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?