CAROLYN’S TOP 10 ‘MUST HAVE’ BOOKS 2012
I have read some amazing books this year, many coming from a series, and it looks as though 2012 will be even better! I can’t wait to get my hands on my top 10 ‘must have’ books!
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UNTITLED by Liani Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
(Sept 2012 – Hodder & Stroughton/Little Brown)
(GR)

No cover or synopsis available

9

DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON by Seanan Mcguire (Incripted #1)
(March 2012 – DAW)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night… 

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? 

It would be, if it weren’t for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family’s old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone’s spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city…

 

8

THE TAKEN by Vicki Pettersson (Celestial Blues #1)
(June 2012 – Harper Voyager)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds. 

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets… and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel… he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig. 

Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destory them both. 

But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?


7

MESSENGER’S ANGEL by Heather Killough-Walden (The Lost Angels #2)
(June 2012 – Headline/Signet)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

As the former Messenger Archangel, Gabriel has had lifetimes to search for the one woman intended for him. So he’s surprised to discover Juliette Anderson in the dark corner of his favorite pub in Scotland, the land he’s called home for two thousand years- and the last place he expected to find her. The connection between them is strong, hot and instantaneous. 

Juliette is in the town to gather research for her doctoral thesis. She doesn’t need a tall, gorgeous man with silver eyes to distract her. Especially after he kisses her and calls her his archess. She figures he’s crazy. Until she find herself pursued by dangerous men, led by a fallen archangel with vampiric tendencies. 

Now Juliette must turn to Gabriel for help – and unravel the truth behind her existence.

 

6

BLUE-BLOODED VAMP by Jaye Wells (Sabina Kane #5)
(June 2012 – Orbit)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

No synopsis available.

5

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #2)
(Jan 2012 – Piatkus)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message. 

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?


4
LETHAL RIDER by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #3)
(June 2012 – Piatkus/Grand Central Publishing)
(UK | US | BD | GR)
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father. 

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.

3SADIE WALKER IS STRANDED by Madeleine Roux
(Jan 2012 – Headline/St Martin’s Griffin)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

Sadie Walker fights for survival as the dead close in…In the months since The Outbreak, Seattle has become a walled citadel – the Infected are kept at bay but the city is rife with kidnappings, religious cults and black-market dealings. And things are about to get much, much worse. A group of frustrated religious fanatics, the ‘Repopulationists’, destroy part of the wall and zombies swarm the city. 

Devastated by the brutal kidnapping of her nephew, illustrator Sadie Walker flees Seattle with her best friend Andrea and secures passage on a boat with no destination. The ragtag bunch aboard the ship are thrown ashore by a storm and stumble across what appears to be a thriving survivors camp. The shipwrecked group, relived to find food, shelter and friendship, relax into the rhythm of the community’s existence. But then people start to disappear…
2

SIEGE by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies #3)
(April 2012 – Tor Books)
(UK | US | BD | GR)

The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits. 

Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers.

In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.
1SACRIFICIAL MAGIC by Stacia Kane (Chess Putnam #4)

(March 2012 – DelRey/HarperVoyager)
(UK | US | BD | GR)
When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess. 

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. 

As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.
So what are your most anticipated reads for 2012? 

Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and speciality teas (Teapigs anyone?). Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Krazzyme(Young Readers) December 31, 2011 at 11:06 am

I so need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone :)
Interesting list

Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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Blodeuedd December 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

Yes on Darynda's book, I need that one :D

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Pinkim Kimberly Wright January 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Wow, quite a grouping!

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Laura January 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Oh yes, we're both looking forward to 'Sacrifical Magic' :-) The new Vicki Petterson series looks good too – I've read quite a few of her signs of the zodiac one and it's good.

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Marlene January 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

Oh I want Stacia Kanes like now as in right now. Darynda's book, Chloe Neills, Laurell K Hamiltons (Anita Blake), J R Ward,Jeaniene Frosts, Ilona Andrews, Lauren Kates,Gail Carriger. And theres probably more but thats all I could think of.

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