Paranormal Picks: Abigail’s 12 Best Books of 2012

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Abigail’s 12 Best Books of 2012

Last year we each posted our list of 12 Most Wanted for 2012, and looking back, only four from that list made this one (five if you count the honorable mentions).  A few came close, but considering that of all the books I reviewed in 2012, only four received perfect 5/5 ratings (I might be a tad picky).  Of course those four made my list along with eight other titles that blew my book-loving mind.  The following books (arranged alphabetically by title since I couldn’t possibly rank them) are my absolute favorite reads of the year.  Pull out your To Be Read Pile and get ready to watch it grow.  If you haven’t read these, you are missing out.  Julia and Kristina will be revealing their picks later this weekend , and all three of us will be posting our 13 Most Wanted for 2013 next weekend.

AURACLE by Gina Rosati

AURACLE is a lovely and bittersweet story. The supernatural element and the suspense plot involving the usurper of Anna’s body, while excellently told, are really secondary to the love story. It’s the characters that will draw you deeply into this book. I’m really hoping for a sequel. Read my full review

THE CURIOSITIES by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

There isn’t a single crummy story in THE CURIOSITIES. There are strange, spooky, and sad stories mixed with charming, creepy, and comical tales. Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff are what I consider to be the holy trinity of YA, and in this wonderfully imaginative anthology, it is abundantly clear why. Read my full review


HORIZON by Sophie Littlefield

HORIZON is a gut-wrenching, emotionally captivating, phenomenally executed book.  The writing is sensory on every level. Of the 700+ books that have been reviewed on this site, only one series has received perfect 5/5 ratings for every book: the Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield, and HORIZON is the perfect conclusion. Read my full review

GUNMETAL MAGIC by Ilona Andrews

Not only does Andrea get her first–of hopefully many more to come–full length novel, but Kate and Curran take the lead in an included bonus novella. Bottom line, the Kate Daniels world with it’s waves of magic, it’s various factions of vampires, shifters, Knights and more, it’s richly developed characters, and fresh take on ancient mythologies is one I hope never runs out of stories. Read my full review


THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda

From the chilling first words describing a human kindergartener’s failed attempt to blend in with her vampiric classmates to the vicious and shocking ending, THE HUNT 100% lives up to its killer premise. Comparisons to THE HUNGER GAMES are inevitable and in this case, they are warranted.  THE HUNT is violent, scary and compulsively readable with an ending that will leave readers salivating for the sequel. Read my full review

ICED by Karen Marie Moning

I didn’t get to review ICED (the schedule only allows us to review books that we receive for review), but if I had, I would have praised KMM for taking a previously not well loved character (at least for me) and painting her as a completely likable lead. She even mostly danced around the potentially awkward sexual subtext given the protagonist’s age. I utterly love the Fever world regardless of whether it’s Mac or Dani telling the story.


Evie and Jack reminded me a lot of a teenage Mackayla and Jericho from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Cole knows how to deliver romance, and in POISON PRINCESS, she shows that younger characters can fall just as hard. POISON PRINCESS is a brilliant debut that will snare readers of all ages with its vivid post-apocalyptic world, engrossing romance, and novel magic based on Tarot cards. Read my full review


THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is not a writer.  She is a magical creature who spins stories and creates worlds so real that readers can taste, touch, and breathe them in. There are no faeries, werewolves, or murderous water horses in THE RAVEN BOYS, instead we get ghosts, psychics, and heaps of magic.  It feels every inch as captivating , thrilling, and just plain ‘Maggie’ as her previous books.  Read my full review



Everything about the Downside series pulses with paranormal perfection, not the least of which is Downside itself.  It’s like New York from Escape from New York overrun with murderous ghosts and deadly magic.  Gritty doesn’t begin to describe it.   But it’s all the emotionally devastating scenes between Chess and Terrible that make them most unlikely and yet addictive couple in urban fantasy. Read my full review

SHINE by Jeri Smith-Ready

Very few YA series earn a reader’s love so completely with a debut, fewer still take that love and fan it into a blaze of emotion so intense that it burns a permanent place in your heart.  The Shade series does that. Every page is better than the last and SHINE is the almost painfully perfect ending to one of my all time favorite YA series. Read my full review

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

If John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club had been set during the zombie apocalypse, it would be THIS IS NOT A TEST.  A dark, character driven story about a motley group of teens who barricade themselves in a local high school with an army of the undead pounding on the doors. It is a fascinating and unputdownable book. Read my full review


TIMELESS by Gail Carriger

Great care has been taken with every beloved (and unbeloved) character, every errant plot thread, and every previously hinted at mystery to fully resolve and reveal them in the most delicious way possible with witty dialogue, slapstick humor, impeccable manners, and an indomitable heroine.  Highlights from all the previous books are revisited and new information is revealed. It’s one of the most satisfying series endings I’ve read. Read my full review

Which titles are on your Best of 2012 list?

4 Responses to “Paranormal Picks: Abigail’s 12 Best Books of 2012”

    • Abigail

      You are going to love them! Plus we’ve got two more lists coming with even more recommendations 🙂

  1. Breana M.

    Great list! I can’t wait to read the Raven Boys and Timeless. I want to get caught up on the Parasol Protectorate Series before the new one comes out. 🙂

    • Abigail

      I’m super psyched about Gail Carriger’s spin-off series. I love the world she has created so much and I can’t wait to see how she writes YA