Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Class of 2012: Elements of Fiction

Welcome to Day Three of the Blogfest! I hope you all are having as much fun with this as Katy, Alison, Tracey, and I are!

Okay, let's get to today's choices. (And, as a reminder, here are the 2012 books I read this year.) .

Most Envy-Inducting Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

I love time travel and I love romance and I love 1995 and I wish I would have figured out how to put them all together in a book like this!

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)

Fantasy World
Eretz from Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

World at war where civilians on both sides are being slaughtered? Yeah, I'll pass on that vacation.

Real World
Watonka, New York in Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

I'm a southern California girl, so, as much as I enjoyed this book, small town New York in the dead of winter sounds like my own personal hell.

Wanderlust-Inducting (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
La Ruta Maya in Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

This part of the world is truly paradise, you guys, and Kirsten Hubbard makes you feel like you're there.

Loveliest Prose
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

These two ladies have such a way with words.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." 'Nuff said.

Most Dynamic Main Character
Clementine in Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker

I don't know if she is the most dynamic of every character of all of these books, but this is a book I loved and haven't had a chance to mention yet, and I loved it because of this character and all her flaws. She's made some terrible decisions, but that doesn't mean that she's a bad person, and I loved the insight into all sides of her personality.

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

I don't want to spoil anything, but the ending of this book left me clutching my chest. I think I tweeted Sarah Rees Brennan with "WHAT WHY MY HEARTTTTTT!!!!!!!"

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
The Raven Boys in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Even though this book is told in multiple POV, I feel like, ultimately, it's Blue's story. But the boys really stole the show for me here, especially Gansey and Ronan. (But I loved hearing from and about each of the boys.)

Best use of Theme
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I love how the theme of hope that was established in the first book continues in this book.

If you played along on your blog, leave the link to your post below. If not, tell me some of your choices in the comments. And come back tomorrow for the last day of the blogfest!


  1. I need to read UNBREAK MY HEART :D This sounds great!

    And I had to laugh at this --> I'm a southern California girl, so, as much as I enjoyed this book, small town New York in the dead of winter sounds like my own personal hell --> I loved the setting in BITTERSWEET :P

    Great list!

  2. I love love love the boys in The Raven Boys. They are so wonderful and the way they interact with each other is great. I went more literal for my supporting role answer and picked one character, but if I had picked a group it would have been the Raven boys.

  3. We picked the same two books for Loveliest Prose. Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor are amazing that way. And really, I think THE RAVEN BOYS had a multitude of characters we could choose from for best supporting roles. That's just how great that cast of characters was! :)

  4. Your pick for formidable setting had me on the floor, laughing. Dead of winter in New York IS awful, even if you're from a cold-winter place like Wisconsin!

  5. Yay for Unspoken!!! So many of the same books are showing up on all these lists - which is great - of course we have to acknowledge great books - but I love to see some of the lesser known ones pop up too!

  6. Note to Self: Read TIME BETWEEN US. Now. Why have I not read that book yet?!

  7. Oh man, now I'm so anxious for UNSPOKEN! But after the awesome lines people posted from it yesterday, I'm still planning to read it ASAP!

  8. Great choices, lady! I picked TIME BETWEEN US as my Most Enviable Plot too. Imagine that. :) And the next book I buy will most definitely be UNSPOKEN.

  9. Hahaha. Cold winters are my personal version of hell, too, so I don't know why I put up with them :)

  10. Time Between Us, ahhh! I adored the setting in Bittersweet, though I live in England so it'd probably be the same, LOL.

  11. That line from TFiOS made me choke up just now.

  12. I totally agree with you about The Raven Boys. I felt like the story might be Gansey and Blue's story, but the other boys played such a role too. It was hard to pick, but we settled on Ronan because 1) we love him and 2) he was in more of a supporting role than Adam or Gansey were (since the 2 of them got big POV sections and the drama in this book was more directly linked to them). Can't wait to learn more about Ronan in the next book!

    I kept kicking myself for not finishing UNSPOKEN this weekend because I just know the ending will be a kick in the gut, especially considering it seems like that's the thing everyone freaks out about. Excited to see if I agree; must finish it asap! (I'm like halfway.)

    I'm from SoCal too, so my reaction to bitterly cold Northeastern winter is also NO THANK YOU.

  13. OK OK!

    I'll make Unspoken my 50th book of the year. Are you happy now? :-)

  14. I forgot about Unbreak My Heart. Unspoken is hot on my Kindle, itching to be read! :-)

  15. Oh, those Raven Boys. *swoon*

    And I think I need to add TIME BETWEEN US to my TBR!