Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our Top 10 in 2012: Rachel L is the Top of our Order


This year we've added a lot of new voices to TATAL and one of them is the fantastic Rachel L. She's been our expert on Adult books for teens and here she's got our very first set of top tens. Take a look and be prepared for awesome!

The Diviners by Libba Bray (see more posts)
A gorgeous flapper girl who can tell things about you that no one knows. A museum full of magical oddities. Two handsome men—one with a dangerous secret, the other with a thief’s hands—in love with one woman. And a strange string of murders that reek of the supernatural. What more could you want from a book?

Blue Sargent comes from a long line of clairvoyants—real ones—so when she’s told that she’ll kill the one she loves, she takes the words seriously. Despite her modest upbringing and strange family, she ends up befriending a group of posh school boys who are on truly magical quest that ensnares Blue and perhaps leads her closer to her fate.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller
Colin Fischer is a high-functioning, extremely bright teenager with Asperger’s. His favorite celebrity is Sherlock Holmes, so when a gun goes off in the school cafeteria after a food fight, Colin is determined to discover the culprit. Along the way, he does the unthinkable: he eats soft things, he lets a girl write in his beloved notebook, and he even makes a friend.

Hazel and Augustus are two teen cancer survivors who fall in love. Hazel is obsessed with a book by an author who lives in Europe, so the two decide to find him so that Hazel’s questions about the story’s ending can finally be answered.

After a surprising encounter with her closest friend, Cameron realizes that she is attracted to girls. She learns to keep this a secret in her small Midwestern town, but then a gorgeous girl named Coley Taylor determined to be Cameron’s friend moves nearby, their relationship lands Cameron in a program designed to “fix” Cameron’s “condition”.

June is a military prodigy in the new Republic and she is ready to avenge her brother’s untimely death. Fifteen-year old Day is the Republic’s most dangerous and wanted criminal—and has been accused of June’s brother’s murder. When the two meet, unexpected family and government secrets come out, forcing them to reconsider everything they had thought to be true.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (see our full review here)
Seraphina is a gifted musician in a medieval land where dragons and humans live in a tenuous co-existence that forbids anything but polite dealings between the two species. Seraphina’s very existence is against the law, for she is half dragon, half human, and is struck with strange visions that reveal the truth of her own history, as well as that of the human/dragon political relationship.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Before there was Wendy Darling, there was Tiger Lily. In this reimagining of the Peter Pan story, it’s Tiger Lily who stole Peter’s heart with her strength, courage, and fierce devotion—that is, until a strange and beautiful girl from England finds her way to Neverland.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A sci-fi retelling of the classic Cinderella story in which Cinder is a part-cyborg mechanic in the futuristic capital of New Beijing. It’s her machinery that makes her a second-class citizen, even in her own family, in this story. But it also opens the door to a surprising friendship with the handsome Prince Kai—and to the secrets of her past.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
This is a heartwrenching story full of romance and sacrifice for true love. Nikki, in a sudden fit of heartbreak after thinking that her boyfriend had deserted her, gives herself to an immortal who stakes a claim on her soul for eternity. When she comes back to the surface, she reconnects with her old love, Jack, who must prove his love for her by making the ultimate sacrifice.

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