Monday, 27 December 2010

My Top 5 books of 2010 and a chance to win one of my faves!

Hope you all had a happy Christmas! Today I'm back to present to you my top five books of the year, and offer you a chance to win one of my favourite books of the year!

I was going to chicken out and list this top five in no particular order, but instead, I've decided to be brave and list this from 1-5 in order of preference.  What do you think of my picks?

*All links lead to my reviews of the books, so feel free to check those out.

I've only included books here that were released in 2010, but I'm recommending that everybody read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, two books I read, and loved this year, but which didn't have 2010 releases. 

Now onto the TOP 5!

1. I'm guessing that a lot of you are not surprised by my number 1 book of the year - especially if you follow me on Twitter, where I gush about this book all the time.  The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting was my favourite book of the year, for sure. I couldn't get enough of this book, and I can't wait to read more!!




Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers. 

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. 

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.



2.  There are so many angel-themed books around right now, but this year, Angel by L. A. Weatherly stood out for me.  This one has a romance to die for and a great storyline to boot. It's not released in the US until May 2011, but y'all are in for a treat when you read this one!



In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the "Twilight" series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.


3Beautiful Malice is one of those books that contains just about everything you'll need for a great read. This was one of my favourite reads of the year, and I can't wait to read more from Rebecca James. This is a great psychological thriller with toxic friendships and some truly chilling moments!



Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.

But Alice has secrets, too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.


4. I have to include a little historical fiction on my list, and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly was a book that truly captivated me. This book has major crossover appeal, and I truly think that just about anyone will be impressed by the storyline and the strength of writing here. Even if you don't know one thing about the French Revolution, read this, and you'll soon want to find out more!



BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. 


5. I love to read about themes of rebirth, reincarnation and soulmates, and this book contains all of these elements. It's an epic romantic tale and it was a great surprise to me because I picked up the book not really expecting anything much from it. My name is Memory by Ann Brashares makes the list just ahead of The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller - another book I read this year which dealt with the same themes of reincarnation and soulmates. Both books are well worth checking out!



 From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.




To be in with a chance to win an ARC of Angel by L.A Weatherly, just fill in the form below:
One entry per person.
Competition is International and open until January 7th 2011.
Winner will be contacted by email and asked to provide me with a mailing address. The winner will have one week to respond to my email before a new winner is picked.
*Please note -  cover of ARC is different from finished copy.


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33 comments :

  1. Great list! I loved the Body Finder too, and I've seen Angel around a lot it sounds like something I would love too. =)

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  2. Thanks for this amazing giveaway and for making it international (since I'm French) !! It's been a while since I wanted to buy Angel ... it's a great occasion ;) Thanks

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  3. I love that we are both obsessed with The Body Finder. Definitely my fav. of 2010 as well. Sadly, I haven't read your other picks, but I will have to add them to my TBR list as we pretty much have the same taste! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  4. Haha, it's Angel giveaway central on the blogosphere at the moment! I'm giving away a signed copy over at my blog. Great minds think alike, apparently :P

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  5. Haven't read any of your top 5 but definitely want to read The Body Finger, which looks awesome - and I definitely agree on Never Let Me Go, which is one of my favourite ever books. Really hoping the film can live up to it!

    If you get a chance check out my YA blog at yayeahyeah.blogspot.com

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  6. Body Finder has been on my Wishlist all year. I have noticed a lot of Angel books.

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  7. Yay! I just bought The Body Finder, I can't wait to read it, it seems to be on the top of a lot of people's lists and I hear good things about Jay:) Looking forward to meeting him! Thanks so much for the giveaway Leanna:)

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  8. I already have Angel but haven't read it yet. Since it's on your Top 5 list , I might push it up my TBR pile. Revolution is on my list too (which I haven't posted yet *laziness*)

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  9. I still haven't read Body Finder...gahhhh I am so far behind haha I can't wait to read Revolution now that I have it though. Great list of favs, Leanna :)

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  10. The Body Finder was awesome and I can't wait for the sequel! And Beautiful Malice and Revolution sound great- I'll have to add them to my reading lists for this year.

    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  11. I feel ashamed... I haven't read any of those! Booo ! Yet, I read many good reviews! I'm sooooo late!

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  12. Great list. I'll have to move The Body Finder to the top of my "to read" pile!

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  13. Thanks for this! All the books are in my TBR list! :D

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  14. I've only read Beautiful Malice, so I cannot comment more, but they do sound good! =)

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  15. And I just realized I wrote my favorite of the year wrong! It's "The Safety of Objects" by A.M. Homes, not "The End of Alice" which I haven't read yet <3

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  16. I can't believe I've only read one of these! The rest are going on my TBR list ASAP though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Love your top 5... I really need to sit down and come up with what was the best of the best for me in 2010

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  18. I've read amazing things about Body Finder and Revolution so they're already on my TBR. I will have to add the other three to my list, as well.

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  19. The Body Finder is AMAZING! I tell everyone to read it!

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  20. All I've read from your list is The Body Finder, which I loved. Revolution is on my wishlist though, and it looks like I'm going to have to put the others (which I haven't heard about) on as well.

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  21. Thank you for the giveaway! I still haven't read The Body Finder!

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  22. a fab selection of books - I've either read and loved them or am desperate to do so!!

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  23. I got The Body Finder for christmas. I can't wait to read it. I'll be adding some of those onto my to read list. Thanks!

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  24. Thank you for this awesome give away. The Body Finder is indeed a very good book. I loved the characters! :)

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  25. Fab top 5 books! I agree with all the others so I'm thinking I need to read Beautiful Malice and My Name is Memory soon ^_^

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Lucy

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  27. Awesome :) Thanks for the giveaway !

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  28. Absolutely love your choices. Beautiful Malice is definitely one of my favourite reads too. Michelle from Cloverness has kindly offered me her copy of The Body Finder, so I'm definitely looking forward to FINALLY reading the book you're gushing about :D I've seen Angel at our bookstores so yay for it being in out here already! As for Revolution and My Name is Memory, those are 2 books I'm also dying to read!

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  29. I've read none of those and I am super jealous with your choices of books! I must say I'm dying to read The Body Finder and being a poor student is not an advantage. LOL. Have to wait for the books to hit the shelves here. Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I absolutely love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and enjoyed The Body Finder and My Name is Memory. Have not read either Angel or Beautiful Malice though.

    Happy New Year and thank you for the chance to win Angel!

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  31. Great giveaway and I agree with your picks. I haven't read them all but plan to!

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  32. Great giveaway! I haven't read any of your top 5 but you make them all sound fab so I've added them to my TBR.

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