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Friday, December 23, 2011

Favorite Books of 2011 (Part One) - Paranormals

What a year it's been! I've been an avid reader for quite a few years, but 2011 was the year I finally decided to start blogging about them, and it's been such an amazing experience thus far! This year I've gotten the opportunity to read so many more books than I would have the chance to otherwise and I have found so many new favorites that my shelves are overflowing. I wanted to post about my favorites of 2011, but since there were so many I decided to break it into a couple of posts.

Paranormal wasn't usually a favorite of mine and I tended to shy away from most of them, but there have been some great books this year that have made me a convert. It still isnt' my number one genre, but it is definitely a close second :0)

"Unearthly" by Cynthia Hand: This book is the one that sold me on angels. I'd read a couple previously, but wasn't completely impressed. I read a bunch of reviews that "Unearthly was a great read and I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did! Cynthia Hand has managed to incorporate pretty much everything I want into a paranormal and she did angels without being cheesy. I've just started the second in the series and I can barely control my excitement :0)
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor: Ajklkdhgoiuoebgwoiehasdfkjh! That's about as coherently as I can describe my reaction and feelings toward this book. It was just pure awesome, amazing, fantastic-ness! This one had such beautiful writing with rich mythology and story. Definitely one I'll re-read and then impatiently pine for the sequel :0)
"Across the Universe" by Beth Revis: Okay, so I know that this is technically sci-fi, but I didn't have any others in the genre to make a post, so I decided to work it in with paranormal. It's in good company here. I loved the premise of this one, and have often wondered what life would be like if you were frozen for hundreds of years. It's one thing to speculate about the future, but it would be immensely cool to be a part of it. Good or bad. Beth Revis writes a fantastic story here, with so many good characters and excellent plot twists.
"Every Other Day" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: My favorite part about this was that all of the paranormal creatures were commonly known. They weren't secretly lurking behind the scenes and only the hunters knew they were there. People just knew to steer clear. Also, Kali was a fabulous lead. Her dilemma of normal one day, and other the next, was a fantastic element to base a story around. The supporting characters all added so much to the story as well. I'm really sad that this isn't the beginning of a series, because there are so many places it could go. Here's hoping Ms. Barnes changes her mind on that :0)
"The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin: Even though I still don't really have any idea what's going on after finishing this book, I can't say enough good things about it. Michelle Hodkin is an excellent storyteller and she has worked in so many details and craziness that I'm sure it will talk the whole series and multiple reads to full appreciate what is going on. Regardless, this one is a must read, because it's got so many great characters, wonderful paranormal elements, and the most WTF plot twists!
There are so many more books I read this year that I have loved so much, next post will be my favorite Contemporary reads from 2011, and that one might get a little fangirly :0)

What were your favorite paranormal reads for 2011? Any reccomendations for me?


  1. I really enjoyed Sweet Venom and The Pledge! I concur about Unearthly- also a really surprised me and I ended up loving it.

  2. Ooh, I love paranormals as well! I'm happy to say that I've read all of the ones on your list except for Unearthly. But no fear, I just bought it yesterday so I can't wait to dive into it! I also really liked A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young. ^0^

  3. I loved Hunting Lila! Oh, and also Hush, Hush series. Just ordered Unearthly - exciting!

  4. I prefer contemporary over anything so I tend to stay from PNR too. I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone though and LOVED it & Across the Universe was good. I would recommend Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I LOOOOOVE that series. Also The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is good & so is Nightshide by Andrea Cremer.

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies
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