Best books — June 2012 (only for hard-core bookaholics)

A warning:

  • Do NOT continue if you hate books
  • Do NOT continue if you hate “best book” lists
  • Do NOT continue if you hate free books

So we have the naysayers clear. Now we can settle into fun. See, I was perusing Goodreads and saw this:

Most Popular Books Published In June 2012

Here’s the deets. (I’m selective so I won’t chat about no.s #5 and #4 because I haven’t heard of the book or author and I can’t endorse them.)

Click on the title for a giveaway I found on the web; or

Click on the author to be taken to their website. Enjoy!

6. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This book should have been much higher on the list. If it weren’t for my TBR (To Be Read) pile 60-something books high (electronically, not literally) I would have bought and read this book. Courtney Summers has an amazing story. She dropped out of school at age 14 and from memory her first novel was published when she was between 20 and early-20s. She’s still in her 20s.

She has an unhuman talent for creative writing. It’s not often I read a first paragraph and am convinced I’ll buy the book without any other stalking (author bio, author backlist, reviews, praises, etc) but this did it:

I sit on the edge of the bathtub and run the fingernail of my thumb up the inside of my wrist. I trace a vein until it pitchforks out and disappears under the fleshiest part of my palm. Lily couldn’t sleep; a few weeks before she left, she had all these pills to help her do that. I didn’t know why at the time but now I think her guilt was probably keeping her up at night. When I searched her bedroom earlier, I couldn’t find them, which is too bad. I was counting on it. Her. I should know better. It just seemed like maybe the stars would align for this–that the day I decided to die, everything would go right.

3. Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost (Sorry all giveaways ended)

I dunno if I’ll ever read her books. What I mean is she’s just another one of those authors. You know the type. Stephen King, Danielle Steele. They’re always going to be there. I’ll always have a chance to try her books. Maybe the marketing isn’t as hard-core / individualised as other some other books, but I’m still waiting for the marketing department to “grab” me on this one.

In this excerpt, you may see what I mean. Her voice is dull. I can’t get a feel for her style and moreover nothing POPS! at me; it’s just good writing:

The word “house” didn’t begin to do justice to the white and gray structure in front of me. I actually had to tilt my head back to see all the way up to the roof. It was at least four stories high, with additional floors on the triangular turrets that rose dramatically on each corner. A myriad of carvings decorated the exterior, from intricate balconies in front of soaring windows to stone gargoyles that glared down from their perches.

2. The Golden Lily (Bloodline #2) by Richelle Mead

I spoke about Richelle’s vampire series in my Vampire fest, Out And Proud post here. I’m interested in reading her books one day. Maybe it’s because I’m an easy target market. I love her covers, and I’m a vampire fan. Sold.

This series is a spin-off from her Vampire Academy series, so when I get through my 60-something TBR books, I’m giving this a go.

This series is just enough of fancy fantasy where types of human/creatures/things are called “Strigoi” and “Moroi”, but it takes place in somewhere I can relate to (although I’ve never been the America) in a boarding school, Palm Springs, California.

This excerpt is an exclusive to so you’ll have to visit the link to read it, but once again it just doesn’t live up to the strength and blew-me-away factor or Courtney’s novel. Here’s the link.

1. Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

I haven’t read the excerpt and I am going to say this sorta confidently. I won’t buy the book, I don’t endorse it and I don’t think it’ll be good. Now I’ve said this, I’ll probably have the most clicks out of my blog to this book, but whatevs.

Lauren Kate tried out a “3.5” kinda novella with Fallen in Love before this book. You can read my review here, but in short I gave it 2 stars because it was all lovey dovey and by halfway there was stiiiiill zero conflict. Yup. None. I was only reading because of my like for books #1 and #2 although book #3 had let me down.

Aren’t we all told as writers to have conflict from your first few paragraphs? Guess the rules don’t apply to NYT and other-famous-lists bestselling authors.

Basically, I have lost my trust. This is an example of a famous author getting it wrong. I gave her another chance after her third novel in the Fallen series, Passion (my review is glowing because I’d just started Novel Girl and I was still excited about her), let me down.

For those who still want to try the most popular book release for June 2012 …. here it is.


What popular upcoming books have you disliked? What ones are you looking forward to?

19 thoughts on “Best books — June 2012 (only for hard-core bookaholics)

  1. I haven’t read the Fallen books yet but I’m going to try the first one and see what it’s like. I just love the artwork for that series.

  2. I felt the exact same way about the Lauren Kate books! I kept reading because I really wanted it to get better, but now I’ve just given up on reading the last one. Also to be honest, it’s been so long that I’ve kind of forgotten which characters they are among all of the other books that I’ve read – so apparently not that memorable. Lovely post!

    • I’m glad to hear both sides of the story. Victoria loved the series but she hasn’t read Fallen in Love.

      I’ve given up too–many other awesome bestsellers I’ve read that satisfy my need. I’ll do just fine without the final instalment. Maybe I’ll read it in five years when I catch up on my reading list.

  3. I love Richelle’s VA series, you should read it! I’m looking forward to the Golden Lilly! I’ve also read the other books in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate so I’ll be buying Rapture.

    • Unfortunately it’s easier to stick your head out there with the traditionally published books. Generally, those authors tend to be more diplomatic and professional. Say something nasty about an indie and you’ll get trampled.

    • Haha. Yeah, I think I need to slow down or I’ll die an old maid. I would hate to be my boyfriend now, yesterday or tomorrow. Perhaps the key is time optimisation. Gosh, aren’t I sophisticated!

  4. What a great idea for a post. Thanks for introducing me to some blogs I’d never been to before. This could be a unique regular feature on your blog. I’d use it.

    • You like my idea? I was thinking of doing it regularly if or when I have something personal to comment on the new and upcoming books. Thanks for your suggestion!

  5. Have you read Starcrossed by Josephine angelini? The first book is great and the second one, dreamless, was just released at the end of may. I haven’t read the second one yet, but if it’s anything like the first it will be amazing.

  6. Have you read starcrossed by Josephine angelini? Her second book dreamless was released the end in may and I haven’t read it yet, but from the excerpts I did read it sounds good.

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