What was your favorite YA read of 2012? #yalit

I’m so excited for this year to get rolling.  You see, I have plans, many plans, that I hope to see realized before 2014 rolls around.

Before I get cracking on the harsh writing schedule I’ve sketched out, I wanted to take a moment to look backward.

I read quite a few YA books this year, but there’s one that stands out above the rest for me.  I’m a sucker for a good love story, but I also like it to be hard won, and with characters who’ve crawled into my head and become real.

It’s hard to impress me, and this author’s willingness to take the road less traveled is why her debut novel stole top honors on my 2012 best YA books list.

13504857There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this, but I’d have bought it in a heartbeat.

The first thing I loved about this was that the heroine and the hero weren’t immediately mashed together.  Ben kind of sneaked in the background after we’d learned a little about Quincy.

All of a sudden I was like … oh!  They have history, a rich, interesting history that snapped me up and ran away with me.  There’s a nice balance of Quincy dealing with her uncertain future and the romance.  It wasn’t sappy, though it was sweet.

The ending was the clincher for me.  I won’t give it away, because you really need to read it for yourself, but it wasn’t the “expected” ending.  Because of that, I stewed over my own emotions for days after closing the book before I could filter out my expectations and realize that it was the strongest, most powerful ending possible.

Definitely worth the read.

You can pick it up here:  Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble

Check out L. S. Murphy’s other works here:  www.lsmurphy.com

What’s your favorite YA read of 2012?

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