Today, I'll list my favorite YA Historical Fiction and YA Paranormal books published in 2012.
Historical Fiction: I love historical fiction. As I was looking through my list, I zeroed in on books that had the right blend of historical detail, vivid characters, and a page-turning plot. I like enough research so that I learn something new, but not so much that the story bogs down under the weight of it.
Wow -- this is a powerful book. It's the story of a spy plane that crashes in Nazi occupied France with two best friends aboard. Code Name Verity has a creative narrative structure, tons of historical detail, and characters that will win -- and break -- your heart.
My review of Code Name Verity is here!
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little Brown BYR)
This book could also go in the Paranormal category below, but I think this story of a party girl with paranormal abilities really shines as historical fiction. You know those historical novels that seem dry as dust? The Diviners is not one of them. Yes it's wickedly long, but also wickedly fun.
I reviewed the audiobook of The Diviners here.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)
The story of Ismae, a teen assassin nun in fifteenth-century Brittany. Yes, I said assassin nun. Need I say more?
Grave Mercy -- my review here.
Paranormal Romance: Ah, the swoony pararnomal romance. I don't care what anyone says -- these books are SO much fun to read! What do I want to see in my paranormals? Characters that move me, at least a little romance, and some mindbending paranormal skills.
This is the most literary of my paranormal choices -- a beautifully written story of selkie love and revenge.
Brides of Rollrock Island -- my review is here.
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Balzer + Bray)
I'm a sucker for underworld stories, angry girls and angst. Everneath has all three!
My review of Everneath
Slide by Jill Hathaway (Balzer + Bray)
One of my favorite YA mysteries of the year! It has a super-cool premise, an appealing heroine, and a friends-to-romance relationship.
Slide -- check out my review here!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) (Simon and Schuster)
Whoa -- this book is off the rails -- just crazy, spooky fun.
Read my review of The Evolution of Mara Dyer here!
Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand (HarperTeen)
I'm not always so keen on angels, but this heavenly series has won me over!
I reviewed Hallowed by Cynthia Hand here.
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
Oh, Sydrian. How I adore you.
My review of Golden Lily is here.
And want to challenge yourself to some Bloodlines trivia? The questions start here.
So, to enter my three-week Favorites of 2012 Freebie Friday Extravaganza, leave a comment. Do you agree with any of my choices? Want to make your own list? Open internationally and as explained above, two winners will be drawn on December 17 and they can each pick any one of the books I've featured over the three weeks.