Usagi’s Best of 2012 list!


You’ve waited for it, and now here it is in its entirety! Coming at you, here are my picks for the best of 2012 in all the categories (all the things!), with my top five to ten books for each category. You can find all of these books (and their reviews) under the “best of 2012” tag here on the site. Those that haven’t been reviewed will be in italics. Note that these lists are not in any kind of numerical order.

And now, without further ado, here’s the best of 2012!

BEST CONTEMPORARY PARANORMAL DEBUT (YA):
1. “Arcadia Awakens” by Kai Meyer
2. “Everneath” by Brodi Ashton
3. “Cold Fury” by TM Goeglein
4. “The Hallowed Ones” by Laura Bickle
5. “Illuminate” by Aimee Agresti
6. “Croak” by Gina Damico
7. “The Suburban Strange” by Nathan Kotecki
8. “Every Day” by David Levithan
9. “The City’s Son” by Tom Pollock
10. “Velveteen” by Daniel Marks

BEST CYBERPUNK/FUTURISTIC PARANORMAL DEBUT (YA):
1. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
2. “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi
3. “Incarnate” by Jodi Meadows
4. “Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole
5. “Crewel” by Gennifer Albin
6. “Mystic City” by Theo Lawrence
7. “What’s Left of Me” by Kat Zhang
8. “The Lost Girl” by Mangu Sandanna
9. “Harbinger” by Sara Etienne Wilson
10. “The Hunt” by Andrew Fukuda
Runners-up: “Origin” by Jessica Khoury

BEST HISTORICAL PARANORMAL DEBUT (YA):
1. “Monstrous Beauty” by Elizabeth Fama
2. “Born Wicked” by Jessica Spotswood
3. “Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFevers
4. “The Unnaturalists” by Tiffany Trent
5. “Something Strange and Deadly” by Susan Dennard

BEST FANTASY DEBUT (YA):
1. “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo
2. “The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke
3. “Stormdancer” by Jay Kristoff
4. “Masque of the Red Death” by Bethany Griffin
5. “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
Runners-up: “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman, “Touching the Surface” by Kimberly Sabatini

BEST SCI-FI DEBUT (YA):
1. “Rootless” by Chris Howard
2. “Fair Coin” by EC Myers
3. “Renegade” by JA Souders
4. “Unraveling” by Elizabeth Norris
5. “Through to You” by Emily Hainsworth

BEST SERIES ENDER (YA):
1. “Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)” by Andrea Cremer
2. “Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful #4)” by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
3. “Promised (Birthmarked #3)” by Caragh M. O’Brien
4. “Shine (Shade #3)” by Jeri Smith-Ready
5. “Bitterblue (Graceling Realms #3)” by Kristin Cashore
6. “Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)” by Kendare Blake
7. “Black Heart (Curse Workers #3)” by Holly Black
8. “The Blood Keeper (Blood Journals #2)” by Tessa Gratton
9. “Fathomless (Fairy Retellings #3)” by Jackson Pierce
10. “Pink Smog (Weetzie Bat #7)” by Francesca Lia Block
Runners-up: “The Twisted Tale of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul #2)” by Lianna Renee Hieber, “The Iron Knight” by Julie Kagawa, “The Kill Order (Maze Runner #0.5)” by James Dashner

BEST HISTORICAL FICTION (YA)
1. “The Diviners” by Libba Bray
2. “Venom” by Fiona Paul
3. “Gilt” by Katherine Longshore
4. “Scarlet” by AC Gaughen
5.

BEST CONTEMPORARY DEBUT (YA):
1. “Butter” by Erin Jade Lange
2. “Colin Fischer” by Edward Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz
3. “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick
4. “Something Like Normal” by Trish Doller
5. “Dark Eyes” by William Richter
Runners-up: “Fracture” by Megan Miranda, “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry

BEST NEW INSTALLMENT IN A SERIES:
1. “The Twelve (The Passage #2)” by Justin Cronin
2. “The Inexplicables (Clockwork Century #2)” by Cherie Priest
3. “Days of Blood and Starlight (Smoke and Bone #2)” by Laini Taylor
4. “Dreamless (Starcrossed #2)” by Josephine Angelini
5. “Because it is my blood (Birthright #2)” by Gabrielle Zevin
6. “Unwholly (Unwind #2)” by Neal Schusterman
7. “Deity (Covenant #3)” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
8. “Invisible Sun (Black Hole Sun #2)” by David Macinnis Gill
9. “The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2)” by Caitlin Kittridge
10. “Fever (Chemical Garden #2)” by Lauren DeStefano
Runners-up: “The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led Revels There (Fairyland #2)” by Catherynne M. Valente

BEST ONE-OFF (YA):
1. “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler
2. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
3. “This is not a Test” by Courtney Summers
4. “Every Day” by David Levithan
5. “For the Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterferund
Runners-up: “Team Human” by Justine Larbaleister & Sarah Rees Brennan, “The Book of Blood and Shadow” by Robin Wasserman

BEST NEW SERIES STARTER (YA):
1. “A Temptation of Angels (A Temptation of Angels #1)” by Michelle Zink (Historical/Paranormal)
2. “The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)” by Megan Crewe (Contemporary)
3. “The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)” by Julie Kagawa (Futuristic/Paranormal)
4. “Adaptation (Adaptation #1)” by Malinda Lo (Contemporary/Paranormal)
5. “The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)” by Julie Kagawa (Contemporary/Paranormal)
6. “Unspoken (The Lyburn Legacy #1)” by Sarah Rees Brennan (Contemporary/Paranormal)
7. “The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)” by Maggie Stiefvater (Contemporary/Paranormal)
8. “Carnival of Souls” by Melissa Marr (Contemporary/Paranormal)
9. “Soulbound (The Legacy of Tril #1)” by Heather Brewer (Fantasy)
10. “Partials” by Dan Wells (Sci-Fi)

BEST NEW SERIES STARTER (ADULT):
1. “The Elementals” by Francesca Lia Block
2. “Pure” by Julianna Baggott
3. “Ironskin” by Tina Connolly
4. “Three Parts Dead” by Max Gladstone
5. “The Last Policeman” by Ben Winters
Runners-up: “Firelight” by Kristen Callihan

BEST TV OR MOVIE TIE-IN:
1. “Teen Wolf: On Fire” by Nancy Holder
2. “The World of Downton Abbey” by Jessica Fellowes
3. “The Avengers: Avengers Assemble” by Rich Thomas (and Joss Whedon)
4. “Dollhouse – The Graphic Novel” by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen
5. “The Secret World of Arietty – Tie-in Manga (Karigurashi no Arietty)” by Yonebayashi Hiromasa
Runners-up: “The Guild: The Knights of Good” by Felicia Day

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