December 18, 2014

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Day 4

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.)

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
(Claudia Gray)

I remember when this cover was revealed and how I was bowled over by
how beautiful it was. I love the watercolour effect and the mirror image
thing it has going on as well. The magenta/purple colouring really pops.
Still need to read this one, but it's hard not to judge it by its great cover.

Honourable Mention:
THE WINNER'S CURSE
(Marie Rutkoski)

I love the perspective looking down, the gorgeous dress, the way Kestrel's
fingers are curled around the "R" that is vaguely reminiscent of a treble clef.
(There's a strong musical component to this book, so it feels fitting.) Bonus
points for the amazingly cool black title and acknowledgement pages and 
the use of vertical versus horizontal font for page and chapter numbers.

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

Something about these two just won me over.♥

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WE WERE LIARS
(E. Lockhart)

There has been so much talk about this one
and deservedly so. It's a National Book Award
finalist and a Printz Award honoree, so y'know...

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IGNITE ME
(Tahereh Mafi)

Okay, true confession time. I actually didn't love this
series finale. SHATTER ME totally blew me away,
but this one had me questioning certain aspects of it.
All that aside, as with each installment in this trilogy, I
read it in a single sitting. And, yes, I missed my bedtime.

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CRESS
(Marissa Meyer)

This series just keeps getting better and better.
I loved pretty well everything about this sequel.

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INTO THE STILL BLUE
(Veronica Rossi)

This trilogy is fantastic from beginning to end.
Veronica Rossi knows how to avoid those saggy
sophomore novels and, man, can she end a series!
(A relief as I was disappointed by so many this year.)

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JOSH + ISLA from ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
(Stephanie Perkins)

Just to be clear, I preferred Anna + √Čtienne and Lola + Cricket
over Isla + Josh, but holy cannoli, these two were super steamy!

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THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN
(Meredith McCardle)

I won a signed copy of the lovely Meredith McCardle's debut from
Katy Upperman and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for Book 2!
Time travel, top secret government organizations...so awesome!

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REVOLUTION
(Jennifer Donnelly)

OMG, you guys. This book! I honestly have no idea why I
didn't read this book, like, four years sooner. Seriously. It's
not only the best book I read all year, it's probably the best
YA book I have read period. It's so wonderfully written!

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A MAD, WICKED FOLLY
(Sharon Biggs Waller)

The synopsis for this book didn't jump out and grab
my attention immediately, but after hearing some
great things about it, I gave it a go, and I'm glad I did!
Suffragettes, pre-Raphaelite art, super swoonworthy boy...

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THE KISS OF DECEPTION
(Mary E. Pearson)

"Two mysterious and handsome strangers" vie for Lia's affections,
but we don't know the actual identity of either of them until close
to the end of the book. Do we ship Lia + the assassin sent to kill her
or Lia + the prince she was supposed to marry but had never met?
Definitely the most creative use of a love triangle I've ever seen.

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MORE THAN MUSIC
(Elizabeth Briggs)

My favourite outlier for 2014 was actually a NA read by the
incredibly talented Liz Briggs. If you haven't read this debut,
what are you waiting for?! So much swoon and so hard to put
down! Liz just revealed the cover to MORE THAN MUSIC's 
companion book, MORE THAN COMICS, yesterday! (HERE)

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PICK YOUR OWN SUPERLATIVE...
THESE BROKEN STARS
(Amie Kaufman + Meagan Spooner)

I always feel bad for the late arrivals because they often just
miss out on end-of-the-year favourites lists. This one released
partway into December, so most of us didn't have the chance
to include its awesomeness on our lists. And listworthy it is!
If you haven't read this swoonworthy space opera, get on that! 

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MANY THANKS TO THE AWESOME HOSTS OF 
THE 2014 YA SUPERLATIVES BLOGFEST!


20 comments:

  1. KISS OF DECEPTION is on my TBR for sure. The love triangle sounds like a page-turner! And ISLA was WAY steamier than I expected at the beginning of the book. ;)

    Also, my entire family was forced to sit through a detailed presentation on THE WINNER'S CURSE cover/interior design and how amazing I thought it was. "Okay, Kaitlin, we get it, yeah it's nice..." "BUT LOOK AT THE SIDEWAYS FONT! LOOK AT IT!" :D

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    1. I think you'll really like KISS OF DECEPTION. Hope so! And I'm glad I'm not the only one squeeing over the cover and innards of THE WINNER'S CURSE lol. I pulled it off the shelf again yesterday just to admire it. It really makes me wonder why these kinds of stylistic choices haven't been made before. That I know of, anyway. Loved it! :D

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  2. I wanted to use These Broken Stars for so many things! I'm glad you gave it some love :) I feel bad for the late comers too. I have Snow Like Ashes sitting by my bed. I like what I've read but it came out to late to make any of the 2014 lists.

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    1. There were a few that came out in December last year (and are coming out in December of this year) that didn't make it on to lists. It's too bad, because some of them are fantastic!

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  3. I LOVED More Than Music too! It seriously has everything I love in a book!

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  4. Oh, I loved THESE BROKEN STARS so much! THIS SHATTERED WORLD comes out on my husband's birthday and you better believe I already preordered it. A little present for me, too. :-) And now I'm totally wanting to read THE KISS OF DECEPTION. I've seen it mentioned for the Love Triangle category already today, and I love a fresh take on that trope. Thanks for joining us this week, Jaime. I've picked up tons of recs from your posts -- no surprise there! <3

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    1. I really wish books didn't come out so late in December. Whenever I make up Christmas lists--and apparently superlatives lists--they always seem to get missed. :( I can't wait to read THIS SHATTERED WORLD. It feels like forever since the last book came out even though it's only been a year. I think you'd like THE KISS OF DECEPTION, especially knowing that you liked THE WINNER'S CURSE. I've picked up a ton of recs too, so I'm pretty excited about that. Thanks again! :D

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  5. I love your own superlative--such a perfect idea to celebrate the late releases! I agree--the cover for A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is wonderful. Happy Holidays, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! There were so many superlatives I could have used there, but that one felt only right. :-) Happy Holidays to you too, Rebecca! :D

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  6. I've always been on the fence about These Broken Stars (if we're doing Stars, I'm more drawn to For Darkness Shows the Stars), however a 'swoonworthy space opera' sounds too good to miss! I also like the look of More Than Music. Oh, so many books to add to the never-ending TBR list. Although, I'm going to prioritise some of these from the Superlatives Blogfest as I trust everyone's judgement!

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    1. I really, really enjoyed THESE BROKEN STARS, and I'm super excited that the sequel is out this month! I definitely recommend it. My TBR list has gotten so huge just from this blogfest. Like you, I'll be prioritizing according to some of the recommendations made this week. :-)

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  7. Wow, that's an amazing endorsement for REVOLUTION. I have that on my TBR bookcase, but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for reminding me it's there and worth pushing toward the top!

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  8. A Thousand Pieces of You does have a beautiful cover. Revolution is one of my favorite books. Have you read A Northern Light? It's another book by Jennifer Donnelly. It's very good. I highly recommend it!

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  9. I read THESE BROKEN STARS this year too and loved it! So I'll choose that one for your superlative. :)

    And that cover of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is incredible! Great choice!

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  10. I'm just lurking, but I'm really loving all these books!

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  12. These Broken Stars would definitely be my late-2013 pick, too! I loved that it was like the movie Titanic, but in space. (That's what it felt like to me, anyway.) Also, TARVER <3

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  13. Excellent post, Jaime! A few that I've read but too many that I haven't. I have GOT to become a faster reader in 2015! Okay, that will be New Year's Resolution #1.

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