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Guest post from Arjun from Excellent Reads: May favourite 2011 & 2012 books

I am highly unorganised and I have managed not to have anything scheduled whilst I am away. Thankfully Arjun from Excellent Reads answers my urgent tweet for guest posts and provided me with this wonderful post about favourites from 2011 and 2012. 


Hello people of earth and Readaraptor followers! Let me introduce myself! I am Arjun from Excellent Reads and I am guest posting for the rawrsome Raimy today! So I pretty much volunteered to do this but then I suddenly thought, hmm… what to do this about? Well I have decided I’m going to pick my three favourite books form 2011, and 2012 and explain to you why I loved them so much! (Please bear in mind these are not the publication years but the years I read these books in) So lets get going!
2011
Department 19 – Will Hill
Why did I like this, you may ask? Well the reason is simple and yet unanimous to all of the books I have picked. It was unique. I love unique books because they are different, never been done and for that reason exciting. Exciting leads to love and love leads to remembrance and this is one of those books that has stuck with me since 2011. This book outlines a world in which supernatural exists around us but there is a secret government agency, department 19, that protects us from them. It’s a perfectly balanced novel in every way and what struck me was that as well as bringing vampires into children’s fiction (not YA) it managed to make me see them completely differently, and if I’m honest, the way vampires were always meant to be seen. It’s just one of those books you’re never too old for and you can love whenever you want! So I you haven’t, please read this.
Starcrossed – Josephine Angelini
You will fall in love with this book. It is quite literally The Iliad meets Romeo and Juliet in YA fiction. Not only is the story and idea perfect but the quality of this book is amazing. It’s a fairly heft book but it is crammed with everything you could want; action, romance, magic, Greek mythology, vivid description and to top it off beautiful writing. It’s one of those books that will make your heart race and you mind reel. The characters are strong and I honestly believe it could be a modern classic. This is a sensational novel, and literary masterpiece, so definitely read this!
Candor – Pam Bachorz
This is a dystopian but yet not quite. In fact I don’t know quite how to describe but it’s definitely something anyone can enjoy. I think what makes this stick out for me is the ending. I like sad endings in a weird way. I like sad ending because in books we are so used to happy ever afters that sad endings can really make a book stick and wow you and that’s what this did. However the story is sensational as well. It’s about a town called candor, where the residents are brainwashed and a resistant single meets a girl and tries to save them both. Something I love about dystopian is it provokes thought, which this does; it makes you think about a future and in this case it’s rather scary because it something that actually doesn’t seem to impossible with out technology. It really cleverly done and if you liked hunger games, delirium and divergent this is for you.
2012
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Well if you had read this you know what I’m talking about and if not then you have not lived. This is by far one of the most amazing, epic, fantastical books ever written. This is a dystopia but it’s the most unique, heart pumping, action packed novel you will ever read. Not only that but it has everything within it. Divergent it about a world split into four factions, each different. They sort of balance each other out, with their roles in society, but as always with humans, the slightly smarter (and arrogant ones) want more power. Introduce Tris, create amazing story, you have divergent. But even then it’s not that simple. The complex story will honestly intoxicate you from the beginning and you will be amazed, it tell you! ‘Tis Rawrsome! Read it and eat it up!
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
Now this was shock horror amazing (pardon the pun(ß pardon that one too). This was the first good horror/ghost story to hit the YA stands and it blew me away. I admit it sounds a little weird, especially the boy falling for ghost part but read this and you won’t care. The author manicures this thrilling tale to set your sense on end. This had me thrilled. I loved It though because for me it was something that hadn’t been done before. Ghosts and horror films usually leaves me up all night with 50 lights on and this, I guess, made me love ghost stories, just a little bit. It really opens your mind, and although a YA book, it’s actually quite emotional with backs stories and beware; it will give you the feels. But if you like ghosts, and even if you don’t you should give this a go. I promise it won’t disappoint.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
Righty ‘o. DoSaB; this is slightly and adult book but don’t let that put you off. Some how the author has taken fantasy creatures we’ve all heard of but aren’t quite sure about and warped them to weave a magical novel. Honestly this will blow your mind and leave to thirsty for more. It’s about a forbidden love between an angel and a chimera, mortal enemies, and don’t let my twilightish description put you off. It’s genius. Pure genius. I fell in love with it because not only was the story and idea matchless but also everything was. The stereotypes and clichés were thrown out of the window and a whole new world, that you can’t help but adore, is built before your mind. In eight words: You will fall in love with this book.

Thanks for Reading!
-Arjun

  • Divergent and Anna Dressed in Blood were two of my favourite reads from 2012 too! I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because I’ve heard it’s incredible. Great picks, I’ll definitely have to check out Candor when I get the chance!

  • Yay, I’m glad to see Department 19 made your list. I’d heard of Anna Dressed In Blood before but I didn’t realise what it was about till now – it sounds fantastic.