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Friday, December 30, 2011

TBV’s Top Reads of 2011

Here are my Top Reads of 2011. These are books that I read and loved and could read again.


Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (my review | buy the book) –  I wasn’t going to read this book. I wasn’t. But the buzz surrounding this paranormal romance novel was too incredibly loud, it was utterly impossible to ignore. One thing that still stands out for me was the ‘take a penny, leave a penny’ scene. That was hilarious! And I love how possessive and obsessed Dragos is about Pia. They are one of my favorite couples. I loved this book so much, I had to get my very own copy (I had originally gotten the book from the library).

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (my review | buy the book) – I loved Hex Hall (my review) and loved Demonglass even more. I didn’t think I would like reading about a witch protagonist but Rachel Hawkins proved me wrong.

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey (my review | buy the book) – I love this contemporary romance trilogy and the first book is my favorite. It’s funny and there’s lots of playful banter going on. And I like the Kowalski family dynamic.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (my review | buy the book) – This YA Dystopian novel blew me away. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Tris is a terrific protagonist and I love Four.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (my review | buy the book) – A dark, bleak YA Dystopian novel. Utterly eerie and yet I still had a bit of hope for Deuce and Fade. Amazing world building. Cinematic feel. Strong, fierce, loyal protagonist. Think I Am Legend (the movie) geared towards the young adult audience (minus the dog).

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (my review | buy the book) – EPIC. These authors took a simple, yet brilliant concept and created a fun read. Great read for the young adult audience and the young at heart.

Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley (my review | buy the book ) – Emotional novel involving a hero with a tormented past. John is nothing but complex. He also happens to be an author and his YA series was incorporated into the main storyline seamlessly.

Turn It Up by Inez Kelley (my review | buy the book ) – Hilarious and scintillating. The chemistry between Charlie and Bastian was off the hook. Friends to lovers with a twist – she’s the one who wants casual sex, he wants the whole package. And the on-air antics had me LOLing. Loads of sexual tension. Second book by this author that made my list. Definitely need to read more by her.

You Belong to Me by Karen Rose (my review | buy the book) – A great romantic suspense read. Heavy on the suspense element, light on the romance. The attention to detail was phenomenal.

Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels (my review | buy the book) – A fun story with lots of flirtatious banter. Great chemistry between the hero and heroine.

What were some of your favorite reads this year?

8 People had something to say:

  1. I loved the Hex Hall series too!! I didn't think I would, but I devoured both of them!
  2. Paranormal HavenDec 30, 2011 05:39 PM
    Loved, LOVED Dragon Bound. Dragos is so........ Dragos. He's in a category all his own.
  3. MarceDec 30, 2011 07:13 PM
    Happy to hear You Belong to Me is heavy on the Suspense side, may just read that next year now.

    Happy New Year
  4. Krazzyme(Young Readers)Dec 31, 2011 03:16 AM
    Demonglass was AMAZING!! Two of my fav's this year(that I can think of at the top of my head) were Touch and Half Blood! :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers
  5. Twimom227Jan 2, 2012 05:32 PM
    Happy New Year! I have to admit, I haven't read any of your top picks... but I've heard good things.

    My favorite read in 2011 was Shadow Walker by Allyson James.
  6. The Book VixenJan 2, 2012 07:31 PM
    @Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields

    Yup, that's what happened with me. It's a good series.
  7. The Book VixenJan 2, 2012 07:32 PM
    @Paranormal Haven

    Yes, yes he is :)
  8. The Book VixenJan 2, 2012 07:36 PM

    I have the 1st book in the series on my TBR list :)

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