As I sat and stared at the blank screen trying to figure out how to start this list (how do I choose from so many great books?!?) I decided to take a peek at last years list. I found it interesting that many of my favorites from last year are back on my list this year. Thank you guys for being such busy authors! So, here it is, in no particular order, my favorites from 2010:
1. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is the first book in a Percy Jackson spin-off series. Old characters mix with new, Greek gods share the stage with Roman gods and a new prophecy is revealed. Mr. Riordan must not sleep because he also published another book this year, The Red Pyramid, featuring the gods of ancient Egypt.
2. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter is the fourth action-packed book starring Cammie Morgan and the girls from the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a top-secret spy school. Ms.Carter is another author who must not sleep because she also had a second book published this year, Heist Society which is hopefully the start of a new series!
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver offers a unique glimpse into the mind of a mean girl as Samantha King is forced to relive the last day of her life until she gets it right.
4. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky is smart and witty vampire romance. I freely admit that I am a sucker for a vampire romance, and this one does not disappoint.
5. White Cat by Holly Black is a dark and dangerous alternate reality story starring Cassel, the black sheep of his magical family. Gritty and suspenseful, this The Sopranos supernatural-style.
6. Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan is the second book set in the post-apocalypse future when the human race is threatened by the undead. Plenty of awesome zombie action here!
7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is a touching look at loss and grief, but quirky characters, humor, and a touch of romance prevent the story from being depressing. Instead, it becomes a celebration of healing, hope, and life.
8. The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments 2 by Arthur Slade is the second book in a new steampunk series starring Modo, a shape-shifting, hunchbacked spy in Victorian England.
9. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is a romance about a pair of star-crossed lovers that is hot and steamy, yet dark and gritty.
10. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is full of magic, mystery, murder, romance, and snarky teen angst. Pure fun from start to finish with a cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for more.
Phew, I made it to the end of this difficult to compile top ten list! I hope you find something here that you enjoy.