RT Editors' Best of 2012: Elisa's Picks

This blog post is part of a series that the RT Editors will be taking part in during the month of December. Please check back all month long for each editor's installment!


With 2012 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. While this year's RT Awards winners won't be announced until our convention in May, we've decided to share our personal favorites of 2012, in no particular order. Today RT Web Editor Elisa Verna shares her picks: 


by Jim C. Hines

By far my favorite fantasy novel of the year, Hines' series starter is so much fun. The book’s heroine is a queer, curvy woman of color with enough sass to knock hero Isaac off his feet. The world’s magic system is something fantasy lovers will appreciate. Plus, all the nerdy book references will have book geeks squeeing with delight!




by John Scalzi

Redshirts is the sci fi book I wish someone wrote decades ago. Scalzi explores what happens to the countless extra crewmembers that are killed during intergalactic battle and suspiciously replenished with ease. A fun twist on the classic space opera and incredibly engaging, all I have to say to Mr. Scalzi is “Thank you.”




Bad Glass
by Richard E. Gropp

As a fan of speculative fiction and an all-around horror geek, I’m always on the hunt for novels that will creep me out. Gropp’s did just this. A government cover up blends with dark fantasy as a group of 20-somethings strive to uncover what is going on in a small Washington town, while trying to maintain their sanity. I absolutely could not put this book down once I started it. 




by Karina Cooper

Definitely my favorite steampunk novel of the year and Cherry St. Croix is one of the most interesting heroines I’ve encountered in 2012. Cooper’s alternate London feels so natural and the secondary characters really round out this tale. This is definitely a series I’ll continue to follow.





The Angel
by Tiffany Reisz

I’ve made my love for Reisz’s Original Sinners series loud and clear, and The Angel is my favorite installment in the series so far. A kinky coming-of-age story of first love combined with a touch of mystery, this is the book that made me start cheering for Søren. I cried at the end!




Temptation’s Edge
by Eve Berlin (aka Eden Bradley)

I’m relatively new to erotica and Eden Bradley’s “The Seeking Kiss” was the first erotic romance I ever read. I was instantly hooked on the author, and Temptation’s Edge is by far my favorite Bradley/Berlin story so far. A sweet, satisfying story with excellent protagonists and a must-read for fans of BDSM erotica.




The Theory of Attraction” 
by Delphine Dryden

I’m a sucker for nerdy characters, and I really appreciate that the hero and heroine in this novella fall outside of the stereotypical “nerd” and “non-nerd” characterizations that we see all too often. Readers will enjoy learning more about Ivan as heroine Camilla pulls back the layers of this mysterious hero. It’s hard to make a story feel full and complete in such few pages, but Dryden does that and more.




The Watchmaker’s Lady” 
by Heather Massey

I adore this novella. It’s the perfect blend of sexy, unique, and just a little bit bizarre. I usually like my erotic romance contemporary set, but this story, with a distinct steampunk feel, is a rare exception. About a watchmaker who doubles as an underground sex toy maker who falls in love with a “woman” he crafts from a mannequin, you’ll be wondering if it’s all in the lonely man’s head or if there is some sort of magic to his creation.


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Do you and Elisa share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2012? Let us know in the comments, and check back all month for more editors' picks!