Jen's Top Five Books of 2012
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: You guys, this book. I read this in January and it just. MIND BLOWN. If you haven't read it yet, you are seriously missing out. And Noah Shaw? No words. I have no idea why I haven't picked up The Evolution of Mara Dyer yet. I'M CRAY.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: I'm kind of cheating, since I fell in love with the whole series, not just book one. Pictured above is just the first of the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, but this is kind of an older (.... haha, 2010 is old?) dystopian/thriller that's SO unique and unlike any I've EVER read. It's one of my favorite series ever, and more people need to read it.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: Historical fiction. Usually not my thing. But this one? Blew me away. I took interest in this book after learning about the Holocaust, and after loving Night by Elie Wiesel, I knew I would love this one as well. AND I DID. I almost cried, y'all. That's saying something!!
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves: This is not a young adult novel, but I loved it nonetheless. I first heard about it from Racquel at The Book Barbies, actually (THANK YOU for raving about it!!). It's a survival story and it's just addicting and awesome. SO GOOD.
Every Day by David Levithan: I think I mostly loved this one because of the audio. But the concept itself is so amazing too. So, so beautiful, this one. It's definitely memorable and will stay in my heart forever <3
What do you think of our Top Fives? Did you enjoy any of our picks? Please do feel free to let us know which read made your favourites of 2012!
Beverley and Jen xx
Bev's Top Five Books of 2012
Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale: I frickin' LOVED this book and by the time I finished, I knew it was a firm favourite for this year. No, it didn't have a kick-ass heroine or a really swoon-worthy guy in it. I know right? But it was an epic emotional rollercoaster and the message in it was definitely an important one!
Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt: Another gritty, heartache of a read. Beautiful can't quite describe it. The themes were just so raw and heartbreaking and although I wasn't reduced to tears, I felt my emotions being sucked out. Laura Jarratt sure knows how to tug on our heartstrings.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry: Noah frickin' Hutchins. Need I say more? Aside from the hot bad-ass, the storyline was raw and hard-hitting. Katie McGarry threw everything she could at the characters! Definite favourite of 2012!
Saving June by Hannah Harrington: Another read which dealt with death, loss and heartbreak. It ripped me apart. Hannah Harrington dealt with the subject of suicide with such sensitivity and I just fell in love with her prose.
Bunheads by Sophie Flack: Finally, a book that isn't depressing or wrought with sad emotions! Bunheads portrayed the world of ballet so vividly and I was fascinated by every single detail! Unfortunately, I didn't like the love interest at all but I LOVED everything else so much that I overlooked that minor issue and still gave it 5 stars :D
Looking back at my picks, all of the books were by debut authors! Hmm... this is very promising for the year of 2013.
Beverley and Jen xx