Where has 2012 gone? The year is more than half over, and already we've all read so many great books. The team here at Indigo has put together a list of our favourites reads so far. Many of these books have been featured on our blog or are sitting in my To Be Read pile. Presenting the Best Teen Books of 2012 So Far (in no particular order):
Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Is it any surprise? This highly anticipated book revealed some secrets and raised the stakes for both Tris & Four without introducing a love triangle. Read our review and our Q&A with Veronica Roth.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. We're all mad for the first book of The Lunar Chronicles and its fun sci-fi take on fairy tales, but team teen member Natalie is definitely the most passionate advocate for this title. Read her review and Q&A with Marissa Meyer.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Each member of team teen, and several of our adult-reading coworkers, were blown away by John Green's latest. Team Teen member Melanie read the manuscript early and warned us all to get our tissues ready. Read her review.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. The sequel to the amazing Graceling! Who hasn't been waiting to find out what happened to Bitterblue? This title was delayed until May of this year, but it's definitely been worth the wait.
Starters by Lissa Price. Lissa and I were on a panel about teen dystopian novels at World Fantasy last October, and that was when I knew I wanted to read Starters. You can read my review to find out why. Many of us got a kick out of this and we're eagerly waiting for Enders!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. A fabulous new Russian-inspired debut that starts the promising Grisha fantasy trilogy. I can't wait to dig into this one!
While they aren't featured in the shop because of the limited space, I'll point out Above by Leah Bobet (Read our Q & A) and Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan & Justine Larbalestier. Natalie adds that she also loved City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.
What'll make it really tough is that we still have five and a half months of books left to read, and the slots on my Top Ten of 2012 list are quickly vanishing. There are so many more great books coming out! Like:
The Kill Order by James Dashner. (8/14) The prequel to Dashner's The Maze Runner trilogy has us on the edge of our seats. We can't wait to get our answers as to what happened to our world before W.I.C.K.E.D.
The Diviners by Libba Bray. (9/18) Kate and I have already read this one, and we can barely contain our excitement for the rest of you to get to. This is magic and consequence and history as only Libba Bray can write it.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. (9/18) This maginficent book is about wealth and privilege, the dynamics of male friendships, a girl whose kiss will kill her true love, ley lines and Welsh Kings. It'll break your heart in all the best ways.
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. (10/23) The last book of The Caster Chronicles, which began with Beautiful Creatures. This series has been like my Twilight, so I have mixed feelings about it ending--but I trust the authors to do it well. And then it's movie time on Feburary 13, 2013!
What about you? The best book you've read in 2012 so far would be...? Join the discussion on Twitter via #BestOf2012SoFar.