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Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Contests | 80 comments

Best of 2012 Winners (plus giveaway)

Voting has ended and now it’s time to announce the winners of our Best Of 2012 Awards. As you can see from the result graphs we included, a few of these categories were very close. Details on our giveaway are at the bottom of this post!

Best Hero – Vlad from Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Best Heroine – Andrea from Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Best Couple – Charles and Anna from Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Best Supporting Character – Jenks from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

Best Villain – D’allyon from Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter

Best Anthology – Into the Woods by Kim Harrison

Best New Series – The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

Best Book in a Series – Iced by Karen Marie Moning (submitted by readers as Fever, book 6) by 2 votes!

Best Series – Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh

Best Author – Patricia Briggs

Best Book Cover – Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost with more than 150 votes between her and 2nd place!

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who voted!

How are giveaway will work is we will select 2 winners and they will get to pick their choice of 1 book from the list of above winners. This is open internationally and the winners will be chosen and emailed on December 29th. Read our giveaway policy before entering. Good luck!

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About Stephanie G

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


  1. I especially loved “A Face Like Glass” by Frances Hardinge and “Sisters Red” by Jackson Pearce.

  2. its hard to choose their were so many but i guess i would choose keri arthur’s darkness devours.

  3. Angelfall by Susan Ee was my fave! πŸ™‚

  4. i love nalini books and jeaniene frots πŸ˜€

  5. Some of the best books I read this year are Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

  6. i would have loved if Jean lafite had a better score

    River road by suzanne johnson was one of the best for me

  7. Any and all by Nalini Singh, Darynda Jones!

  8. I will agree with Diane about Nalini Singh! πŸ™‚ Gunmetal Magic was one of my top faves this year, however, my absolute # 1 pick had to be Cold Days by Jim Butcher. That book was so much fun. But then again, I love wizards named Harry. πŸ™‚

  9. It was awesome to see Kresley Cole head in the YA direction. Poision Princess was one of my many favorites.

  10. Favorite of 2012 – Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.

  11. What a great year for books. I love seeing the poll results, thanks for putting it together!
    This year I discovered the Guild Hunter series, read them all back to back and can’t wait for more. Moonglow was another highly rated book for me. Can’t wait to see what 2013 has instore!

  12. Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh and Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex were two of my favorite.


  13. Happy holidays!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Some of the books I enjoyed this year are:

    1. Celebrity in Death – J.D. Robb
    2. Delusion in Death – J.D. Robb
    3. Poison Princess – Kresley Cole
    4. Criminal – Karin Slaughter

  14. I loved A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.

  15. Oh lots of good winners and great books and authors on the list!

    I have a hard time saying which is my fave, but I was glad to get more in a series that I loved. Don’t make me pick just one… πŸ˜‰

  16. Fun post! The results were expected πŸ™‚ Ummm… I had a great reading year. Mostly winners… A few of my favorite authors that had books out this year: Kevin Hearne, Nora Roberts, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Nancy Holzner, Kristin Callahan… the list goes on and on πŸ™‚

  17. Fun post! The results were expected πŸ™‚ Ummm… I had a great reading year. Mostly winners… A few of my favorite authors that had books out this year: Kevin Hearne, Nora Roberts, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Nancy Holzner, Kristin Callahan… the list goes on and on πŸ™‚

  18. When Fever series ended sadness was only one word that described my feelings, however now that the stories have continued with Iced my hope is that questions at end of book five will be finally answered at some point by the author.

    Great winners and voting was hard.

  19. Nalini Singh rules! So happy she won Best Series

  20. I have to say one of my favorites was A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison and I really loved River Marked by Patricia Briggs – Thank you for sharing the fun πŸ™‚

  21. ThereΒ΄s so many good reads out there, but Delilah S Dawson, Bec McMaster, Meljean Brook, Kim Harrison, Kresley Cole, Laurann Dohner, Karen Marie Moning.. . IΒ΄ve forgotten more than half of them iΒ΄m sure..
    Happy Holidays!

  22. I love the Fever series! One of my favorite is A Discovery of Witches.

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  24. The Deadly Trilogy and the Deadly Holiday by Alexa Grace were a few of my favorite reads!

  25. Two of my favourite reads were Heather Snow’s Veiled Seduction series and Ruthie Knox’s Ride with Me!! πŸ˜€ Loved them πŸ™‚

  26. Lords Of Deliverence series,Kresley Coles Shadows Claim , The Grateful Undead series by Susan Stec , Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks,Driving Mr. Dead, the first two books in the Welcome To Hell series ,Bewitchin Kisses, Lady Is A Vamp,Wicked Nights and many many more I could go on and on.

  27. Some of my favorites are
    Supernaturally Kissed-Stacey Kennedy
    Blue-Blooded Vamp-Jaye Wells
    Cat Scratch Fever-Jodi Redford
    Demonically Tempted -Stacey Kennedy
    The Golden Lily-Richelle Mead
    Biting Cold-Chloe Neill
    Darkness Devours-Keri Arthur
    Bitter Blood-Rachel Caine

  28. My favorite read was Iced by KMM, Highlander series by Maya Banks and KMM, On Dublin Street, Firelight, Pushing the Limits, Magic Series by Ilona Andrews, The Chief by Monica McCarty, Tessa Dare One Dance with a Duke. Thanks for the giveaway. Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Gunmetal Magic

  30. I especially enjoyed BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood.

  31. I loved Jennifer Estep’s Widow’s Web, Kevin Hearne’s Tricked and Gini Koch’s Alien Diplomacy.

  32. The Exceptions by David Cristofano and Department 19 by Will Hill

  33. Seanan McGuire’s Ashes of Honor.

  34. Gena Showalter’s books. I always love them.

  35. I loved the Charley Davidson series this year, I also loved the Jim Butcher books and of course Fever series <3

  36. There were so many good books this year I can’t even narrow it down πŸ™‚ The one that I still need to read though is Kresley Cole’s new series. I’ll have to get on that πŸ™‚

  37. I read lots of good books this year. Of new releases, my favorites were Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews and Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. Also loved Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance and Mortal Ties by Eileen Wilks.

