We asked, you answered and the response was overwhelming to say the least!

Gotta hand it to you: YOUR list of the best Young Adult and New Adult from 2012 is amazing! A lot of these are on my TBR and a lot I’ve read (and totally agree with you by the way. You all have superb taste in books). If we reviewed it, I’ve also included a link to the review and the # of stars.

Now I must tell you. You gave us so many awesome reads that I had to break this list up! I’m giving you 25 at a time until we’re done and hope you can keep up!

I Love YA Fiction’s Readers’ Choice Best Young Adult and New Adult Books of 2012 

Easy by Tammara Webber: Jacqueline must deal with the aftermath of an attempted rape while juggling an ex, a hot TA, and the local bad boy in class.

ILYAF score: 10/10

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/easy-by-tammara-webber

This is by far the most recommended and talked about novel of the year! If you haven’t read it, do it!

Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover: After the death of her father, Layken meets neighbor, Will Cooper, a slam poetry lover with plenty of secrets.  When she learns a pivotal one that rocks the foundation of their relationship, they both must decide what’s important and whether sticking together is worth it after all.

ILYAF score: 10/10 (to Slammed)

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/slammed-by-colleen-hoover

BTW Point of Retreat is amazing too!

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: Mute piano prodigy, Nastya, meets resident bad boy/loner, Josh, and begins to insinuate herself into his life. As he learns the details of her life,  her secrets become more and more complex forcing him to question everything he knows about her.

ILYAF score: 9/10

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/sea-of-tranquility-by-katja-millay


Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout: Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her wacky but beautiful neighbors who turn out to be aliens!

ILYAF score: 10/10

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/obsidian-by-jennifer-l-armentrout  www.iloveyafiction.com/onyx-a-lux-novel-by-jennifer-l-armentrout

Obsidian is the reason we started the blog! Need I say more???

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry: Something bad happened happened to Echo one night and her lack of memory and the freaky scars she has aren’t winning her any friends. When sexy Noah comes into her life, she can’t make the mutual attraction disappear and he’s possibly the only thing that can help her remember. If only she’ll let him get closer…

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: Abby meets Travis at an underground fight club and while trying to hide her own secrets, attempts to ward off the growing feelings between them.

ILYAF score: 2/10 | I know a lot of people loved this one (and I have to admit that I do pull it out on occasion to read the hot Travis scenes) but give it a shot! What do I know??? As friends and family love to point out – I can most definitely be wrong!

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/beautiful-disaster-by-jamie-mcguire

Losing It by Cora McCormack: All Bliss wants is to lose her virginity sometime before college ends. When the opportunity presents itself to have a no strings attached tryst with a gorgeous stranger, she jumps on–err, it. It ends disastrously but her feelings and embarrassment are compounded when she finally meets the guy in real life and realize he’s her teacher.

Thoughtless and Effortless by SC Stephens: Keira and Denny have what seems like the perfect relationship…until Denny is sent off on an extended work assignment and their roommate, local rock star Kellan Kyle, begins to have feelings for Keira himself.

ILRF score for Thoughtless (reviewed on our romance site, I Love Romantic Fiction): 5/5

Review: www.iloveromanticfiction.com/2012/08/06/thoughtless-by-sc-stephens/

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few 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 Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box and she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart. With absolutely no direction or purpose, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Stalk Me and Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd: When celebrity teen, Keatyn, becomes the target of a stalker, she must leave all she knows and head off to boarding school, without family or friends to help her.

ILYAF score: Stalk Me: 9/10 | Kiss Me: 8/10

Review: www.iloveyafiction.com/the-keatyn-chronicles-stalk-me-by-jillian-dodd/ | http://www.iloveyafiction.com/the-keatyn-chronicles-stalk-me-by-jillian-dodd/

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines: Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist…

Because of Low by Abbi Glines: Playboy Cage owns the apartment, and he hosts a revolving door of people, in and out, at all times. Most of them are long-legged hot girls who are never there more than a night or two. When Cage’s new roommate, Marcus, enters the picture, he’s just looking to nurse a broken heart. But there’s one particular semi-frequent regular who catches his eye. Willow—“Low”—is the one Cage wants to marry. But the two of them are night and day, and Marcus can’t see how Low puts up with all of Cage’s womanizing. What she really needs is a real man….like good-looking and sensible Marcus. But that’s going to get real complicated and real messy—real fast.

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein: Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands–earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx–Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating”rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing–like she is nothing.  Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

So Close to You by Rachel Carter: Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather. When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

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7 thoughts on “Readers’ Choice Best YA/NA Books of 2012, part 1

  1. I’ve read several of the books on your list. I’m adding some of the others to my tbr. Can’t wait to read your subsequent posts. 😀

  2. I’ve read 14 of the books on your list and they were great! Losing It was great for a laugh! UTNS has brilliant world building, Easy is by one of my fav writers ever. I thought Insurgent was even better than Divergent which surprised me, Abbi knows how to write some hot men and I could really go one but I’ll save some comment space for other peeps 🙂

    • Yay! Glad you agreed with our readers. The next 25 of the best books chosen by our readers is out tomorrow or the next depending how motivated I am after dinner tomorrow! haha JLA is on it again!

  3. Great list! I’m definitely adding several if these to my TBR list. Can’t wait to read the next list tomorrow ( or the day after 😉

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