Thursday, December 29, 2011

Class of 2011: Elements of Fiction

Welcome to Day Three of the Blogfest! I hope you all are having as much fun with this as Katy, Alison, Tracey, and I are!

Okay, let's get to the choices. So, remember how yesterday I wanted to put Lola and the Boy Next Door for every single category? Yeah, well for this one I really just want to put Daughter of Smoke and Bone for everything. I would give my right arm to have written that book, so it goes without saying that, in my eyes, it's the number one choice for almost all of these.

So, like yesterday, I'm putting that one where it fits, but I'm also choosing an alternate so this doesn't turn into the Laini Taylor show. But for some of them it really was the only choice.

Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.)
Fantasy / Dystopian / Paranormal:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

If you guys knew the issues I had with coming up with even the most basic plot elements, you would understand how in awe I am of people who can come up with such creative stories and tie together all the amazing details in a surprising way. 

Realistic:
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I wish I would have thought of kids in 1996 turning on AOL and seeing their future selves on facebook. It's a genius idea.

Most Wonderful World-Building

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I loved the world that was established on Godspeed. It was cool the way Beth Revis imagined how things evolved over time from our current way of life. From the language to the season (barf) to even the cows, everything was just a little bit different, and it was fun to think about how it could get there from where we are now.


Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
Fantasy / Dystopian / Paranormal:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver or Wither by Lauren DeStefnao
All of the dystopian societies are pretty bad, but one where love is considered a disease? No thank you. And a life of polygamy only to be dead by the time I'm twenty? Barf. It's hard for me to choose which one of these awful lives would be worse.


Realistic:
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Sorry, rural south, but I have absolutely no desire to visit you.

Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
Fantasy / Dystopian / Paranormal:
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

The only thing I would love more than traipsing around England is traipsing around England with Sophie's magical powers.

Realistic:
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Well, this isn't a realistic book; Amelia has some pretty cool powers/abilities. But I love the realistic setting of 1890s Baltimore, and I would LOVE to hop in my time machine and visit it! I don't want to live back then permanently, but I really wouldn't mind a month or so of wearing the dresses, going to the parties, and filling up my dance card.

Loveliest Prose
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I got this ARC on a tour through my little writing group. It was sent to me from my friend Jessica, who forgot to remove her post-it flags from her favorite passages before she sent it on to me. She had this passage flagged:
"This, she thought, isn't just for today. It's for everything. For the heartache that still felt like a punch in the gut each time it struck, fresh as new, at unpredictable moments; for the smiling lies and the mental images she couldn't shake; for the shame of having been so naive.
"For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve--like the soul's version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable." 
Best First Line
This was tough because I don't actually HAVE a lot of the books I read this year. But it was fun to look through the ones I have on my shelf (even the few I didn't get around to reading) and find my favorite first line.

Supernaturally by Kiersten White
"Oh bleep, I was going to die."

Most Dynamic Main Character

Karou
Obvs.
and
Tris
The whole book centers around Tris's dynamic qualities, how there is more to her than just one faction. I loved that about her, that she wasn't just one way.


Most Jaw-Dropping Finale
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This whole book was a complete surprise for me. I didn't see any of it coming. I flew through the end of this book to see how it would turn out, and I seriously couldn't believe any of it. The teeth. The wishbone. Akiva and Madrigal and Brimstone, oh my!



and
Shine by Lauren Myracle

Well, this was tough for me because I HAD THE MYSTERY SPOILED. Grr. So I am assuming it was jaw-dropping if you didn't already know the big reveal. But even knowing the mystery, it was still very surprising how everything else in the story played out. It wasn't how I expected it to end AT ALL.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
There wasn't really one main character in this book, it was an ensemble cast, all playing supporting roles. I thought I would become confused with all of the girls on the island, but I never did. They all have such distinct personalities and voices, which I know must have been no easy task.

Best Use of Theme
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The thematic idea of hope was woven so brilliantly through this entire story.

What do you think of my choices? If you played along on your blog, leave the link to your post below. If not, tell me some of your choices in the comments. And come back tomorrow for the last day of the blogfest!


17 comments:

  1. I think your choices were fabulous! And glad to see I'm not the only one who post-its up a book. :)

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  2. Love these choices-- DoSaB is really cleaning up.

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  3. Great choices! You're right- you DON'T want to visit the rural south.

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  4. So...I take it you liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone? hehe. I loved that book and probably would've chosen it for most of the categories, too. It's the sort of story I aspire to write, and thus, also the most intimidating...

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  5. Well, you have convinced me that I need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I just requested it from the library and I'm next in line for it.

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  6. I REALLY wanna read SHINE! And I agree about Tris being a dynamic MC--great choices.

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  7. I guess we feel the same way about Daughter of Smoke and Bone ;) Shine has been on by TBR list for a while, so I guess that's one more I need to get busy reading!

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  8. I liked your choices. I also appreciate that you didn't go on and explain the entire plot for those of us that haven't gotten to these books yet. Some people who are doing this blog fest have no concept of "spoiler" tags.

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  9. Great choices, Jess! I love how you broke the categories up into sub-categories. A sneaky way to fit more books in. :) And you're really making me want to read SHINE.

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  10. Oooh, I just started reading Shine last night :)

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  11. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a favorite of ours too! Oh and I totally forgot about how well-wrought the claustrophobia of the Godspeed was and the interesting world-building there.

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  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one who used Daughter of Smoke and Bone liberally in this post. When a book's so awesome, it's hard to think of other contenders.

    This makes me want to read Shine, too. I've only heard of it in relation to the award hullabaloo but I'm glad it's really good, too.

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  13. Love your first line pick! Evie is such a trip. I adore her :)

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  14. I need to read Supernaturally already. But then I'll be annoyed that I have to wait for the next one! Dilemma.

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  15. Another vote for wishing I thought of The Future of Us!

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  16. I just finished SHINE. Wow, oh, Wow. And agree, agree, agree with the world in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. I'm also a huge DIVERGENT fan. Looks like it's time for me to dive into DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

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  17. I keep seeing Wither as worst world and I didn't even think of it...something must be wrong with me...lol

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