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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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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