December 17, 2014

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Day 3

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.)

CRESS
(Marissa Meyer)

I chose CINDER for this category in 2012, and I'm still envious!
They may be based on tales "as old as time", (BatB, FTW!) but
these re-imaginings are pretty unique and pretty darn awesome.

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(Or, the setting you definitely would NOT want to visit.)
EARTH + ERETZ from DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS
(Laini Taylor)

Hell to the no. 
Angels and chimera at war?
Um, no thanks.

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(Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
NYC, EDINBURGH, PARIS from THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME
(Jennifer E. Smith)

Oddly, these are all destinations I've been to in the last three years,
and they're all places I would happily travel to again! Because I loved
these destinations in real life, I wish they were 'explored' a bit more
in the book. While good, this is my least favourite of Smith's books.

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WE WERE LIARS
(E. Lockhart)

This was my first (and so far only) E. Lockhart read. The
prose was lovely enough and the plot compelling enough
that I will definitely be picking up more of her books soon. 
Next up: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

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CRUEL BEAUTY
(Rosamund Hodge)

"I was raised to marry a monster."

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ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
(Stephanie Perkins)

“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, 
but that guy—that guy right over there—that’s him.”

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EMILY from SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE
(Morgan Matson)

Pre-Sloane Emily was totally a turtle tucked up tight in her shell.
After her BFF disappears, Emily has to learn to live and thrive solo.
And she does a pretty darn good job of it. I loved seeing Emily evolve.

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So, this isn't a 2014 release, but I read it in 2014...
DANGEROUS GIRLS
(Abigail Haas)

I was going to go with WE WERE LIARS here, but while the ending
was sort of twisty and surprising, I wouldn't say it was jaw-dropping.
Nope, that title definitely has to go to DANGEROUS GIRLS, despite
the fact that it's a 2013 release. So I guess I'm cheating. #sorrynotsorry

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ROAR from INTO THE STILL BLUE (Veronica Rossi) &
ZIRI from DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (Laini Taylor)

Both of these books (and series) have great supporting characters,
so I went with a tie between two of my favourites: Ziri and Roar.

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DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS
(Laini Taylor)

If you want to go with a straight-up good vs. evil theme, I think this
series tackles it in a way that turns everything we have been taught
on its head--angels good, demons bad. (With chimera stepping in for
demons here.) In this series, both sides are good/bad in their own ways.
Not sure what point if any Laini Taylor was trying to make when she
wrote this, but it's an interesting exploration of the theme nonetheless.

AND I'm just noticing how many times I categorized this book today. Oops!

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19 comments:

  1. Ahh yes, Jen E Smith's books bring wonderlust (:

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  2. I need to read the rest of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I read the first one and bought the second by my then two year old attacked it... which made me so sad I never read it (I'd do better just getting a copy from the library). The first line in Cruel Beauty is so stunning. I read the first chapter while my daughter was at ballet :)

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    1. I listened to the second one on audio book and realized I cannot follow a fantasy book while driving. I have zero idea what happened, but loved the first book.

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    2. Honestly, Book 1 in Laini Taylor's trilogy was my favourite. There were things I definitely liked about Book 3--the prose in particular, some of the romance--but it could have been tightened up like crazy. Just an opinion. And I liked CRUEL BEAUTY for sure, but as far as Beauty and the Beast retellings go, I loved OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. So good!

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  3. Eretz was my runner up for Hell No World. God, that place sounds miserable.

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    1. It really does sound miserable. Not somewhere I'd ever want to visit. 0_o

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  4. I adore The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks! It's totally different from We Were Liars, but equally awesome. Frankie is such a fantastic character! And I think it's okay to cheat with Dangerous Girls because that book has probably the most jaw-dropping conclusion I've read EVER. So good! Also, how have I not read The Geography of You & Me yet? I have a feeling I'll love it as much as her others. Great choices today, Jaime!

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    1. I keep saying that I'm going to read FRANKIE soon, but so far I haven't made good on that. There are just so many awesome books I need to get to! Soon, I hope. While I was doing up my post I kept feeling bummed that DANGEROUS GIRLS was a 2013 release, so I finally just said, "Screw it" and used it lol. I first heard about it during the superlatives last year, actually. :-)

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  5. Yeah that Dangerous Girls ending was pretty jaw-dropping, wasn't it?!

    And I have some of these same picks! Great choices, Jaime! So fun!

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    1. It will be pretty hard to top that jaw-dropping ending, I think. So good! I still need to read DANGEROUS BOYS. :-)

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  6. Yes! Dangerous Girls definitely has a jaw-dropping ending. I loved that book so much - it was like having a Shonda Rhimes scandalous drama in my hands! I agree, I wish there'd been more exploration of the locations in The Geography of You and Me, especially as the romance was a bit stilted.

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    1. DANGEROUS GIRLS was crazy good. I think I read that one in a single sitting, if I remember correctly. And a Shonda Rhimes drama is the perfect comparison. The romance was seriously stilted in THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME. I wanted to love it, but it's hard to love a romance where the leading characters are almost never together and/or even communicating all that much. I felt like I was reading two separate stories or something. Ah well. I'm still a big Jennifer E. Smith fan. :-)

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  7. That is a good first line for Isla and the Happily Ever After. I hope you enjoy The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. It is one of my favorite books.

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    1. Stephanie Perkins writes with such humour, and that first line grabbed me right away. Looking forward to reading FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS soon. I've heard great things about it!

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  8. Dangerous Girls and Since You've Been Gone are ones I really want to read. I think they're both on my list.

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    1. Both are really good books! I hope you love them. :-)

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  9. Aww, Roar! I really need to get back to that series.

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  10. I miss Roar. I need to reread that series, because he was my favorite. And I loved watching Emily's story unfold in SYBG! I was a lot like her when I was a teenager, so it made it really easy to root for her :)

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