Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day Two: Armchair BEA 2012 | Best of 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Armchair BEA! 

This is the event for all the bloggers who were not able to attend the actual expo. Who needs to be there in person when we can have a blast at home? I think this will be great!

This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA, so please poke me and tell me if I’m going about this the wrong way. 

Without further adieu, I’m going to share some of my favorite books (so far) this year…

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late? (Goodreads)

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . . (Goodreads)

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. (Goodreads)

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival. (Goodreads)

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk. (Goodreads)

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story. (Goodreads)

A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her. (Goodreads)

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. (Goodreads)

Each one of these books has received a 4 or 5 star rating from me. They've gripped me, held me on the edge of my seat, made me laugh, and made me cry. They're all great reads. I HIGHLY recommend them if you haven't already read them!

Until tomorrow...


  1. Yay!!!! You mentioned Of Poseidon and Wanderlove too! Those have been two of my favorites this year. :) LOVED THEM!

    Thanks for stopping by and complimenting my blog! You're a doll! New follower! Have a lovely week participating in Armchair BEA! I bet I'll see you around lots. :)

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  2. Completely agree with Vampire Academy! Hacen't read any of the others, though I do have Starters on my library TBR

  3. I could not get into WanderLove whereas EVERYONE ELSE freakin' loved it! Ahhhhh!

  4. Wanderlove sounds very interesting. And yeah, Immortal Rules!!! Of Poseidon will land in my TBR shortly. : )

    Happy Day Two of Armchair BEA!

    Check out my Best of 2012

  5. The Vampire Academy series books are the only ones I've read from your list - and loved 'em. BUT you have so many books on here that I plan on reading!

  6. Great selection!!! I completely forgot about Of Poseidon when I did my own list.

  7. Great choices,have not read any of these yet.

  8. A diverse range of books you've selected!

  9. Spell Bound is gonna be great, I just know it! I'm also excited for Ashes, Ashes. I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books

  10. Ahhhh, so many great books on your list! I loved the Hex Hall series, but haven't had the chance to get to Spellbound yet. I've heard nothing but good things about Partials, and my fellow Litbrarians read and loved The Immortal Rules. Life needs a pause button so I can get to all these.

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup's Best of 2012

  11. I have a lot of these on my TBR list, some of them coming up VERY soon. Also, YAY fellow hand-bell player! I've had to quit temporarily as the choir I was with started rehearsing on a night I have to work, but I still miss it!

    Here's my list!

  12. Can you believe I haven't read any of those yet? LOL I did just get a copy of The Immortal Rules in the mail today so I hope to read that very soon! :)

    My Best of 2012

  13. I have THE IMMORTAL RULES and PARTIALS on my shelf and haven't read them yet, but soon :) Great list!

    These are my faves of 2012: http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-best-of-2012.html

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

  14. Ah, so envious of people who read loads of YA. We have so few at our library. But, I may be moving, soon. Maybe the next library will be better! Great list!

  15. Every one of the books on your list is in my TBR. I need to get to them soon!

  16. ooh, yes! I agree with your best books of 2012! I freaking LOVED Partials, and Vampire Academy (and the series!) and Wanderlove but I read them in 2011. great list. :)

  17. Great reviews. I think Wanderlove sounds great and I just added it to my (alarmingly long) TBR list! Thanks!!

  18. Gah, I can't believe I haven't read Spellbound yet! I'm pretty sure I put a hold on it at the library...


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