Okay, this book just makes the list because technically I didn't really read the book in 2008. I was reading it over New Years Eve and finished it on January 1st. Which makes it a 2008 book in my mind, that and the fact that I loved the book so much I couldn't imagine not including it on the list.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I'd heard a lot about this book from authors and other bloggers but I never thought about reading it. Luckily my friend told me to read it or else I may have never found out how great it was. The book is full of action and adventure and never looses your attention.
4. Samurai Girl series by Carrie Asai
These books came as a total surprise for me. I picked up the first book in the series, The Book of the Sword, on a whim since the TV version was coming out on ABC that month. Personally I thought that both the books and the TV show looked like a joke, but they both turned out to be amazing. Sometimes you find the best books when you least expect them.
5. Tattoo and Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
After reading The Squad I decided to read more of Barnes' books. Tattoo was the first I picked up and I found it fantastic. It was funny and imaginative like The Squad but with a supernatural twist, which in my opinion is always interesting. The sequel, Fate (coming out March 10), was just as great.
6. Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Another diamond in the rough, this book was a surprise hit. I have a weakness for historical fiction so I had to buy this book once I saw it. I didn't expect much more than a light, fun read. Magic meets the London Season? The perfect combination for fun. In addition to being fun though, it was also suspenseful and enthralling. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This was my first foray into Sarah Dessen, and a great one at that. The story was touching and the characters were easy to love. Out of all the Sarah Dessen books I've read this is my favorite.
8. Sleepless by Terri Clark
This book had me up reading late into the night. From the first page I was hooked and didn't put it down until the end. It's always nice when you find a great book that you can read in under five hours.
9. The Faerie Path: The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones
This entire series was amazing, but as I read them in 2007 this is the only book of the three that qualifies for the 2008 list. Faeries, war, love and betrayal this book was a great read. I was so excited to hear that Jones decided to write another set of three books about Tania and her adventures in the faerie realm.
10. In or Out: Friends Close, Enemies Closer by Claudia Gabel
While the warring best friends idea may be common in YA, Gabel did a great job of portraying real friends. These aren't girls living in Beverly Hills who can plan elaborate schemes or throw thousand dollar parties to win the war. You could imagine yourself going to school with Nola and Marnie and can relate to their problems with friends, family and boys. Out of all the fueding friend books these are by far the best I've read.