Wednesday, December 18, 2013

YA Superlatives: Elements of Fiction

Time for more superlatives! Click the image below for more information, and check out the lovely ladies hosting this bookstravaganza: Katy UppermanJessica LoveTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller.

I loved this day last year, and I'm excited to see it again--thanks for bringing it back, ladies.

Most Envy-Inducing Plot (The Plot You Wish You Thought Of Yourself): The Dream Thieves

Most Formidable World (Setting You Definitely Would NOT Want to Visit): Zoe's home in Nobody But Us. Real-world settings with that sort of darkness are so hard.

Wanderlust-Inducing (Setting You'd Gladly Travel To): Wonderland in Splintered. I would love to see this gothic world up close an personal, as terrifying as it would be.

Loveliest Prose: This is a toss up for me. One of these three: Splintered, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, or The Dream Thieves.

Best First Line:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea You stop fearing the devil when you're holding his hand.
Splintered I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way I can stop their whispers.
A Darkness Strange and Lovely Can't share this one or it would spoil the first in that series.

Most Dynamic Main Character: I'm going to give this to Em from All Our Yesterdays. Because of the way the book was written, you really got to see her growth. Runner-up for this is Eleanor from A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea with an honorable mention to Allegiant.

Best Performance In a Supporting Role: I really enjoyed Thorne in Scarlet as well as Finn in All Our Yesterdays.

Best Use of Theme:  A Darkness Strange and Lovely did an excellent job with darkness vs. light.


  1. Clearly we agree about THE DREAM THIEVES. Maggie S. is brilliant. Her writing slays me. I have BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, but haven't gotten to it yet. NEED TO!

  2. Totally agree about Em being a dynamic character. It's really not often that we get to see the full change of a character like that!

  3. How did I forget about Em for Most Dynamic Character? You're so right about that! I honestly didn't like her at first, but she really did change, didn't she? Those first lines are fantastic! I've flipped open SPLINTERED and read a bit, so I knew how cool that line was, but BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is equally awesome for first lines!

  4. I've been seeing ALL OUR YESTERDAYS mentioned all over this blogfest. I so need to read it! As soon as I'm settled at my new address, I'm ordering it. Oh, and I love the first line of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA as well. Great picks as usual, Liz!