The Best of the Best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy for 2012

Like a good book blogger, I’ve been reading a lot of year-end lists, and I started to notice a few repeats. Those always catch my attention. I thought I’d share with you the results of my very unscientific cross-reference of the lists—for the best of the “best of” for 2012.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This is the third book in the Graceling series. I reviewed Graceling earlier this year. It is fabulous. If you haven’t read it already, do it now!



The Raven Boys, by Maggie Steifvater. This book about a daughter of a psychic destined to kill off her true love with a kiss was #1 on the Atlantic Wire’s list and appeared on others. I read it recently. The review is coming soon!



The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. The fifth (!) book in the series, and it’s appeared on several best of lists this year. I haven’t read even the first one (City of Bones) because I’m a little tired of angels and demons, but with such high recommendations, I am curious. . .


Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. A bestseller about dragons who can turn into human form and live peacefully next to humans until a member of the royal family is murdered in a very dragon-like way.




Son. By Lois Lowry. This is the third of Lowry’s ground-breaking dystopian Giver series. Reviewed here. I better catch up and read the second. Son has made almost every best of list I’ve come across.



Some of my sources:

Atlantic Wire: Best Young Adult Books 2012

Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Sci Fi 2012

New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012

NPR Young Adult Books that You ll never Outgrow



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5 Responses to The Best of the Best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy for 2012

  1. I didn’t realize there were two sequels to The Giver! I’ll have to check them out. And I just read Graceling over the holidays — fantastic! I loved how it constantly subverted my expectations. I read so many young adult books where I can guess exactly what will happen next, so it was a lovely breath of fresh air 🙂 And Katsa just kicks ass.

    • sarazaske says:

      The sequels of both of these have been on my list for some time. I’ve been hesitant about Fire (#2 in Graceling series) bc it’s a prequel and got mediocre reviews. But they are raving about Bitterblue – and Son which is also a #3. Perhaps the third time is a charm?

      • Wait, so the second book in the Graceling series is a prequel? That’s … weird. Lol. Yeah, I’ve heard great things about Bitterblue. I figure I’ll just hit up ye olde library, borrow the books, and give them a shot. If I only get a few chapters in and don’t like them, no harm, no foul, right?

  2. Lauren Smith says:

    I have read all three books of “The Giver.” I thought they were great. It’s fun to look at books from 2012, but I am excited about 2013 books! Check out this website The book is called, “Stelladaur: Finding Tir Na Nog” by author S. L. Whyte. The story is a young adult fantasy novel with romance. The main character, a sixteen year-old boy, discovers he has unusual powers, which takes him on a journey of discovery. The video clip on the website is AWESOME!!!!

  3. Pingback: Dragon envy: review of Seraphina | YA Fantastic Book Review

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