Bye-Bye 2012

2013’s lurking around the corner and the year of the apocalypse is coming to a close. 2012 was a year of firsts – many firsts. I attended my first conference in January (which still feels like yesterday), I co-hosted a reading challenge with Britta, I officially began IceyDesigns as a business, and started my own meme.

Sure, the year had it’s downs, but in many ways, 2012 was pretty awesome. Writing-wise and, of course, reading wise. Here are my top picks for the year in no particular order. If you haven’t read them, make sure you buy them. Because you don’t want to skimp on these.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1)

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is a powerful debut impossible to praise in one review. The characters will leap off the page. The plot will entrance you and seduce you. Shadow and Bone is an unputdownable must-read.
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Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)


Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Riveting and lush, Grave Mercy offers a promising start to a new trilogy that will appeal to fans of YA and adult both. Robin LaFevers weaves a story of medieval politics, ancient magic, and heartache.
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Monstrous Beauty

MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama
Lush, descriptive prose line the pages of Monstrous Beauty, a dark and beautiful twist on the age-old mermaid tale. Soulful, breathtaking, gripping – Elizabeth Fama’s latest is a must read.
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Of Poseidon


OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks
Hilariously enchanting, Of Poseidon is a fish-out-of water read fans of YA will cherish and love. Anna Banks’s weaves a modern twist on mermaids – known as Syrena – that will leave you clutching your stomach in laughter and maybe even wiping away a tear at the same time.
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Dark Eyes

DARK EYES by William Richter
DARK EYES starts off with a bang. William Richter bursts onto the YA scene with a thriller that will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)


Infused with the romantic period of the 1800’s and the apocalypse, Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly is a thrilling read. It’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth meets the Victorian era. It’s perfect.
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SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen
I wish I could go back and read Scarlet again for the first time, a lot slower so it won’t finish before I know it. A. C. Gaughen has woven a tale between the covers of Scarlet that’s perfect for lovers of historical fiction and anyone looking for an enjoyable read.
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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)


Michelle Hodkin is one cruel, cruel creature. Enough said.
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What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

WHAT’S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang
Thought-provoking and engrossing, Kat Zhang’s dystopian debut can be described in one word as beautiful. WHAT’S LEFT OF ME defines beauty.
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Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)


VENOM by Fiona Paul
For fans of historical fiction and mystery-lovers alike, Fiona Paul’s debut has moments of both chilling and thrilling darkness. It’s seductive at its darkest and heartwarming at its lightest.
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I have a feeling 2013 is going to be just as good – I already read SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard and I’ve marked it as a favorite already. Yep. That good.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    December 25, 2012

    Shadow and Bone, Grave Mercy, Of Poseidon, Something strange & deadly, Scarlet, what's left of me, what a great list! :)

    Merry Christmas :D


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    December 26, 2012

    Great list and I totally agree about Splintered!!! Dudeeeee so good!

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    nea barabea

    December 26, 2012

    Great list!! LOVED Mara Dyer #2!! :) Merry Christmas!! ;) :)

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    Sara (of the Page Sage)

    December 27, 2012

    Something Strange and Deadly and The Evolution are both SO good, as is Splintered. Awesome list!

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    Monica :)

    December 29, 2012

    So happy to see Venom and Of Poseidon up there! Oh and Grave Mercy! All amazing reads and I swear, I need to read Shadow & Bone much rave for that one!

    Nice list :)

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