Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Throwback Freebie, so I thought I'd go back to before I was sharing my best YA books of the year on here and share my choices for the Top Ten Best YA Books of 2012. There were a lot of great releases in 2012, from a lot of my favorite series, so this was a hard list for me to narrow down!
1) Unwholly by Neal Shusterman. This is the second book in the Unwind Dystology, which, as y'all know by now, is one of my top favorite YA sci-fi dystopian series, about a world where unruly teenagers are subject to "unwinding," a process in which their bodies are taken apart to use for organ donation. It's very well-written, with thorough and fascinating worldbuilding.
2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I recommend The Lunar Chronicles very often here, for many different reasons, and as it turns out, the first book of this YA sci-fi fairytale retelling came out in 2012! If you haven't read it yet, do.
3) The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. Another top favorite series of mine is The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy, of which this is the second book. It's a diverse YA fantasy with a relatable and engaging main character and a lovely romance.
4) Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. This is the first book in another wonderful YA sci-fi series full of intelligent worldbuilding and featuring a smart and sassy main character. In the Insignia Trilogy, a battle for territory in space is run by corporations and fought remotely by teenagers with computers installed in their brains.
5) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. This YA thriller, which is about the son of a serial killer using his skills to solve a new serial murder, is incredibly psychologically engaging. It's part of a trilogy, but as you go, the books get more and more grotesque. I prefer this first book the most, and it is truly great.
6) Son by Lois Lowry. This is the fourth book in the YA speculative The Giver Series, which brings an unexpected full-circle in the form of a young woman from the community of The Giver searching for the son that she birthed. It's just as poetic and beautiful as the rest of the series.
7) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I wrote a whole blog post after I read this YA contemporary, because it really struck me. John Green is a very talented author, and this novel, starring a girl with cancer, is my favorite of his books.
8) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This is the first in another wonderful YA fantasy trilogy, this one Russian-inspired, powerful, and with another beautiful romance in it.
9) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Cycle is the strangest series I've ever read, YA fantasy or otherwise, but it's both well-written and intriguing. If you're in a whimsical frame of mind, definitely check this first book out!
10) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. This is the first book in another YA sci-fi dystopian series, this one about superpowered children being kept in brutal government camps. It's thrilling, intriguing, and features a strong female lead.
What YA novels from 2012 do you love most? Let me know, and I will be back again Wednesday!
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