Best of 2012: Standalones

11/27/2012 5:37PM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Lists!

Over the next couple of weeks we are rounding up our top books of the year and breaking them down into various categories. So far, we have explored 10 of our favorite 2012 books for guys and today we’re listing our favorite HarperTeen standalones of 2012 – those “cheese stands alone” books without sequels, prequels or threequels. So here’s to you standalones! We love you, just the way you are.


TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson


THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna




TEN by Gretchen McNeil


THROUGH TO YOU by Emily Hainsworth


DON’T BREATHE A WORD by Holly Cupala


GLIMMER by Phoebe Kitanidis






FANG GIRL by Helen Keeble


DRAIN YOU by M. Beth Bloom


What standalones are your favorites this year? Share all of your picks (not just HarperTeen titles) in the comments!

User Comments 16 comments

  1. November 27, 2012 | 8:53 pm

    I’ve only read For Darkness Shows the Stars and Ten so far of that list, but i LOVED them! I hope to get a chance to read some more soon!

  2. November 28, 2012 | 12:43 am

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s so overwhelming when there are so many series! A nice stand alone story that wraps up in one book is a welcome change!

  3. November 28, 2012 | 12:44 am

    I am really craving Fang Girl :D
    And I was wondering why is For Darkness Shows the Stars here? Goodreads says it is part of a series, with a 2nd book coming out in 2013, just wondering.

  4. November 28, 2012 | 4:19 am

    What, no The Fault in our Stars by John Green?? Come on.

  5. November 28, 2012 | 9:33 am

    The list should have had The fault in our stars by John Green, The sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Easy By Tammara Webber, Decked With Holly By Marni Bates, Unspoken By Sarah Rees Brennan and From What I remember By Stacy kramer and Valerie Thomas. In my opinion Smart girls get what they want shouldn’t be on the list. It has promise of becoming an extremely funny story, but nothing happened during the whole book. definitely not one of the best in my opinion.

  6. November 28, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    Tiger Lily was definitely one of my faves for the year!

  7. November 29, 2012 | 1:21 am

    I’ve only read For Darkness Shows the Stars from this list … and I loved it!

  8. November 29, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Through to you is the only one
    so far

  9. November 30, 2012 | 3:25 am

    A lot of these are on my TBR list. Ten was great!

  10. November 30, 2012 | 7:56 pm

    I have read, For Darkness shows the stars and Fang Girl. I really enjoyed these. I am quite disappointed that there will not be any more. But it doesnt mean its set in stone. Honestly if I had known they were stand alone, I would not have read them. I don’t like getting attached to characters, for them to never show up again.

  11. December 1, 2012 | 10:30 pm

    thats a great list and I adored For darkness shows the stars , and Drain you was like good too. Great list

  12. December 2, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    Great book choices! I especially love Tiger Lily and For Darkness Shows the Stars!!

  13. December 2, 2012 | 8:38 pm

    (The reason The Fault in Our Stars isn’t on the list is because it’s published by Penguin, not HarperCollins. Yes.)

    There are so many books on this list that I’ve been meaning to read! I own a handful of them, and plan on moving them up my TBR pile. I didn’t realize all of them were standalones either… which make them that much more enticing (I’ve been reading a lot of series/trilogies lately… and a few great standalones will be a great change of pace).

  14. December 2, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    Also I just realized they asked for not just HarperCollins titles. So my bad >__> Haha.

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