December 19, 2013

YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 4

Head 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.)


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)

(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!


(Rainbow Rowell)
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!)
(Tahereh Mafi)
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!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: SIEGE AND STORM (Leigh Bardugo), THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT 
(Veronica Rossi), SCARLET (Marissa Meyer), and THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)


(Cassandra Clare)
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.)
(Cristin Terrill)
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.)
(Maggie Stiefvater)
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.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (John Green), SECOND CHANCE SUMMER 
(Morgan Matson), SERAPHINA (Rachel Hartman), and FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK (Melina Marchetta)


(BEST BOOK YOU DIDN'T THINK YOU'D LIKE, BUT TOTALLY DID.)
(Rick Yancey)
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?


(Kasie West)
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.)
(Jessi Kirby)
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.)
(Jessica Grey)
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!


(Author of ELEANOR & PARK + FANGIRL)
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.


18 comments:

  1. Oh yes to Eleanor and Park, they are adorable together. I simply can not wait for Fangirl to come out here, it seems to be on everyones lists, multiple times!
    I definitely need to read Throne of Glass and I love the cover of Attempting Elizabeth - I'll have to check that out.
    Thanks for all the recommendations :)

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    1. There lots of awesome book couples in 2013, but I think they were definitely the cutest. I really enjoyed E&P, but I loved FANGIRL. Hope it gets there soon! The THRONE OF GLASS series is so darn good. Honestly, I think it might be my favourite fantasy series now. You should definitely check it out!

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  2. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite new-to-me authors too. I seriously fell in love with her writing! You're right that there were SO many pretty covers this year!

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    1. I really need to get around to reading ATTACHMENTS. I'm 2 for 2 with Rainbow Rowell books, so why not go for 3? Such a good author! There were definitely lots of nice covers, but I'm kicking myself for forgetting about TAKEN for this category. I think it might have been one of my absolute favourites of the year. The colours are just breath-taking!

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  3. Good category! Definitely Rainbow Rowell since I enjoyed both of her YA books this year (and have her adult one on my TBR pile).

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    1. I had so many different ideas for the Choose Your Own Category superlative. Really, we could have had a whole day dedicated to just different categories we've chosen. I still need to read ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell. I've heard good things about it, so that's cool. I'm looking forward to checking out more of her stuff in the coming years.

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  4. Yay for THE SCORPIO RACES! It won pretty much all of my Superlative categories the year it came out. My favorite New-To-Me-Author is the same as yours... Rainbow Rowell is definitely an auto-buy author for me now. LOVE her books! Also, I think I need to start Sarah J. Mass's series. I've been hearing great things about it.

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    1. I'm so glad I finally read it to the end. Such a good book! As for Rainbow Rowell, I still need to check out ATTACHMENTS. I have a feeling I'll probably like it, too. You should definitely check out Sarah J. Maas' books, especially since you liked the GRACELING series. Plus, there's a lot of swoon, which I know you love. ;-)

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  5. Yes...Rainbow Rowell is on the top of my "must read" list now. I love her books!

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  6. I 100 percent agree with your Favorite New Author pick. She is wonderful and brilliant and I will now read everything she writes. I still haven't gotten to ELEANOR AND PARK but ATTACHMENTS was hysterical and great.

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  7. Favorite new to me author would be Sarah J. Maas. I had heard so much about the Throne of Glass series that I put off reading them until this year, and man am I so glad I did. She is fabulous and also totally looks like Jennifer Lawrence in her profile pic on Twitters.

    The Scorpio Races is one of my favorite books of all time. That is a very bold thing to say. I know.

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  8. I agree with you on Rainbow Rowell. She is amazing and I would pick her for that category too. Also, there are so many books I need to read! I feel like I will never read them all. *sigh*

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  9. I was honestly worried I wouldn't like The Scorpio Races because horses are so not my thing, but like you, I LOVED IT. Also, I would've spelled uisce right the first try, but that's only because there's a bar in my town called Uisce ;)

    It might be a little premature to call Morgan Matson my favorite new to me author, but if Amy and Roger is as good as Second Chance Summer, it'll be no contest.

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  10. Pivot Point sounds like a good one - I like to hear of love triangles that don't feel played out. Attempting Elizabeth sounds right up my street too - I'll definitely get that one. I liked Golden, although it took a while for me to get into it and I particularly liked the setting but overall I preferred In Honor (I haven't read Moonglass). My favourite new to me author would have to be Rainbow Rowell too considering I read all three of her books in the space of nine months!

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  11. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS was so so so good. I'm so excited to read some Rainbow Rowell. I have FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  12. Okay, one of Rainbow Rowell's books will be in the next 3 books I read. Seriously. Also, I need to read UNRAVEL ME but I might wait until closer to IGNITE ME's release date? I do love me some Warner. :)

    Every time I see THE SCORPIO RACES, I want to squee because that is seriously one of my all-time favorite books, period. I need to push it on more of my friends. I'm so, so thrilled you loved it. I'm also thrilled by your other Old Timer choices (Finnikin blew me away, and I adored Seraphina!).

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  13. Great picks! My New Year's resolution is to read Rainbow Rowell, thanks to this blogfest. :) Happy Holidays!

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  14. I am reading Fangirl as we speak! I kept seeing it on everyone's end-of-year lists, I loved Eleanor and Park, so I bought in hardcover. Love it.

    I also like your picks for sleeper hit, book that surprised you, and series finale--which I have yet to read! (waiting on library).

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