The Writer's View: Top 5 Reads of 2012

2012 marked my foray into the world of book blogging. Thanks to everyone who has joined my site and followed along as I dissected books from a writer's point of view! I've compiled a list of my Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2012. The best part? Each of these books or series was recommended by one of you guys. I would not find all these amazing reads without my blog buddies. Please, keep your book reviews coming! My TBR list is getting out of hand, but I say that's a good problem to have.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Why I loved it: There are so many reasons I adored this book! I am frothing in anticipation for the next installment. If I had to pick one reason that stands out above the rest, it would be the way characters are so expertly and subtly revealed. Susan Ee is a brilliant writer.

As the World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater

Why I loved it: Characters, characters, characters. No one writes them the way Rhiannon Frater does. This author single handedly got me hooked on the zombie genre.

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Why I loved it: The writing in this book is the sort I aspire to someday create. Hands down the best written book I read in 2012.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Why I loved it: The overall character growth of Esme. She transforms from an agent of vengeance to an agent of mercy in her service to the God of Death. I loved the message of this book.

Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Why I loved it: The relationship between Elend and Vin. We get to see their love grow and evolve over several years. It was beautiful and realistic, with many of the challenges and triumphs that people encounter in long-term relationships.