The 10 YA Books I'm Most Excited About

It might be a bit late in the year for this kind of a post, but I don’t care. I still want to share with you the YA books I’m most excited about for 2012. Some of these books are debuts, some are sequels to novels I’ve loved and others are the conclusion to a trilogy that has been on my to-read list for ages. (Don’t you love discovering a trilogy just as the last book is out? It means you can read them all at once! I read the three Hunger Games books back-to-back in one night—unputdownable.)

These are my top 10 most anticipated YA reads in 2012, in no particular order.

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Okay, I lied about the ‘in no particular order’ part. Insurgent is by far my #1 can’t-wait-must-have-it-NOW book of 2012. But, the rest of the list is in no particular order.

Tris Prior is such a fantastic heroine. She’s strong, relatable and flawed. She had to make some hard decisions in Divergent, and I expect that the sequel will bring even tougher challenges (nothing that Dauntless girl can’t handle). By the way, have you determined which Faction you belong in?

2. Partials by Dan Wells

I really really enjoyed this book. I’d describe it as sci-fi for people who don’t normally read sci-fi (I know I usually don’t). This book had really likeable characters. There were times when the writing was exceedingly clever.   The characters, in particular the protag Kira, grapple with some pretty heavy moral and political issues.

You know how sometimes you go to the local bookstore and have to sift through a huge pile of dystopian books? This one is a keeper. I truly mean it when I say that if you enjoyed Divergent and The Hunger Games, you will enjoy this book.

3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

This is a series that I’m planning to read all at once. The books in this trilogy don’t really follow adjacent storylines; instead they are loosely woven together based in the same fictional world. I’m a sucker for strong female main characters and anything with a fantastical setting.  The hype is strong for this one and I’m happily jumping on the bandwagon. Plus, it comes out just in time for my birthday.

4. The Clockwork Prince series by Cassandra Clare

I much prefer this series to The Mortal Instruments. Am I the only one? I think it’s the Victorian setting. The first two books were fun, fast-paced reads. Perfect when you’ve got an afternoon free to relax.

5. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Steampunk? Check.  Walking dead? Check. A rag-tag demon-hunting gang a la Ghostbusters? Check.  You shouldn’t need any more reasons to get excited for this new trilogy. Also Susan seems like a total doll on Pub(lishing) Crawl and the now defunct LTWF. Has anyone else had a time when interacting with an author online really influenced your decision to read their book?

6. Fever by Lauren DeStafano

Following up to Wither, DeStefano continues the story of a flawed future where humans have been genetically altered to die in their twenties. I’ve heard many great things about ths series and can’t wait to finally get a chance to read them. Also, both covers are absolutely gorgeous (I admit, sometimes I  judge books by their covers).

7. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The sequel to Delirium, which left me hanging helplessly over the biggest cliff I’ve encountered in a long time. Most YA authors wouldn’t have the courage to end the story the way Oliver did. But she pulled it off and I love the book all the more for it. Pandemonium promises to continue the story of Lena’s struggle in a future where the most dangerous disease is Love and vaccination is mandatory.

8. Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Last time, Saba went on an epic quest to save her brother in a brilliantly written post-apocalyptic adventure. I can’t wait to find out what trials Saba will have to face in the next book. Her courage and determination is phenomenal. Jack is completely swoon-worthy. The writing kept me glued to the pages. Pick up Blood Red Road if you haven’t already.

9. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

I love a great Greek myth adaptation. The previous book Starcrossed retold the legend of Helen of Troy, plus there are many references to other Greek myths seamlessly woven into the story (see if you can find them all!). Being the Classics buff that I am, I really appreciated the little jokes and references made to other Greek legends in this book. I’m really looking forward to the sequel. (Pist– I hear there’s a love triangle!)

10. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

I always think it’s a tough job when an author tackles the tricky job of rewriting a classic character. It’s a tough balancing act to stay true to the original character but also make it their own. Kenneth Oppel did it beautifully in This Dark Endeavour, a novel about the exploits of teenaged Victor Frankenstein. Such Wicked Intent continues the development of Frankenstein, and I think we will begin to see a glimpse of the adult he will become in Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece.

What are your most anticipated YA reads for 2012?

–Julia

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