Favorite speculative fiction of 2012

Just to clarify, I read these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King: “This book has everything you could possibly want in a satisfying read: truly evil villains; authentic, well-rounded characters; a love story; a mission to save the world; impossible choices; mysterious, otherworldly figures; and an ending that keeps you guessing right up until the last few pages.”

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The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley: “Kearsley’s books – the two I’ve read, at least – have it all: beautiful writing, lush (but not too wordy) descriptions, characters I love, romance that sparks, and eras of history that I love to read about.”

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen: “Sarah Addison Allen is one of those authors who I have come to rely on not to disappoint. Her books are beautifully romantic, completely southern, and full of magic and sensory details that immerse you in the world of the book.”

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Impossible by Nancy Werlin: “I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, so I will simply say that this is a must-read for all lovers of YA fantasy. And the best thing of all? It’s not part of a series.”

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: “Laini Taylor has created a new take on the whole angels theme, and crafted a world full of magical creatures, beautiful seraphs, and magic that is fueled by pain.”

Previous “favorites” posts:
~ Favorite crime fiction of 2012
~ Favorite historical fiction of 2012
~ Favorite contemporary fiction of 2012

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10 Responses to Favorite speculative fiction of 2012

  1. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith
    says:

    I haven’t read any of these :( I’m definitely going to start with the Stephen King; 11/22/63 has made so many end of the year lists!

  2. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    The only one I’ve read is 11/22/63, and I loved it, so I’m making notes of the other titles you listed.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I still need to get around to reading the King book! Glad to hear it made your “best of” list!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – it was the first book that convinced me King wasn’t too scary for me. :)

  4. Natalie ~ the Coffee and a Book Chick
    Twitter: coffeebookchick
    says:

    Yay for 11/22/63, I fell madly in love with Stephen King following that. And Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I just finished the audio for the sequel (Days of Blood and Starlight) and it was just as fantastic. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Natalie – I wish my library had the Days of Blood and Starlight on audio – I loved the first one that way.

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