The year of 2012 has been a year full of ups and downs for me. Most importantly, it has brought this baby, commonly known as a blog or Nerdy Book Reviews. And I have met soooooo many wonderful people that are so delightful and kind that I couldn’t have asked for a better year.
Onto the book side of things.
Most hated book of the year goes to…
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
I read this at the start of the year and I know it’s technically a play, but still I loathed it with the greatest passion. Unfortunately I had to read this for school and then write an essay on it for coursework, luckily how much I loathed it wasn’t in detriment to my grade, but the characters, the plot I wanted to set this book on fire. Usually I’m pretty ambivalent when it comes to not liking a book, but the whiny characters that wouldn’t admit the truth and take responsibility, that wouldn’t save themselves and the context of the play just grated on my nerves. The radical puritans and the behaviour annoyed me and I adore history, but anything Salem related now has me fleeing because I abhorred this novel so much.
Fictional character I fell most deeply in love with goes to..
I think this man might have spoilt me for most other fictional characters out there and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the Blood of Eden series that Kagawa is bringing up and hopefully getting lots more Kanin. There was something so suave and aloof about him in The Immortal Rules and that edge of danger just had me bouncing in my seat and flicking through the pages to find out when he’d appear next. Unlucky for me that he’s not even in the majority of the novel. I WANT MORE PLEASE!
Book that most surprised me…
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
I never truly expected to like this novel. I mean honestly, it’s contemporary and I thought it would be so cliché with the bad boy and trouble teen girl that I’d be fleeing in the opposite direction. I was most likely deluded my some rave rating I though when first picking up this novel, however I am so pleased to say this book is an honest gem! The development of the characters and their imperfections that don’t make them cliché or typical of so many young-adult novels. They have a genuine development and issues that they deal with makes it all the more entertaining and exciting to read. I feel in love with the romance and got immersed in every minute. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, please do!
Best trip back in time goes to…
Dragon’s Child by M.K. Hume
I adore history, and I can talk about it for hours, but oddly, I don’t read all that many historical novels. I like the tales about Arthur and the whole mythology element about whether he existed or not, but M.K. Hume really dragged me into an alternative world that could have been Arthur’s life and added lots of different elements about him as a serving boy and his trial to grow into a grown man. Compared to Bernard Cornwell’s series about Arthur, this one held an Arthur that I liked a lot more and whilst both felt realistic, the winning character of Arthur in Dragon’s Child makes me pick it as my favourite trip back in time.
Most unusual book of the year goes to…
Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Short stories
Angela Carter takes a twist to fairy tales and brings a new, modern gothic and rather feminist slant to the stories. I was expecting this stories to be eye-opening and they did not disappoint in that department. If you’re faint-hearted, narrow-minded or just easily queasy, avoid this book like the plague. However if you fancy something that might twist your average red riding hood into a wolf or an alluring figure of sexuality, then open the door to the twisted world of Carter. Ultimately I really enjoyed reading Carter’s short stories because it was a very enlightening. However, be warned she does not shy away from the explicit nature of the world.
Best Indie Authors I’ve encountered this year goes to…
These two are just bundles of fun! They’re friendly, humorous and most of all talented. I don’t think my year would have been quite the same without stumbling across their blog and getting swept away in the reading experience. And, I can’t help but love the origin of their name Latimer and Ridley from two bishops back in Tudor England who got burnt at the stake by Mary Tudor for being heretics. They deserve all the support possible and I wish them best of luck for 2013!
Hottest paranormal-romance of the year goes to…
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
The pair look like they’re on fire already! Need I say more? Literally, Singh blew me away with this one and she’s not quite managed to hit the nail on the head since with me because these two were so explosive. A cat and wolf. Surely they can’t mix? Well Singh takes on the challenge of integrating two entirely different shapeshifter species and sets the book on fire in the process. If this isn’t a reason to love Singh, then I don’t know what it.
Biggest disappointment of the year goes to…
One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
I adore Jeaniene Frost on all counts, and I was so excited for this book that I ordered this book online instead of waiting for my library to get the book in. Only with hindsight, I wished I hadn’t. This book wasn’t a bad book at all, it just disappointed me a lot because I was expecting such high things from Jeaniene Frost and she’d been so marvellous with all her previous books. However in this one, I felt like she was dragging out the series too much and that it was all a little far-fetched and I didn’t really like some of the characters, so it didn’t bode well for me reading this one. Really unfortunate for me to be honest because I was very excited about it.
Book that got the biggest blub of the year goes to…
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Get the tissues. Stock the tissues. Prepare for the most amazing, heart-breaking friendship of all times that changes all meaning of things and be prepared to cry. This novel is astounding.