December 16, 2014

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Day 2

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 LoveTracey NeithercottAlison 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... We can’t wait to see your favorite reads of 2014!" It's always a lot of fun and a great way to add books to that ready-to-topple-over TBR pile.


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


ARIN from THE WINNER'S CURSE
(Marie Rutkoski)

Okay, maybe not so much rock star, but still: Arin as lead vocals with Kestrel on piano.
“Kestrel let the words echo in her mind. There had been a supple strength to his voice. An
 unconscious melody. Kestrel wondered if Arin knew how he exposed himself as a singer 
with every simple, ordinary word. She wondered if he meant to hold her in thrall.”

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LIRAZ from DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS
(Laini Taylor)

I went with Liraz (Akiva's badass sister), but really I probably could have chosen
anyone--angel or chimera--in this series finale. There were a whole lot of bones 
to pick (no pun intended lol) by a whole lot of characters on a whole lot of pages 
in this book. While I wished this one had been tightened up quite a bit, it's hard 
not to love characters like Liraz and Ziri (oh, the swoon!) and Karou and Akiva.
(Raise your hand if you now have "Don't start a ri-ot" from Sublime's "What I Got" stuck in your head.)

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THORNE from CRESS
(Marissa Meyer)

Haha! I just looked back to last year's Day 2 Superlatives post, and lo and behold,
Thorne won Biggest Flirt in 2013 as well. Hard not to love this flirtatious fellow
and this fantastic addition to Marissa Meyer's sci fi fairy tale retelling series. Love!
“At the top of his file was a three-dimensional holograph scanned in from his military graduation. 
Cress preferred it to the infamous prison photo that had become so popular, the one in which he was 
winking at the camera, because in the holograph he was wearing a freshly pressed uniform with 
shiny silver buttons and a confident, one-sided grin. Seeing that smile, Cress melted. Every. Time.
"Hello again, Mr. Thorne," she whispered to the holograph.”

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LOLA from ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
(Stephanie Perkins)

This feels a bit like cheating, BUT Lola makes a brief appearance in ISLA, so I've
decided it works. Whenever I think of fashion in YA. I think of Lola Nolan. Always.

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BECCA from ONE, TWO, THREE
(Elodie Nowodazkij)

Becca is one of those stick-by-your-side-even-when-you're-acting-bananas
kind of BFFs. The kind worth holding onto for dear life. While ONE, TWO,
THREE has a whole lot of swoon, it also features a great female friendship.
(Added bonus: Its author is someone I'd consider a writing BFF in real life!)

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JACK from PUSH GIRL
(Jessica Love + Chelsie Hill)

There were a number of swoonworthy dudes in the books I read this year, but
Jack was one of the guys I could actually picture dating in high school, mainly
because this story featured a high school setting. Book boys like Jack are keepers.

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FRANK PORTER from SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE
(Morgan Matson)

Everything about this guy screams "Going Places", am I right?
The guy is student body president, the smartest boy in school, the
classic overachiever, is actively involved in extracurriculars, but on
top of all that he's just an all-around nice guy. Prez cred in spades.
(Raise your hand if you now have the Kelly Clarkson song stuck in your head.)


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CRESS from CRESS
(Marissa Meyer)

Cress is definitely what I would call quirky and original. Observe, if you will:
“I am an explorer,' she whispered, 'setting courageously off into the wild unknown.' 
It was not a daydream she'd ever had before, but she felt the familiar comfort of her 
imagination wrapping around her. She was an archeologist, a scientist, a treasure hunter. 
She was a master of land and sea. 'My life is an adventure.' she said, growing confident 
as she opened her eyes again. 'I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.'"

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THE ASSASSIN from THE KISS OF DECEPTION
(Mary E. Pearson)

I can't say who exactly the assassin is--that would be a major spoiler--but
I will say that the assassin does manage to convince you he's a worthy-ish
candidate for Lia's affection. Discovering that he was, in fact, the villain
toward the book's conclusion made the love/hate thing more confusing.
We should hate him, but do we? Do we? The jury's still out on that one.

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MR. COVEY from TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
(Jenny Han)

Being the lone male in a house full of girls has got to be rough
at times, but Mr. Covey--a widower to boot--handles it like a pro.
He was completely supportive of his daughters, the best sort of dad.

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CRICKET BELL from ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
(Stephanie Perkins)

Cricket Bell makes a guest appearance in ISLA, and let
it be known, he will always be my favourite book nerd.

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19 comments:

  1. Aww, thank you so much for the Jack love! <3

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    1. He really was a spectacular love interest. ♥ I was rooting for him and Kara right from the get-go!

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  2. I love Thorne. He's hilarious. I haven't read CRESS yet, though it's high on my TBR list. Oh, and I agree about Mr. Covey. He was awesome.

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    1. He really is hilarious. One of those characters where practically everything out of his mouth makes you crack up. I had to rack my brain for fave parental figure, but then I remembered Mr. Covey and there really was no contest.

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  3. :) <3 Thank you SO MUCH!!! (and right back at you!!!)

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  4. Lola and Cricket have a cameo in Isla?! Ok I will definitely finish it before the end of the year! Oh and yes, every time I see that cover I get the Kelly Clarkson song stuck in my head - luckily it's a good song!

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    1. Oops. Spoiler alert? (That was the highlight of ISLA for me.) Annnnd, I'm listening to "Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson as I'm typing this lol. ;-)

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  5. Great list! Mr. Covey was a great father. He was my second choice after Anne from Panic by Lauren Oliver.

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    1. I couldn't think of anyone at first for fave parental figure, but when Mr. Covey popped into my head, I knew he was my #1 pick. Loved him! I haven't read PANIC yet, but I'm thinking I really need to. :-)

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  6. I just started reading the Winners Curse as a direct result of this blogfest! And Push Girl is next on the list. I'm so happy to see Liraz make your list! Just loved how she evolved in the last book!

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    1. Oh, I love THE WINNER'S CURSE so much, and not just because it has a gorgeous cover lol. Can't wait for Book 2! I loved Liraz and Ziri so much, maybe even a wee bit more than Akiva and Karou, to be honest. (Did I say that out loud?) Liraz just really grew so much, and grew on me too!

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  7. Awww... I forgot about CRICKET!!! Great choice! And I just love Frank Porter. He was two of my picks today. :)

    Great choices, Jaime! This is so fun!

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    1. Cricket was kind of a sneaky choice because he only pops up briefly in ISLA, but my brain totally went there. Frank Porter was such a great character. Love him! :D

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  8. Great list :) I loved how music flowed through The Winner's Curse. It added so much depth to the character and overall story.

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    1. You know, I totally forgot about that aspect of the story until I was looking for something to fill that category today. I do remember loving it when I was reading the book, though! :-)

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  9. You're right about Becca -- she's an excellent BFF. And somehow I didn't even think of Arin (or Kestrel) for the Rock Star category. They'd make an excellent duo -- after they settle all of their political strife and do something about their crazy sexual tension. ;-)

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  10. Ok, I swear I chose Becca and Jack before I saw your post :) It's interesting to see who goes in for Tonio and who goes for Jack ;-)

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  11. Ha! I love Lola and Cricket, so I'm glad they both show up in Isla. And I agree with you about the Assassin. While I was hoping the dude I liked was the not-Assassin, I loved that I couldn't actually tell because both guys were just so well-written. (And both guys fit in with my other YA book boyfriends like the Darkling and Warner and Edward from The Madman's Daughter sooooo there's that.)

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