A list of the books I covered in my Kirkus column this year:
Trapped, by Michael Northrop.
Chime, by Franny Billingsley.
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins.
The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman.
Rosebush, by Michele Jaffe.
The Lover's Dictionary, by David Levithan.
Strings Attached, by Judy Blundell.
Rotters, by Daniel Kraus.
Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray.
Wrapped, by Jennifer Bradbury.
The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Kady Cross.
The Girl is Murder, by Kathryn Miller Haines.
Haunting Violet, by Alyxandra Harvey.
Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.
The Thief Errant series, by Elizabeth C. Bunce.
You Are My Only, by Beth Kephart.
Tighter, by Adele Griffin.
After Obsession, by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel.
Blood Red Road, by Moira Young.
Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey.
Locked in Time, by Lois Duncan.
Leverage, by Joshua C. Cohen.
Frost, by Marianna Baer.
Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma.
Heart of Steel, by Meljean Brook.
And then, there were some columns that focused on broader topics:
In Defense of Darkness (in response to the WSJ piece)
A round-up of great books with dark themes, which included commentary on these titles:
Wonderland, by Joanna Nadin.
Red Glove, by Holly Black.
Gentlemen, by Michael Northrop.
Dooley Takes the Fall, by Norah McClintock.
A round-up of spooky Cybils nominations, including:
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness.
White Crow, by Marcus Sedgwick.
Blessed, by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
Slice of Cherry, by Dia Reeves.