always love Bones and Cat, your story was the one I needed.  Unfortunately, Ms. Frost is breaking your story up into several books.  I will say though, your story is worth the wait. You fire me up on so many levels!


The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
-- Oh Gideon. How could I not put you on this list? You are so messed up but you are so swoon worthy.  Author Sylvia Day has brought her A-game with the Crossfire series.  With Bared to You and Reflected in You, I was met with anticipation and desperate want for Gideon Cross.  Then the ending of Reflected in You was one I couldn't stop thinking about!  The next book in this series is already on my pre-order list.  

** Runners Up are:
Fifty Shades series by E.L. James
Club Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair


M/M Romance
Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels
-- M/M Romance is one genre that I have slowly introduced to my reading experience.  I had heard wonderful things about Faith and Fidelity so I decided to give it a try.  This is the book that captured my heart and my interest in reading more in this genre.  The characters were written wonderfully and the plot was one that seemed real.  I hope to finish this series in the upcoming year!

**Runners Up are:
Grey's Awakening by Cameron Dane
Aaron by J.P. Barnaby



Feral Warriors by Pamela Palmer
Demonica Series by Larissa Ione
--Bad boys, sexy boys, great writing and awesome plot.  Two series that I discovered this year and devoured in no time! YUM!


Young Adult Debut
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
-- I adored this book!  There were so many debut authors this year, but My Life Next Door is the top pick for me.  The characters were believable.  The hero was swoon worthy and sweet. Simply wonderful and definitely an author to keep an eye on.

**Runner Up:
The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger (re-read and still in love with it)


Best Fiction/Psychologic Thriller

Consequences by Aleatha Romig
--Mind. Blown.
Every time someone even mentions this title and author, my mind starts thinking about Tony.  This is by far the most emotional and dark story that gave me the chills this year.  So many questions and shock factors are involved as well.  So it is no surprise that the next book in the series titled Truth was my runner up. I keep telling the author to write faster and to send me hints for the next book, but alas she is tight lipped on it.  Ms. Romig, I bow to you and I am keeping my fingers crossed that you don't make us wait much longer.


New Adult

Easy by Tammara Webber
-- I think it is a safe bet that author Tammara Webber is going to be appearing on a huge amount of blog lists.  This author can write and weave a story with so many emotions it is unbelievable!  I quickly fell in love with the hero.  He was sweet, amazing and a good guy.  I wanted to pull him out of the pages and put him safely away in my closet so no one else could have him.  This is one author who I will be following and purchasing more from!

**Runner Up:
Down To You by M. Leighton



Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

Thats a great list and Perry is all :) I also enjoyed Easy too

December 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Took your recommendation last month about Easy and loved it! My Life Next Door ended up as one of my favorite debuts, too :)

December 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Great list! Once Burned made it on to my list too. I'm still working on mine. I'll be posting it on the 1st. :)

December 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

The only one I have read is the Crossfire series by Day. I like that series but there was something that kept it from being a fav of mine in that genre.

All of the others are mostly authors that I have on my shelf and have yet to read. Lol some of these are on my shelf simply because of how you raved about them in your reviews!

December 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Marce said...

I have never heard of Consequences, totally adding that to my Wishlist, that sounds totally me, excited to find a new psychological thriller.

I want to read Bared to You series.

December 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Christy Townzen said...

Great post, Amy! I've had the pleasure to read some of the books you listed. I'm going to add a few of the ones I haven't to my tbr.

December 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to check out Easy. Oh and new follower.

December 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM  

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