As much as I try, I cannot read every young adult novel published in a year. These are my favorite books from all the books published within the past twelve months that I have read. Books are listed in alphabetical order by title. I will do my best not to spoil things. However, some of the books are sequels, and I assume some knowledge of previous books.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I prefer to read vampire books over zombie books. Vampires are much hotter than brain-eating, walking corpes. This book changed my mind about the genre. After Alice's family dies, she learns that her father was right about monsters in the night, and she joins a group of people to rid the town of zombies.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Weyn
I also do not usually read straight historical fiction. If I do read historical books, they tend to have fantasy or supernatural elements. I originally was not going to read this book, and I am very glad I changed my mind. During World War II, "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo and interrogated. The reader never knows for certain if what she is confessing is the truth.
The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff
An anthology of paranormal stories with commentary by the authors. These stories were featured on their website http://merryfates.com/. Great & quick supernatural reads.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Two teens meet at a cancer support group and tentatively start a romance. Warning: I cried a lot.
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Maggie has been homeschooled until high school. She does not know how to interact with her peers especially as she has been followed around by a ghost most of her life. This graphic novel, despite the ghost, accurately depicts a teen's struggles with school and friends.
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
As previously stated in the post, I am a fan of vampires unlike Sydney Sage the heroine of the Bloodlines series. In book one, she slowly started to warm up to the vampires with whom she was forced to work. In the sequel, she becomes even friendlier with them especially Adrian. I like forbidden romance, and it is hinted at in this book. I am counting down the days until book three, and I took that day off to stay home and read. Watch for the tweets.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
At over 500 pages, I barely noticed the length while reading this first book in a new series. Ismae has dangerous gifts from the god of Death, and she is recruited by a convent of assassins to hone her skills. Going undercover at court, she finds lots of intrigue and romance while protecting the young duchess. Lots of action a very strong heroine. I cannot wait for book 2 which will follow another recruit.
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
A very creepy book about an old evil. During 1958, Cora and her sister are sent to live with an aunt in an isolated house. Their aunt never wanted them and is keeping a dangerous secret. They become friends with local boys and gradually deal with the mystery. I liked the friendship, and the book actually scared me.
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This book greatly entertained me when I had no electricity for several days after that big storm in July. Katy moves to West Virginia and is intrigued by "boy" next door Daemon. Daemon is extremely rude to her because he is keeping a secret. Although I am over the boy who is really mean because he is protecting the girl from himself, Daemon got past that pet peeve.
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
I am a big fan of both of Ally Carter's young adult series, and books from these series have made my previous best of the year lists. When I first read the description of the plot, I grumbled as amnesia is another one of my reading pet peeves. Ally Carter skillfully managed to deal with Cammie's memory loss over while supplying lots of suspense. There were also some sweet, romantic moments between Cammie and Zach.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A fantasy with compelling characters. Orphan Alina is taken away from her friend Mal and the only life she has ever known when she reveals previously unknown magical skills. She becomes the apprentice of the mysterious Darkling and struggles with her new role.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley and Oliver meet on a flight from New York to London. They have feelings for each other but do not expect to meet again. A wonderful contemporary teen romance. Through their conversations on the plane, I truly believed that they could have a meaningful relationship.
These books came very close to being my top favorites.
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I loved the first three books in the "double trilogy" Mortal Instruments, but the author is really stretching it to keep Clary and Jace apart. I need less angst and more kissing.
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
Having been kidnapped as a child, homeless Ethan is finally reunited with her family. His brother is suspicious when Ethan cannot remember certain events from his childhood. The main character was not always likable although the plot was twisty and intriguing.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Tris deals with the fallout from events at the end of Divergent. I just wish she just had told Four the truth about what was bothering her.
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Although I am a fan of paranormal romances, after awhile, I got tired of the fated-to-be love between the main characters. In this book, Lenzi and the boy literally from her dreams Alden have known each other through many incarnation; however, they both struggle and question the idea of their fates.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena is offered freedom from her imprisonment in the salt mines if she agrees to enter a competition to become the royal assassin. I dislike love triangles, and my the man I am rooting for seems to be losing in this one otherwise this might have made it to the top of my favorite. Calaena is a very strong character.
Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee
A great historical mystery. Mary Quinn and James Easton finally seem to be progressing in their relationship. On the other hand, I did not like the annoying, new male character who could possibly become another side to a love triangle.
Stay tuned as later this month I will blog about the books I am most looking forward to reading in 2013.