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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Hello book that we are officially in 2012 I guess it is time I tell you my top 12 favorite books I read in 2011! This was insanely hard, there were so many other books I wanted to include in this list, but at the end of the day I had to pick these 12. I am also hosting a giveaway with this post! (:

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1.The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: when it came to my favorite read this past year, I didn't have to think about it for more then a second. The Iron Fey Series I loved beyond words, I could go on and on for days to anyone about what a mesmerizing series this is.
2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: This series I know a lot of you have read, and I think a lot of us can agree that the story Cassandra has written is just flat out epic!
3. Half Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout: Ah this book I have a feeling will be my favorite series next year when it gets to my top 2012 books, but since I have only read the first book I have put it has third, but believe me when I say this book is amazing, it is breath breathtakingly beautiful, everyone should read this! :)
4.The Deepest Cut by JA Templeton: The Deepest Cut was literally a scary read!!!!! The stroy was so addictive right from the first page, I think anyone looking for a different type of YA should pick this up it had an amazing romance..and the ending will leave you begging for the next book! (like I am!)
5.Untraceable by SR Johannes: omg, I loved this book! If there was a top "books I connected with the most" list Untraceable would be number one! This book was flat out incredible!
6.The Fire Wars by Kailin Gow: Ahh The Fire Wars, this novels romance was astounding, I for one am huge on romance in books, and Kailin delivered one of the most enjoyable romances ever in The Fire Wars, it also has one of the best love triangles I have ever read! Simply amazing! (:
7. Unlovable by Sherry Gammon: Sherry is an amazing writer! This book has an insane amount of suspense and romance all wrapped in one breath taking book! I flippin loved Unlovable!
8.Captivated by Deb Apodaca: Captivated was an amazing vampire novel! I am not a big one for vampire books, but Captivated literally captivated me from the first page (;
9.Paradise Series by Simone Elkeles: oh my goodness, this series is amazing! It was simply beautiful, anyone that is looking for a good alternating POV books this series is the best you will find! I loved every page! (:
10.Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan: Ah I LOVE this series, the first novel Firelight was amazing, but the second book Vanish....perfect! I cannot wait to get my hands on book 3!
11.Forbidden by Megan Curd: ahh this book is on angels...and in all honesty books on angels are my least favorite, but Forbidden....this book is a masterpiece! This book is from a guys POV too and it was still amazing! Megan Curd is an amazing writer!
12. Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon: I loved this novel! I normally don't like books that have a very magically romance cause to me they seem way too cheesy, but Leigh was able to write an amazing romance that was magical AND realistic, I adored it!


To start off the new year I am going to be giving away ONE of my favorite books of 2011 to TWO people! Check out the details below then fill out the form! (:

  • there will be TWO winners
  • winners will get their choice of ONE of the books out of my top 2011 reads
  • giveaway is international
  • will run until Jan 10th
  • fill out form to enter, one entry per person

fill out THIS form to enter


Unknown said...

I really need to read the Iron Fey series! It looks sooooo good!

Roxy Kade said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :) fantastic selection of books. From the list I've only read Carrier of the Mark, which I loved as well! I haven't heard of a few of these books so thank you for bringing them to my attention!
Happy New Year!!

pepsivanilla said...

I've only read 2 of these books! Must read faster!

fra & fede said...

Thanks so much for this international GA :)

miki said...

Thanks you for this great international giveaway i'm really interested in Half blood and Iron king

all the best and Happy new year

Evie said...

Thanks a lot for the giveaway.
Happy New Year!

Giselle said...

Great list Hayley! I loved the Deepest Cut too! <3

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Unknown said...

Happy New Year!!

Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international

Books for Company said...

Great list!
I have a few of these which are unread, I have only read The Iron King from this list.
I have The Deepest Cut for review to read =)

Brenda Demko said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Most of these wonderful books are still on my tbr list.

Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Aleksandra said...

Great books! I've read a few of these, but most of them still haven't, so thanks for the opportunity! Happy New Year!

mimz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Great choices!

Author Sherry Gammon said...

Haley!!!!!!! I love you!! Thank you so much!!! If you need a hard copy, let me know!
P.S. You and Donna are in book 2! You are a little girl and Donna is your mom (LOL!!) I was trying to come up with names an the idea to "Thank" all the blogger who have helped my with UNLOVABLE came to my head! Thank you again!!

Anonymous said...

City of Bones is in my TBR pile! Eeee! I'm so excited to read it!

Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

Man, I need to catch up! So many great books!!!!!

Mandy said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! You have a great list here, it was very hard to choose.

Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for this incredibly awesome giveaway opportunity.

Dani Cotton said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Firelight has been on my wishlist FOREVER, so I think I'd have to go with that one if I won :)

I have a giveaway running at the moment too. It's my "1000 Follower Push" international giveaway.
There's definitely one winner (who chooses from a list of 9 books), but a second if I reach the magic 1000 before the giveaway ends!
Click here to enter :)

Holly said...

Great list! 2011 was such a great year for books. This year will be even better! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Juliette said...

thanks for the great giveaway!

Robbj said...

Thanks for the giveaway!It's fantastic!*-*
The most of your favourite books don't exist in my country!:(

Amalia said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Yes, I've to agree that Iron King was simply breathtaking! The world that Julie Kagawa created was so... fantastic.

the CynikalKat said...

awesome giveaway!

LoveOfBooks said...

Yeah.. loser alert.. I haven't ANY of these. One day I will, one day...

roro said...

awesome giveaway!

Cecilia said...

I've only read 2 of the books you mentioned. I need to widen my reading list. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

Adriana C said...

Great list, I have in my list Half-Blood also.

Lena said...

I loved Untraceable!!!!! it was really good, but sad too...
email me and we can talk about it. I don't want to spoil anything!

LisaILJ said...

I need to get to reading, I haven't read ANY of these.

Unknown said...

This is the last day I guess. I hope still can enter this giveaway.

The books that you've chosen were great. I have read some already, but some I haven't.

Thank u for this awesome giveaway. And thank u for making it International

Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea said...

Great list, Haley! I've only read City of Bones on this list, but most of these are on my TBR list :).

And thank you for the giveaway!!

Eli Yanti said...

the last day, hope not late