Best YA books of 2022 (our 100 favorite reads of the year!)

We made a list of all our favorite books from 2022. Some of these were published earlier, but we didn’t get to them until now. Let us know which ones you enjoyed and why! (Ps. Sorry if there are duplicates, we’ll come back and edit them with book reviews and links soon but wanted to get this list up.)

1. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
2. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
4. Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
5. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
6. The Killing Fog by Jeff Giles
7. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
8. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
9. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand
10. The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
11. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
12. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
13. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
14. The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare
15. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
16. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
17. The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz
18. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
19. The Deepest Blue by Sarah Tolcser
20. The Leaf Reader by Emily X.R. Pan

21. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
22. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
23. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
24. The Gray Estate by Kirsten Miller
25. We Summon the Darkness by Ryan Graudin
26. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
27. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
28. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
29. The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
30. The Silvered Beasts by Kayla Olson
31. The Witch King by H.E. Edgerton
32. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon
33. These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
34. The Toll by Neal Shusterman
35. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
36. The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
37. The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
38. Here the Whole Time by V.E. Schwab
39. The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk
40. This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

41. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
42. The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
43. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
44. The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
45. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
46. The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
47. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
48. The Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens
49. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
50. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
51. Starfell by Dominique Valente
52. The Leaving Year by Katrina Leno
53. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
54. The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
55. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
56. The Last Hope by Krista D. Ball
57. The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
58. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
59. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
60. The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children by Kelly Barnhill

61. The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
62. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Krista Ritchie
63. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
64. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
65. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
66. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
67. The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
68. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
69. The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Lindsay Smith
70. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
71. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
72. The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
73. The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
74. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
75. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
76. The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
77. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
78. A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell
79. The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
80. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

81. The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley
82. The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
83. The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders
84. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
85. The Heart of Stars by Rebecca Roanhorse
86. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
87. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
88. The House of Hollow by Kira Jane Buxton
89. The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
90. The Fairest by Chanda Hahn
91. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
92. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
93. The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
94. The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
95. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
96. The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
97. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
98. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
99. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
100. The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman

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    Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
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