December 16, 2013

YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 1

Head on over to the following host blogs for more info on this blogfest:
Tracey NeithercottKaty UppermanAlison Miller, and Jessica Love
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages.)

(Veronica Rossi)
Perry. Roar. A story that doesn’t lag or drag for a moment. Of all the dystopian series that came out around the same time, this is one of my favorites for so many reasons. January 2014 and Into the Still Blue  can’t get here fast enough.

(Cristin Terrill)
Time travel done right, as well as multiple timelines and POVs that don’t get confusing (no mean feat). I thoroughly enjoyed this debut and am eagerly awaiting Book 2’s release next summer.
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(Rick Yancey)
I really didn’t know what to expect from this one, but I did  know that everyone was raving about it. I was not in the least bit disappointed. Don't let the aliens or the size of this book put you off, you'll breeze through it in no time.

(Sarah J. Maas)
Of all the YA fantasy I’ve read, this series ranks among my favourites, and this book in particular was fantastic. It’s rare to find a series that doesn’t suffer from saggy sequel syndrome. CoM  blew me away and blew Throne of Glass  right out of the water. 

(Rainbow Rowell)
I know I’m not the only one fangirling over Fangirl. While I’ve neither read nor written fanfiction, this didn’t keep from devouring Cath’s story and rooting for her along the way. Rainbow Rowell is very quickly becoming a must-read author for me.

(Marissa Meyer)
I’m not entirely certain whether Scarlet  fits under this category, but since it had plenty of action and  adventure, I figure it’s fitting. Cinder left me craving more of Cinder and Kai’s story, but I was not at all disappointed with the addition of new characters, Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf. This was a very  clever twist on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. I can’t wait for Cress  to come out!

(Rainbow Rowell)
1986 qualifies as historical, right? I mean, it is  ancient history for some of us who survived the 80s. (And now I have a raging case of the olds.) I wasn’t sure if I would love this one, but partway in I realized I was completely hooked and had a hard time putting it down. Rainbow Rowell has a talent for crafting stories that don’t feel like every other book you’ve already read.

(Jessi Kirby)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t slot Golden into at least one of these categories, and since there is an element of mystery in the story…Presto! Of all the books I read in 2013, this was by far the one that resonated with me the most. Parker Frost felt very relatable to me as an MC, and her story left me asking myself what I “plan to do with [my] one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver).

(Jennifer L. Smith)
There’s a reason there’s a smile in the font on the cover of this book: I couldn’t stop smiling while reading it. Likable characters, a seaside town in Maine that I would move to in a heartbeat, a romance that is nothing short of adorable… This Is What Happy Looks Like  is pretty much a face-splitting smile in story form. 

(Cassandra Clare)
This was easily one of the best finales to any series. Without getting spoilery, I will say that it has one of the most unique endings I’ve read in a long time. There’s such a great mix of paranormal, historical, steampunk, and romance. I like The Mortal Instruments, but I love The Infernal Devices.

(Morgan Matson)
Really, Fangirl and Second Chance Summer could have shared FAVORITE FAMILY DRAMA and FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY since both easily fit under each category. That said, I think Second Chance Summer kind of has this particular superlative in the bag. The Edwards family is what made this book. The glimpse we get into their final months together are simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking. This was easily a top five read of 2013 for me. (Addition: Just discovered this came out in 2012. Oops! Ah well.)

(Maggie Stiefvater)
I feel like this category was pretty much created for Maggie Stiefvater books. And it’ s a good thing, too, because I really have no idea how to categorize this book otherwise. What can I say? I love this series. While I could never hope to explain what it’s all about, that won’t stop me from gushing. Two books in and I’m still a Gansey girl with a soft spot for Ronan. Can’t wait to find out what’s in store for Blue and the Raven Boys in Book 3.



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30 comments:

  1. Oh wow, 1986 as historical fiction--I'm suffering from the Olds now, too!
    I agree wholeheartedly with your picks that I've read (like The 5th Wave and Second Chance Summer), and I'm adding everything else to my to-read list!

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    1. Gah! I know, right? I can't remember where I read this, but someone (an agent I think?) said that anything that doesn't take place in the here and now can be classified as historical. Believe me, it felt wrong dumping it in that category, but I think it fits. Sort of. ;-)

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  2. You know, I couldn't figure out where to stick Golden, and I didn't even think of putting it in the mystery category. But it totally is! Jess fail.

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    1. I just loved GOLDEN so much I had to find a spot for it. I completely forgot that PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL was also a mystery, but that's probably good because GOLDEN might have gotten bumped.

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  3. YES to everything Rainbow Rowell. I really liked THE 5TH WAVE and THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE. And I really want to read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised by both of RR's books that made it onto my list. I still have to check out ATTACHMENTS, though. I think she's a new favourite, at least for contemporary anyway. You should definitely read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT! It was *such* a good book!

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  4. Oh yeah, I forgot The 5th Wave was quite a long read! I agree, it is quite fast moving though. Ok, that's it - I am definitely getting the Veronica Rossi books now. I may also throw in All Our Yesterdays. Should keep me occupied during those fuzzy days in between Christmas and New Year.

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    1. It totally doesn't feel as long as it is, so that's a sign of a good book. You should definitely get the Veronica Rossi books. They're so good! I love Perry and Roar so much. :-)

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  5. So, we have a few of the same titles...and the rest of yours just reads like my TBR pile! Yikes. I may have to do one of those "TBR shelf challenges" where you don't add any books and just read down the pile.