  38. I read a lot of good books this year. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione is one favorite.

  39. There were so many books I read this year but one was especially wonderful..Iced by KMM!

  40. I loved The Hunt, Terminal Blend so many books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. I recently discovered a new author who writes fantasy romance; Renee Wildes book Duality was a great R-Fantasy read. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series

  42. I loved A sog of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin

  43. My favorites were Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire, Blackout by Mira Grant, Endgame by Ann Aguirre and Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter.

  44. Some of my favourites: Jean Johnson – An officer’s duty, and all the books by Allison Pang and Jenn Bennett I discovered this year.

  45. I loved Pamela CLare’s MacKinnon Rangers trilogy.Happy Holidays
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  46. Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
    In Flight(Up In The Air #1)by R.K. Lilley
    Mile High(Up In The Air #2)by R.K. Lilley
    On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
    The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
    Crash Into You by Roni Loren
    Savin’ Me (Heat Wave #1)by Alannah Lynne
    One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye
    Cat Scratch Fever by Jodi Redford
    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
    Independence(Significance #4)by Shelly Crane
    Opal (Lux, #3)by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  47. congratulations winners!!

    some of my fave reads? let’s see… i have chicagoland vampires series, charley davidson series, in death series, inn boonsboro trilogy, and several more on my fave reads this year πŸ˜€

  48. I love Angelfall by Susan Ee, My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and The Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck. Tnx!

    -Riz B.

  49. I am finally getting caught up with the Lords of Deliverence, Kate Daniels, Downside Ghosts,and Night Huntress series. LOD and Kate Daniels have been my fav. Next year is the Charley Davidson and Fever series. Great Best of!

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  51. Some of my favorites are Poison Princess, Vampire Apocalypse (1 & 2), and Taking on the Dead. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  52. Well, there are SO many I’ve loved and added to my favorites shelf. The Lords Of Deliverance Series by Larissa Ione – The Vampire Queen Series by Joey W. Hill – Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost – The Kiera Hudson Series by Tim O’Rourke – The Divergent Series By Veronica Roth – The Immortal After Dark Series by Kresley Cole – The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa … I could keep going on. lol
    DeAnna Schultz

  53. What were some of your favorite books you read this year?
    The maze runner saga, i finished it this year and omg, i love it!
    And Sarah Dessen, i’ll never get tired of reading her books :3
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Coraline by Neil Gaiman and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
    Thank you for this chance! πŸ˜€

  55. I loved The Kate Daniels series, On Dublin Street, Beautiful Disaster, Angelfall, The Sea of Tranquility, and Slammed!
    Lacey T

  56. So many good books this year. I especially liked Cinder, Opal, and the Divergent series πŸ™‚

  57. Iced, Sacrificial Magic, Chasing Magic, and Kiss of Steel. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. I loved Gunmetal Magic and the most recent Alpha and Omega book! There were many others, but those two stand out at the top of this year’s reads.

  59. I read so many books this year that I loved. My top 5 being >>>
    1. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
    2. Lady Is A Vamp by Lynsay Sands
    3. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
    4. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
    5. The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

  60. The Hunger Games series

  61. Some fo the best books I read this year were Phoenix Rising and Phoenix Burning by Lisa Morgan and Flukes by Nichole Chase…I also really liked the Stained series by Ella James

  62. So many books this year, but The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz, all 3 books (The Siren, The Angel, The Prince) really blew me away. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. Oh there was so many I loved this year! A lot of them on the voting lists! lol Jeaniene Frost never lets me down. She is an amazing author and I love her books. Another great author that had great books out this year- Yasmine Galenorn. If you haven’t read her books yet you need to! The Otherworld Series & The Indigo Court Series are the two current ones.

  64. I enjoyed voting and am glad you posted the actual number of votes each one received. I have a lot of catching up to do on my reading.

  65. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost…love me some Vlad!
    Latest favorite is The Trouble with Fate, Leigh Evan;s debut book. It is fantastic!

  66. I loved Incandescent by M.v. Freeman and the Redemption Series by R.k. Ryals. Opal by Jennifer Armentrout was amazing as well. πŸ™‚

  67. Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.

  68. I liked Hunger games! πŸ™‚ Pauliina O

  69. There were so many. I really dont think I read one this year I didnt like.

  70. Definitely these <3
    The Edhe of Never by J.A.Redmerski
    Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
    The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window
    Stealing Parker

  71. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
    Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
    Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
    Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole
    Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
    Venom by Jennifer Estep
    About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
    Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding
    Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
    Iced by Karen Marie Moning
    Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding
    Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
    Even White Trash Zombies Gets the Blues by Diana Rowland
    City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
    Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
    A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
    Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
    Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
    Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (re-read)
    River Road by Suzanne Johnson

  72. So many favorites, how can I chose? πŸ™‚

  73. Anna and the French Kiss, The Last Echo, The Guild Hunter series, The In Death series and moree! (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)

  74. Wow, so many to choose from how about Undeadly and Reached. Thanks πŸ˜€
    Great Giveaway!

  75. I have such a hard time narrowing down my favorites. Fever, Born of Silence, Gone Country, On the Island and about 15 other books would top my list!

  76. Iced, Lover Reborn and Gunmetal Magic.