Since I keep seeing this one floating around, why not do my own answers too?
Best book of Last Year:
I have 2 favourites from last year
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor
I'd never read anything like it before, the word building was phenomenal, and it was like you were getting two stories wrapped into one. The setting and the characters were fantastic and I loved everything about it.
Nightwalker, Dark Days 1, Jocelyn Davis
One of my favourite urban fantasy series. Full on action right from the start, another one with a kick ass fire wielding vampire lead female, while there was a great romance angle, there was no actual sex thrown in, just amazing chemistry. Complex world building and fascinating characters.