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Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Contests | 116 comments

Best of 2011 (plus giveaway)

We had over 3 times as many votes this year compared to last year so before we get to the results, we want to thank everyone who voted and all the wonderful authors who mentioned our post on their websites, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Ok, you voted and the best characters, books and author of 2011 are…

Favorite Hero
Bones from One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost

Favorite Heroine
Merit from Hard Bitten and Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Favorite Couple
Cat and Bones from One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost

Favorite Supporting Character
Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Favorite Book Cover
Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh (by artist Tony Mauro)

Favorite YA Novel
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Favorite New Series/Stand Alone Novel
Dark Angels by Keri Arthur

Favorite Anthology
The Bite Before Christmas by Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands

Favorite Novel in a Series
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Favorite Series
The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Favorite Author
J.R. Ward

Now that we have our winners, it’s time for the giveaway.  We will select 2 winners and they will each get to pick 1 book from the titles listed above.  This giveaway is open to anywhere Book Depository ships.  

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Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Congrats to all the winners!!!

  2. I agree with kara-karina – those are all excellent choices and those I haven’t actually read, well, I have an eye on them already, so they simply must qualify as great books, right?

  3. I’m surprised Keri Arthur’s new books won. I’m a big fan of hers, but her books don’t usually get that much attention. Not surprised at all by the others and if I haven’t read them already, they are all on my wish list.

  4. JenM – We put that series in because our followers asked us to and I didn’t really expect it to win either but it surprisingly won by a good amount of votes.

    Nicole – Yea, the 2nd place series/author were a good 100+ votes less than BDB/J.R. Ward. She’s got some seriously loyal fans.

    Stephanie G

  5. I am going to have to get caught up on some of these and start some of the other series that won. I hate to admit that I have not read any of the Cat & Bones books (shocking). I have read many great things about them so I really need to read them.
    Happy holidays to all!

  6. I’m so happy with this winners^^;;
    Congrats to Jeaniene frost for being the winner in several categories

    now i just hope i will be lucky and win this time

    all the best and merry christmas to all

  7. Those are all good choices.

  8. Some great winners there – Merit especially deserves to win! I love the Chicagoland Vamps! 🙂

    Mel S

  9. Those are some awesome winners! I love Merit and Cat and Bones! Yay!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Awesome list of winners. I agree! Bones, Cat and BDB. I’m just starting the Chloe Neill’s series. Thanks for the giveaway! DeAnna 😉

  11. Well deserved and I look forward to reading those that I’ve missed until now 😀

    DeAnna you are very generous offering them as prize choices 😀

  12. All great authors, can’t wait to see what they will have for us in 2012.

  13. I have to agree with the best author! Thanks for running the contest

  14. Wanted to pop in to wish you a very blessed Christmas holiday!!! Hope Santa brings you what you really want! =) Hugs to you!!!

  15. yay for Jeaniene Frost and Richelle Mead! I haven’t read any of the other books but they look good.

  16. I have yet to read about Cat and Bones. Your list makes me want to get on the ball.

  17. I have read some and wishlisted most. What great reads this year and hard choices for the voting. Thank you for sharing in the fun.

  18. They all sound like great books.

  19. I have read a couple of these books and they have been really good, so I’m certain they all are.

  20. awesome winners!! glad to see a bunch of my favs made it..

  21. Deserving winners!!


  22. Great winners! I relly need to read the JR Ward series! One day I’ll have the time to read the five books I’ve on my TBR pile lol

  23. LOVE these covers! I get spoiled by these authors– I’ve become quite a cover snob!

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  24. I see my favorite authors here, and all are very deserving.

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  25. There are some really great books on that winners list. Yay J.R. Ward!

  26. I love your list because it tells me which books to move up to the top of my TBR list! Thanks for the help:)

  27. Great choices. I picked all of them accept for favorite heroine I chose Cat. She’s awesome. 🙂

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  29. The winners are all very deserving. Congratulations to them all. Thank you for the giveaway also.

