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! All book covers lead to Goodreads pages. Day Four: Best in Show Favorite Cover Cutest Couple — Scarlet & Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Her mind emptied of everything but the gusting wind and how fragile Wolf looked in that heartbeat, like one movement could break him open.
Winger reminded me a lot of John Green’s stuff. So this one pretty much wrote itself.
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
Come to think of it, all three books in this series made me miss my bedtime. I got so attached to all of the characters, not to mention I had to find out what would happen with Elisa and Hector, and, of course, I had to watch Elisa being her awesome self. As soon as I finished this one, I wanted to immediately read all three books again.
Best Repeat Performance
Through the Ever Night was so much better than Under the Never Sky. It starts fast, and never lets up until the end. We also learn a lot more about some characters, and we don’t have to deal with any annoying characters before we get to the good parts (sorry, Aria, but seriously).
I guess this is the part where I warn you today is going to be a The Bitter Kingdom love fest. There were some really fantastic series finales this year, but The Bitter Kingdom was the most satisfying, leaving us and all of the characters in a really good place.
Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath — Elisa & Hector from The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
“But you and I – ” he brushes the collar of the gown aside – “are students of knowledge. We believe in careful practice to attain perfection.”
Splintered was my favorite debut of the year. I know I’ve already talked about how original it was and how beautifully it was written, but it always bears repeating. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll read anything A.G. Howard writes.
Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
When I finished The Darkest Minds, I sat on the couch, sobbing and clutching my book to my chest. I haven’t even read Never Fade yet, even though I own it, because I still haven’t recovered to the emotional trauma this book inflicted on me.
Most Pleasant Surprise
Winger isn’t my usual cup of tea, so I was surprised by how much I loved it. What really stood out for me were the friendships, especially Ryan Dean’s friendship with Joey, and also how Ryan Dean explored his own misconceptions about a straight male being friends with a gay male. And he did it in a way that was realistic and funny, which just made it that much more awesome.
I know there are a lot of Opinions about the romance in Taken, but I loved the fact that the love triangle was flipped around, so instead of two guys vying for the same girl, it was two girls vying for the same guy.
Altered had it all: a fast-paced plot; a heroine who questions things and kicks serious butt; genuine focus on real, actual friendship; and hot dudes (several of them). I had an almost impossible time putting this book down, so I hope more people pick this book up.
Because Rae Carson gets ALL the awards today, apparently. And because Elisa is the realest heroine I’ve encountered possibly ever.
Favorite Honorable Mention
aka the book I loved, but didn’t make it in any of the other categories
Tie – All Our Yesterdays & Reboot