Thursday, December 18, 2014

YA Superlative Blog Fest 2014: Best In Show

It’s the last day of The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest L


Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman and I are the hosts and we hope you will join in the fun!

Just as a point of reference, here are the 2014 pubbed YA books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson), Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith), Don’t Even Think About It (Sarah Mylnowski), Ignite Me (Taherah Mafi), Panic (Lauren Oliver), Noggin (John Corey Whaley), Push Girl (Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill), The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith), One Two, Three (Elodie Nowodazkij), The Here and Now (Ann Brashares), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Complicit (Stephanie Kuehn), Torn Away (Jennifer Brown), Everything Leads to You (Nina LaCour), Faking Normal (Courtney C. Stevens), Alienated (Melissa Landers), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), 100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith), Redeemed (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater), Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian), and Zac & Mia (AJ Betts)
I’m also counting in this list Control (Lydia Kang) and The Promise of Amazing (Robin Constantine) because they were published super late in 2013 (December 26 and December 13, respectively) and really, they were awesome and how fair is that not to include them? J
Now for today’s awesome category…

Best in Show 

Favorite Cover:
 
               




Just… perfection.

Cutest Couple: Wren and Grayson (The Promise of Amazing), Zuzana and Mik (Dreams of Gods and Monsters) and Noah and read the book; I don’t want to spoil it for you (I’ll Give You the Sun) 

Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner): We Were Liars and Complicit
                Torn here. Both Stephanie Kuehn and E. Lockhart are so deserving. 

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime: We Were Liars 

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite Sequel or Follow-Up): Isla and the Happily Ever After
                I always love Stephanie Perkins stories and this one was just as delightful as Anna and Lola. I especially enjoyed the cameos. J

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel: Dreams of Gods and Monsters 

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath: Perfectly Good White Boy
                Won’t name names for spoilers sake, but be ready to fan yourself.

Best Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author): Ugh. SO HARD to make these choices because I really liked so many of the debuts I read, so I won’t. Choose, that is. J

                Push Girl, One Two Three, The Promise of Amazing, Control, Faking Normal

Best Old-Timer (Favorite Book Published BEFORE 2014): Winger (Andrew Smith) and a reread of An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
                I know—weird choice—but it is literally the only 2014 read I teared up at this year. That courtroom scene still guts me.

Most Pleasant Surprise: (Didn’t Think I’d Like It But Totally Did): Don’t Even Think About It
                Premise sounded a little cheesy, but it was really good!

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle: Grasshopper Jungle
                Great sci-fi story, excellent writing, but also a great book about sexual identity. And the “love triangle” will have you rooting for all three involved.

Sleeper Hit (Novel So Awesome I Wish It’d Been Hyped More): Everything Leads to You
                This one was hyped (I think) but maybe not as hyped as I would have liked it to be. SO, so good, this one was. J

Favorite Outlier (Best 2014 Picture Book, Middle Grade, NA, or Adult Novel): VIP (Riley Edgewood), When Audrey Met Alice (Rebecca Behrens), and Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Tom Angleberger) 

Create Your Own Superlative (and share your answers to mine in the comments!)
                 I’m going with three oldies but goodies:
                Best LBGTQ: Everything Leads to You
                Character who deserved the biggest hug: Alexi and Bodee (Faking Normal) and Noah (I’ll Give You the Sun)
                Best pet: Otis (Perfectly Good White Boy)
                and one new one (couldn’t resist, Jess!)
                Biggest Douche Nozzle: Curt (Push Girl)
 
So excited to see your picks! Make sure you sign up on the linky!












Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Superlative Blog Fest Day 3! Elements of Fiction

It’s day three of The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest!

