Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2012

Posted January 2, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 21 Comments

Another year, another amazing batch of new YA books.

It would be impossible to list ALL of this year’s upcoming titles, but below, you’ll find an extremely comprehensive list featuring many of this year’s most anticipated new YA & MG books!


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Tempest by Julie Cross

Ditched by Robin Mellom

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Cracked by K.M. Walter

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Havoc by Jeff Sampson

Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

Two Truths & a Lie (A Lying Game Novel) by Sara Shepard

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

The Fourth Stall: Part II by Chris Rylander

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Peter Lerangis & Harry Mazer

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Riding Out the Storm by Sis Deans

Various Positions by Martha Schabas

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

BZRK by Michael Grant

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

DJ Rising by Love Maia


Balthazar by Claudia Gray

Perception by Kim Harrington

Neversink by Barry Wolverton

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Everlasting by Elizabeth Chandler

Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

When You Open Your Eyes by Celeste Conway

Love & Haight by Susan Carlton

Escape from Furnace: Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Life is But a Dream by Brian James

The Savage Grace by Bree Despain

Vampire’s Kiss by Veronica Wolff

Chomp by Carl Hiaason

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter


The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Fear: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

Liberator by Richard Harland

Once Upon a Toad by Heather Vogel Frederick

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch

Cordially Uninvited by Jennifer Roy

Black Heart by Holly Black

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

Lexapros & Cons by Aaron Karo

Whisper by Allyson Noel

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

The Selection by Keira Cass

Dark Eden 2: Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Belles be Jen Calonita

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt


Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Underworld by Meg Cabot

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Revived by Cat Patrick

Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze


Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Arise by Tara Hudson

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead

Black Dawn by Rachel Caine


Before You Go by James Preller

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

Once by Anna Carey

Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley


The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Endlessly by Kiersten White

Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Kreagh

The Kill Order (Maze Runner #4) by James Dashner

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Courtship & Curses by Marissa Doyle

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Nevermore (The final Maximum Ride novel) by James Patterson

Other Summer & Fall/Winter

*(a lot of sequels coming out in 2012 which are currently untitled)

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Rebel Heart (Dustlands #2) by Moira Young

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (we hope!)

Skyship Academy 2: Crimson Rising by Nick James

Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Matched #3 by Ally Condie

Caster Chronicles #4 by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Legend #2 by Marie Lu

The Pledge #2 by Kimberly Derting

Hush, Hush #4 by Becca Fitzpatrick

Shatter Me #2 by Tahereh Mafi

Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2 by Laini Taylor

Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #2 by Michelle Hodkin

The Name of the Star #2 by Maureen Johnson

Ashes #2 by Ilsa J. Bick

(Please note: many late summer and most fall releases are not listed yet in publisher catalogs, therefore they’re not on this list yet. If you know of any titles that we should add, mention them in the comments below!)

For the comments: Which books are YOU most excited about? And feel free tolist below any we might have missed!

Sara | Novel Novice

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21 responses to “Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2012

    • Sara | Novel Novice

      You’re right — I totally missed those! But I can say, this was one of the HARDEST blog posts to put together. I can’t even tell you how long it took …

  1. Larissa

    Wow! Great list! One you missed that’s on my personal list is RENEGADE by J.A. Souders. I think it’s releasing in September.

    Thanks so much for the list!

  2. rklipman

    This is an awesome list and it is so incredibly useful! I would like to add BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood (February 7th) which I’ve had the pleasure of reading and it is one of my favorite books of all time, at all, ever. I can’t wait for other people to read it!

  3. Great list!

    Some other January releases I’ve read and loved: Fracture by Megan Miranda, May B. by Caroline Starr Rose, Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet, and Under the Never Sky be Veronica Rossi.

  4. I second the comment about BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood—I also had the pleasure of reading it early, and it was sooooo good. Also, thought I’d add, I’m pretty sure “K.M. Walter” should be “K.M. Walton.” 🙂

  5. So many good books listed here. Let’s officially call this the “Drool List,” b/c as Stephanie said above, it’s “drool” worthy! And thx for including 34 PIECES OF YOU on the list!

  6. Sandy

    Great list! I was drawing a blank on what was coming out this fall and this has been very helpful, thank-you :).

  7. Zee

    Amazing list, bookmarked for future reference 😀
    Just thought I’d point out that “Two Truths and a Lie” by Sara Shepard isn’t a Lying Game novel, it’s a Pretty Little Liars novel.

  8. the one that got away

    you have forgotten skulduggry pleasant kingdom of the wicked book 7 which came just out in august

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