Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Our Top 10 in 2012: Katherine Shares Her Most Loved List

Katherine's faves this year seem to lean towards the extra-ordinary, where life isn't exactly the way you're used to it being. Take a look at her excellent picks!

10. Son by Lois Lowry
Did you love The Giver? Then you have to read this book! The Giver is my personal, all-time favorite book that I think can be read from 4th grade and up and over and over again and everytime you see something different! So of course, I couldn't help but love this book. The magical realism/fantasy stuff crops up again from Messenger and Gathering Blue, BUT you also get to experience life back in Jonas' town, from a different perspective.

Hourglass (see our full review here) was awesome, so I thought: why not? Everyone in these books is super hot, so you may end up drooling a little. There's all this electricity flowing between Emerson and Michael and Emerson and Kaleb. Love triangle! Okay but stop drooling for a minute because we need to save Kaleb's dad and the WORLD! This is serious people! Stop kissing each other! Oh and time travel!

8. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Kamakaze birds causing plane crashes around the U.S. and secret government buildings around Area 51 can only mean one thing: aliens! And believe me, discovering your sexuality is hard enough without having to deal with aliens and secret governmental organizations.

Awesome! Clever! Funny! Fish sticks! Seamus Hinkle hit his substitute teacher with an apple, and it killed her. Whoops!! Now he's at the Kilter Academy--a school for troubled youth. It turns out they're training kids to be troublemakers, not the other way round. And Seamus is a good kid and doesn't want to be a troublemaker...poor thing. Crazy cliffhanger at the end. Can't wait for the sequel in 2013!

6. Quarantine by Lex Thomas
This one really hooked me in. The whole high school is quarantined after a virus breaks loose, killing all the adults (of course!). The kids lose their hair and it grows back white. Things are going okay... until they run out of food. The army starts dropping supplies, but things get rough when everyone's fighting for the same rations. Then gangs form: Varsity, the Nerds, the Skaters, etc etc. They die their hair with kool aid and toilet cleaner (The Freaks have blue hair, eww!). Things get crazy and violent. The violence is pretty gross and gory (like Shipbreaker or The Monstrumologist). Beware of mature content: discussions of sex, drugs, rape, etc. Also looking forward to this sequel, hopefully in 2013. Interesting fact: The author Lex Thomas, is actually two guys (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies) who write together.

Cry cry cry and cry some more. Super witty teens fight cancer. If you pick up this book, make sure you have your tissues ready.

4 & 3…. Croak& Scorch by Gina Damico
Okay weird, two books in a series that came out in the same year. Not my fault, but I'm glad they did! Lex goes to live with her Uncle Mort and discovers he is the mayor of a town full of grim reaper. And he's going to train Lex to be one too. Super weird and lots of quirky characters.This is Gina Damico's first series and it is amazing. I can't wait to read the third book and then see what she comes up with next!

Powerful, magic-wielding Grisha at odds with serfs and peasants and the King's army. A continent at war and the darkness of The Fold threatening them all. At the center, innocent Alina and her best friend Mal, orphans at the mercy of the state. Magic, intrigue, military exploits, action, Russian culture, adventure, and a healthy dose of romance.

1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
It's hard to talk about this series without giving something away. Part of the wonder of it all is the way the story unfolds. At the beginning you hardly know a thing about Karou, and you ride along with her as she discovers her own turbulent past.  I just think Laini Taylor is a G-E-N-I-U-S. I almost can't believe these books are real, that's how much I love them! Start with Daughter of Smoke and Bone (see our full review) and prepare to be amazed!

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