 
Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman and I are the hosts and we hope you will join in the fun! It continues to run through Thursday, December 18th and highlights favorite books published in 2014. And at the end we’re giving away a 2014 book to four lucky winners! All you have to do is participate each day to be entered.
Just as a point of reference, here are the 2014 pubbed YA books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson), Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith), Don’t Even Think About It (Sarah Mylnowski), Ignite Me (Taherah Mafi), Panic (Lauren Oliver), Noggin (John Corey Whaley), Push Girl (Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill), The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith), One Two, Three (Elodie Nowodazkij), The Here and Now (Ann Brashares), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Complicit (Stephanie Kuehn), Torn Away (Jennifer Brown), Everything Leads to You (Nina LaCour), Faking Normal (Courtney C. Stevens), Alienated (Melissa Landers), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), 100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith), Redeemed (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater), Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian), and Zac & Mia (AJ Betts)
I’m also counting in this list Control (Lydia Kang) and The Promise of Amazing (Robin Constantine) because they were published super late in 2013 (December 26 and December 13, respectively) and really, they were awesome and how fair is that not to include them? J
Now for today’s awesome category…
Elements of Fiction 

Most Envy-Inducing Plot: Panic

                The whole Survivor-style end of senior year elimination game for a monetary prize? Yep. Kinda wish I’d thought of that one. J 

Most Formidable World: Torn Away

                Aftermath of a town and a girl’s life post-horrifyingly huge tornado? No, thank you. 

Most Wanderlust-Inducing: The Geography of You and Me

                Edinburgh, Prague, London, New York, and California. I really wanted to get my passport after reading this one! 

Loveliest Prose: Dreams of Gods and Monsters and We Were Liars

                I would read Laini Taylor’s and E. Lockhart’s grocery lists. That is all.

Best First Line: Nothing like a carful of boys to completely change my mood. (What I Thought Was True) and Even a perfect boy was allowed a flaw or two (Push Girl)

Most Dynamic Main Character: Kara (Push Girl) and Karou (Dreams of Gods and Monsters)

                Both are spunky, spirited, and fighters. And, I know Kara would hate to hear this, but VERY inspirational.

Most Jaw-Dropping Conclusion: We Were Liars and Complicit

                I’m really good at predicting endings. Seriously. But not these.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Oscar (I’ll Give You the Sun), Cade (100 Sideways Miles),and Collins (Since You’ve Been Gone)

Best Use of Theme: The Impossible Knife of Memory and Faking Normal
 

So excited to see your picks! Make sure you sign up on the linky!
 










Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Superlative Blog Fest 2014: Popularity Contest

It’s day two of The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest!




Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman and I are the hosts and we hope you will join in the fun! It runs today through Thursday, December 18th and highlights favorite books published in 2014. And at the end we’re giving away a 2014 book to four lucky winners! All you have to do is participate each day to be entered.
Just as a point of reference, here are the 2014 pubbed YA books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson), Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith), Don’t Even Think About It (Sarah Mylnowski), Ignite Me (Taherah Mafi), Panic (Lauren Oliver), Noggin (John Corey Whaley), Push Girl (Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill), The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith), One Two, Three (Elodie Nowodazkij), The Here and Now (Ann Brashares), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Complicit (Stephanie Kuehn), Torn Away (Jennifer Brown), Everything Leads to You (Nina LaCour), Faking Normal (Courtney C. Stevens), Alienated (Melissa Landers), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), 100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith), Redeemed (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater), Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian), and Zac & Mia (AJ Betts)
I’m also counting in this list Control (Lydia Kang) and The Promise of Amazing (Robin Constantine) because they were published super late in 2013 (December 26 and December 13, respectively) and really, they were awesome and how fair is that not to include them? J
Now for today’s awesome category…

Popularity Contest 

Villain I Love to Hate: Jael (Dreams of Gods and Monsters)

                Kind of wanted to join Karou and Akiva and battle him myself.  

Favorite Parental Figure: Grandpa Ben (What I Thought was True)

Most Likely to Start a Riot: same choice every year, but it’s so true… Ronan (Blue Lily, Lily Blue) although I think Blue could rival him for that choice this year! Also, Alice (Side Effects May Vary). She, uh…kind of did start one with her list.  

Biggest Flirt: Collins (Since You’ve Been Gone) 

Coolest Nerd: Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone) and Josh (Isla and the Happily Ever After) 

Fashion King and/or Queen: I’m just going to nominate the book and cast of Everything Leads to You. That entire story just feels so . . . vintage. 

