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Who Made the List? Our Top MUST-READS from 2012!

It’s been a spectacular year for reading. If you’ve been a member of the M/G/W reading family for a while, then you know our bookshelves are eclectic, ranging from romance and mystery, to comics and graphic novels. Here’s a rundown of our top MUST-READ books from 2012, Merry Christmas and we hope you find something on our shelf worth adding to yours! Oh and don’t forget to let us know what made your MUST-READ list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever My Merlin by Priya Ardis

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While this is the end of the My Merlin series, it is a must-read. In fact, the whole series is a must-read for any fans of Arthurian legend. It stole my heart, and every book in the series left a mark on me. The characters and urban twist are the best I have ever read.

 

 

 

 

Lonely Souls (The Witch Avenue Series) by Karice Bolton


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Magic and mystery your thing?  Oh it is mine too, and this is why I have fallen in love with this new series by Karice. She brings us a good solid story, characters that we can swoon over, and when the story ends? You are left with wanting more.

 

 

 

 

Riveroad (Sentinels of New Orléans #2) by Suzanne Johnson


 
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Combine mystery with a massively built world, add in memorable characters, and you have the premises for an awesome read. This author will take you places, make you laugh, and even cringe at times, but you will not be able to put the book down.

 

 

 

 

vN, A Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby


 
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Everyone knows that I love sci-fi, but I am not a huge fan of reading it. Gasp! I know, I know, but this one grabbed my attention big time. It sucks you in like Amy sucked in her grandmother. Seriously, she really did eat her grandmother…

 

 

 

 

The Darkest Day  by Britt Bury

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I absolutely love a Knock-Your-Socks off –Romance laced with dystopian, paranormal, and urban fantasy themes. It is cheek burning, toe curling hot, and a must-read for lovers of romance.

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Knee Deep by Jolene Perry


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Yes ok. I was only going to do 5…but I really wanted to mention Knee Deep.  It is one of the few of my non-fantasy faves all year.  It’s believable, the characters make sense and while it’s sad it’s also an amazing story.

 

 

 

 

Darkest Day by Britt Bury


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I read A LOT of PNR and I’m really picky about what I like and what I don’t. I definitely liked Darkest Day. It kept me interested and invested in the characters. I tend to get annoyed at romances and just finish ’cause I can’t stand a DNF. (Told you I’m picky)  But this one was so good, no annoying characters; yes a happy ending but nothing to ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

Planesrunner (Everness #1) by Ian McDonald


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It reminded me of Sliders but in a good way not a “let’s copy a hit show to make a hit book” type of way.  It had a lot of great characters and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

 

 

 

 

Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1) by Geoff Rodkey


 
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I know it’s mid-grade but it’s cute and funny at the same time…plus non-stop adventure.  I really want to see what happens in the next book to Egg!

 

 

 

 

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff


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Action & Adventure? Check! Amazing World and Story? Check! Loved this Fantasy/Japanese Steampunk. I really got sucked into the story it was a nice change of pace from some of the love-triangles and other YA fair that I’d read this year!

 

 

 

 

Zombie Island (Shakespeare Undead #2) by Lore Handeland


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LOVED IT!  A funny and interesting take and turn on a classic. PLUS ZOMBIES!!! How could it not be #1???

 

 

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Mockingbird (Miriam Black #2) by Chuck Wendig


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Downright F’ing CRAZY!!Mockingbird will be one of the best books you EVER read. EVER. Mockingbird is a rare gem of dirty, dangerous, insane fun, it’s a non-stop hilarious adventure everyone (well every adult) should experience! So take a seat and get on the Chuck Wendig train! Toot, toot!!

 

 

 

 

 Crawl to Me by Alan Robert


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Chilling and Thrilling is how I described Crawl to Me way back when, and that statement still holds true for this magnificently creepy graphic novel. It’s a psychological thriller horror comic fans should MUST read.

 

 

 

 

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows


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Incarnate is a lyrical masterpiece. The words flowed from this audiobook like hot chocolate, thick and rich and oh so yummy. This is a must-read for teens and adults, heck people of all ages!

 

 

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


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Nothing compares to the gripping tale of Shadow and Bone. For a début novel, I was completely blown away by the captivating world Bardugo created. Not only do I want to live alongside our heroine Alina, but I want to BE her. And anytime a novel transports me to a magical place, where I can live and breathe just as the characters do, it’s a must-read, must-buy, and must-have!

 

 

 

 

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi


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Brilliant! If you crave a dystopian novel with one-of-a-kind world building, a matchless premise, wonderfully written characters, an unexpected villain and a great underlying mystery, then this is your novel.

 

 

 

 

Gone to Ground – A Novel by Brandilyn Collins


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Gone to Ground was a surprise hit for me. I picked up this book from NetGalley based solely on the cover and boy was I blown away by the adventure Collins took me on in this fast-paced whodunit mystery! If you are looking for a novel full of quirky characters, southern charm, and unexpected twists, then I highly recommend Gone to Ground.

 

 

 

 

Carnal, Pride of the Lions by John Connell


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John Connell had me swooning over his fictional animal characters in Carnal. Yes, animals. Carnal is unlike any graphic novel I have ever read. It’s ferocious, ambitious, passionate, and has a heart-stopping adventure that readers will never forget. It’s a definite must-read!

 

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So now we ask you, what are you favorite reads of 2012?