December 15, 2014

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Day 1

It's that time of year again! Time to look back over a year of reading and celebrate the awesome. Here's what it's all about in Katy's words: "The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest (hosted by Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and me) runs Monday, December 15th through Thursday, December 18th and will highlight favorite books published in 2014 using a variety of fun superlative categories. The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest is all about promoting the extraordinary young adult books published this year, so if you haven’t already, draft a post and sign up to participate at the end of this post. We can’t wait to see your favorite reads of 2014!" It's always fun and a great way to add books to that growing TBR pile.

(All book titles are linked to their respective Goodreads pages.)

(Veronica Rossi)

I loved this entire trilogy, but this was an especially good finale.
I really can't get enough of Perry, Aria, and Roar.

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(Marissa Meyer)

There are many awesome YA retellings, but this was such a fun spin
on the Rapunzel fairy tale. This whole series is one of my favourites!

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THE KISS OF DECEPTION
(Mary E. Pearson)

I read some fantastic fantasy in 2014, but THE KISS OF DECEPTION was my fave.
Honourable Mention goes to THE WINNER'S CURSE, which was also pretty great!

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SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE
(Morgan Matson)

I have loved every Morgan Matson book I've read, and this was no exception.
Perhaps not my favourite of the three, but still a wonderful book nonetheless.

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THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN
(Meredith McCardle)

A super secret government organization, time travel, compelling characters...
This was a great read from beginning to end. Can't wait for the sequel!

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A MAD, WICKED FOLLY
(Sharon Biggs Waller)

I didn't really know what to expect going into this story, but ended up
loving the pairing of Pre-Raphaelite art and the Suffragette movement.
The romance in this one was probably one of my faves of the year too.

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ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
(Stephanie Perkins)

If Perkins' books were movies, I'm pretty sure they'd be considered Rom Coms, so
I think it fits here. This was not my favourite Stephanie Perkins book--not by a long
shot--but there were definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in it. (The Finnish
art exhibit with the poop collection and the ensuing discussion springs to mind.)

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WE WERE LIARS
(E. Lockhart)

Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch, but it's the closest thing to mystery out of my 2014 reads.
There were definitely questions that weren't answered until the novel's twisty conclusion,
so I think it kind of works. Beautifully written and tough to put down. A must read, for sure!

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WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE
(Huntley Fitzpatrick)

This was a great sophomore novel from Huntley Fitzpatrick. Some readers weren't
as "in love" with this book as they were with her first, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR,
but I found the two so completely different from one another it was difficult to
compare them. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet romance between Gwen + Cassidy.

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ALIENATED
(Melissa Landers)

Is it science fiction? Is it contemporary? It's a little bit of both, actually.
If you're more of a contemporary fan than a sci fi fan, you might want to
take this one for a spin. It's what I think you'd call sci fi ultra-lite. I tend
to like my sci fi a wee bit more sci fi, but all in all it was a great read.

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14 comments:

  1. The Kiss of Deception was my favorite fantasy read until I read Heir of Fire so it gets a definite honorable mention from me. (I mean, it's probably not fair to compare anything to Sarah J. Maas's books at this point.) THAT LOVE TRIANGLE. I had no idea who was who, and I loved it that way.

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    1. I know, right?! I thought I had it figured out who was the prince and who was the assassin and I was totally wrong lol. Still need to read HEIR OF FIRE, but I think you're right about the fairness of comparing anything to Sarah J. Maas' stuff. Love it! I think I'm going to have to make HoF a priority in the New Year.

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  2. I'm glad you're with me on ISLA as comedy! :-D

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    1. Um, there were a few spots I remember laughing until I almost cried, so yeah lol. ;-)

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  3. I loved so many of these too! And yet, there are still so many in your categories I need to read. Oh, my poor exploding TBR. :) Thanks for joining in the fun again, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks for hosting this again! I always look forward to it. :-)
      Oh, I know about the exploding TBR. Eek! Mine is completely out of control lol.

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  4. I've seen the cover for A Mad, Wicked Folly floating around the blogosphere but never read the blurb - it looks interesting! I would include We Were Liars in the mystery category - lots of twists and turns. Unfortunately I couldn't get through Isla but maybe because I've been trying to read it on the train every morning. I'll try and get it finished over Christmas.

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    1. I love the cover for A MAD, WICKED FOLLY. Probably the yellow and the way it pops. Definitely a great book! There's another book I read in 2014 that I would have chosen for the Mystery category if it wasn't a 2013 release. (DANGEROUS GIRLS) It fit the category perfectly. Ah well. As for ISLA, I didn't love it like I had so badly hoped. Even so, I love Stephanie Perkins' writing, so I'm a major fan. :-)

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  5. Now I want to read A Mad Wicked Folly. Considering 5 of your books are also on my post I'm guessing we have similar tastes and that I'd love it :)

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    1. It was really good! I honestly wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. (The suffrage thing didn't jump out and grab me when I read the description.) It's definitely worth checking out. :-)

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  6. Ooh, we have some definite overlaps, Jaime! I can't believe I've neglected to read ALIENATED. It sounds like so much fun, and I LOVE its cover. And A MAD, WICKED FOLLY... I think that'll be on the top of my 2015 reading list. Thanks for joining us for the blogfest, lady!

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    1. We do! I found some great recs on your list today too. This blogfest is always awesome for that. I think it's where I first heard about DANGEROUS GIRLS, what with everyone raving about it during last year's superlatives. (Easily one of my fave reads this year.) Thanks for hosting this again! :D

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  7. Ok, I've been eyeing A MAD, WICKED FOLLY but now that it has your stamp of approval, I'm definitely bumping it up the list! And I've seen you mention in a few comments on other people's posts that you haven't gotten to BL,LB yet--that's how I feel about CRESS! I was DYING for it after I finished SCARLET but then it just didn't happen. We'll see if I get to it before WINTER comes out!

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    1. Oh, I think you would really like A MAD, WICKED FOLLY! The suffragette/suffragist stuff was really interesting, and so was the art aspect as well. I just really enjoyed the characters and the time period. There's something about these periods of great change or being on the verge of great change, you know? Anyway, highly recommend! And you should totally read CRESS because it's so good! Love it. :-)

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