Cindy C. Bennett: Geek Girl
this book hit the sweet spot for me--of dealing with tough issues, but keeping it hopeful and clean. a fun read. i ate this one up in a few hours. great chemistry.
Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy)
Excellent fantasy, inspired by tsarist Russia. Fantastic characters, nice plot, and some fresh ideas with character choices that I loved.
Ally Condie: Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3)
Reached is, without a doubt, my top pick of 2012. Full review on blog.
Rae Carson: The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns)
a book that had all the elements of a "brook" book." ridiculously good. some mature themes.
Diana Peterfreund: For Darkness Shows the Stars
solid read. excellent world building. great tension. awesome characters. i will happily recommend this to you.
Eilis O'Neal: The False Princess
A delightful story, a great premise, and a sweet romance. I loved the "princess" and her personal journey. . . and hip, hip hooray for a great-paced, clean ya novel!
Heather Farrell: The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth
a collection of essays on the divine nature of birth and motherhood.
Julianne Donaldson: Edenbrooke
a perfect book to recommend as a "proper romance. delightful and clean.
Rachel Naomi Remen: My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
just read this one. really.
Ally Condie: Matched (Dystopian - Trilogy)
This book has joined These is My Words and Daughter of the Forest as my "books for life."
Juliet Marillier: Daughter of the Forest
I expect I will re-read this book at least once every year for the rest of my life. I hope to become a modern-day Sorcha (a master of all things herbs and healing).
Nancy Turner: These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (P.S.)
Practically perfect in every way.