The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: The Immortal Rules was the first book I read by Julie Kagawa, and by now, I’ve read almost all of her books. I consider her among my favorite authors. Allie is a fabulous young heroine – brave, resourceful, and determined to hang onto whatever shred of humanity may still exist in her. She’s also a fearless and vicious killer of her enemies. The story is incredibly exciting, and the sense of danger never lets up.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman: Anyone who has ever suffered a broken heart will be moved by Just One Day. Gayle does contemporary romance so well, and this is my favorite of her books. I can’t wait to read Just One Year, told from Willem’s perspective.
Life After Death by Damien Echols: The horrendous murders of three young boys was compounded when three teenagers were unjustly convicted of their murders. One of them, Damien Echols, was sentenced to death, and it was through the work of celebrities like Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson that the “West Memphis Three” were recently freed. Echols’ memoir tells of growing up in poverty and fighting to save his life while behind bars.
Legend by Marie Lu: Dystopian novels don’t get much better than this. With two smart, resourceful, and tough main characters, a dystopian world that’s frightening but not too far-fetched, and heavy doses of action and tension, Legend thrills on every page.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: Unearthly is my favorite of Cynthia Hand’s trilogy. It is the perfect blend of a wonderful young heroine, two believable love interests (an area where so many other writers stumble), great supporting characters, action, fantasy, and romance.
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch: If You Find Me is an incredible debut novel with one of the best examples of sibling love I’ve ever read. Murdoch makes us feel everything that Carey experiences – the good, the bad, and the very, very bad.
Pivot Point by Kasie West: Pivot Point’s central concept may not be totally unique, but West executes it in an exciting, refreshing, and fun way. This was a fabulous start to the series.
Reboot by Amy Tintera: Wren is one of my favorite new YA heroines, and her romance with Callum is wonderful. Reboot asks us to examine what it means to be human. Wren and Callum show us that love and tolerance are key ingredients.
Paritals by Dan Wells: Partials combines great science fiction with even better surprises. Dan Wells is a fantastic story-teller and he also tackles heavy subjects like a woman’s right to choose.
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