Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best in Show young adult 2013 books

Cutest couple, favorite cover, romance most worthy of any ice bath, sleeper hit: just a few categories in today's  Young Adult books Class of 2013 Blogfest. 

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The Class of 2013: YA Superlative Blogfest is all about promoting the extraordinary young adult books published this year and runs from Monday, December 16th through Thursday, December 19th. 

Favorite Cover  
The Binding Stone by Lisa Gail Green 
The blue-red-orange color scheme; the desert background; the overlaid lacy pattern; the light trailing off the opal; the Djinn's red silky wrap; love, love, love.

Cutest Couple  
MacKenzie and Wesley, from the Archived by Victoria Schwab
Well, technically they aren't a couple, yet, but they have all the vibes...

Most Likely to Succeed 
(Pick a Printz Winner) 
Starglass by Phoebe North
This book has a literary, thought-provoking feel to it.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime 
(Book you couldn’t put down)  
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This book just came out, but I predict it's going to hit the bestseller lists soon. It's already been voted the top young adult book of the year by the Huffington Post

Best Repeat Performance 
(Favorite sequel or follow-up)  
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This one also made the Huffington Post top ten YA books list.

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
And this one made Huff's top ten list too. 

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath:  
These Broken Stars
Yes, I'm using this book again. It's  THAT GOOD!

Breakout Novel
(Your favorite book by a debut author)  
These Broken Stars
Sorry, another repeat, but it's true. 

Best Old-Timer
 (Your favorite read of the year published BEFORE 2013.)  
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Time travel back to the beginning of the black death in Europe. This book won both a Hugo and Nebula Award and it was another book that I couldn't put down. 

Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry 
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
The parents in this book, what they went through... and Teeny... no dad could read this without crying.

Most Pleasant Surprise 
(Book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did)  
Burning by Elana K. Arnold
I didn't care for the first chapter, but I'm so glad I kept reading because this book about a modern day Roma (gypsy) girl had a surprising voice and strength. 

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle  
 Parallel by Lauren Miller and  Pivot Point by Kasie West
Both of these books put a brilliant spin on the love triangle. 

Sleeper Hit 
Catch Rider by Jennifer Lyne
A quirky character (a touch hill billy) with a really wonderful voice. 

Favorite Outlier  (upper  Middle Grade)
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
So many things I loved about this book; but at the top of my list it's the eccentric characters that generated a synergy of nerdy fizzy chemistry. 

My own category:

Most heart-wrenching love story
Tarver and Lilac from These Broken Stars
I very much loved this book... can you tell?

What's your favorite book from any of these categories?


  1. Great lists! I really enjoyed Pivot Point and am looking forward to the sequel - if I can remember everything that happened in the first book! I do want to read These Broken Stars - I loved the first chapter!

  2. Ooh good category. I'm tied between These Broken Stars, Eleanor & Park, and The Sea of Tranquility - all three got me right in THE FEELS.

  3. I picked PIVOT POINT for creative love triangle as well. I think parallel storylines makes this a love triangle that doesn't feel like a love triangle, you know? I put THESE BROKEN STARS on my Christmas list, and at this point if it's not under the tree I might just cry lol. If not, there will be Boxing Day shopping going on!

  4. So so many people are saying great things about These Broken Stars. I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

  5. I agree...THESE BROKEN STARS really is that good!

  6. I really, REALLY need to read THESE BROKEN STARS. I was dying to before, but after this blogfest it's clear it needs to move to the top of my TBR list. As for heart-wrenching love stories, I thought the one in HOW TO LOVE was great.

  7. I am so behind on reading... I haven't read any of these books! They are all on my Goodreads list, but I need to actually go to the bookstore. Wonderful picks, Margo, I keep hearing great things about all of these titles.

  8. Awww, thanks for including the cover of the BINDING STONE! I agree, Lisa Amowitz is phenomenal. Love her to death!



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