So, after my last entry I decided not to post New Year’s goals here after all. Partly because I’m still figuring them out, and partly because I’ve been too busy working on Hunting the Dark (Moth’s second full-length adventure) to take the time to figure them out!
Instead, here are 12 books that I enjoyed reading in 2012. This list is in no particular order. I also didn’t include any of my fellow Deadline Dames, just in terms of fairness. Most of these books were published in 2012 (I’ve noted where they weren’t). Oh, and I didn’t include many comics – although there’s one original graphic novel (OGN) on the list, and Cecil Castellucci’s book is told in alternating chapters of prose and comics – because otherwise we really would be here all day.
And talking of things taking ALL FREAKING DAY, this post took so long to format that I almost gave up on saying why I liked any of these. But that would’ve been pretty rubbish, so I decided to write Twitter-style ‘reviews’ instead (just to challenge myself even more!). So each
review recommendation is 140 characters or less.
THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS
by Cecil Castellucci (illustrated by Nate Powell)
“First love, sibling rivalry. A beautiful & heartbreaking fable of love, loss & hope, it gives us a modern take on the Medusa mythology.”
THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING
“Superheroes, good vs evil & girl power all come together in a rollercoaster ride of a story that you’d imagine Joss Whedon could’ve written.”
[Hey, did you know that Kelly's book started life on Kickstarter? It did! Um... this isn't part of the review.]
THIS IS NOT A TEST
“Lyrical prose that will make you shiver. Sharp-toothed horrors waiting in the shadows, and a heroine you’ll become more & more invested in.”
Sarah Rees Brennan
“One of my favourite protagonists of 2012, a contemporary YA heroine who sleuths her way through gothic mystery & not-so-imaginary love.”
“The subversive love-child of Bring it On & Heathers, this disturbing look at cheerleading & female rivalries in high school had me hooked.”
[I will also cheat and add a little more: if you like Courtney Summers' contemporary stuff, you'll probably love this.]
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“I’ve loved Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s stories for years. Try this collection & I promise you’ll believe that magic really CAN exist in our world.”
[For a full review, check out this one at Strange Horizons.]
“Supernatural noir that screams of originality. A story drenched in murderous shadows & rockabilly cool, with two main characters you’ll LOVE.”
“Oh, Andrea Nash… I adore you. This book delivered on every single one of my (VERY high) expectations. And then some. Also: Raphael!”
“Jason is the black-winged angel & spymaster whose story I’ve been waiting to gulp down. A darkly delicious treat laced with passion & depth.”
FRIENDS WITH BOYS
Faith Erin Hicks
“A quiet girl with 3 older brothers transitions to high school after being home schooled. Oh, and she’s haunted by a Victorian lady ghost.”
“Mercy Thompson is my favourite UF heroine. Here we finally delve into the Native American side of her heritage – and the magic that entails.”
[Not strictly a 2012 release, but I bought it when it came out in paperback in 2012 so I'm counting it anyway.]
These are the ‘classic reads’ on my list. I can’t possibly sum them up in less than 140 characters (and I know I’m cheating by including all four books that make up the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane arc), so I’ll just redirect you to the joint review I did of Strong Poison with Ana at The Book Smugglers. (NOTE: The giveaway with this review is now closed.)
Phew! What did you love reading in 2012?