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    1. I'm game for taking up this challenge with you if you do it. I have a whole shelf of books that *need* to get read before I add more to the pile. And, of course, I'll be getting more for Christmas, so... Let me know if you're game! I'm heading over to your post right now and I expect I'll be adding more books to my TBR list. :-)

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  6. I have all the Rainbow Rowell books but haven't read any of them! I suspect I'm going to love Fangirl (as I am one and was once more active in fandom). That said, I think I need to add Golden to my TBR. I've seen that quote around and it always inspires me!

    I quite enjoyed All Our Yesterdays and Through the Ever Night too! Looking through my book list & picking was so hard this year because I just liked SO MUCH of what I've read!

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    1. I much preferred FANGIRL to E&P, but the latter was still a really great book. I'm so glad I listened to everyone's ravings and finally picked them both up. I have to agree with you on the difficulty of choosing between books for this list. So, so tough!

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  7. I haven't read Clockwork Princess yet because I have a feeling I know what she's going to do, in which case I know I'll be a mess at the end. I agree it's a stronger series than The Mortal Instruments. Though they're very similar. Sometimes, when it's been a while since I read one or the other, I get confused which events happened in which series. Will and Jace are very alike. Anyhow, I MUST read this soon.

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    1. Definitely read it soon! It's so, so good. I know what you mean about confusing characters and losing what happened in a previous book. I've searched the interwebz for synopses of books and have sometimes come up lucky. Saves you from having to re-read, which, let's be honest, who the heck has the time for? I don't think you'll be disappointed with CLOCKWORK PRINCESS as a finale. :-)

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  8. Lots of great choices, Jaime - many I see on my own list. Great minds think alike. Clearly. :)

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    1. Indeed. ;-) It's nice to see some of the differences and add them all to my TBR list!

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  9. Fangirl needs to be on everyone's list. It's likely my most recommended book of the year (maybe behind The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but that would be the only book to beat it). I need to sit down and read Eleanor & Park!

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    1. FANGIRL was such a good book! I'll admit I didn't warm to Cath right off the bat, but I ended up really liking her as the book progressed. I'll definitely be reading more of Rainbow Rowell's stuff as it comes out from here on in. And as for THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, I loved it but read it so far back now I need to re-read it and keep on going with the rest of the trilogy. I think it might be my next book. Oh, and yes, you should totally sit down with E&P! :-)

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  10. I am ironically the fan fiction queen (been writing and reading it since 1998), yet I can't get into Fangirl. Or E&P. Or Attachments. GAAAAH. I want to try again w/Fangirl because everyone says it's my type of book.
    I just read SECOND CHANCE SUMMER and boy....the feels! Cried the last few pgs...

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    1. Definitely give FANGIRL another go. I didn't immediately fall in love with Cath, the main character, but as the book progressed I really started to like her. And the story was just really good all around. I liked E&P, but I liked this one a whole lot more. I have to agree with you on SECOND CHANCE SUMMER. So, so sad! But so beautifully written. Loved it! :-)

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  11. Great choices, Jaime! We have lots in common, though somehow I neglected to include GOLDEN and THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE. I loved them both. And yes, I'm totally fangirling over FANGIRL too. :-)

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    1. It's so tough to find a spot for everything without doubling up on all your answers! (Which I tried not to do *too* much.) Plus, when you read certain books months ago, it's tricky trying to remember things about them. I think we've all done pretty well, though. And I'm adding more books to my TBR list, too!

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  12. Glad to see another person throwing The Dream Thieves in the Genre Bender category! And what a great place to stick Scarlet. Wish I'd thought of that :)

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    1. I'm trying not to throw THE DREAM THIEVES in all the categories lol. Genre Bender just seemed the most appropriate since I still can't really pinpoint where it fits genre-wise. I knew I wanted SCARLET somewhere, but that whole sci-fi category could fill up *really* fast, you know? Action/Adventure seemed fitting. :-)

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  13. So many of these books are on my TBR! I still need to read THE 5TH WAVE, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE, GOLDEN...looks like I have many more months of great reading ahead. :)

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    1. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE and GOLDEN are such fun reads. Loved them! And the other two you mention were pretty great too. Both are science fiction that doesn't feel too sci-fi (for anyone not in love with sci-fi) with great stories to boot. You should definitely check them all out!

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  14. You know, I figure if a book takes place before I was born, it counts as historical ;) (Sorry if I made you feel more old, haha)

    And really, is there a more valid reason than Roar to pick Through the Ever Night? Seriously.

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    1. I love Roar so much. I mean, obviously I ship Perry + Aria, but I sure do love me some Roar. :-) I did cringe a little when I put E&P under historical, but sadly, that's where it kind of belongs. And since I really didn't read much else in the way of historical this year... Still, it really does make me feel creaky and aged.

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  15. Great picks! I've heard good things about Second Chance Summer, I'll have to pick it up. I still need to read Through The Ever Night - I was waiting for book 3 but I guess it's almost here now!

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    1. It was a really good book, and this is coming from someone who tends to avoid "cancer books" like the plague. It was an especially good family drama, in my opinion. Oh, and you should totally read THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT! I'm just happy we don't have long to wait for Book 3 now.

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