Friday, January 4, 2013

My Favorite Reads of 2012

I tried to pick my 5 favorite books from 2012 and found that 5 was to small a number...I had to pick at least 20.  So here they are in no particular order.

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)Shadow of the NightAfter the events in A Discovery of Witches Mathew and Diana make a dangerous decision to travel back in time to 1590 England. They hope to stay hidden, find the missing Ashmole 782 book, and a witch to teach Diana about her powers. But things do not go as planned. Finding an obscure manuscript is harder than they thought and with the country side embarking on a witch hunt its not so easy to find anyone to help. And now there lives are in danger once again as Mathews past comes knocking on the door, literally.

Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires, #10)Bite ClubIts never quite in the town of Morganville. Just ask college student Claire and her roommates if they are not saving the town from a crazy vampire or crazy humans sometimes both. This week there is a new gym in Morganville thats being run by vampires, Ameilia's evil father Bishop has escaped his prison, vampires are disappearing all over town and now there is a secret fight club pitting vampires against humans. Just another week in Morganville.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching FireAfter defeating the odds and the capitol Katniss and Peeta are doing their victory tour of the districts but not everything is good in the nation. Uprising and rumblings are occurring in most the districts. President Snow has placed the job of stamping out the rebellion on Katniss's shoulder. But nothing can stop the rising tide. When the President and the creators of the Hunger Games decide to add a twist to this years games. The tributes will be chosen from existing victors of the Games. Katniss and Peeta return to the Games and to once again fight for their lives. This time they team up with other victors but nothing is what it seems in this game not even the intentions of the other tributes.

Much Ado About Vampires (Dark Ones, #9)Much Ado About VampiresCorazon and Alec were meant to be together for 100 of years but neither is willing to admit it. Corazon is the reincarnation of Alec's Beloved. Only Alec thinks he is doomed to be soul less since she died 100s of years ago and Corazon hates Vampires but fate has brought them together and Alec is determined to save Corazon from all the demons and power hunger freaks out there that want to use her for their own agenda. Corazon is determined to save herself no matter what.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)MockingjayKatniss has been rescued from the 75th Hunger Games by District 13 and Capitol rebels. Now living under ground in District 13. Everyone wants Katniss to be the Mockingjay that sympolies the rebellion against the Capitol but Katniss is hesitate until she sees Peeta being held by the Capitol and forced to repeat their agenda. To save Peeta Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay despite reservation about the leaders of District 13. Katniss will once again risk everything to save the people she loves.

Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)Spiders RevengeGin Blanco sister's Bria is in a lot of trouble. Their enemy Mab Monroe has placed a bounty on Bria's head to flush out the assassin the Spider. And every bounty hunter in 100 miles is in town to complete the job. But Gin, aka the Spider, isn't about to let anyone harm her sister and decides to finally kill Mab. But Mab is a powerful Fire Elemental and not that easy to kill. After two failed attempts Mab finally has her hands on Bria and she thinks on the Spider but Gin has friends that will do anything to help her including taking down Mab.

BossypantsBossypantsWhat can one say about Tina Fey? She is witty, talented and has a wonderful self deprecating sense of humor. She is a self proclaimed nerd that is lucky enough to write, produce and star in one of the funniest shows on TV. Tina Fey tells her story in such a way that you will find yourself saying hey I did that and that would so happen to me also. Its an amazing every girl story that I would love to have every teenage girl read.

By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6)By A ThreadAfter the fall out from killing Mab Monroe, Gin Blanco decides a vacation is in order. So she sets off to enjoy a weekend away with her sister Bria. But when you are the famous assassin The Spider, trouble follows you where ever you go. Bria's childhood friend is in trouble and when no one else is able to help her Gin decides that her vacation is over. But things are more complicated than she expects especially after her former love interest Detective Donovan Caine shows up engaged to the very person Gin is helping. Gin will have to put aside her personal feelings if she is going to survive.

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)Perfect BloodLife has not been easy for Rachel Morgan since she acknowledge that she is a demon. No one will hire her and she can't even get her drivers licence. But now that mutilated bodies are popping up all over Cincinnati both the FIB and IS need Rachel's help. Or someone to blame. Rachel along with Ivy and Jenks are hot on the trail of the killers but they keep getting away. Someone on the inside is tipping them off. To keep everyone save Rachel will have to trust Trent and truly embrace the demon part of her.

Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5)Trial of the SpellmansThings are changing in the Spellman family. Izzy is taking a more active role in the family business, David is married and a stay at home dad, and Rae is at college and concerned about the environment. On top of all that a Chinese wall has been evoked by the Senior Spellmans to keep overlapping investigations from becoming a conflict. But not everything is as nice as its seems. Izzy has really concerns with the way the business is being run and concerns about the cases they are working. David and Rae are fighting, Izzy is avoiding Henry, Oliva is enrolling in classes and taking up hobbies and then we meet Grandma Spellman!!!!!

Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires, #11)Last BreathWelcome to Morganville, where if you are not on your guard 24/7 you may end up dead. Things are never quite in Morganville but they do start to take on a routine that starts to make everyone relax...a little. But nothing stays that way for long. Morganville is a powder keg waiting to ignite over Michael and Eve's upcoming wedding and to make matters worse vampires are going missing. There is a new entity in Morganville not quite sure if he is a vampire or something else Claire and friends must discover what he is up to before Morganville is truly lost for good.

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)The Next AlwaysMeet the Montgomery Brothers who are taking on an ambition project restoring an historic building and turning it in to a romantic bed and breakfast. The architect of the family, Beckett, is deeply contact to the project and the residential ghost Lizzy. But Beckett has another project besides restoring the Inn he wants to kiss single mom and book owner Claire. He kissed her once when he was 15 and hasn't been the same since.

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)
DeadlockedThe more things change in Bon Temps the more things stay the same in Sookie's life. It seems that everyone is moving forward and making changes except Sookie. Her best friend is about to give birth to twins, Her brother Jason is engaged, love is blooming all over Merlotts.  Sookie has stalled out with her relationship with Eric and a has been ordered to attended a party for the Vampire King of Louisiana, Nevada and Arkansas and despite warnings to stay away Sookie attends the party and it unleashes a series of events that changes things for Sookie....and things aren't going to be the same.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterAbraham Lincoln Vampire HunterI am not an expert on Abraham Lincoln's life. I know he was the 16th President. That his election as President along with a few other events lead to the South seceding from the Union and the start of the Civil War. He emancipated the slaves, wrote the Gettysburg address and was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theater. I may know a fact or two more if I thinking about it. You may also think you know a lot about life but after reading this controversial biography you may be thinking how did they keep the exists of Vampires a secret all these years and how did we not know that Lincoln was a vampire hunter. 

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The Golden LilyIts not easy being Sydney Sage, an alchemist forced to live among Moroi. She has to help hide Moroi princess Jill among humans not always an easy task. Especially when she is suppose to dislike the race of people she is helping. But her loyalties may be shifting. After everything she has seen she starts to question her alchemist teachings and beliefs. Living among them daily isn't helping her stay on the short and narrow path she was raised to belief. As her affection for Adrian grows and she finds her self more and more enmeshed in Moroi life she places herself in a dangerous position. How does she remain an Alchemist when she is questioning their beliefs.

Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4)Happy Ever AfterParker Brown is the force behind the wedding company Vows. With help from her 3 best friends she has turned a childhood game into a successful business. She has also watched her best friends fall in love and start planning their own weddings.  Although she thinks there is no one for her former stunt man and local mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh has different ideas. Parker is not about to give in to just any guy she has definite ideas about who she should date and Malcolm is not that guy. Mac knows Parker is wrong and is determined to win her over and change her life. 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of BonesClary Fray is like any other teenager in New York with a slightly over protective mom until one night when she sees 3 teenagers kill a demon. Life as Clary knows it will never be the same. Now she can see things that others can not see, then her mom is kidnapped and now Clary is hiding from all the things that go bump in the night.  With the help of the Shadowhunters Clary is trying to unravel the secrets her mom keep hidden and find the key that will save them all.

The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)The Red QueenMargaret Beaufort is a the last hope of the Lancaster family. If she marries and has a son the Lancaster family has a hope of holding on to the throne of England if not then the Yorks are sure to take over.  Margaret is forced to marry Edmund Tudor when she is little more than a child. Soon widowed and pregnant Margaret determines that her son will one day be king of England. But her child is taken from her and she is married off to another man during the famed Cousins War. She bides her time and conspires with her former Brother-in-law to raise Henry to be King. 

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)Hard BittenMerit is finally settling in as Sentinel of Cadogen house. Of course nothing is ever quite in Chicago but she has settled into a routine. Until Mayor Tate threats to lock Ethan in jail if they don't put a stop to the blood raves. The blood raves have taking a sinister turn and people  ay be dying. Soon Merit learns that a new drug is making vampires lose control and while she is trying to shut down the operation she discovers Celina may be involved with the disruption and the GP is sending a representative to Chicago back in order.

The Hollow Man: A NovelThe Hollow ManNick Belsey, London Police Detective Nick Belsey, is a man that has hit bottom with a vengeance. He wakes up on Hampstead Heath still drunk by a crashed squad car, no money, no wallet, no home and soon no job. While piecing together his night he casually starts investigating a missing person and figures out how to get himself out of this mess. It will be oh so simple to step into the shoes of the missing business man, clean out his accounts and disappear himself. Its not like there is a body and no one even knows what Alex Devereux (the missing Russian business man) looks like. The more Nick investigates the missing person the more he is sure he could get away with the crime but he has to move fast. Soon body's are piling up and Nick's own life is in jeopardy.

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