Today is the last day of the YA Superlatives Blogfest! Today’s theme is Best in Show.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This cover caught my eye every time I went into a bookstore until I finally bought it (and subsequently devoured it). I’m a huge fan of the colors, not to mention the simplicity. My feelings about the cover for Through the Ever Night are more or less the same.
Raisa & Han, The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Yes, I know, I was Team Amon this summer, but I saw the light! Raisa and Han are undeniably adorable together, not to mention the fact that Han is trying to change his bad boy ways – or at least use them in the service of his lady friend. I dare you to read this last book and not root for them.
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I was a very sleepy teacher for a couple days, because I stayed up so late to read this book. I got several of my students to read Divergent shortly after this, though, and then they totally understood. With the stakes higher than ever, you’re going to want to keep reading just to make sure everyone makes it out alive.
Best Repeat Performance
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium was good, but Pandemonium was so much better. The pace was a lot faster, and I connected with Lena’s voice a lot more. Also, that ending. That ending was rude.
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
This book was so difficult to read, because it was the last one, and I just wanted all of these characters I love so much to be happy. Is that so much to ask?
Romance Most Worth of an Ice Bath
Han & Raisa, The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
I was going to choose Aria and Perry from Under the Never Sky, and then I read The Crimson Crown. Don’t get me wrong, Aria and Perry’s romance was definitely the steamier of the two, but there was just something about Han and his determination to be with Raisa despite all the obstacles that was totally swoon-worthy.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Most of the 2012 releases I read were debuts, and this one was my favorite of them. I really loved the world Bardugo introduced us to, and this book reignited my love of high fantasy. I mean, I never stopped loving it (I do write it, after all), but it did make me put aside all of the dystopian reads, so there’s that…
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have never cried so much while reading a book as I did while reading The Book Thief, because it left me that broken at the end. As everyone probably knows by now, the book is narrated by Death – who is a character who’s easy to sympathize with, as lonely and often regretful about doing its job as it is. And then there’s just the way all of the sentences are put together, all of the words that were used, the way the whole book was written – beautiful.
Most Pleasant Surprise
False Memory by Dan Krokos
I’m not normally super into the whole action thriller thing (which I think I discussed earlier this week), but several people whose judgment I trust kept raving about this book, so I gave it a shot. I was very pleasantly surprised indeed.
Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh
My Review Here
Since July, my friend Trisha has been self-publishing her YA Sci Fi/Dystopian series. Not only is it one of the most original things I’ve read in awhile, but I’m totally in love with the main character, Althea’s, voice. Three of the four books are out now, and the only reason I haven’t read the next two is because I like getting through my to do list. (They are sitting on my Kindle, though. Staring at me. Trying to turn me to the Dark Side.)
Lol wut? I’m going to be honest, when it comes to MG, NA, and Adult fiction, I’m woefully behind, so I didn’t read any of their 2012 releases. Any recommendations, lovely internet people?
Person You’d Most Want Fighting Zombies With You
Darla, Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
Darla has already proven that she has what it takes to stay alive with cannibals on her tail. She’s good with just about any weapon, wouldn’t be afraid to slay those zombies, not to mention she’s level-headed in a crisis and will always have your back. I can’t think of anyone better to have helping me stay alive in the apocalypse.
Which character would you most want fighting zombies with you?