Aw, here it goes!*
Initially I wasn't quite sure what Divergent by Veronica Roth would be like. I didn't read much about it beforehand and once I bought the book it took me a few chapters to get into it. Once I did though? It COMPLETELY sucked me in and this is one book I will HAVE to re-read in 2012. I loved this book so hard because Tris was an amazing leading lady and Four was just so swoon worthy. I've recommended it to countless people and bought copies as gifts for others.
Sometimes people will ask me to compare and the closest thing I can think of is The Hunger Games. I know, I know but here's my reasoning for it. Tris kicks just as much ass as Katniss does and in some cases maybe even a little more. They would totally be BFF's if they ever met and then the world would have to watch the eff out.
If I could be like ANY author (or have one as my BFF) it would totally be Stephanie Perkins. She's funny, smart, has blue hair (which I've always wanted) and writes books that are just so fabulous. The wait for Lola and the Boy Next Door was horribly long but well worth it. Just looking at the cover you can tell the pages will ooze awesome and I have NO idea how she only has two published novels. Regardless, I know Stephanie is going to have a long career and if it's possible, I'm just that much more excited for her next novel.
All the characters in Lola were so real and I LOVED how she added Anna and St. Clair in as Lola's friends. I loved Cricket so much and I even liked Max (for a little while anyway) and her dads! I loved her dads! I thought it was super cool that one of them was a baker because the Crystal character would totally work in his bakery. What made me love Lola so much is that she was different. She wore her outfits/costumes and it was HER. I wanted to be like her in high school but I lacked much of the confidence Lola had.
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone. This book came as a complete surprise to me, especially when I heard that it was a little bit fantasy with a little romance, supernatural, and mystery sprinkled in for good measure. The writing was beautiful and it was just one of those books that I couldn't wait to talk about and talk about it I did. My talking about it made my co-worker want to read it so of course I got it for him for Christmas. To date, I've bought four copies and won't be surprised if I buy more for other people. If you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
What were some of your favorite books released in 2011?
*You're pretty darn awesome if you know what that's from