Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller are hosting the YA Superlatives Blogfest again this year, which is a chance for us all to highlight our favorite 2013 reads. Stay tuned this week to find out which awesome books you need to read!
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Day Three: Elements of Fiction
Most Envy-Inducing Plot
A really creative retelling of Alice in Wonderland that made me jealous because I’m sure I could never come up with anything so original were I to attempt a retelling. Also, it gave a darker spin to Wonderland, which I also loved.
Most Formidable World
Um, a world in which aliens pretend to be humans specifically so they can gain your trust and then shoot you in your sleep? I’d rather take on an entire horde of zombies, thanks. At least I’ll know who my enemy is, not to mention the whole lack of superior intelligence thing.
But really, though, I need to consider more seriously my alien apocalypse survival plan (or, you know, have one).
I really liked how Jane Nickerson described Mississippi, and the setting was one of the strengths of this one. Mississippi has never been one of my top destinations for when I have buckets full of money to travel (lol), but I might consider going now.
I raved about Splintered, but it was for good reason. One of those good reasons was the writing, which was beautiful enough that it beat out Lauren Oliver in this category (I know, right?).
His palm rests on the knob so I can’t try to shut him out again. Rain droplets glisten along his sleek hair, which no doubt took gallons of glaze and hours to perfect. It’s the one part of his appearance Taelor will actually approve of.
As for me, I favour the messy look – hair out of sorts, body slicked in sweat with motor oil or watercolours splashed across his olive skin.
That’s the Jeb I grew up with. The one I could count on. The one I’ve lost.
Most Dynamic Main Character
Willem starts out as being afraid to confront his family issues and afraid to get truly attached to someone, but over the course of the book lets go of his demons and learns to let people in. This might be my favorite transformation of the books I’ve read this year.
Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
It’s no secret how much I love Roar. In fact, Roar is my favorite character in this series. I mean, really, can he just have his own series after this one is over? I would give Veronica Rossi even more of my money, no questions asked.
Roar flashed a grin. “Aria, this isn’t intimate. If I were being intimate with you, trust me, you’d know.”
She rolled her eyes. “Next time you say something like that, you should toss a red rose and then leave with a swish of your cape.”
Best Use of Theme
Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.