We had all of the teen librarians from JCPL choose their two favorite books of 2012. We'll be posting two librarians' picks a day. You can check out or place a hold on any of the titles listed at any of our libraries. And let us know what your choices are in the comments section. Enjoy!
Briana, Teen Librarian at Evergreen Library:
Every Day by David Levithan: Every day, “A” wakes in the body of a different 16-year-old, borrowing that person’s life (and experiencing life from that person’s perspective) for one day. A tries not to interfere with the lives s/he visits, but things change when A falls in love with the beautiful and sensitive Rhiannon. How do you maintain a relationship when your gender and appearance is constantly changing?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth: In this follow-up to Divergent, the factions in Tris’s society have descended into all-out war, forcing the Dauntless to make uneasy alliances with other factions. Tris’s relationship with Tobias deepens, and readers learn more about Roth’s dystopian world in this action-packed second book that is just as good as the first.
Erin, Teen Librarian at Golden Library:
The Diviners by Libba Bray: Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation. Bray does a great job of capturing New York in 20s and scaring the pants off you!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. This book had everything: a compelling, engaging heroine, believable love story, gruesome monsters, devious villains, fascinating landscape, the whole shebang.