Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.
A week of Looking Back…
…and Looking Forward.
I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.
In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.
Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.
And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.
The topic for today is…
Best ____ of 2012
Today’s post is one where we get to choose what “best of” topic we want to talk about. Last year I chose to share my Top 10 Villains. But as four of those villains don’t feel very much like villains to me anymore, I decided to go with something different this year.
The problem is that I keep changing my mind. First I was going to do love triangles, but I haven’t read books with that many actual triangles. Then I thought of bad boys but that list was virtually identical to my book boyfriends list. After that it was cliffhangers, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ones were really cliffhangers and which ones just felt that way. And forget about favorite heroines… I have way too many of those.
Then – yesterday – I was so sure I was going to do my top ten re-reads – which would have allowed me to list WINGS OF THE WICKED, EVERNEATH, A TOUCH MORBID, IF I DIE, THE LONG WALK, CITY OF BONES… yeah, it would have been a great list.
But, in the end, I decided to go with Favorite Quotes/Passages. Because I always love to tease them. They’re moments in books that stand out to me. And while I have hundreds and hundreds of them, I had no problem choosing a few of my favorites.
Although they have to be from books I read in 2012, I’m also assuming it means that they can be from books I re-read in 2012. Which leaves the door wide open. Though I still refuse to put my favorites if they’re super spoiler-y.
I am also cheating, just a little bit, by including one or two “runners-up” quotes from the books with my favorite passages. Of course some of my favorite books, like BEFORE I WAKE, have over 30 favorites.
Let’s just say it has not been easy.
Avari and Kaylee…
“It’s a crescendo of death, all building toward that powerful note at the finale that makes the audience gasp and hold its collective breath. You are that last note, Kaylee. You are my finale, and the symphony of pain we create together will echo throughout eternity before finally fading into an agonized silence….”
Tod and Kaylee…
“You can see as much as you want, whenever you want.”
“Unless you’re working, right?” I teased, but the heat in his eyes when he shook his head was unmistakable.
“Whatever you want. Death itself would wait for you, Kaylee….”
Tod and Kaylee…
“I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”
POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole
Evangeline and Death…
“Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic eyes. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you….”
Evangeline and Jack…
“Evie, I’ve wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “I got it bad, me.”
My heart felt like it’d stopped–so that I could hear him better.
“For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”
A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford
Luke and Kristen…
Luke tilted his head, his neck tense, cracking with a snap. He rolled his shoulders.
“You’re a silly little dead girl.” He glared at her, his tone harsh. “You should mean exactly nothing to me.” He grabbed her chin, forced her to meet his eyes. “And yet I covet you more than anything else on this Earth.”
Luke and Kristen…
Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”
He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”
GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers
Duval and Ismae…
His smile flashes, quick and surprising in the darkness. “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice. I bid you good night.”
Ismae and Madame Hivern…
Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain.
EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight
Wes and Ash…
“People like you and me weren’t built to lead peaceful lives together in the suburbs. Two of us together in one place is as inevitably fatal as running around a stack of dynamite with a torch.”
Ash and Colt…
“Colt,” she said, her voice breaking. He paused and looked over his shoulder. “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”
Colt wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”
Then he was gone.
SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins
Anna and Kaidan…
He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.
Anna thinking about Kaidan…
My nerves shot into high alert. I looked around, but nobody else was near. When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy–a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something. Seventeen-year-old boys were not supposed to be so…nongangly.
EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton
Nikki and Cole…
He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”
Nikki and Jack…
I turned against his body, so I was facing him, and wrapped my arms around his back and tangled my legs up with his.
I’d spent a hundred years with Cole, in a similar position, but this was nothing like it. There were no outside forces keeping us together. No otherworldly powers interfering with this simple act.
No. Jack wanted me close because he wanted me. Separating from him now would be worse than anything I’d felt before. Separating from him now would make me bleed, and I would never stop.
I didn’t tell him this. I didn’t have to.
We stayed like that for hours–my head on his stomach–trying so hard not to fall asleep. As if we could stop time.
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin
“And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”
The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think . . . I think . . . can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old? I suppose that if I do fall apart, my father can put me back together again.
WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton
Ellie to Will…
“How we feel about each other makes us stronger. It makes us fight harder for each other. You’re standing there and telling me you can’t let Michael kill you because you don’t trust anyone else to be my Guardian. Will, you’re the best not just because you’re the strongest. You protect me like no one else can because you love me. Fighting it weakens us. We’re tearing ourselves apart!”
Will to Ellie…
He closed his eyes and his forehead touched mine. “I’m so sorry for everything. I never wanted to hurt you or make you doubt me. I need you to trust me. I need you. And I love you. I want you. You know I do. I’ll never stop doing any of those things until the day I die for you.”
HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand
I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….
He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.
All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.
Try it, he says without words, so softly it’s like the brush of a feather in my mind. Let’s find out what’s next
But there’s hesitation in him too; I feel it.
Clara thinking about Christian…
“You must think I’m an idiot,” he says then.
I look up, started. There are a lot of words I’d use to describe Christian Prescott: mystery, enigma, conundrum, destiny, terrifying, and, well, just plain hot, if I’m being honest, but the word idiot has never crossed my mind. Except maybe that one time at prom.
STARLING by Lesley Livingston
Mason Starling about Fenn…
There was something so naked in his expression, Mason thought. And then she started to actually blush at the memory of what he’d looked like just a few minutes ago. Okay, not naked … more like raw–uh, no. That wasn’t helping either. She winced inwardly. How about vulnerable?
Yes. That was exactly it.
SILVER by Talia Vance
Brianna and Blake…
When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there’s anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.
So that’s my list. The hardest one yet to create. And I’m still thinking of posting a few of the “outtakes” on The Annex this week. Because there are just so many amazing quotes and passages, I feel awful leaving them off the list.
Are any of those quotes and passages among your list of favorites for 2012? Do you keep a list of favorite passages in the books you read? Or is quote collecting not something you do as a reader or blogger?
I am super stoked to check out just what topics everyone chose today. There will be so many different types of “best of” lists that it will be extra fun to see just what books, heroes, villains, heroines, love triangles, cliffhangers, et cetera that everyone picked.
But before you head off to check out some of the other posts around the blogosphere, today I’ll be the blog hosting the giveaway. All the details are below.
What’s Up for Grabs?
Two YA Books of Your Choice (not to exceed $30 total) released in 2012 or releasing in the first week of January 2013, to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.
You must be 13 or older to enter
ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD
Giveaway is international
Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter on January 2, 2013 at Midnight Pacific
Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email
Winner will have 48 hours to respond
There is no requirement to like or follow but spreading the word would be awesome!
PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!