Maureen’s Favorite Books From 2012… So Far

Since we’re already over halfway through 2012 (and HOW did that happen?), I thought I’d talk a little bit about the books I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I find it difficult to talk rationally about this book, because I love it so much. It’s not necessarily for everyone, but it’s amazing. It begins with the narrative of a young British woman captured by the Gestapo during World War II. I can’t tell you anything else, or I’ll spoil it, but it’s all about friendship and trust and bravery. If you manage to get through it without needing tissues, I’ll be highly surprised. (For a lot more about this book, see here:

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan: If you’ve ever thought that vampire stories are cool in theory, but not so much in real life, this might be the book for you! This hilarious and slightly snarky book explores what might happen if a vampire actually attended high school. But it also unexpectedly moving, as our narrator has to face her own prejudices when her best friend falls in love with the vampire.

The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman: a YA thriller, complete with secret societies and international travel. The teenage angst is the icing on the cake. Actually, though, this is a great quick read and has enough heart (and smarts) to keep it from feeling too fluffy. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a heart-pounding read.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. The writing is pitch perfect from the beginning and I loved the setting, with its cosmopolitan feel and different groups interacting. It also manages to feel both fresh and comfortingly old-fashioned. It’s a book I would have absolutely adored as a teenager and liked a lot now. Plus, DRAGONS!

So far 2012 has been a great year for books—hopefully that trend will continue!