Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Class of 2012: Elements of Fiction (YA Superlative Blogfest)

Today is another great category for this blog fest! I'm so excited to see what everyone has to say, and I'm pretty sure I'll be adding quite a few more books to my reading list.



Wednesday, December 19th: Elements of Fiction

  • Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.): This question is so not fair. I want them all! But I think I want The Raven Boys most. I love the mystery of it. And that twist. Oh that twist. Yes, please. Let's rewind in time and have me come up with this one.
  • Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.): Pandemonium. A world where love is forbidden? No, thanks! Runner-up goes to This Is Not a Test. While I love zombie stories, I think I'd probably be the first person to die in a zombie apocalypse. Or to kill all of my friends out of paranoia.
  • Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.): Ravka, Shadow and Bone (minus all the scary things in The Unsea), with Heart, Incarnate, as a runner-up. 
  • Loveliest Prose: Incarnate, with Cinder as a runner-up. Just LOOK at this. *swoooooon*
"I must have slept for a little while, because the sky was clear and black, with a dusting of stars like snow."
"New silence, deeper like snow silence."
"Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water."
"Strings sang, long and warm as gold. Flutes sounded like silver, and clarinets like forests."
"There was a pause where I could have responded, but I left it filled only with starlight and misted breath."
  • Best First Line: The Raven Boys: 
"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told she would kill her true love."
  • Most Dynamic Main Character: As far as character growth (since that's what dynamic means), I'm going to have to go with Lena, Pandemonium (for reasons related to the ending of Delirium) with Ana, Incarnate, as a runner-up.
  • Most Jaw-Dropping Ending: Pandemonium. Hands down.
  • Best Performance in a Supporting Role: This is pretty tough, but I think I'll give it to Peter, Insurgent, if only because he never ceased to surprise me.
  • Best Use of Theme: Incarnate. You know--the whole butterfly, new soul, no soul, soul soul soul thing.






24 comments:

  1. Lena's a great choice for most dynamic, especially from book to book. She changes a lot in DELIRIUM, but by PANDEMONIUM she's like a new character entirely. (And oh man, that ending...)

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    1. She really is. And I love the back and forth between past and present in Pandemonium. I think it really shows her character growth.

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  2. How did I miss the first line category?!? I love your pick for that.
    Any world with zombies is one I don't want to travel to. They seriously freak me out!

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    1. I'm curious what you would have chosen!

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  3. You've got some great picks for your categories here, Liz. The prose in INCARNATE was really beautiful. And I have to agree with you that just about any plot I've read this year has been envy-inducing. I've read a lot of great books in 2012!

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  4. I totally agree about The Raven Boys being the most envy-inducing plot. Sometimes I wish I could just borrow Maggie Stiefvater's brain for my own writing.

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  5. I'm regretting not including PANDEMONIUM as my Most Jaw-Dropping ending. Yep. When I read that final page, my jaw literally DID drop!

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    1. Yeah, but the whole Ronan thing was a good one, too.

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  6. I'm glad Lena is getting so much love today! She was one of my favorites this year :)

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  7. Ah, why have I not read Incarnate yet?! That quote is VERY lovely.

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  8. Yeah, I am so plot challenged, I would take ANY of these awesome plots for my own.

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  9. I haven't read Incarnate yet, but I think I'm going to have to after reading the snippets you posted. I just finished Shadow and Bone last week and I agree that Ravka would be a great place to travel. Loved the Russian flair to it!

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    1. Oh you so should read Incarnate. It's so beautiful. I'm glad you got to Shadow and Bone! It's one of my favorites. :)

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  10. I really loved Oliver's Before I Fall, and although I know they're nothing alike I really want to read Pandemonium (add it to the list). :-) I love that you added quotes to reinforce best prose--great idea!

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    1. Did you read Delirium as well? I haven't read Before I Fall.

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  11. No, I want The Raven Boys plot!

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    1. Let's wrestle for it. Thumb wrestle. Like true warriors.

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  12. I agree with you on Lena's growth. I think that is why I didn't care for Delirium - she just wasn't strong enough. And I still haven't read INCARNATE!!! Need to fix that.

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    1. I'm so with you on everything in this comment.

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