Thursday, December 19, 2013

Class of 2013: Best In Show

It's the last day of the blogfest! Thank you all so much for playing along with us and sharing your favorite 2013 releases! Alison, Katy, Tracey, and I have had so much fun hosting you all this week, and we've loved reading about everyone's favorites. I don't know about you all, but I've certainly added some new books to my TBR pile!

Remember to hop around to the other blogs on the linky below to see everyone else's choices. And at the end of today's post, everyone chose their own superlative category, so make sure you weigh in on all of those.

Here are my picks for today (and remember, these are the 2013 books that I read this year)... 

Favorite Cover 
I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it...before I even really knew anything about the book! I'm glad the inside is equally as awesome, but even if I didn't love the book as much as I do, I would still adore this cover. One of my favorites ever. 

Cutest Couple
Amazing art by Simini Blocker
Eleanor & Park
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a white girl/Asian boy pairing. There's nothing cuter, IMO.

Most Likely to Succeed
(Or, pick a Printz Winner)
I know crap about what qualifies a book to win the Printz, but I think Winger was ten kinds of awesome and needs some shiny medals on that awesome cover, STAT.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
(The book you just couldn't put down!)
The Sea of Tranquility
The second I started this book, I was pulled deep into the lives of these characters and I never wanted to put it down. I was very tempted to start it again the second I finished it.

Best Repeat Performance 
(Your favorite sequel or follow-up)
You guys know my feels for this series. After the ending of Unspoken, I wasn't sure how this second installment would hold up. But OMG did it hold up. Fantastic book two!

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
Time After Time
This book picks up where Time Between Us leaves off, but in Bennett's POV. I loved hearing things from his perspective, getting some of the questions from the first book answered, exploring more time travel, and getting a bit of closure on this awesome couple. I was very satisfied with how this story ended!

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
The Sea of Tranquility
The chemistry between Nastya and damn. 

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author)
The Reece Malcom ListTaken
All Our Yesterdays
Ok, I couldn't pick. I loved all three of these debuts! I can't wait to read more from these authors!

Best Old-Timer 
(Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2013) 
Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley 
I'd had this Printz winner sitting on my shelf for too long. I finally picked it up this year. What amazing writing! And such a unique story!

Most Likely To Make a Grown Man Cry 
First you will cry with laughter, then you will cry because the ending tears out your heart.

Most Pleasant Surprise 
(The book you didn't think you'd like, but totally did)
These Broken Stars
Not that I didn't think I would like it...more that I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle 
The Dream Thieves 
These Raven Boys have it again...the same love triangle from the first book takes some interesting turns, and then another totally unexpected element is added in that I still can't even wrap my head around. Damn, Maggie Stiefvater, you know how to keep us on our toes.

Sleeper Hit 
(Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more)
This Song Will Save Your Life
This contemporary about music and finding your passion and figuring out who you are was one of my favorite books of the year. Pick it up if you haven't yet. 

Favorite Outlier
(Your favorite MG or adult 2013 book)
The Sultry Springs series
I love this trilogy of contemporary adult romances from Macy Beckett! Each follows a different couple in small town Sultry Springs, Texas, and they are funny and sassy and hot, hot, hot. I can't wait for her next series!

My category:
Favorite POC Main Characters
Jude from The Book of Broken Hearts
Kami from Untold
Park from Eleanor & Park
I want to celebrate the awesome books I read this year that feature non-white main characters! If you're looking to add a little diversity to your TBR, check out one of these awesome books!

Ok, everyone...that's it! Thanks so much for playing along! Be sure to drop your linky in the list, answer my bonus question in the comments, and visit everyone else's blog. And check back, because if you participated every day of the blogfest, you are eligible to win the 2013 release of your choice from BookDepository! I hope you guys had a great time...I know we sure did.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Class of 2013: 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 today's choices. (And, as a reminder, here are the 2013 books I read this year.)

Most Envy-Inducting Plot
(Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
These Broken Stars
I'm always saying I wish I could write something fantasy or sci-fi, but my brain doesn't work that way. If I could ever get my brain to work that way, I'd want it to churn out a book exactly like this one. (Well, not EXACTLY, but you know what I mean.)

Most Formidable World 
(Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
If You Find Me
The beginning of this book finds these sisters living in this broken down camper in the middle of the woods with absolutely NOTHING. And they have lived this way for years. Thank goodness they get out, because the description of their life there gave me some major anxiety.

(Or, the setting you'd happily travel to)
Everywhere in Just One Day / Just One Year
Paris and Amsterdam happen to be two of the best places I have ever been, and I am dying to go back to both. Plus, all the other places these two globetrotters get to visit? Yeah, sign me up. (And if I get to be in a Bollywood movie while I'm at it, even better!)

Loveliest Prose
The Dream Thieves
I'm just so in love with Maggie Stiefvater's writing. 


Night of Cake and Puppets
THIS NOVELLA YOU GUYS. So many brilliant lines, I don't even know where to begin. 
I want to be like both of these authors when I grow up.

Most Dynamic Main Character
Ryan Dean West in Winger
I can't believe this is the first appearance of Winger on my lists because I loved this book so hard! Mainly because of the amazing narrator, Ryan Dean. He's funny, snarky, smart, sensitive, and oh-so-earnest. I can't say enough about this book or this character. Love!

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Sarah Rees Brennan went and did it to us again with the end of this second book. The end of Unspoken broke my heart and the end of this one left me shaking my head and demanding answers. Oh, the wait for the third book. I don't know if I can handle it.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Drew in The Sea of Tranquility
I think Drew needs to step out of his secondary character status. He was so richly developed, sometimes I forgot he wasn't the one running this show. Can we PLEASE have a book all about Drew, Katja Millay? This playboy needs his own love story. 

