3. Divergent - Veronica Roth
4. Unwind - Neal Shusterman
5. Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
6. Once Every Never - Lesley Livingston
7. The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
8. The Girl in the Steel Corset - Kady Cross
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
Ahh, I found a real winner with this one. Besides the beginning (too much modernity and a few useless characters) and the ending (didn't like the 'big reveal' and am more than a little apprehensive about the sequel), Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the strongest debut I read this year - along with Divergent. Taylor's worldbuilding was absolutely astonishing, and her characters (except Karou, who still leaves me divided in my opinion of her) were brilliantly crafted. Akiva and Brimstone were easily my two favorite characters of the year (with Eugenides from Queen's Thief solidly in 3rd). Laini is easily one of the most skilled writers I've ever encountered. Her work is both inspiring and intimidating.