Armchair BEA Day 2: Best of 2012

Another day, another Armchair BEA post! I hope the folks in NYC are having a's certainly been a lot of fun connecting with people participating in ABEA (over 400; wowww!). As many mentioned in their interviews, it's just so amazing getting to be a part of such a warm, inclusive community. It's a rare, beautiful thing.

Today's festivities over at Armchair BEA Central involve Twitter party-age, a bevy of giveaways, and a new post topic for everyone to partake in! The post topic of the moment is "Best of 2012." As the name suggests, you'll be able to take a look at people's favorite books of the year thus far, as well as the most anticipated titles to come in the next six months. (Kinda makes June the perfect time to reflect on such things, dontcha think? Kind of like a midterm report card. ^_^)

The following list includes only those titles that were released (or will be released) during 2012.

My Top Three Faves of 2012 Thus Far:

Horizon (Aftertime Trilogy, #3) by Sophie Littlefield

I mentioned this one in yesterday's Armchair BEA post, but it bears repeating. This was such a wonderful trilogy closer. This book took me in a direction that I didn't expect but perfectly understood. That's a wonderful thing. ^_^

The Kingdom (The Graveyard Queen, #2)
by Amanda Stevens

If you've read even one review of this or any other book in the Graveyard Queen series, you'll almost certainly see the following words mentioned: atmospheric, creepy, amazing. I'm a huge scaredy cat, but this series (this installment included) is undeniable in its appeal and magnetism. I was majorly creeped out yet kept turning the page for more. ^_^

The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen, #3) by Amanda Stevens

Thank heavens there was another release in this series only a month after its predecessor. I wasn't ready to let go of the characters just yet. Only downside is, even as certain arcs were resolved, some majorly crazy developments took their place. o.O The visuals and tone of this book, like the two books before it, just leaps right off of the page. I can't remember the last time the atmosphere of a book I've read was so easily accessible.

Bonus: Divinely Ruined (Divine Temptations Trilogy, #1) by Diane Alberts

(A bonus because I can't possibly omit this title. ^_^) A recently-completed read, this book was so charming and yet real and poignant…I gobbled it down in a day. Granted, it is of a shorter length, but Alberts manages to establish the reader's connection to the characters, build the emotional drama, and set the stage for a majorly satisfying, sigh-worthy resolution--all in the space it usually takes other books to just get started. I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this author, and I'd recommend this read to all my bookish buddies.

My Top Three Most Anticipated (and Likely Future-Faves) of 2012:

The Ripple Effect (Rhiannon's Law, #3) by J.A. Saare

Book one was great, and book two rocked my freakin' world. I know I'm totally keeping hopes inexcusably high for book three in the Rhiannon's Law series, but it's so hard not to; author J.A. Saare writes such a thrilling world with high stakes, unexpected twists, and a heroine that is extremely magnetic.

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel by Rhiannon Frater

From one Rhiannon to another. ^_^ All one has to do is read this book description (or heck, even just the title) to understand how easily one would anticipate this book most highly. In a sea of zombie-themed series, a standalone is a bold, intriguing move. And a science fiction zombie tale? This one will be an autobuy, for sure...and because it comes out on June 12, the wait won't be long!

Endgame (Sirantha Jax, #6) by Ann Aguirre

What is there to say but "duh"? ^_^ I had to cease reading this series for a while because I knew the wait for the final installment was going to be painful if I'd read all the way to book five. Thank goodness there are only a few months left to wait. Sirantha Jax and her universe is thrilling, and Ann Aguirre seems to have been extremely deliberate about how details and story arc unfold. And don't even get me started on the gorgeous cover...

--------- of lists are so much fun. ^_^ I can't wait to see some of your own picks! Please do leave a link to your own Armchair BEA post, if you're participating. It'll be fun to see if any trends appear among everyone's "Best Of 2012" picks.

Til Tomorrow! And don't forget to visit Armchair BEA central to find out more info on the numerous giveaways and the Twitter parties!


  1. I'm loving looking through the best of 2012 lists - and discovering new books. I haven't read any of the ones you mentioned ... yet :-)

  2. These are all new to me too. I'm adding books to my wishlist like crazy today.

  3. I just started reading The Restorer and am loving it. I can't wait for the Ripple Effect either!

  4. I've been wanting to read the Aftertime series. I have the first and the second books already. Just need to find the time!!!

  5. Okay, I haven't heard of ANY of these books and they all sounds incredible! ALthough I've read another of Rhiannon Frater's zombie books that was great (The First Days). I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books

  6. *head tilt* I don't think I've heard of any of these before now. I'll have to rectify this and march directly to Goodreads. They all have great covers!

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's Best of 2012

  7. Wow, I hadn't heard of hardly any of these! I really need to get back into reading adult lit more - For a while all the really great publishing in the genres I liked was in YA, so I kind of overloaded on that. Thanks for some great suggestions to get back into it :)

  8. The first of the Sophie Littlefield books is on my wish list. I don't think I've heard of the rest. Such a fun list!

  9. @Tanya Patrice: Oooooh I hope you enjoy the books if you choose to read any of them. They are from different areas of genre fiction, but they all have wonderful writing and memorable characters.

    @heather: that's the awesome, fantastic thing about checking out others' book shelves and wishlists. my favorite part, too...because you'll always find *something* new and exciting!

    @A Buckeye Girl Reads: Hi Colette! ^_^ So excited that you're reading the Restorer. I'll keep an eye out for your review of it. No pressure. LoL And dude, The Ripple Effect is going to be epic. It has to be.

    @Amanda: All you'll need is a free day to read book one. You'll not want to stop reading I guarantee. ^_^

  10. @loreleimarsh: Ooooh, if you like the Frater books, then I highly recommend the Littlefield books! Awesome authors both.

    @Christina2227: Cant go wrong with any of those, imo. Hope you enjoy them!

    @Anne: I'll have to check out your fave YA books; I'm having the opposite issue, in which it's been a while since I've read need of some great recs.

    @Bookfoot: You're in for a treat with the Littlefield book! Hope ye enjoy.

  11. I think I might have to get on top of reading Amanda Stevens' Graveyard books, they sound so great!

  12. I so want to read Divinely Ruined! Great picks though =D

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