Character You’d Most Want For a BFF: Amanda (Push Girl), Zuzana (Dreams of Gods and Monsters), Bishop (Panic), and Gansey (Blue Lily, Lily Blue 

Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School: So, so many. Here’ s the (haha) short list: Gat (We Were Liars), Heath/Aurox (Redeemed), Cassidy (What I Thought was True), Antonio (One Two Three), Oscar (I’ll Give You the Sun), Ethan (The Here and Now) and Adam (Blue Lily, Lily Blue).  

Most Likely to Become President: I feel like I always pick Gansey (Blue Lily, Lily Blue) for this, which he still deserves, but this year I’m also going with Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone) 

Quirkiest Character: Isla (Isla and the Happily Every After). Stephanie Perkins can write some quirky but extremely loveable main characters.  

So excited to see your pics! Make sure you sign up on the linky!











Monday, December 15, 2014

Superlative Blogfest: Head of the Class


It’s time for The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest!
 
 
Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman and I are the hosts and we hope you will join in the fun! The blogfest runs today through Thursday, December 18th and will highlight favorite books published in 2014. And at the end we’re giving away a 2014 book to four lucky winners! All you have to do is participate each day to be entered.
Just as a point of reference, here are the 2014 pubbed YA books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson), Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith), Don’t Even Think About It (Sarah Mylnowski), Ignite Me (Taherah Mafi), Panic (Lauren Oliver), Noggin (John Corey Whaley), Push Girl (Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill), The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith), One Two, Three (Elodie Nowodazkij), The Here and Now (Ann Brashares), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Complicit (Stephanie Kuehn), Torn Away (Jennifer Brown), Everything Leads to You (Nina LaCour), Faking Normal (Courtney C. Stevens), Alienated (Melissa Landers), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), 100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith), Redeemed (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater), Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian), and Zac & Mia (AJ Betts)
I’m also counting in this list Control (Lydia Kang) and The Promise of Amazing (Robin Constantine) because they were published super late in 2013 (December 26 and December 13, respectively) and really, they were awesome and how fair is that not to include them? J
Now for today’s awesome category…

Head of the Class 

Favorite Dystopian: Ignite Me

                I honestly read only ONE dystopian this year (I think), but this one was pretty awesome.

Favorite Science Fiction: Grasshopper Jungle

                Boy POV? An unstoppable army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises? Andrew Smith’s awesome writing and storytelling?

                Yes, please.

Favorite Fantasy: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

                Super awesome conclusion to such a super awesome trilogy

 Favorite Contemporary: I’ll Give You the Sun

                I waited three years for another Jandy Nelson awesomeness. SO worth the wait.

 Favorite Action/Adventure (tie): Panic and Since You’ve Been Gone

                Panic—a legendary Survivor-style game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher; Since You’ve Been Gone: Emily’s best friend disappears, leaving no trace but a  random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try.
           
                Kind of hard to choose between that.

Favorite Historical Fiction: ... 

                um… obviously I need to fix this for next year

Favorite Comedy: Noggin

                Guys, I could put this book in so many categories, but it’s definitely one of the most unique and funniest books I read this year.

 Favorite Mystery: We Were Liars and Complicit

                We Were Liars: this one could also go in so many categories and probablymaybeyesdefinitely the best book I read this year; Complicit—one word: WHOA

                 And the endings for both of them? Hoo boy.

Favorite Romance: What I Thought Was True

                Huntley Fitzpatrick can certainly bring some heart-warming and steamy romance.

Favorite Paranormal: Redeemed

                I don’t read much paranormal these days, but I did enjoy the conclusion to my House of Night series.

Favorite Genre Bender: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

                Mystery, supernatural, textbook definition of magical realism, romance, science fiction… I’d probably put this in several categories. Again, the Raven Boys continue to be one of my favorite series.
 

Hope you can join us for some incredible fun! Make your pics and sign up on the linky! I’ll be sharing my picks on Instagram (@alisonmiller20) as well.

I can't wait to see everyone's superlative choices!