Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best Villains of 2012

Top 10 of 2012 is a fun-filled week where we look back at some of the best of “all things books” of 2012 and what books we’re looking forward to in 2013, co-hosted by: Rachel from FiktshunLisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a BookaholicJaime from Two Chicks on BooksMindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

Because GReeps Through the Shelves is a group blog with 10 different bloggers, we've decided to challenge ourselves to pick only one book each! Today we'll each share our favorite book villain.

Spark (Sky Chasers, #2)-
Renée's pick:

Spark (Sky Chasers #2)
by Amy Kathleen Ryan

This is a tough pick. Most of my favorite villians are the ones who seem to be on the good side at first! And since I don't want to spoil anything for anyone I can't post about them!

So, after careful consideration I pick Seth. He's imho not really a villian, but half of the book is viewed through Kieran's eyes, and from his POV Seth is the villian.

Seth just tries to do the good thing, but everything he tries it doesn't work out the way he planned it. So it makes him seem the bad guy. This is the reason I choose him. He means well, and in the end, that's all that counts.

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Sonnie's pick:

Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet #2)
by C.J. Roberts
*Warning: This book contains extreme adult content* While Caleb may or may not be a villain (depending on your perspective), he definitely has villainous qualities to him that I think make him an excellent nomination for this category. Because anyone can start off being a hero. Hero's are easy. But it's practically impossible to start out as a villain and become the hero. The question is, can he do it?

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Lolita's Pick:

Eden-west (Eden #2)
by Janelle Stalder

I like Callum, because even though I guess he should be counted as a villian if you read about him it doens't feel like he is a villian. Even though he is supposed to be the evil guy, I really like reading about him. he has his own motivations and reason to act how he does and if you read his perspective you stop seeing him as the evil guy. I think it is briliantly how well Janella has written this, it doesn't happen often I end up liking the villian.

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Jen's Pick:

The Summoner
by Rhiannon Frater

This guy is freaky at the very least. He not only is a vampire (and not a nice one) but he is also a necromancer. This is a very bad combination for Amaliya because she is just another pawn in one of his sick and twisted games.

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Kate's Pick:

Geder Palliako
The King's Blood (The Dagger and the Coin #2)
by Daniel Abraham

Geder is particularly scary because he's so believable. Most of the time he's a shy, awkward man thrust into a position he's nowhere near prepared for, but sometimes that lack of preparation and his own pettiness lead him to make bad choices. His intentions are generally good, or at least not evil in the sense of, say, Voldemort or Sauron, but his actions have terrible, devastating consequences.

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Ashley's Pick:

Joffrey Baratheon
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
by George R. R. Martin

So you think all children are cute and cuddly? Think a 12 year old can't possibly cause that much harm? Well, I got news for you, evil is as evil does and Joffrey  is one of those characters that you just love to hate. Prideful and spoiled rotten by his mother Cersei Lanister (a close runner up for this award), like Kate's pick, Joffrey is at once believable and loathsome for his callous disregard for the lives of those around him.  He is malicious, arrogant, hateful, and deliciously crafted by an author who knows how to write realistic villains. Moms, raise your children better, please ;)

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Krista's Pick:

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
By: Tahereh Mafi

Warner is, for me, the perfect bad guy. He's cruel, ruthless, and will do anything to get what he wants. He will hurt children, kill innocent people, and kidnap pretty girls for his own fun and amusement. But, what makes Warner such an amazing character is that you get the impression that there's more to him than meets the eye. That, just maybe, he isn't as bad as you think he is. I can't wait to find out if I'm right.

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Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen (Harry Potter, #1)Emma's Pick:

By J.K. Rowling

Admit it. He's simply the best. I read the first book when I was 10 and he scared me to death. (And yes, I hoped for a letter when I turned 11...) Voldemort is the perfect scary guy for me, he just seems unkillable and he always finds a way to come back!
I like his history, not gonna tell too much because for some weird reason not everyone on the planet has finished reading this series. Weirdos. Anyways, for me he is the best. I grew up with him and he is so powerful and he has done so many horrible things to people. He brings out horrible things in others, he has many powerful followers and he is so scary that people don't even dare to say his name.

Emmalee's Pick:

President Coriolanus Snow
The Hunger Games Series
By: Suzanne Collins

I just love to hate him! He is cruel and methodical.  He is just dripping bad guy every time he speaks. Yet he fools thousands into thinking he is a great man.  Plus! He looks like Santa Claus, who can't love Santa Claus?  He is definitely my pick for best villian!

Britt's Pick

Cold Days (Dresden Files #14)
By: Jim Butcher
Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)
For some reason she didn't come to my mind right away but she is one of my favourite villains. Manipulative and vindictive. She finds ways to mold people to do what she wants them to.Never mess with a fairy.

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