Staff Picks Teen Fiction 2012

Just because it’s a teen book, don’t think that you’ll be bored as an adult. Harry Potter  and the Hunger Games proved that books written for a young adult audience can have a big crossover appeal, so check out one (or more!) of these titles:

Foretold  - Carrie Ryan
Collects fourteen stories that delve into the obsession with life’s unknowns and the prospect of altering the future by such authors as Meg Cabot, Diana Peterfreund, and Michael Grant.

Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers
Escaping a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of a convent of assassin nuns who serve ancient gods, 17-year-old Ismae learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny that requires her to destroy the lives of others at the high court of Brittany. 100,000 first printing.

Necromancing the Stone – Lish McBride
Six weeks after escaping from the necromancer Douglas, Sam LaCroix is under the protection of the Blackthorn pack of werewolves and fey hounds and unsure if his necromancer rival is dead.

Carnival of Souls - Melissa Marr
A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension. 200,000 first printing.

The Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman
Her happy life shattered by a nightmarish evening that leaves a friend in a catatonic state, another dead and her boyfriend accused of murder, Nora resolves to prove her boyfriend’s innocence and follows a violent trail to Prague, where she discovers a mysterious manuscript that purportedly offers the secret to ultimate knowledge and the ability to communicate with the divine. By the author of the Skinned trilogy.

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Developing her mother’s clairvoyant powers for seeing visions of people who are about to die, Blue is drawn into the life of rich private school boy, Gansey, who has involved three of his classmates in a quest that Blue believes will end with her involvement in Gansey’s death. By the best-selling author of the Shiver trilogy. 150,000 first printing.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer
When Cinder, a gifted cyborg with a mysterious past, becomes entangled with the handsome Prince Kai, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle to save humankind from a deadly plague and ruthless lunar beings.

The Fault in our Stars – John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. By the award-winning author of Looking for Alaska.

Every Day – David Levithan
Waking up in the body of a different person every day and struggling to pass through each experience without raising alarm, “A” endures a lonely existence before falling in love with a girl named Rhiannon, with whom he endeavors to reunite.

Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake
Unable to forget ghost Anna Korlov’s sacrificial disappearance into a Hell portal, ghost hunter Cas Lowood endures a nightmarish existence and believes he sees Anna’s tortured soul everywhere before resolving to save her. By the author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

UnWholly - Neal Shusterman
The long-awaited sequel to the best-selling futuristic thriller Unwind finds Connor, Lev, Risa and Cam’s fates inextricably bound as the morality of the practice of “unwinding” is finally called into question.

Days of Blood & Starlight – Laini Taylor
A sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone finds Karou struggling to come to terms with her nature while pursuing revenge for her people. By the National Book Award finalist author of Lips Touch: Three Times. 250,000 first printing.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
Appearing before the Crown Prince after a year of hard labor in the salt mines, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is offered her freedom in exchange for representing the throne during a competition to find a new royal assassin, a challenge that is marked by grueling training and the murders of fellow contestants.

Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver
After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive “the cure”–an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love–but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.

Reached – Allyson Braithwaite Condie
In search of a better life, Cassia joins a widespread rebellion against Society, where she is tasked with finding a cure to the threat of survival and must choose between Xander and Ky.

The Other Normals – Ned Vizzini
A boy is sent to camp to become a man–but ends up on a fantastical journey that will change his life forever.

Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.
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