Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top 5 in 2012: Katie Has a Very Good Year

 Katie gets us rolling on what has been a REALLY fantastic year in YA so far!
 Guys. It has been a good year for books. Like a really, really, really good year. And here are five books to support that claim:

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (read our full review here)
I never reviewed this book for the blog because it’s simply too epic and too mind blowing to sum up in a few paragraphs. Instead I recommend you just read it for yourself--and then join me in impatiently waiting for the final installment in this fantastical trilogy. (Note: You’ll want to read Finnikin of the Rock first if you haven’t already.)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (read our full review here)
I have a deep love of the YA lit coming out of Australia these days. If you prefer contemporary he said/she said romance to epic fantasy series, then feel free to skip Froi (for now) and instead meet Lucy and Ed, two artists who manage to find exactly what they were looking for in the most unexpected ways over the course of graduation night.

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers (read our full review here)
I never thought I would be embracing an assassin trend in YA lit so wholeheartedly, but here I am. I love this assassin nun and everything that comes with her story--the historical setting, the touch of magic, the court intrigue, the ethical dilemmas posed, and the romance. Can’t wait to see more from this series 

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (read our full review here)
This book was written to delight fans of books like Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief. It possesses that same brand of delightful cleverness. Can Sage beat a nobleman at his own game (one of treachery and deceit) to be given the opportunity to take the crown and unite a broken nation? Just thinking about it again makes me want to stop typing and run out and find a copy to reread right now.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (read our reviews and author interview here)
My best friend in high school once told me that the American Dream is road tripping around this country in a VW bus with friends. If that’s true, then The Disenchantments is the Great American Dream Novel about the worst band ever. The characters here are so unique and richly conceived that this book is a real standout in the contemporary YA lit genre and the absolute perfect book for the beginning of summer.

Honorable Mentions (for those of you who need more than 5 books to get you through the summer and because it’s been a really, really, really good year for books):

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