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YA Superlative Blogfest 2013 - Day One - Head of the Class

Monday, December 16, 2013


For more information or to join in, please visit the brilliant hosts of the YA Superlative Blogfest: Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love

I've never participated in the YA Superlative Blogfest before so please bear with me. Even though I smashed my Goodreads challenge goal (ok, perhaps 'smashed' is going too far), I still didn't read too many books published in 2013 and of those class of 2013 reads, not so many were YA. So, there will be repeats and I certainly will not be able to fill every category but I'm going to give it a go. Ready?



Favourite Dystopian The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Creepy (for me anyway, I don't tend to read much sci-fi/dystopian stuff) but an interesting take on an alien invasion. I really liked Cassie and the other narrators and I think it will be an excellent film when it finally gets made. 

Favourite Contemporary Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
I'm not even going to start on this one because I'll go on forever - I loved it so, soooo much!
  
Favourite Action/Adventure  Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter  
I really like this series, maybe even more than Gallagher Girls, and this was a more grown up, emotional but necessary instalment. Kat is one of my favourite YA series girls. 
Vibrant characters, really lively story, well structured and well paced. I had no complaints with this one. 
  
Intense, chilling and thrilling. I think the dark and mysterious tone was heightened by my James Blake soundtrack. 
  
Favourite Romance How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Sweet and full of heart. There was something more to this than your usual second chances story. 
One lighthearted, one quite dark but both had their fair share of family issues.



10 comments

  1. Ah! I never even thought of putting HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES under Comedy! (I left that section blank.) Whoops! It was pretty funny, you're right. I have some of the same ones on my list as you do, but there are certainly ones that I really need to get reading. Great list, Sophia!

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    1. Thanks Jaime! The comedy category was hard - I don't read too many funny YA books but How My Summer Went Up In Flames has stuck in my head. Many thanks to the YA Buccaneers reading challenge for putting it on my radar!

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  2. Yay for Reece Malcom List love! :-D

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    1. Such a fun book. I'm still annoyed I didn't get to see Merrily We Roll Along during its limited run in London!

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  3. I loved E&P, FANGIRL, and HOW TO LOVE! THE 5TH WAVE was good, too (but gosh, I need the sequel). THE KILLING WOODS isn't out yet where I am, so I'm jealous you've read it! I still need to read Ally Carter's books! Great list!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! The Killing Woods is definitely worth the wait - it's a must-read-in-one-sitting kind of book so be prepared!

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  4. Ah, I'm dying for The Killing Woods! I loved Christopher's Stolen so I can't wait to read this one.

    Oh, and I'm a huge Gallagher Girls fan and have been meaning to get into Ally Carter's Heist Society series, too. Good to see it's not disappointing.

    Thanks for joining in! :)

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  5. THE 5TH WAVE is in my purse right now, totally dying to be read. I am only through the first 100 pages/first part and I am chomping at the bit to get back to it. :-) I've always been intrigued about HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES--maybe because of the cover?--so I'm glad to see it on a list. I'll be adding to my TBR!

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  6. Alison-come-lately did not know Lucy Christopher had another book coming out - must read! Great choices! So glad you could join us this year!

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  7. Yay for HOW TO LOVE! If I had to pick an absolute favorite book for 2013, I think that would be it. And I can't wait to read Lucy Christopher's latest. STOLEN was absolutely amazing. Great picks, Sophia!

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