Monday, December 16, 2013

YA Superlatives: Head of The Class

I've been on  blogging hiatus as life has run away with me, but I think that's okay. We do what we can do, and this past month and a half, it was all I could do to squeeze my revisions in. I'm excited to jump back in with none other than the YA Superlatives Blogfest hosted by the ever lovely Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller!

I went through all my reviews, and it seems out of the 15 books I read this year, only 13 were published in 2013. At first I was pretty bummed that I only got 15 in, but then I thought about all the amazing and some not-so-amazing things that happened this year and decided to be gracious with and proud of myself for that many. I am a little sad I didn't get to Fangirl and Eleanor and Park in time, but that's okay. I'm sure after reading everyone's posts it will just want to make me read them more.

Let's jump in! Today's topic: Head of the Class. As a note, I didn't include the topics that I didn't read in that genre or didn't have a favorite. I've linked to my reviews if you want more information on any of these great books.

Favorite Dystopian: This one is a little tough as two of my favorite dystopian trilogies ended this year. Both authors took a lot of risks with their characters and their plots, and for that I applaud them. I'm going to have to give this one to Requiem by Lauren Oliver, with an honorable mention to Allegiant by Veronica Roth (which I still need to review!). Another honorable mention to Erin Bowman's debut Taken.

Favorite Science Fiction: This one goes to debut author Cristin Terrill with All Our Yesterdays. I felt like this story was time travel done right. I loved the characters and the twists and the depth. Great read if you haven't yet. Scarlet by Marrissa Meyer gets an honorable mention.

Favorite Fantasy: Another tough, tough category as fantasy is what I read most. I'm going to have to go with Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo with an honorable mention to Asunder by Jodi Meadows--both seconds in their respective trilogies.

Favorite Contemporary: This goes to Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook.

Favorite Action/Adventure: Definitely Taken by Erin Bowman. She had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Favorite Historical Fiction: Hands down this one goes to Susan Dennard's A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Not only does it pull you into late 1800s Paris, but it does it with a mix of science fiction and fantasy. This is one of my favorite series right now, so you should definitely check it out.

Favorite Paranormal: This goes to A.G. Howard's Splintered with an honorable mention to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. It was hard to decide between these two, but I was more moved by Splintered and really loved how the romance was handled in that story.

Favorite Family Drama: I'm actually going to give this to The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. While the story was both science fiction and historical fiction, I think above everything it was definitely a family drama with the relationship between Juliet and her misogynist father.

Favorite Genre Bender: This one goes to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It's a little bit fantasy a little bit contemporary and a little bit mystery. I love all the characters here, and I'm sure you'll see them throughout the week. If you haven't been sucked into the Raven Cycle series, you really should put your life on hold and do that immediately.


  1. I finally pulled SPLINTERED off the shelf to get reading it. I really don't know what has taken me so long, but I can't wait! And SIEGE AND STORM? I don't know how I forgot about that one. I picked CROWN OF MIDNIGHT for that category, so I'm not sure where I would have put S&S, but it was a pretty darn good book! You've compiled a great list here, Liz. It's just reminding me that I need to get to some of these still. :-)

  2. I absolutely love the Raven Boys books, and I can't wait to read the next one.

    And I loved Eleanor and Park, so I definitely think you should read that soon.

    I just started reading the Divergent series. Glad to know you gave Allegiant an honorable mention.

  3. Oh, you're right...we have some of the same choices this year! I love it!

  4. Argh, I've only read 1 of your choices! I absolutely loved Splintered, but I put that one in my Fantasy category. I had to massage a few books into different categories, just to make sure I could fit all my favorites in!

  5. THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER was so good! I almost put it on my list. And I really want to read BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA!

  6. The cover of Nobody But Us always jumps out of me but I've yet to purchase it. All Our Yesterdays seems to be everybody's favourite science fiction - I feel so out of the loop!

  7. I loved All Our Yesterdays, too, even though it didn't make my sci-fi pick. Such a cool story!

  8. You may not have read a ton, but you got in some good ones! I need to read that Lauren Oliver series. :-) NOBODY BUT US... isn't that book just gut wrenching? Such a quick read, a sweet read, a total page turner. Loved it.

  9. I've seen ALL OUR YESTERDAYS mentioned so many times today, and I still haven't read it! Must remedy that in 2013! I loved NOBODY BUT US and TAKEN as well. Great choices, Liz... I can't wait to see what you come up with as the week goes on. :-)