My Top 20 Favourite Books I read in 2012

If you’ve seen my recent giveaway, you’ll know most of the books I’m going to add to this but I decided to make the number bigger since it’s so hard to choose.

So here is the list of my favourite books this year! Not all of these books were released in 2012, but they were the ones I read this year and loved the most!

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Do we have any books similar? What were some of your favourite books?

Feel free to recommend some I can read next year too 🙂Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Weekly Wrap-up: September 1-7

This post was created to sum up my week with all the posts, books I read and everything else that is going on. It will be up every Saturday.

Books Read:

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  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  • Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
  • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Reviews:

Other Posts:

Current Giveaways:

As part of the blog tour, I’m holding a Giveaway for a Hardcover copy of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Definitely check it out!

Stormdancer Giveaway-September 1st-24th

What’s New:

I haven’t been on the blog too much this week. My internet is still acting up, and luckily it’s working right now *crosses fingers*. And the new power cable they were supposed to send was supposed to be here Tuesday. Apparently they attempted delivery, so I have to find the time to get the car when my fiance isn’t working and get over there.

In other news I’m heading out to another wedding venue later today! I’m really excited for this one, my coworker says she’s been there before and it was beautiful. We have another meeting with a different place tomorrow too!

Aside from that I have just been working and reading as best I can. I also have so many blogs to catch up to in my Google Reader, but I don’t know how long my internet will last so I  may wait a bit. If I haven’t commented on yours and I usually do, don’t worry, I don’t hate you! ❤

What have you been up to this week, did I miss much in the book blogging world?

Review: Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund

Title: Ascendant (Killer Unicorns #2)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Release Date/Publisher: September 28th 2010 by HarperTeen

Read: July 31st, 2012

Pages: 392-Hardcover

Series: 

  1. Rampant
  2. Ascendant

Synopsis:

Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid can’t help but feel that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.

So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she want–or can she? At Gordian headquarters, deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and most of all her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?

What I thought:

Continuing where the first book left off, the girls are still fighting unicorns and risking their lives, although they are stronger than when they started. But things start to change, and the Cloisters don’t have a financial backing anymore. The company they trusted in before (Gordian) betrayed them and they don’t know where they can turn now especially when the unicorns seem to be becoming more known and sighted around the world.

There seems to be something happening to Cory too. She still has her healing powers, but her senses of the unicorns as well as her fighting abilities are diminishing and no one can find out why. The doctor’s can’t figure it out, and the fact that they still don’t know everything about the unicorns and the hunters of the past isn’t helping.

Astrid’s struggles in this book are more challenging than before. Her boyfriend Giovanni is across the ocean, so she can’t see him and has to be content with just phone calls, all while a certain man in her vicinity keep trying to be with her. She still doesn’t like the killing of unicorns, so when given the opportunity to work with Gordian labs to watch over some that are in captivity instead she goes for it. All she has to do is keep them calm and safe. To a point.

The new boss is different than the man from the first book, and she seems to genuinely care for Astrid and her well-being. Even her own mother would prefer to see her battling and claiming some fame rather than try to be a parent. The unicorns in the enclosure start to capture her heart, and she notices how she connects with them more like this, then when she was hunting them.

The development of this story, the tragedies that happen to the hunters and Astrid’s struggles all make this book not only powerful, but hard to put down. I think I loved it even more than the first. There were a few small things that weren’t answered, but in the grand scheme of the book, it was small compared to the rest of what was happening.

Highly recommended for fantasy fans who would like to read about killer unicorns and the lives of their hunters.

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TGIF (23)-Book Olympics

TGIF is a weekly feature every Friday hosted by Ginger at GReads, to re-cap the week’s posts, and answer a question of the week. Feel free to join!

This Week’s question: Book Olympics: In the spirit of the Olympics, which books would you give the gold, silver, and bronze medals to? It can be from any genre, new or old.

There are so many books to choose from! So I’m going to pick only from the ones I read in July, since that will make it easier.

And the winners are!…

Gold: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Silver: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Bronze: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

This was hard, even if it was just books that I read this month. I had so many awesome ones to choose from, so I went based on which ones captured me the most.

Reviews:

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This Week’s Posts:

Showcase Sunday (10)
1 Month Blogging! Month-long celebration
One year Blogaversary Giveaway
One Year Blogaversary-Guest Posts

What are your picks?

(Don’t forget to enter my month-long giveaway!)

Showcase Sunday (10)

This is hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea and is meant to help us show off what books we receive during the week, no matter how we got them (library, review, bought).

Mail:

  • I Am Me by Ram Sundaram- The author sent me a copy of this book, it looks awesome, you can read it from both sides!

Library:

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins-Had to put this book on hold, it’s hard to get a copy of it by just going in and looking at the library. I can’t wait to read it!
  • Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock-The second book I had on hold, it looks like it would be an awesome read
  • Rampant by Diana Peterfreund-Finally got the first book! Luckily they had some copies in when I went on Friday. Now to read about killer unicorns!

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