I swear I posted this yesterday, but I guess blogger was being stupid. Anyway, I thought since it’s the end of the year (or I guess beginning now) I thought I should probably get around to coming up with some kind of Top Ten list. But then I saw how impossible that is! I read so many outstanding books this year, it was almost impossible to choose!
First we’ll start off with the honorable mentions:
10. Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
This was a wonderful close to a beautiful series of fairy tales. Jessica Day George is one of my favorite authors, and has never failed to impress me with her magic!
9. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
This is probably one of the darkest Cinderella retellings out there. That being said, it’s also one of the best. The emotional journey that Suzume goes through is astounding. She starts out as a timid girl and grows to be a strong young woman.
8. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
How can I find words to describe my adoration for this book? It was completely perfect! I fell in love with Shannon Hale’s writing in a whole new way. In so many ways it was almost better than Princess Academy. It was wonderful getting a chance to check up on my old friends from Mount Eskel.
7. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This is a book anyone could easily fall in love with. It has a marvelous setting, real characters, and excellent prose, which all together create an unforgettable story.
6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The writing was so beautiful. It gave Lina a strong voice, and was full of such detailed descriptions. Even with a setting as harsh and horrible as this one, she found a way to add beauty to the most simple things.
5. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
The pacing was perfect. Nothing moved too quickly, but there was always an air of mystery and suspense about the place. Even after everything was revealed, there was still much to be discovered, and I found myself surprised every so often.
4. Across the Universe & A Million Suns by Beth Revis
The whole universe within Godspeed was so strange. It seems so close, and yet so far from what we know of Earth today. It had all the same things we have here, but they've evolved away from the rest of humanity into something utterly unique and kind of creepy.
3. Reached by Ally Condie
I could've finished this in mere hours, but instead I chose to savor each and every word. It’s very likely that this book presented prose more beautiful than that of either Matched or Crossed. It was rich and decadent. It was just gorgeous.
2. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Charming, Magical, Delightful, Enchanting! That just about sums up this book. It’s easily one of my all-time favorite books. It’s the ultimate mash-up of almost every fairy tale you’ve ever heard of, and then some!
1. Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I would recommend this book to ANYONE in a heartbeat! It's a fairy tale for the girly girls, with a strong willed cyborg heroine for the not-so-girly girls, and it's got robots and mind-controlling moon people for all the boys!
Look for my SCARLET review in the next few days (:
What are your favorite books of 2012?