Armchair BEA: Best of 2012 + Giveaway!


Today is a fun day for participants of Armchair BEA because it’s Giveaway Day! I know I’m planning on entering bunches of giveaways and winning ALL THE THINGS. Granted, sometimes my plans don’t pan out, but let’s stay optimistic, shall we?

But a plain ol’ giveaway post isn’t a ton of fun to read (it’s fun to WIN, but not to read). So for your reading pleasure, the suggested topic for today is “Best of 2012,” where we will highlight great books we have read in 2012, or books we are looking forward to for this year.

This is a tad tricky because most of the books I’ve read this year have not been new releases or advance copies, but I have read some great 2012 books, and I’d love to share them with you!

I’m going to list them by release date, since I sure can’t list them in order of awesomeness. THEY ARE ALL AWESOME.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Book 2 of the Delirium Trilogy – February 28, 2012). I loved the loveless dystopian world Lauren Oliver created in Delirium, and found this second installment exciting, touching, and equally engrossing.

My Review

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy – April 1, 2012). I’m not sure I can stress enough how much everyone needs to read this book. It’s just so ridiculously good, and can appeal to readers of all ages.

My Review

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Book 1 of the Selection Trilogy – April 24, 2012). This is not a deep, intellectual, life-changing kind of book. But it’s fluffy and pretty and fun and sweet and light, and I spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon completely wallowing in sparkly princessy joy.

My Review

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Book 1 of the Blood of Eden series – April 24, 2012). The tone of this book is about as far away from The Selection as you can possibly get. It’s dark and bleak and violent and terrifying. It’s vampire book where the vampires are actually scary. Yet there is a tendril of hope running through it, and I think that’s why I loved it.

My Review

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Book 2 of the Divergent Trilogy – May 1, 2012).  I liked Divergent, but it didn’t knock my socks off, mostly because of all the little world and plot discrepancies that irked me. However, Insurgent didn’t suffer from the same problems. It was thrilling and jarring and shocking and engrossing, and I loved it.

My Review

Timepiece by Myra McEntire (Book 2 of the Hourglass series – June 12, 2012). Oh, how I loved this book. Hourglass was fun and exciting and amazing, but Timepiece completely blew me away. I adore everything about it. Every last time-slippy morsel.

My Review

Defiance by C.J. Redwine (Book 1 of the Defiance Trilogy – August 28, 2012). I simply devoured this book. Love, love, loved it. I can’t really do a 1-sentence synopsis on it, since the plot and the world are so complex. So I’ll just stop at saying I adored it, and hope that’s enough.

My Teaser Review

And then here are some books (just some of them, since listing them all would be ridiculous)  that will be at BEA that I’m excited about reading, someday. I’m sure this list will get exponentially longer the further we get into the year.

So Close to You by Rachel Carter (July 10, 2012)

The Kill Order by James Dashner (August 14, 2012). I’ll admit, I haven’t even read The Maze Runner‘s sequels yet (although I just purchased them today – woohoo!), but I already know I need to see what happened before The Maze.

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (August 21, 2012). (I admit the series is a tad on the hokey side, but I’m invested now and I need to see how it ends!)

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang (September 18, 2012)

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin (September 25, 2012)

Crewel by Gennifer Albin (October 16, 2012)

Beta by Rachel Cohn (October 16, 2012)

There’s actually a bunch more I could have listed, but then the list would have gotten ridiculous.

And now for the giveaway!

Myra McEntire’s publicist was awesome enough to send me a TON of Timepiece posters in anticipation of its release next week. And while I’d love to give them ALL away, I can’t afford to ship two dozen posters all over the U.S. But I am going to give away TWO TIMEPIECE posters to a couple lucky readers! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below!

Note: These posters aren’t signed, but if you win and you want to be patient, I can GET them signed, because I know where Myra is appearing this summer! I am 95% sure I can do this. Maybe 94%.

Update: Unless something happens to change this event, I can get them signed by June 16, and mail them out shortly after. So the odds of this being a SIGNED poster giveaway are good!


Congratulations to the 2 winners! I’ll be getting your Timepiece posters signed by Myra this weekend, and hopefully in the mail soon after.

Winners have already been contacted and confirmed via email.

Thanks everyone for entering! Don’t be strangers!

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58 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Best of 2012 + Giveaway!

  1. Ahhh this would look amazing in my classroom library (and one in my home office!)- what a cool poster!!!

    one of my favorite sequels was Catching Fire.

  2. I’ve been intrigued by The Selection each time I see the cover but your description kind of sold me. I could use some light, fluffy, fun stuff every so often! I’m also REALLY intrigued by Defiance–gonna go look more into that one, too! Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂
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    • You will LOVE Defiance. It is amazing and outstanding and I’m kind of expecting the book world to totally BLOW UP when it is released and for C.J. to become super-famous.

      The Selection really is just fluffy and light and fun. It is absolutely nothing like the Hunger Games and I have no idea why people keep comparing them. If The Hunger Games is a giant hamburger, The Selection is a cupcake. But sometimes you don’t need dinner. You just want a cupcake.


  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Awesome. Now onto the question…fav sequel, how am I supposed to pick just one lol well if I must I will have to say Mocked by Faith: Healing the Faith by Michele Richard!!!

    • You did it right! The Rafflecopter is just so you can record your entry for leaving a comment. The comment is supposed to be left on the post itself, which is exactly what you did. Thanks for entering!

  4. Oh LOVED Defiance! It’s on my list of Best of 2012 as well! You have some awesome recs here too! I havent been able to read Insurgent yet but I’ve heard awesome things!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Oh as for favorite sequel…I think I really love Ally Carters series, so any one of them!
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    • I think this is such a nice event. So many giveaways! I have to admit, I was cosnfued at first because I didn’t know about the two link ups but I’m glad it’s all sorted now. I’m discovering so many new blogs. 😀

  5. I have not heard of a lot of these books. Excited to add some of these to my TBR! Thank you so much for mentioning them. 🙂

  6. The False Prince was good, I just recently listened to it. I’m interested to see where she goes with it in the next book. I still have to read Delirium and Divergent, so I’ve been trying to avoid all posts on Insurgent and Pandemonium until I’ve read them, in case I want to continue.
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  7. Sold on False Prince! Just added that to my TBR pile! The Timepiece books keep popping up so I think I need to read those too. I guess indeed my housework will have to wait!

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  8. My favorite sequel of THIS year is definitely Pandemonium. Of past years? One that comes to mind is the sequel to Gone by Michael Grant. I don’t recall off the top of my head which one is actually book two, but ALL of them have been great continuances to the series 😀

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