  30. Good winners! And yay for Merit! I love Merit in Chloe Neill’s books!

  31. Congrats to all the winners. Love Cat & bones, love JR Ward, and Black Dagger Brotherhood. Was recommended from your site and went out and got the books and am so in love with Vishous and Rhage. My favs. Can’t wait for the new book in March.
    Would love to win. Never read any of Chloe’s books before, but have heard great stuff about them.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. I don’t have any complaints about any of the winners, they’re all fabulous and very deserving.

  33. I agree w/all the winners. All great authors/character/series/novels!

  34. Terrific choices, I especially love Richelle Mead!!! Congrats to all these epic winners and thank you for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  35. They are all deserving winners.
    Love Cat,Bones,Merit,Adrian.
    I’m glad to see Keri Arthur won.Her books are fantastic.

  36. Great choices. I couple I havent read yet and a few I would have on my list too.

  37. How can you not love the WARDen and the BDB? Congrats on a well deserved win.

  38. The only book I’ve read out of the list is Bloodlines… AND I have to agree that Adrian was a fantastic supporting character. He really came into his own in that book. I’m putting the others on my list to read… and it would be fantastic if I won one! Thanks for the contest!

  39. I havent read any of these books but there are a few of my favorite authors listed and have been wanting to read their books .All of these look like great reads .Thank you for the chance to win one of them


  40. I’ve only read one of the books listed so I think I need to get reading but I’ll have to trust your judgement.

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  41. well here goes i,v never won anything in my life and don,t expect to. saying that how ever i have found some wonderful writers thank u ph.but i have read bloodlines i love to read books are my only friends.

  42. plus my eye sight sucks even with glasses.

  43. Great list, Love Cat & Bones! Thank you for the contest! Happy Holidays!

  44. Best book no surprise. Fave couple was though. Fun to see the results, lots of great books!

  45. I love the winners! Awesome!

  46. What a great choice to choose from!

  47. They are all very good reads although my list would probably look a bit different.

    Still I have enjoyed the couple of them that I hace read and there are others that are still on my wish list.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Hope you have a happy and relaxing Christmas period and all the best in 2012.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  48. Mmmm… Bones!!!!

    I love your choices. They are all very similar to what I might have chosen

  49. Al deserving reads. Well done..I haven’t read Jeaniene Frost’s books yet. But will put them on my TRL. Thanks for a great opportunity. I’m dying to read Envy next. Happy Holidays everyone.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  50. I love all the winner books mentioned, but I really must add Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh up there! It’s an absolutely action-packed and brilliant book that makes me so eager for the next installment in the series.


  51. CONGRATS to the Winners!! Sadly though I only know only a few of those titles… I really need to get going with my TBR. Thank goodness for TBR Challenge so I can have a change to get to them =)
    Congrats again!! Happy Holidays!!
    And Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  52. So many fantastic books! Congrats to all. Only a couple I haven’t tried yet. Need to get on that 🙂

  53. Congrats to the winners. I haven’t read all of them, but Bones, Merit, & Bones & Cat were very right to win

  54. I’m so happy for all the winners, Congrats to all of the Authors, they definately deserve it.

  55. Congrats to the winners xD !!! Cat & Bones are a very cute couple!!!!

  56. Good choices

  57. Great contest, and I agree with all the picks for winners.

  58. I agree with all but Bloodlines and Dark Angels but that only because I’ve not read them yet. But I’m share they are awesome since I love both authors.

