Monday, December 17, 2012

The Class of 2012: Head of the Class (YA Superlative Blogfest)

Hello, friends! To kick off my return to blogging and the YA world, I'll be participating in the YA Superlative Blogfest this week--a glorious idea created by Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller.  If you don't know what this is, then you've been living under a rock. But it's okay. Just click the button below to learn more. If you're participating, let me know in the comments so I can keep up with your choices.



Now, on to the superlatives!


Monday, December 17th: Head of the Class

  • Favorite Dystopian: Insurgent I waited and waited and waited for this. I was so excited when it came out, I reread Divergent then jumped right in. If you haven't read this book and love dystopians, you need to get into this series.
  • Favorite Science Fiction:  Cinder Everything from the writing to the characters to the world in this story was absolutely stunning. If you read my review, you know I wasn't surprised by the twist, but the book was so good it didn't matter.
  • Favorite Fantasy: This one was really tough for me. I loved both Incarnate and Shadow and Bone for very different reasons, but I’m going to go with Shadow and Bone.
  • Favorite Contemporary: Get ready for it—I didn’t read any new contemporary this year. (Sorry!)
  • Favorite Action/Adventure: I didn’t really read any action/adventure, but I would definitely say that False Memory by Dan Krokos had elements of this. So that book gets my vote. Also, I couldn’t pick two science fiction. You girls are angels for making dystopian a separate category, too.
  • Favorite Historical Fiction: Something Strange and Deadly (for which I’ll have a review this week or next) was awesome. I felt like I was in Philadelphia in the late 1800s. And, of course, I loved the added element of the walking dead.
  • Favorite Comedy: Didn’t read any
  • Favorite Mystery: Didn’t read any
  • Favorite Romance: I didn’t really read any romance, but I’m going to go ahead and stick Incarnate in this category. I loved the romance in this book and couldn’t have two favorite fantasies. The prose is so beautiful it just makes the romance that much better.
  • Favorite Paranormal: This is Not a Test. Though I'd probably stick this more in the horror category. Did I mention I like the walking dead? Well, I do.
  • Favorite Family Drama: I'm going to give this one to This is Not a Test as well.
  • Favorite Genre Bender: Can I put The Raven Boys here? It has fantasy and contemporary elements, which probably technically makes it contemporary fantasy, but still. :) As an aside, I'll have a review up for this one before the end of the month as well.

In case you couldn't tell, I read mostly fantasy and science fiction. If you have any contemporary, comedy, or mystery novels you'd recommend, let me know!

2012 Releases I Read: Incarnate, Cinder, Pandemonium, Insurgent, Shadow and Bone, False Memory, This is Not a Test, Something Strange and Deadly, The Raven Boys

27 comments:

  1. I read all of two contemporaries this year, and both of them were excellent - The Fault in Our Stars and If I Lie. It looks like we had pretty similar choices!

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    1. I have the Fault in Our Stars on my Kindle, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'll have to add If I Lie to the list.

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  2. Awww The Walking Dead. Love that show! And I agree with you on INCARNATE...the romance in there was moving, and touching, and the piano...loved the piano part :D

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    1. I love The Walking Dead as well, but I actually meant that literally--I love stories that include the walking dead (hence Something Strange and Deadly being on the list, too). I LOVED the piano part in Incarnate!

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  3. Oh man, I had forgotten about INCARNATE! I have to add that to my list. And I'm starting to wonder if I'll be the only one without THIS IS NOT A TEST on my list (haven't gotten to it yet, but man, I can't wait!)

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    1. This is Not a Test is so so so good. Man. One of the best this year.

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  4. I have some of these on my list too, but I MUST read Something Strange and Deadly for sure! It sounds wonderful!

    Also - contemporary - I cannot recommend The Fault in Our Stars enough!

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    1. I'll put The Fault In Our Stars on the list to read over the holiday!

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  5. I'd say THE RAVEN BOYS is a genre bender! I debated it for many of today's categories.
    You will love THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation :) I'm looking forward to reading The Fault in Our Stars!

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  6. Well, it looks like great minds think alike because we have at least a few in the same categories. This was an especially good year for reading. Have you read THRONE OF GLASS? I'm currently reading it and loving it! :)

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    1. It was a good year for reading! I haven't read Throne of Glass, but it's on my list!

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  7. Had there been a horror category, I would have definitely given that to This is Not a Test (I also love the Walking Dead).

    Shadow and Bone was a contender for me but was just barely beaten out.

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    1. This is Not a Test was so good! And Shadow and Bone! So many good stories! So many exclamation marks!

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  8. Love your selections. There were so many amazing books this year, and I could hardly decide on most of them, so I'm glad to see some of my choices reflected here as well! Yay!

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    1. :) I'll have to head over and check yours out!

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  9. Wow, I've seen CINDER so many times today! I've thought it looks really good, but if everyone is picking it for Favorites, I better read it!

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  10. You didn't read any contemporary??!! Ahh, you MUST sorry this out immediately! I'm pretty sure at least 80% of my reads this year were contemp, haha. You should go with The Fault In Our Stars, perhaps? :) I loved The Raven Boys--it was not at all what I was expecting, in a good way! And I *really* need to get a copies of Shadow & Bone and This Is Not a Test already!

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    1. Yes, The Fault In Our Stars is definitely on the list. I hope to read it before the end of the year. And I agree with you on getting Shadow and Bone and This Is Not a Test. Go go go!

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  11. You didn't read ANY contemporary?! Oh my goodness, I'm going to fall down. ;-)

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    1. I've just never been a big contemporary person. I read The Duff, but that was the only one, and it wasn't 2012!

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  12. We both voted for CINDER!

    I need to read SHADOW & BONE as soon as possible, I think - I lent the ARC to a friend when I was in Deadline Hell and she hasn't given it back, and that was in May, so...perhaps I will buy myself a new copy?

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    1. Cinder is FABULOUS, so it makes total sense. I vote for buying a new copy ASAP!

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  13. WHAT?! How did you not read ANY 2012 contemporary? My mind is officially blown. If you decide to read a few, might I recommend LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP and THE DISENCHANTMENTS?

    Great choice in THIS IS NOT A TEST. Courtney Summers can do no wrong, in my opinion. And SMOKE AND BONE! I really need to read that one. I've heard great things!

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    1. Not any 2012, no. Though I did -buy- A Fault in Our Stars. I saw Lovely, Dark and Deep on your list and want to read it. Perhaps over Christmas?

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  14. I'm going to say I can't believe you didn't read any contemporary, but then of course my sci fi and/or fantasy shelves are pretty sparse, so I get it. :-) I've been a zombie "aficionado" when it comes to TV and movies, so I'm surprised at myself for not having read This is Not a Test, yet!

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