Best use of Theme
I love how this book combines the idea of the "road less traveled" (the main character Parker is a descendant of Robert Frost) with the idea of your one "wild and precious life" and sends Parker on this mystery-solving adventure. She's forced out of her comfort zone at every turn, and this is mirrored in the "story within a story" that's happening with Julianna and Shane as well. 

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! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Class of 2013: Popularity Contest

Thanks for joining Katy, Alison, Tracey and me over here at the Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest again for the popularity contest! The linky is at the bottom, so add your link and the then hop around to visit everyone's blog!

Now, on to today's categories, where we can pick characters from any 2013 book! (In case you need a reminder, here is what I read this year.)

Class Clown 
Caymen in The Distance Between Us
This girl has the best one-liners and the most hilarious inner monologue. I want to sit next to her in the back of science class and just snark on everyone. 

Most Likely to Become a Rock Star 
Elise in This Song Will Save Your Life
Elise is destined for greatness. She'll end up one of those super famous DJs who can sell out entire venues.

Mostly Likely to Start a Riot 
Gray from Taken
I love Gray because he's the kind of guy who jumps in and gets things DONE. That's why this book was so action-packed...Gray was always starting trouble as he tried to figure out WTF was going on in Claysoot.

Biggest Flirt
Willem in Just One Day / Just One Year
Oh, Willem. So charming, he left a trail of women swooning for him all across the globe. But, seriously...who could resist this guy?

Fashion King and/or Queen 
Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park
Between his guyliner and Joy Division t-shirts and her thrift store finds that look more like art, these two are my fashion favorites for the year.

Character You’d Most Want For Your BFF* 
Roux in Also Known As
I love Roux! I love her so much! I want to hang out with her all day, every day! If you haven't read this book yet, do it for Roux. She's worth it. 

Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School
Sai in The Reece Malcom List
It's like Amy Spalding went into Teen Jess's brain to create this boy. 

Most Likely to Become President
Gansey in The Dream Thieves
I think I chose him for this last year, too. Blue calls him President Cell Phone when she first meets him! And he's so diplomatic!

Quirkiest Character
Zusana in Night of Cake and Puppets
I wasn't sure if I was going to use this for superlatives because it's not a full-length book, but I loved it so much, and Zusana is so awesome in every day, that I decided my list wouldn't be complete without it and her on there. 

Villain You Love to Hate
The doctor in All Our Yesterdays
I love when a villian has a fully developed backstory that makes me really relate to him/her and maybe even feel a little bad. This book really did make me sympathize with the bad guy at points, which isn't easy to do.

Favorite Parental Figure
Kami's dad in Untold
Every character in this series is absolutely hilarious, but Kami's dad wins all the things. 

Coolest Nerd
Cath in Fangirl
She writes fanfiction and has Emergency Kanye Dance Patries. Cath is the best.

*So, I know I helped write these categories and all, but as I was filling this out I realized how non-inclusive they were as we had written them. Not everyone is BFFs with a girl and dating a boy, Jess. Get your head out of your butt. So I changed it. Sorry I didn't think about it sooner. 

If you participated today, leave the link to your Popularity Contest below...then hop around and see what everyone else picked today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for Elements of Fiction!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Class of 2013: Head of the Class

Welcome to the Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by me, Katy Upperman, Alison Millerand Tracey Neithercott. We can't wait to read about all of your favorites of 2013!

If you are participating in the Blogfest on your own blog, please leave a link to your blog in the linky tool at the bottom of this post. You can find this linky tool on each of the hosts' pages, and be sure you link the individual URL for today's post. And once you link your blog, make sure you click around and comment on what everyone else has chosen!

Oh, and remember...if you participate every day of the Blogfest you are entered to win a 2013 release of your choice!)

Now, on to my picks! (For reference, here's a list of the 2013 releases I read.)

Favorite Dystopian 
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

I suffered from a little bit of dystopian burnout this year, so I loved this book because it felt so different than every other dystopian out there! I'm pretty sure it's the time travel element that helped keep it so fresh. 

Favorite Science Fiction
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

I'm interested in science fiction, but when it gets too heavy on the science my head starts to hurt. I loved that this one was heavy on my favorite thing...romance!

Favorite Fantasy 
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh, how I want to live in this crazy world with these messed up boys!

Favorite Contemporary 
Just One Day / Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I'm being a total cheater and putting these two together, and I don't even care. I think of both of them as one story, and it's one of my favorite stories of the year.

Favorite Action/Adventure 
Taken by Erin Bowman

This book was full of so many twists and turns, it was the first one I thought of when I thought of action and adventure. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat!

Favorite Historical Fiction 
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Yes, the 80s are historical. 

Favorite Comedy 
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

So, this is a romantic comedy, but it's super heavy on the comedy. I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book!

Favorite Mystery 
Also Known As by Robin Benway

The main character in this one is a teen spy who goes undercover in a high school. So many fun mysteries for her to solve!

Favorite Romance 
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My heart turns to mush just thinking about this book!

Favorite Paranormal 
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Are sorcerers paranormal? I think they are. 

Favorite Family Drama 
The Reece Malcom List by Amy Spalding

This book is a lot of (wonderful) things, but at its core, it's about a girl trying to get to know her mom, Reece Malcom. 

Favorite Genre Bender
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

It's a romance, but there's time travel and lots of time travel-related drama, too. 

Come back tomorrow for the popularity contest, highlighting all of those awesome 2013 characters.
If you have posts for the Class of 2013 Blogfest, leave a link to your blog below! Then hop around and comment on everyone else's choices. Even if you aren't participating, be sure to check out the bloggers who have posts up.