YA Authors Talk About Their Favorite YA Books of 2012

We’ve read all the year-end best of lists, and we totally agree with the critics. The Fault In Our Stars and Son deserve to be on so. many. lists. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors read and loved this year. So we asked them. And they were happy to share. If you’re looking for something to pick up over the holiday break, may we recommend one of their suggestions.

The Miseducation of Cameron PostMalinda Lo raved about The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: “It’s beautifully written. It’s complicated. It’s rooted in a very deep sense of place. And it told an often-retold story (coming out, coming of age) in a very real, very honest way.”


Days of Blood and StarlightStephanie Perkins loved Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: “It’s simply the best depiction of war that I’ve ever read in novel-form. This is not good versus evil, black versus white. Everything is grey. It’s a fantasy, but it’s very, very real.”


Grave MercyCynthia Leitich Smith couldn’t put down Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: “Lush, gorgeous historical setting that reads like fantasy. Compelling romance, a strong, vibrant heroine. Assassin nuns. I mean, really. Think about that. Nothing could be more fascinating, and the concept is executed to perfection.”


Never Fall DownRachel Cohn was blown away by Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick: “This novel based on humanitarian Arn Chorn Pond’s experiences as a child soldier with the Khymer Rouge is both heartbreaking and harrowing. Beautifully written, it’s a terrifying journey that’s ultimately also incredibly life-affirming. It will resonate with you forever.”


EndangeredMichael Northrop was impressed with Endangered by Eliot Schrefer: “It’s a wonderfully written and gripping story, and really kind of a masterpiece of empathy. The subject matter and setting are fascinating—and, of course, the bonobos are totally adorbs!”


Aimee Agresti loved Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz: “I absolutely adored SPELLCASTER. The romance between sassy Emma and dreamy Brendan was so engrossing, they’re right up there with Bella and Edward on my list of all-time favorite YA couples. Add Shultz’s trademark wit and a seriously strong heroine and you’ve got a book you just can’t put down.”


Code Name VerityE. Lockhart recommended Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: “It was twisty and literary and emotional and above all, surprising.”

The Fault in Our StarsKimberly Sabatini was a fan of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: “It moved me through laughter and tears. And never once does John Green talk down to his amazing readers.”



Now we want to know, what was your favorite book of 2012? Leave us a note in the comments!

22 thoughts on “YA Authors Talk About Their Favorite YA Books of 2012

  1. The Fear by Charlie Higson, Ashfall by Mike Mullin (love volcanoes), Fear by Michael Grant, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, and Call the Shots by Don Calame. Sorry, I have a long list of books 🙂

  2. Ack, so many! Grave Mercy was amazing, like on your list. I also loved the Golden Lily, Mark of Athena, Of Poseidon, the Selection, Pandemonium, and the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

  3. Code Name Verity for certain. I was actually lucky enough to meet Elizabeth Wein at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October; I missed the actual event, so my mum got my copy of the book signed for me. Although, I arrived at the book tent literally just as Elizabeth was leaving, so I ran down the road after her and told her how much I loved Code Name Verity! Best day ever! :’D

  4. CLOCKWORK ANGEL AND CLOCKWORK PRINCE BY CASSANDRA CLAIRE!!! I fell in love of those books!!!!! The third book comes out on march 19th!!!!!

  5. Days of Blood and Starlight for sure! Stephanie Perkins is spot on with her description of Laini Taylor’s fantasy war novel. Definitely an excellent sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I recommend the series to anyone who has interest in good writing.

  6. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This is a FABULOUS book! A memorable heroine with a secret; dragons who can fold themselves into human shape; intriguing characters and wonderful writing.

  7. I loved Fault in Our Stars, but Every Day by David Levithan was definately my favorite. Never before have I read anything like it. It’s about a character named A who wakes up everyday as a different person. Eventually, A falls in love, and has to find a way to make it work. Fantastic read! Absorbed it in maybe 2 sittings, very addictive.

  8. -Insurgent: Veronica Roth
    -The Fault in Our Stars: John Green
    -Quarantine: The Loners: Lex Thomas
    -Variant: Robison Wells

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