Sunday, December 30, 2012

WinterHaven's 2012 Favorites

Today we are all getting together to discuss our favorites from 2012!  Let me tell you this was not easy with all the amazing books that came out this year!  When I started sorting through my shelves from this year I realized that 2012 has to have been one of the best yet!  So after much deliberation here are our picks for 2012...
Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3) Splintered Deity (Covenant, #3)
Favorite book
Amber: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchatta
Arlene: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchatta
Crystal: Splintered by A.G. Howard
Tina: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blood Debt The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) Shadows (The Rephaim, #1) The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)
Favorite couple
Amber: Drake & Camille (Blood Debt by Nancy Straight)
Arlene: Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen)
Crystal: Gaby & Rafa (Shadows by Paula Weston)
Tina: Beau & Ashton (The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines)

Until I Die (Revenants, #2) Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1) Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles, #1) The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
Favorite Cover
Amber: Until I Die by Amy Plum
Arlene: Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Crystal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas
Tina: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Favorite Series
Amber: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Arlene: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Crystal: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Tina: Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rachel  Harris Colleen Hoover Jennifer Shaw Wolf Tara Sue Me
Favorite Debut Author
Amber: Rachel Harris
Arlene: Colleen Hoover
Crystal: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Tina: Tara Sue Me

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1) A Straight Line To My Heart The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1) Deity (Covenant, #3)
Favorite Scene
Amber: "It doesn't take much to make me happy, but the simplest things are sometimes the hardest to get. But when it finally arrives, heaven help those who try to take it away from me."-Living Violet by Jamie Reed
Arlene: A straight line to my Heart by Condon when this note was delivered
I like you but you mightn’t feel the same about me, and I wouldn’t blame you. To save us both from any awkward moments, I’ve figured out an easy way to do this. Nod if you’re even slightly interested in getting to know me. Write me a ten page explanation if you’re not.
Crystal: I don't have a quote since the scene is too long to post here and you really have to read the entire passage, but the one that stands out the most in my brain was THE freezer scene in The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. I am still having nightmares from that and holy HALE was it brilliant!
Tina:  Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Alex and Aiden. The "I know" scene-
"Alex," Aiden ordered, pleaded really. His voice was thick, gruff. "Alex, please..."
I hesitated for an instant, but I had to see it. I just had to. Carefully, I tugged the chain up. My breath caught in my throat as I lifted the chain until it was completely out from underneath his shirt.."

Haze (The Rephaim, #2) Legacy (Night School, #2)
Most wanted 2013 book
Amber: Isla & the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ( Cover TBA)
Arlene: Isla & the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Cover TBA)
Crystal: Haze by Paula Weston
Tina: Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) The List The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, #2) Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles, #6)
Honorable mention:
Amber: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Arlene: The List by Siobhan Vivian
Crystal: The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Tina: Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) Splintered
Best Kiss:
Amber: Adrian & Sydney (The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead)
Arlene: Callie and the rain  (The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen)
Crystal: Alyssa & Jeb (Splintered by A.G. Howard)
Tina: Adrian & Sydney (The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead)

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) The Fault in Our Stars Flawed Betwixt
Best Cry:
Amber: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Arlene: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Crystal: Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Tina: Betwixt by Melissa Peral

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) The Night She Disappeared Breaking Beautiful Opal (Lux, #3)
Best Shocker:
Amber: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Arlene: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Crystal: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Tina: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Whew!  That was tough!  There are so many more that I know we all wanted to name but if we didn't limit it to one then this list would have gone on forever lol!  I hope everyone had a wonderful reading year!

Amber, Arlene, Tina and I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year!  Thanks for making this past blogging year wonderful and here's to all the awesome reviews to come!  *clicks glasses*  


  1. Oh I love this post ladies! I have to agree with so many of your picks, I loved Shadows and Flawed. But you've reminded me there's so much awesomness that I still have to pick up! I hope next years a great reading year for you ladies! :)

  2. Thank you!! It was a lot of fun putting together but oh so hard choosing lol! Flawed is still stuck in my heart =( I don't think I will ever get over that book. I thought the same thing after seeing everyones list lol! I have a lot to catch up on lol!

  3. i loved splintered and i need get Shadows and Flawed

    great post

  4. Great post! Love seeing some of my own picks from 2012 and also being reminded of some I meant to read! *Grabs Nook and begins to download*

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