Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - A door to a magical shop. Wishes shaped like beads. Jars full of teeth. A sketch book full of monsters. Daughter of Smoke and Bone may sound like a bizarre story, which is true. But I promise you, this story will enchant you. Laini Taylor is a genius and I am afraid I'll go crazy if I don't get my hands on a copy of Days of Blood and Starlight soon.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth - After the events in Divergent, Tris is fighting a war with herself. Her recklessness causes rigidity and tension in her relationship with Tobias. Growing up in a broken world is hard and Veronica Roth manages to keep the balance between a dangerous subject like war and grief and finding your own identity and loving. Packed with action and change this novel is a worthy sequel of Divergent.
Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling - The sequel to Finding Sky, this book tells the story of Phoenix, a young girl living on the streets of London. Under the spells of The Seer, a strong and dangerous Savant she has no choice but to follow his orders. Until she meets Yves and finds her Soulfinder in him. The way Joss Stirling has formed Phoenix's character amazed me. She is strong, despite being broken and does everything she can to keep others safe. Yves was also a charmer, as always.
Linked by Imogen Howson - I was lucky enough to be sent a e-copy of this book last May and I must admit I still think about it every so often. Elissa never asked for anything, she just wanted to be fixed. When suddenly she discovers a girl who looks exactly like her they have to run from her twin's torturers. The universe enfolds itself with interplanetary traveling and flying sidewalks and captivated me. Being a twin myself, this story was just that bit more special for me. This book will be published the 11th of June 2013.
Tempest by Julie Cross - Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe this just wasn't the book for me. Where a lot of people seem to like this book, I just couldn't get over certain character traits and Jackson in general. I couldn't finish this book.
Blood Magic by Tessa Graton - Blood Magic is a book about witches, which is exactly the reason why I decided to give it a try. The story wasn't too slow or too fast, the writing wasn't too good or too bad. This book as a whole was just very average for me.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - I am very sorry to name this book. It is most definitely a very moving story and Lauren Oliver is a great author, but this book just didn't work for me. Maybe it was just Sam, a popular, shallow, self-centered young girl who has it all and also narrator of this story. From other reviews I understood she actually changes throughout the book, but I didn't make it that far. Maybe I will give it a try again this year, because I do want to like this book as much as everyone else.
What were your favourite and least favourite reads of 2012? I'd love to hear.