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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages.)
LET'S JUST CALL 2013 THE YEAR OF AWESOME COVERS.
They're all completely fantastic for entirely different reasons.
|Clockwise from top left: EMERALD GREEN (Kerstin Gier), DOON (Carey Corp + Lorie Langdon), THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER |
(Megan Shepherd), CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Sarah J. Maas), SCARLET (Marissa Meyer), CLOCKWORK PRINCESS
(Cassandra Clare), THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE (Jennifer E. Smith), and ELEANOR & PARK (Rainbow Rowell)
Eleanor + Park didn't feel like typical YA characters to me. They both stood out as unique, and when they got together? So cute!
Just by sheer word of mouth recommendation this book will go far. I can't tell you how many people I've heard raving about it.
(BOOK YOU JUST COULDN'T PUT DOWN!)
When I looked back at my Goodreads list of books I've read in 2013, this was pretty much the only book I managed to read in one sitting. And it's no small wonder: This one was tough to put down! Between Adam, Warner, and Kenji there was a lot to love.
(YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL OR FOLLOW-UP.)
(Sarah J. Maas)
I was beyond thrilled when Sarah J. Maas managed to out-do herself and completely resist the saggy sophomore slump with this sequel. CoM was full of action, romance, suspense, and did I mention romance? (Swoon galore.) This is such a fantastic series!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: This book (and the whole trilogy) has one of the most creative/satisfying endings I've read.
(Sarah J. Maas)
Good gravy, there is some serious swoon in this book. The chemistry/romance between Celaena and her leading man (don't want to spoil THRONE OF GLASS) is totally hot. If you're a fan of Kristin Cashore's GRACELING books, you should check these books out.
(YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BY A DEBUT AUTHOR.)
I read some good debuts and some okay debuts, but this one was what I'd call great. I can't wait to read more from Cristin Terrill!
(YOUR FAVORITE READ OF THE YEAR, PUBLISHED BEFORE 2013.)
November marked my second attempt at reading this (super awesome) book. I'm really kicking myself ('til I'm black and blue) for not finishing it sooner because it was just. That. Good. This is my favourite Maggie Stiefvater read so far. The atmosphere she has created on the island of Thisby is worth raving about until the cows (or would that be carnivorous capaill uisce *?) come home.
(BEST BOOK YOU DIDN'T THINK YOU'D LIKE, BUT TOTALLY DID.)
Let me clarify something first: I pretty well never pick up books that I'm not sure I'll like. Simply put, I don't have time for that. So by choosing THE 5TH WAVE for this category I'm saying that I ended up liking it much more than I expected I would. Make sense?
Same girl (technically), two separate realities, and two separate love interests (one per storyline). It doesn't get a whole lot more clever than that when it comes to love triangles. The best part was, it was a love triangle that didn't really feel like a love triangle.
(BOOK YOU FOUND SO AWESOME YOU WISH IT HAD BEEN HYPED MORE.)
It's tough for me to pick a book that seems under-hyped because I'm really only speaking to what I've seen in my interwebz wanderings. GOLDEN is one of those books I don't recall hearing people talk much about, so I'm here to say: Read it. It's a keeper.
(YOUR FAVORITE MG OR ADULT 2013 BOOK.)
I've read a handful of MG and Adult books this year, but most of them were released prior to 2013. My choice is an indie book written by the lovely Jessica Grey (author of AWAKE + ATONE as well), and I think it would fall under NA. You should check it out!
I came up with so many ideas for this "Choose Your Own Superlative" category, but this is the one I'm sticking with. I read two Rainbow Rowell books this year and now count myself among the legion of R.R. Fangirls (and fanboys, too). Can't wait for more!
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MANY THANKS TO THESE LOVELY LADIES FOR HOSTING THE YA SUPERLATIVE BLOGFEST AGAIN!
* I feel the need to mention that I spelled capaill uisce right on the first try. Boom! Thank you. Thank you very much.