When you do a lot of reading it can be hard to come up with a top 5 list. That being said here are mine for 2012:
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, is a satisfying sequel to The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I don’t usually go for that forbidden paranormal romance kind of stuff but this book is sooooooo good. The only thing that is bad is that I have to wait another year for the final installment.
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, I wasn’t sure if I would like this but this book kicks A- double snakes! A good read for girls and boys alike. Ghosts, quests, and a few who will do anything for a little power, like kill a friend say…
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, if you don't know about this book then you haven't been paying attention! Go to the library right now and check it out!!
The Diviners by Libba Bray, I love Libba Bray, she should be my friend. This book will likely appeal to older teens, it is part historical fiction (set in the roaring 20’s) part horror/thriller emphasis on the horror part.
Quarantine: The Losers, Lex Thomas writes (it’s actually 2 guys) an awesomely dark novel where kids get locked down in a high school and the military drops palettes of food to them. As you can imagine cliques form and chaos ensues, definitely for older teens.
Some other standouts for me were:
The Other Normals thank you Ned Vizzini for writing a humorous book, we don’t have enough of these. A perfect transition from Precy Jackson and the Olympias.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo, is book one in a science fiction trilogy, if you enjoy the conspiracy of Area 51 or that aliens are among us you will like this book.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, who would have thought that I would so thoroughly love a book with such a gamer bent. This book makes me want to go play vintage Atari games at the Musse du Mecanique! This is found in adult but suitable for (and a huge hit with) teens.
Pure by Julianna Baggott: This is the first book in what I think will be a trilogy, a very excellent, very creepy post apocalyptic tale where those left on the outside have become fused with objects they were near or holding when the apocalyptic event took place. So, so dark, so, so entertaining. Found in the adult section but definitely suitable for older teens.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer, this is a surprisingly good read. It is about a girl who tries to save a group of bonobos (a species of great ape found in the Congo) after a violent coup in Congo. Can be a bit harsh in parts so I wouldn’t recommend to anyone under 13 (unless I knew you could take it). Schrefer has come a long way since The School for Dangerous Girls.