Paranormal Picks: Kristina’s 12 Best Books of 2012

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Kristina’s Best Books of 2012

There were definitely a lot of amazing books to read this year and it was hard to pick my top 12. I was happy to see that Abigail, Julia, and I overlapped on only 5 books this year for our best of 2012 list. Having a look at their lists I need to add some more books to my To Be Read Pile. We loved all 31 of these books and since we enjoyed them so much, I’m sure you will too.

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels World, #1)Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)Riveted (Iron Seas, #3)Steel's Edge (The Edge, #4)


Apparently none of us reviewed this amazingly beautiful book but like Julia it is a 5bat! review on my bookshelf as well. This series is so beautifully written and I adore coming back to re-reading these books. The characters in this book are both troubled, with a darkness to them that is quite compelling and complex. I like that they aren’t all good and perfect since their flaws make these supernatural characters seem more relatable…even human. I absolutely love the complexity of this series and am looking forward to seeing what more Nalini Singh will bring to this series.

BITING COLD by Chloe Neill

Despite the strength, beauty, and immortality of vampires, I rarely find myself envious of their supernatural lifestyle.  Merit’s afterlife smorgasbord of the best food the Midwest has to offer, however, has a way of making vampirism seriously tempting.  Add to that push-button athleticism and a close-knit community of local vamps, and you have an afterlife recipe that cannot be beat. Read Julia’s full review

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher

This book has the Dresden Files fans jumping with joy after reading it. I found so many 5 out of 5 reviews for this book once it came out.    Overall, The Dresden Files is one of the defining series in the urban fantasy genre, but Jim Butcher is proving in COLD DAYS that he’s not about to become complacent about that fact.  COLD DAYS is an amazing whirlwind of epicness and a reboot for The Dresden Files. It’s hard to imagine what could possibly top the events of the past few books, but the ending this time is nothing short of jaw dropping.  Mab herself couldn’t keep me away from the next book in The Dresden Files series. Read my full review


FATED by Benedict Jacka

FATED brings another contender for the top of my favorite male urban fantasy hero list. Reading this book I got a very Dresden Files vibe which I loved as I gladly welcome more grizzled hardcore mages/wizards in my urban fantasy. Read my full review

GUNMETAL MAGIC by Ilona Andrews

What’s better than a new Kate Daniels book?  How about two!  That’s what we get in GUNMETAL MAGIC with a bonus novella of MAGIC GIFTS starring Kate and Curran.  Andrea is pretty much the only character who can stand next to Kate Daniels and not get overshadowed.  Her personality is just as strong, just and intriguing, but she’s not a Kate in training.  She’s a little more reserved, a lot less hot-headed, but when pushed too far, a lot more volatile.  It was great to see how she survived in the magic/tech torn Atlanta. This was a great addition to one  of the best urban fantasy series ever! Read Abigai’s full review


Mark of the Witch (The Portal, #1)

MARK OF THE WITCH by Maggie Shayne

MARK OF THE WITCH was a beautifully detailed story with compelling, complex characters, and an intense romance. I loved how Indira’s past life is slowly revealed through a dream of her sacrifice that becomes more detailed over the course of the story. Read my full review

Monster in My Closet


After the first few sentences involving a plunger being used as a weapon, I knew I was going to love MONSTER IN MY CLOSET complete with all of its cheekiness and quirky characters.  This was a hilarious read and I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more from R.L. Naquin.  Read my full review

RIVETED by Meljean Brook

I love this steampunk world Meljean Brook created in her Iron Seas series. Though the romance in RIVETED won’t unseat THE IRON DUKE as my favorite of the series, it has taken the second place crown away from HEART OF STEEL. The world itself is utterly captivating, and RIVETED delivers a really interesting look outside the boundaries that prior books had explored, in the New World and trade routes of the Atlantic. Read Julia’s full review

STEEL’S EDGE by Ilona Andrews

I so appreciate the equal focus given to both the heroines and heroes in this series.  By the time they get together, I’m always so invested in the characters separately that the union feels so much richer. I absolutely loved every character in this series as I fervently rooted for them to defeat their foes and get their happy ending in each book.  The only thing that I didn’t like was that this is the last book in the series. I want to see what happens to George, Jack, and Lark! And we (yes, I am speaking for all of us) need to see more of this world!  I will have to console myself with re-reading this series when I get the itch for something familiar and  awesome.  Read Abigail’s full review

Tarnished (The St. Croix Chronicles, #1)

TARNISHED by Karina Cooper

One of my favorite approaches to worldbuilding is when an author takes an existing city like London and transforms it into something completely new. In TARNISHED, London has finally been consumed by its famous fog and pollution causing filthy and unhealthy living conditions for a great portion of Londoners. Plenty of intriguing unanswered questions and a strong protagonist have hooked me enough to read the next book in The St. Croix Chronicles series when it is published in 2013.. Read my full review

Thirteen(Women of the Otherworld, #13)

THIRTEEN by Kelley Armstrong

THIRTEEN was an excellent, emotional, action packed ending to Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. And being the series that introduced me to the genre it holds a special place in my heart. While it’s bittersweet to see the end of such an iconic and beloved series, Armstrong has softened the blow by promising that we haven’t completely seen the last of these characters.    Read my full review

Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #5)

TIMELESS by Gail Carriger

I loved the main story which featured all the hallmark characteristics of this series:  Witty dialogue, slapstick humor, impeccable manners, and an indomitable heroine.  Highlights from all the previous books are revisited and new information is revealed that all converge in one big climax.  Read Abigail’s full review

Which titles are on your Best of 2012 list?

One Response to “Paranormal Picks: Kristina’s 12 Best Books of 2012”

  1. Redhead

    Great list! I’ve really been getting into Jim Butcher lately, so I’m looking forward to eventually getting to Cold Days. Might be able to catch up with Gail Carriger’s series a little easier! Have you heard that they are making a manga of Parasol Protectorate? so cool!