Best YA Fiction of 2012

fault1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
For Nerdfighters I think this choice is a no-brainer. John Green’s latest book about a young girl slowly dying of cancer was both touching and heartwarming. I think the thing that surprised me the most about The Fault in Our Stars, however, was how often I actually found myself smiling and laughing. Even though the novel involves serious and depressing subject matter, the interactions between Hazel and Augustus are often as humorous and entertaining as they are heartbreaking. The Fault in Our Stars is a definite must read for fans of the young adult genre!

obsidian2. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The one book that my cousin and I could not stop talking about this year was Obsidian! After moving to a new town, Kate accidentally discovers that her neighbours are aliens from another planet. While the concept of this story may sound weird, it is actually damn addicting! The chemistry between Kate and Daemon (her hot alien neighbour) is electrifying! Trust me. It turns out aliens can be pretty darn sexy! As soon as I finished the first book I rushed over to Amazon to pre-order the sequel!

black heart3. Black Heart by Holly Black
I cannot even begin to say how upset I was that Black Heart was the last book in Holly Black’s lastest series! I’m so head over heels in love with Cassel and the world of the Curse Workers that I don’t want it to end! Like the two novels before it, Black Heart was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing the entire way through the story. If you haven’t yet read the first book, White Cat, then you need to get started on this series now!

touch4. Touch by Jus Accardo
Focused on a group of teens with unique powers due to a genetic mutation, Touch was a wild and action packed read! I loved Deznee, the main heroine, who was a fierce and kickass character that wouldn’t take crap from anyone! While the romance plot  annoyed me a bit at first, Deznee and Kale won me over by the end. If you are looking for something fast paced and action filled then Touch is the book for you!

grave5. Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
You know a book is good when you manage to read all 549 pages in one day…which is exactly what happened with Grave Mercy! The novel focuses on Ismae, a girl living at a convent where she has been trained to act as an assassin. Filled will action, fantasy, and even a bit of romance, Grave Mercy had me turning the pages well into the night. I’m already looking forward to 2013 so that I can get my hands on the sequel!

 

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6. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
One word to describe Drama? Adorable! Focused on a young girl who belongs to her high school drama club, this heartwarming graphic novel had me smiling the entire way through! The illustrations and plot were cute, and reminded me of my own experience working on high school musical productions when I was a teen. Raina Telgemeier is now one of my favourite graphic novelists and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

throne of glass7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve always had a soft spot for fantasy novels since my childhood, and Throne of Glass was definitely my favourite fantasy read of the year! Focused on a young girl competing to be the king’s new assassin, Throne of Glass was filled with action, magic, and a complicated love triangle. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel in 2013! Check out my review of Throne of Glass here.

perks8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I can’t believe that I waited until 2012 to finally read The Perks of Being A Wallflower! This moving novel had me laughing, crying, and thrusting it in the hands of all of my friends to read! Told through a series of letters written by a high schooler named Charlie, The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an amazing coming of age story that will have readers hanging on to its every word. A definite must read that both teens and adults will enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Best YA Fiction of 2012

  1. Wow, lots of good books here, Natalie! I hadn’t heard of Touch before, so I’m definitely going to look into it! I’m also really glad to hear that you loved Grave Mercy; I heard mixed reviews for it, but hearing your good opinion makes me want to start it now! 🙂

  2. I’ve seriously got to read Touch. It just sits on my shelf taunting me. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll get more Cassel. The world of reading just won’t be the same without him!

  3. The only one of these I’ve read was Perks, which was also on my top list of the hear. Although I really want to read The Fault in Our Stars and Grave Mercy, and I’m hoping 2013 is the year that happens!

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