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? JNow 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?
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!