YA Superlative Blogfest: Head of Class

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The YA Superlatives Blogfest is hosted by Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, Jessica Love, and Allison Miller. It’s a chance to highlight the best, most affecting, most entertaining YA reads of 2013. Get ready to add to your TBR pile!

Favorite Dystopian —


Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I choose this book because it’s an unusual take on the dystopian genre. The rural setting and quiet story were deeply affecting, haunting even. Lynn, the protagonist, is one of the most unusual voices I’ve read this year.

Favorite Science Fiction —

So, I need some more straight Sci-Fi in my reading life. I WATCH oodles of science fiction, but I only have two books on my list this year. Since I had lukewarm feelings about both, I refuse to answer.

Favorite Fantasy —

I think it’s nefarious to peer pressure me into answering this question. I am a fantasy writer. I definitely read more fantasy than any other genre, which means almost all my answers can also be considered fantasy. I am picking two. (three)


The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I can’t talk about these books coherently. The Raven Boys was my first read on 2013, and then I reread it before The Dream Thieves (which I read in a little over a day). Feels. I feel too many things about this series. It makes my stomach swim. Maggie Stiefvater is easily my favorite author.


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I enjoyed Throne of Glass, but Crown of Midnight destroyed me. It is YA High Fantasy at it’s best. It is all the things I love about High Fantasy with a super-freaking-sexy love story woven in.

Favorite Contemporary —


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Duh. I was late to the Rainbow Rowell fan club, but I’m now a firm believer. This book will make my top five for the year. I can’t begin to explain it, and nothing I say can prepare you for the experience of reading it. I had heard nothing but praise and still I was shocked by my reaction.

Favorite Action/Adventure —


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. It counts. They’re on a quest through a big chunk, on the run through another, and it’s just so flipping fantastic the whole time.

Favorite Historical Fiction —


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Yeah, it’s not ACTUALLY historical fiction, but it works because it takes place in a historical setting. Plus, it’s brilliant. I seriously loved this book. It’s all atmosphere and feels.

Favorite Comedy —


I don’t know that I read anything truly considered COMEDY this year. But the book that made me laugh most was Austenland (which I know isn’t YA, but it’s the best I can do.) by Shannon Hale. It was also a super fast, lighthearted read.

Favorite Mystery —


17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. This could almost be a Genre Bender, the story is that layered. It is not what you expect, which makes it a successful mystery.

Favorite Romance —


The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. It counts. It’s the love story I love the best.

Favorite Paranormal —


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. This one is a love or hate situation. I loved it. I didn’t ever willingly put this book down.

Favorite Family Drama —


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I know it’s not YA, I know it’s fantasy, but if A Game of Thrones isn’t one messed up family drama, I don’t know what is.

Favorite Genre Bender —


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book seems paranormal, kind of has a mystery, and also is a love story. Noah Shaw is one of the sexiest boys ever written.

18 thoughts on “YA Superlative Blogfest: Head of Class

  1. Great choices! My list is mostly fantasy books, too. I definitely need to read more sci-fi!

    I’m new to Rainbow Rowell, too, so I still haven’t read Eleanor & Park. I also really need to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Bitter Kingdom! I loved The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, Crown of Midnight, Siege and Storm and A Game of Thrones. So many great books this year! 😀

    1. Emma, I don’t say this lightly, E&P is a MUST READ. There are so many amazing books out in YA right now, and so many I still need to get my hands on. It’s enough to make me wish I could just sit around and read all day!

  2. I bought Not a Drop to Drink awhile ago…and still haven’t read it. I need to soon since I keep hearing such great things about it!

    And I have a feeling The Bitter Kingdom is going to win all my categories this year, including favorite romance 😉

  3. I’ve read the first Rae Carson book, but that was awhile ago. My sister keeps telling me I need to finish the trilogy, so that’s up on deck ASAP. I have to agree a hundred times over with CROWN OF MIDNIGHT and its super sexy love story. Love it! It was just such a phenomenal book, in my opinion. You have a few that I haven’t gotten to yet, so I’m looking forward to finally doing that!

    1. You DO! Crown of Embers (the second book) and The Bitter Kingdom (third) were swoon worthy. I consider them stronger books than The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

      You know my feelings about Crown Of Embers were very strong. I was goofy over that book.

  4. Great list! I can’t wait to read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, and I still need to read THE SCORPIO RACES. I loved ELEANOR & PARK; have you read FANGIRL? And I liked COLDTOWN and EVOLUTION! (But when do we get RETRIBUTION?!)

    1. Yes, FANGIRL. I loved it, and probably could have used it for my Contemporary (I’ve seen a lot of peeps putting E & P as Historical Fiction. Clever.)because I really loved it too.

      (Have you heard that Retribution was postponed until next year because Michelle Hodkin has rewritten the book twice. I feel for her. I am glad she is taking the time to get it right, even if it means we have to wait longer!)

  5. I only jumped on the Rainbow Rowell train this year too. Attachments is my favourite of them all. I’ve heard really good things about Not A Drop to Drink Drink and The Evolution of Mara Dyer – I’ll have to add them to my list.

  6. I’m so with you on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT versus THRONE OF GLASS. I can’t wait for what’s next because I have no idea where the story is going, in the best way possible. 🙂

    So glad to see NOT A DROP TO DRINK on here! I read it while it was on submission and I’m not sure how it’s changed since then, but loved it back then.

    I have become a big fan of Stiefvater’s work and haven’t read THE SCORPIO RACES, yet. I’ll have to make it a priority in ’14. 🙂

    1. Absolutely read THE SCORPIO RACES if you are a Maggie S. fan! And yes, we are in the same boat Kari, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT has me totally guessing over Book Three and totally hooked.

    1. Opportunity missed. 😦 You really need to get on these reads. You are just being lazy, Tracey, and I won’t stand for it.

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