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.


December 18, 2013

YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 3

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.)

(OR, THE PLOT YOU WISH YOU'D THOUGHT OF YOURSELF.)
PIVOT POINT                +                 PARALLEL
     (Kasie West)                                 (Lauren Miller)
I've always been a big fan of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors, so I was plenty envious when these two (among others like TANDEM by Anna Jarzab, which I haven't read yet) jumped on the whole parallel realities/Many-Worlds notion. I only wish I'd been the one to run with this not quite unique but still totally awesome idea. I've been taken over by the green-eyed monster.


(OR, THE SETTING YOU DEFINITELY WOULD NOT WANT TO VISIT.)
THE 5th WAVE           +            SIEGE AND STORM
(Rick Yancey)                                (Leigh Bardugo)
I don't know which is worse: a world taken over by aliens or a world where What's-His-Face (no spoilers!) is trying  his darnedest to take over. The only positive the latter world has going for it is Sturmhond, which now that I think of it, is actually a pretty big plus!


(OR, THE SETTING YOU WOULD HAPPILY TRAVEL TO.)
(Carey Corp + Lorie Langdon)
I wanted more from this book than I got, (I'm still bummed) but the one thing I will definitely give it is a truly beautiful setting. Think lush, green, fictional kingdom in Scotland with princes. The cover gives only a glimpse of the wanderlust you can expect.


(Maggie Stiefvater)
Maggie Stiefvater's prose will more often than not win this title...unless there's a Laini Taylor book in the running, in which case we'd have a serious fight to the death on our hands. Her prose makes me stop, re-read, consider giving up writing, then read on.


(Jennifer Salvato Doktorski)
How's this for a great first line: "I wasn't always the kind of girl who wakes up on the first day of summer to find herself on the receiving end of a temporary restraining order."  Pretty darn hook-y, right? And I wasn't disappointed by the words that followed.


CELAENA in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT   +   ALINA in SIEGE AND STORM
(Sarah J. Maas)                                          (Leigh Bardugo)
Both Celaena and Alina could be summed up as kickass, but there are so many other fascinating layers to the two of these leading ladies. Of course, they both grow and change and become that much more compelling as their respective stories progress.


(Veronica Roth)
I will be VERY surprised if ALLEGIANT doesn't win the day for this superlative. Without treading into spoiler territory, I will say that I think all of us who've read it can agree, whether we liked it or not, that this finale to Roth's series was most certainly jaw-dropping.


ROAR in THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT + STURMHOND in SIEGE AND STORM + WOLF in SCARLET
(Veronica Rossi, Leigh Bardugo, and Marissa Meyer)
Well, what do you know? A three-way tie between three of my favourite book boys of 2013. Food for thought: All three of them have names that are somehow animal-related--> Roar (like a lion or some other sort of ferocious beast), Sturmhond ("sturm" means "storm" + "hond" which is similar to "hound"), and Wolf. Weird, right? In all three cases, these fascinating guys stole the show.


(Megan Shepherd)
Not gonna lie, I kind of suck at pinpointing theme in most books I read. Well, maybe it's more that I'm never really looking for it. (Consider it the result of years in school studying such things.) But I think it's safe to say that this book has themes of power and corruption, hubris and its inevitable downfall, as well as the danger in allowing scientific research and progress to go much too far.


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