Monday, December 16, 2013
YA Superlative Blogfest Class of 2013: Day One
I am so excited to participate in the YA Superlative Blogfest again this year! It's hosted by some of my favorite ladies: Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and Katy Upperman. I'm trying to bust my recent reading and blogging slumps, and I have a hunch this just might do it! Here are some of my favorites from 2013:
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
This trilogy stood out in a crowded field; while the premise (all women die at 20 and men at 25, due to a plague) is similar to others I've seen, the execution feels very different and I got sucked into the world.
Favorite Science Fiction
Starglass by Phoebe North
This is one of my very favorites of the whole year. A generation ship, centuries removed from Earth, guided by principles and traditions that have evolved from contemporary Judaism. Fiddler on the Roof meets Across the Universe: I'm in love.
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
This could also easily have gone under favorite family drama. Sara Zarr creates amazing, complex families for her characters, and they are as well-drawn and central as ever in this novel. Lucy struggles to determine what she wants over the deafening roar of what her family wants, and I couldn't put the book down.
False Sight by Dan Krokos
This is not my usual genre, but Krokos does a great job of grabbing the reader's attention and not letting it go. (Plus, he was really nice to my students when we met him at the Rochester Teen Book Festival last year, so I'll always give his books a try. I hope they stay this awesome!)
Favorite Historical Fiction
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
One of my overall favorites of the year. This was a very different read from Code Name Verity but just as riveting.
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
This is also a genre-bender, but I think it qualifies as a mystery (among other things.) And I was certainly in suspense and wondering what was actually happening (in a good way!) most of the time I was reading.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Just the most fun. So much fun. A fabulous summer read but I'm tempted to revisit it now to bring some sun back into my snowy, snowy life.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
This could go in half-a-dozen different categories, but paranormal certainly fits. I love Blue, and I remain incapable of picking a favorite Raven Boy.
Favorite Family Drama
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Ok, this genre is a bit of a stretch, but this book turns family drama up to 11. And by drama, I mean worst possible family amounts of drama.
Favorite Genre Bender
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Fairy-tale? Sci-fi? Adventure? Romance? Comedy? Yup. In a year when I was TERRIBLE at reading sequels to things I loved, this was one of the few that I made time for--and I will be making more time when the next installment comes out!