The Class of 2012: YA Superlatives Blogfest – Best in Show

Ahhhh… It’s our very last day!

The Class of 2012: YA Superlative Blogfest (hosted by Jessica LoveTracey NeithercottAlison Miller, and me) runs Monday, December 17th through Thursday, December 20th. All of the awesome people who are participating in the blogfest (YOU, I hope!) will highlight favorite books published 2012 using a variety of super fun superlative categories. The Class of 2012: YA Superlative Blogfest is about promoting extraordinary young adult books, so if you haven’t already, draft a post, hop down to the end of this post, and sign up to participate. We can’t wait to see your favorite reads of 2012!

The 2012 YA novels I’ve read, listed in no particular order: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, A Million Suns, The Fault in Our Stars, The Disenchantments, Something Strange and Deadly, Pandemonium, Wanderlove, Under the Never Sky, Ten, This is Not a Test, Happy Families, Insurgent, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Monstrous Beauty, Bitterblue, Time Between Us, My Life Next Door, Breathe, Pushing the Limits, Skylark, The Raven Boys, Live Through This, Bittersweet, Flawed, Ditched, Starters, Reached, Lovely, Dark and Deep, Meant to Be, and Days of Blood and Starlight…

And here’s how I chose to award today’s categories:

Best in Show

Favorite Cover

                  The Disenchantments      Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)
These covers are practically opposites (bright and fun/dark and mysterious), but they both convey the tone of the stories beneath them so perfectly, I couldn’t choose just one.

Cutest Couple

My Life Next DoorSamantha and Jase… So sweet and considerate of one another, with chemistry that sings. They bring out the best in each other.

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, Pick a Printz)

The Fault in Our StarsThis was a tough choice… I read SO MANY award-worthy books this year. But The Fault in Our Stars seems to most exemplify the qualities “literary merit” that the American Library Association looks for.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime

  Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)     Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
These two… Could NOT put them down!

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite Sequel or Follow-Up)

   Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)       Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
I was nervous about reading both of these books. I love their predecessors SO MUCH, and I had very high expectations. Luckily, Days of Blood and Starlight and Bitterblue lived up to the excellence of the books that came before them.

Favorite Finale or End of Series

Reached (Matched, #3)A very satisfying conclusion to a trilogy I’ve followed since Matched‘s debut.

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Echo and Noah have some pretty intense sexual tension, which made their otherwise dark and serious story a lot of fun to read.

Break Out Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author)

Lovely, Dark and DeepYeah… This one pretty much blew me away. Beautiful writing, characters I cared so much about, and a romance that had me swooning. Love.

Favorite Old-Timer (Favorite of the Year, Published BEFORE 2012)  

                   The Book Thief   Saving June
I waited far too long to read The Book Thief — now I know why it is so highly regarded. And Saving June, wow… A pretty darn perfect contemporary young adult romance.

Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry

The Fault in Our StarsThis one didn’t make me cry, but I’ve heard from a lot of others that they had to raid their tissue boxes, especially toward the end.

Most Pleasant Surprise (Book I didn’t think I’d Like, But Did)

This is Not a TestZombies? Eh. But I love the way Courtney Summers writes far too much to pass up any of her new releases. So glad I gave her version of zombies a chance — this book rocks!

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)I think the love triangle between Blue, Gansey, and Adam will develop further as this series goes on, but so far I’m totally on-board with the dynamic between these three. Maggie Stiefvater is masterful.

Sleeper Hit (Book I Found So Awesome I Wish it Was Hyped More)

Lovely, Dark and DeepI know, I know… I’ve talked a lot about this one. But guys, it’s just SO GOOD! If you like contemporary and romance and serious themes, pick Lovely, Dark and Deep up as soon as possible!

Favorite Outlier (Favorite 2012 MG or Adult Book)

Gone GirlYowza… This story is a total trip. The characters are pretty much all deplorable, but one is such a complete sociopath, she would NOT let me put this book down.


