Monday, December 15, 2014

Best of 2014: my favorite young adult books




The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest will run Monday, December 15th – Thursday, December 18th and will highlight favorite YA books published in 2014Join us in celebrating great books of 2014 - sign up at any of the hosts' blogs: Jessica LoveTracey NeithercottAlison Miller or Katy Upperman


Favorite Dystopian: Salvage, Alexandra Duncan 
Salvage
Vivid story of a spaceship handmaiden finding freedom in a strange new world: future Earth

Favorite Science Fiction:  Alienated, by Melissa Landers
Alienated (Alienated, #1)
Love, love, loved the premise and the dialogue and spockish alien Aleyx and spunky Cara and their slow burn love. Leave me a comment if you've read this book and if "Elire" made your heart melt...


Favorite Fantasy: Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor 
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
My favorite book of 2o14.  I've already re-read it in entirity, the whole trilogy. I cannot even explain how much I love this parallel world full of unique mythical creatures, and how much I love Karou and Akiva and Liraz and Ziri and Zuzana and Mik and Brimstone and I could keep going....

Favorite Fantasy runner up: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
The final book in this wonderful trilogy set in a Tsarist-Russian-type fantasy world. I've re-read the last 70 pages three times already; wow, wow, wow.

Favorite Contemporary: When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
When Audrey Met Alice
Audrey is the daughter of the President of the United States, and it's a tough role to adjust to, but the journal of Teddy Roosevelt's daughter Alice are a big help: I love books that have a contemporary/historical parallel!

Favorite Action/Adventure: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)
A quest, an adopted brother, scary and adorable gargoyles, and an ability to slow time: this book is packed full of action, adventure, twists and turns

Favorite Historical Fiction: The Winter Horses, by Philip Kerr 
The Winter Horses

Set during World War II, a Jewish refugee rescues two rare horses from the Nazis, embarking on an incredible and terrifying journey acorss war-torn Ukraine

Favorite Comedy: Prom Impossible, by Laura Pauling
Prom Impossible










"I wanted to use Zeke to make Jasper jealous to make Michael jealous so I could have my dream prom date." Cue: disaster. A modern Shakespearean comedy.

Favorite Mystery: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible
Billed as an intricate puzzle of a novel, this is a fantasic but believable journy of a blind girl trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance (and one way-cool little brother)

Favorite Romance: Like No Other by Una LaMarche
Like No Other
A young black man in Brooklyn falls in love with a Jewish girl from one of the strictest Hasidic sects. Couldn't put this one down. 

Favorite Paranormal:  The Unbound, by Victoria Schwab 
The Unbound (The Archived, #2)
Even though I didn't get as much time in the Archive, that super spooky but cool library of the dead, this was a completely worthy follow up to the Archived and featured much more of Wesley. Yuuuummmm, Wesley.

Favorite Paranormal runner up: The Fire Wish, by Amber Lough
The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1)
Star-crossed lovers from the human and djinn worlds that have long been at war.  Fantastic settings and characters and premise.

Favorite Genre Bender: Otherbound , Corrine Duyvis
Otherbound
A contemporary with connections to a parallel world with a slight steampunk feel and a very interesting connection between the two worlds.

My own categories...

Favorite strange new world: Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)
A spooky but beautiful underground world ruled by trolls - who aren't exactly trolls - who kidnap a human girl to break a curse

Favorite friendship book: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
My Best Friend, Maybe
Amazing writing, a complicated friendship between two girls, thoughtful handling of religious issues, and wonderful setting on the Greek island of Santorini 

Favorite diverse main character: Played, by Liz Fichera
Played (Hooked, #2)












Sam is a Native American in a love-hate relationship with a white suburban princess; I loved the reverse love triangle in this book.

Favorite novel I HAVEN'T READ YET!!!  This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)
It doesn't come out for another 6 days (yes I am counting!!!) The first book in this series, These Broken Stars, was one of my favorites last year. 


What was your favorite 2014 book? 

8 comments:

  1. Loved seeing your list. I really enjoyed Salvage, Ruin and Rising, and Gates of Thread and Stone. Can't wait to read This Shattered World too.

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  2. So happy to see some Alienated love! I'm dying for the sequel!

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  3. I want to get my hands on Like No Other so badly! I really liked Hooked by Liz Fichera so can't wait to read Played at some point.

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  4. Ooooh! I like your categories! And I clearly need to catch up on some reading because I haven't read a lot of these and they sound so good!

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  5. Just added SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE to my TBR. Thanks for the rec! I hadn't heard of that one before. Actually, you have a number of books here that I haven't yet read, so that's awesome! It's always nice to hear about new books. :-)

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  6. I just preordered THIS SHATTERED WORLD the other day... Cannot wait to read it! And I loved WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE. Such a cute story, but deep too. I love when MG hits different notes that way. Great choices, Margo... Can't wait to see your picks for tomorrow!

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  7. I am counting down to This Shattered World too! I hadn't heard of The Winter Horses before. Thanks for introducing me to it!

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  8. Lots of cool new books to check out! Just waiting for my Amazon gift card from my aunt to arrive. :-D

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