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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best of the Bunch December 2012

Best of the Bunch is hosted by Always Lost in Stories.  Best of the Bunch is a monthly wrap-up and award ceremony hosted here on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favourite book of that month.

It is also a blog hop for bloggers to showcase their pick of "Best of the Bunch". I always put up my post on the last day of the month, but remember, you can add your link anytime in the following month- please join in, I love hearing about which books you thought were the most amazing!

For more info and to grab the button and stickers visit the BOTB page here, then all you need to do is write up your post showing us your Best of the Bunch and add your linky to the list below. Don't forget to check out the other blogs to find out which books other bloggers have awarded the best.

This month I did a lot of reading!

Room by Emma Donoghue--5 stars
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin--4 stars--My Review
Once by Anna Carey--4.5 stars--My Review
Endurance by Ann Aguirre--4 stars
Outpost by Ann Aguirre--4 stars--My Review
Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout--4 stars
Echo by Alyson Noel--5 stars
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead--5 stars--My Review
The Lost Files by Pittacus Lore--5 stars
Radiant by Cynthia Hand--5 stars
Free Four by Veronica Roth--5 stars
Insurgent by Veronica Rot--5 stars--My Review
Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein--4 stars--My Review
Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly--3.5 stars--My Review
Dangerous Voices by Rae Carson--3 stars
Entice by Jessica Shirvington--5 stars--My Review
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard--5 stars--My Review
Enchanted by Althea Kontis--4 stars--My Review
Christmas in Venice by Meadow Taylor--3 stars
Possession by Elana Johnson--4 stars--My Review
Spades by Kristy Evans--3.5 stars--My Review
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins--4 stars--My Review
Hourglass by Myra McEntire--5 stars--My Review
The Selection by Kiera Cass--4 stars--My Review
The Maze Runner by James Dashner--5 stars--My Review


The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Runner Up:

Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. 
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever. 
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed. 

Enticed is the second compelling book in The Violet Eden Chapters.

Which book won your bananas?  


  1. Wow- you have done well this month- that is a lot of books! I loved Blood Promise and The Selection, and I STILL need to read The Maze Runner, Once, and Hourglass. I'd never heard of the Susan Dennard book before, but I'm definitely going to check it out now!
    Off to read your review!

    1. I received that book in a swap. I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did! All of the other books you mentioned were also very good reads!

  2. Holy wow! How did you read so many books in one month? Especially in December? Thanks for sharing your best of the bunch. I have added Something Strange and Deadly to my TBR list! :)

    -- Sam @ SIK Book Reviews

    1. I'm not sure how I did so well! I participated in a week long read a thon in the beginning of the month, which helped. I also have been on vacation since the 19th, so I had lots of reading time the last week and a half! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Omg, you read way more books than I did:( I think my new years resolution is to start reading again!


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