26 thoughts on “The Class of 2012: YA Superlatives Blogfest – Best in Show

  1. Alison Miller says:

    You’re right – TFIOS is truly deserving of the Printz award, but since JG already has one, I chose Raven Boys. 🙂

    I’m thinking I need to read PUSHING THE LIMITS. 🙂

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Jaime Morrow says:

    I honestly thought the title “Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle” was made for THE RAVEN BOYS. I mean, it isn’t really present in this first book, but we totally know it’s coming. 🙂 I also picked THE BOOK THIEF as one of my favourite old-timers. Man, I don’t know what took me so long to read that book!

    Thanks a bunch for helping host this blogfest, Katy! It was great to get back into blogging more again and to do so with something so fun. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I had such a great time blogging this week too, Jaime. I love nothing more than to blog about awesome books. 🙂 And yes, I totally agree about THE RAVEN BOY’s love triangle. I wasn’t expecting it and I’m not sure exactly how it’ll play out, but something tells me it’s going to be amazing.

  3. Mrs. Silverstein says:

    I *really* need to re-read THE BOOK THIEF. Like, even with the insane number of new books I’ve added to my TBR this week, I think it needs to happen soon.

    And I forgot about how cool the SSaD cover is–I have it on my Kindle so I don’t look at it that often. Great pick there!

  4. Stephanie Allen says:

    The Book Thief is being picked a lot today, and it makes me happy. I’ve rec’d that book to pretty much everyone since I read it, and I know I’ll be rereading it multiple times (although not terribly soon, because I’m still broken from it).

    I know multiple grown men who actually did cry at TFiOS, so that one feels apt…

    • katyupperman says:

      Glad I made a good choice in TFiOS… I never really know what’s going to hit people emotionally. I NEVER cry, so I’m not a great judge. 🙂 And yes, THE BOOK THIEF is aMaZiNg!

  5. Elodie says:

    I´ve read The Book Thief a few years back, and loved it! Both of those covers are gorgeous…
    And yay for Samantha and Jase ❤ They are adorable…
    Thank you so much for hosting this blogfest Katy with all those wonderful ladies. Had a blast! (and my TBR exploded :D)

    • katyupperman says:

      Samantha and Jase are *totally* adorable. MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is the 2012 book I read that most closely resembles my manuscripts in genre and tone, so it has a special place in my heart. 🙂 And thanks SO much for participating, Elodie. It was a blast to read about your favorite books from the last year!

  6. Iffath says:

    The cover for The Disenchantments is SO cool! I chose Noah and Echo too, OMG at their sexual tension!! Have heard people raving about Gone Girl, looking forward to reading that!

    Thank you for hosting this *awesome* blogfest, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      I love THE DISENCHANTMENTS cover too! Such bright, fun colors! GONE GIRL is pretty fantastic, though I’m glad I read it after I became happily married. I think it might have scared me off the institution of marriage otherwise! Thanks so much for participating this week, Iffath… It was so much fun to read about your 2012 favorites!

  7. Krispy says:

    Okay, I think you’ve convinced me to read Lovely, Dark, and Deep. 🙂 I’m so pumped to read all those sequels (Laini Taylor’s, Kristin Cashore’s, The Matched sequels) that I’m a little overwhelmed about which one to start with! Ah!

    I’m still waiting to get Gone Girl from my library. I’ve been on the wait list for months!

    Thanks for hosting this blogfest again, Katy. It’s always so fun to see everyone’s favorite books! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I’m glad your jumping on the LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP train. I’ve been raving about it all week, so I think I’ve been successful in brainwashing at least a few people into reading it. 🙂 Oh, and I hope you enjoy GONE GIRL… That book was nuts!

      Thanks for much for participating this week… I loved reading your posts!

    • katyupperman says:

      Ooh, GONE GIRL for the YA audience would be amazing… I wonder if there’s anything out there like it now. Or, maybe one of us should write something like it. 🙂

  8. cahillwitch says:

    Yay for all the BITTERBLUE love and PUSHING THE LIMITS and Sam and Jase!

    Thanks for hosting this – it was so much fun to participate!

  9. Sophia Chang says:

    I am so looking forward to Reached!!! I almost can’t bear to read it though, because then it would be over lol. Same with Bitterblue! I just stare longingly at it on my shelf 😀

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