I am so excited to participate in the YA Superlative Blogfest again this year! It's hosted by some of my favorite ladies: Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and Katy Upperman. I'm trying to bust my recent reading and blogging slumps, and I have a hunch this just might do it! Here's the best of the best!
Well, this one is a tie--one of my favorite covers has already been changed to match more closely with the upcoming sequel, and one is for a book that hasn't been released yet but WILL (just barely) be a 2013 book.
|Starglass by Phoebe North|
Seriously, when we finally get around to painting/decorating our house, I think I may bring this book with me because THE COLORS. I bought socks because they match this color scheme. Love. (The new cover is also pretty great, though, and mayyyyybe even matches the story better.)
My other favorite cover of the year?
|Control by Lydia Kang|
Ellie and Graham from This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.
Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner.)
Hmm...Code Name Verity didn't win last year, but it was a Printz Honor Book. I don't know if that affects Rose Under Fire's chances one way or another, but I think that one has to be a contender. My other favorite that seems Printz-able is The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. But then again, Nova Ren Suma's writing is pretty fabulous, so...maybe 17 & Gone?
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you couldn’t put down.)
|Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers|
Best Repeat Performance (Favorite sequel or follow-up.)
|The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater|
Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
|Sever by Lauren DeStefano|
I mean...but also:
|Shades of Earth by Beth Revis|
Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.)
Sorry to go all broken-record on you, but:
|Starglass by Phoebe North|
Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year published BEFORE 2013.)
These two are hardly old--in fact, one came out DURING the YA Superlative Blogfest in 2012!
|Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan|
I was convinced to read Unspoken by all the love it got during last year's YA Superlatives and I'm so glad I did!
|The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken|
|The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer|
|The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen|
Book You're Rooting For: What book did you read in 2013 that you just can't stop pushing on your friends, nominating for awards, and sneakily turning cover-side-out on bookstore shelves? (Sorry, bookstore employees. I promise I don't do this often.)
My answer: Starglass, by Phoebe North. I loved it so much, and with its sequel coming out in the summer, there's plenty of time for people to get caught up! This is the rare book for me that I loved for reasons very specific to me but I also think most all of my reader/blogger/writer friends would love it because it's such a good story. You know?
What 2013 book are you rooting for?