  59. Somehow the winners all have delicious covers 😀

  60. I’m happy for all the winners! I love Merit, Cat, Bones, And Shadowfever!

  61. Wonderful list….I read them all too…..

  62. I agree with many of the winners and am looking forward to checking out some of the books that won!!

  63. Wow! Fantastic list. Definitely some well deserved awards. Gonna be adding to my TBR list 🙂

  64. I agree with the final winners chosen. I have read most of the books that were selected so I think I’m right on track : )

    Dee Reyes

  65. Well deserved especially Merit she kicks ass

  66. Bones… yeah he is pretty great. Congrats to all the winners!

  67. Awesome list! Love Adrian/Bloodlines and Shadowfever! Congrats to the winners! 😀

  68. Yay for the winners! Bones is hot, Merit kicks butt, and Cat and Bones sizzle on the pages!

  69. Congrats winners! No big surprise that Cat and Bones are favorites!

  70. all the book winners are awesome!! thanks for a great giveaway!!!

  71. Whohooo!! I’m so happy for Jeaniene’s book and Shadowfever and Adrian from Bloodlines!! Great choice!! Congrats winners!

    Andrea K.

  72. And i agree with the fav book cover too!! Nalini’s covers are gorgeous!

    Andrea K.

  73. The winners are all my favourites…my couple Cat&Bones I love them!!!! and my favourite series THE BLACKDAGGERBROTHERHOOD…I’m a BdB addicted!!!
    Congratulation to all the authors.

  74. Congrats for the winners!!
    Mainly for Adrian from Bloodlines:)))))

    Krisztina Ferenc

  75. Love the winners. Also has given me a couple of new to ne authors to try!

  76. Many of these books are on my wish list. They are all deserving winners!

  77. I love Cat and Bones. I am so glad they won! Congratulations to all the winners!!

  78. I think these are all really great books and I think it says a lot that J.R. Ward won for best series and author. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is such a fantastic series!

  79. I love all of these books and series. Of course Cat and Bones are number one in my list for fav couple! 🙂 I love my Brothers though in the Blackdagger Brotherhood!

  80. Ohhh! I love the winners. I voted for most of those! This is awesome. Thank you for the giveaway! I am so excited. 🙂
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  81. I agree with most of the winners. I love cat and bones. And jr ward

  82. Thanks to you and your readers… I now have some books to add to my to read list! Wonderful contest….

  83. I haven’t read three of the books listed, so I can’t say it I agree with all the winners. I thought the Lynsay Sands novella in The Bite Before Christmas was so-so (same old, same old). Thought the Forst novella was great, almost as satisfying as a full length novel.

  84. Great choice of winners. I love Cat and Bones. Frost, Ward and Sands are all my favorite authors.

  85. So happy that all my fab authors made it winners circle

  86. Congratulations to all the winners! Excellent choices :).

  87. I love who are the winners I have and read most of the books all great! My favorites are Richelle Meads books, cats and bones, Merit 🙂

  88. I love the winners…I have not read Bloodlines yet, but I know the others are great!! These are definitely a “Best of 2011”!!!

  89. gotta say I agree in most cases and anyway you picked among my fav titles!

  90. Great choices all around…some were favorites, and some are new authors/series for me to try out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  91. Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, Lynsay Sands, Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward – so great to see so many of my favourite authors on the list of winners! Congratulations to all of the winning authors 🙂

  92. Great winners selection. I think my favorite of those was Bloodlines, but they are all fantastic.

  93. I agree with most of the winners.

  94. All but two of the winners are what I voted for and even those two are awesome picks also! Congrats to all of the winners. Thanks for writing awesome stories and creating awesome characters and just being awesome!

  95. all the winners make sense! Great authors/books whether I have read them or not.

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  96. Great books! Congrats to all the winners.

  97. excellent list of winners, since some of my fave authors are in it. congrats for all

  98. awesome books!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  99. A few of the ones I voted for won. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for the giveaway!


  100. Not suprised by the winners. Really do love the Blackdagger Brotherhood series, and the Fallen Angel series by JR Ward.

  101. Yea, my favorite cover Archangel’s Consort win! And its have a great story too.
    Congrats for all the winners


  102. I would have to say that I loved them all!

  103. That’s an interesting collection of titles!

  104. Lol, I don’t believe my picks won.

  105. Im very happy with all the winners

  106. A bunch of awesome winners. I totally agree on the picks.
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