I thought it would be very cool to share with you my top ten as it changes over 2012, yes?
At the end of last year I made all these vlogs and failed to include so many books, such as Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer, as a favorite debut of 2012. I kicked myself for that one for weeks. I kick myself for that one, still!
So this will allow more books to shine and allow me a curve for my senior moments.
So from November 2011- February 2012:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
People fight dragons with sci-fi weaponry, need I say more?
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
It should have been near impossible to captivate me with phonetic spelling, but I was hooked on page one.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This ain't yo Mama's Peter Pan. No but, seriously, this book... it was a novel of magical realism told through the lens of an emotional contemp.
Don't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala
This is the book I would recommend to you if you claimed to hate contemporary YA.
The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour
Holy Novel, Batman!
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue splits the difference of this list and I feel it splits the difference between Graceling and Fire. It wasn't quite Graceling-esque, but it didn't feel Fire-y, either. Regardless if you understand my babblings, or not, you're right to anticipate this one.
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
Because I still think about Bronwen and Jared. They would be the couple my love and I did stuff with all the time. Bronwen and I would be pregnant together and call the babies "twins." We would throw elaborate dinner parties and only invite each other. No, seriously, Erin McCahan wrote my best friend.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Cath is my spirit animal. She knows this.
I wish the following two could tie. They are completely different genres, but either could have come in at number one.
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Oh man, why not? This cover is no fool's gold, this here is the real deal, a beautiful cover for a wondrous novel.
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
I learned at ALA that Julie Strauss-Gabel (that's John Green and Nina Lacour's editor, if you didn't know) edited this one and said it was the best debut she's ever read. I think I may agree.
Precision point wording, a compelling story and imagery so vivid and raw you feel like you're suffocating alongside the two main character's.
I think I'll do this three more times over the year, as sort of a quarterly thing.