As we did last time, Angela and I are posting our faves on the same day - so go and check out her list (it will be good) over at Striking Keys.
So these are my 15 faves from the last year or so of reading. I definitely read some duds too, but these are not those. In fact, some of these titles are in my Top Ten of All The Times list! I'll let you guess which...
'How I Live Now' - Meg Rosoff
Waaaaaaaaah < that's me crying. I get that this one isn't for everyone, but it was for me. Rosoff's writing is topnotch, and the story really got under my skin. It's a short read, like stay-up-till-ya-finish-it (because once you're invested, you can't put it down). There is some controversy about the romance, but I thought this was overblown tbh. The love story actually got me the most.
:-) :-) :-) Laini fangirl right here :-P. Just do yourself a favour and READ THIS TRILOGY! Unlike 'How I Live Now', I think this is a series that would be enjoyed by a wide range of YA readers/adult readers.
Definitely a 2014 favourite. In terms of plausibility - I don't know, sometimes it felt far-fetched, BUT What do I know? And I really fell for the three main chars. so what does it even matter? They were totally endearing. And it was all totally heartbreaking but in such an unexpected, poignant way. Go. Read.
Totally weird and completely compelling. I'm sold on Gaiman, even though his subject matter is def not my usual cuppa. I'm going to read more of his work this year.
'Okay for Now' - Gary D. Schmidt
Awwww! I had a number of male, anti-hero, protags in my reading list for 2014. I'm a fan. Something about the hero-that-doesn't-believe-he's-worthy-but-totally-actually-is just gets under my skin. Big fat tears rolling down my face. 'Boy21', 'The Wednesday Wars' and 'Finnikin of the Rock' all fit this description. Allllll the cryyyyying.
'Scarlet' - Marissa Meyer
I loved 'Cinder', and 'Scarlet' was even more fun! A range of captivating characters, riveting plot, and lush settings. Seriously digging this series and anxious to get into the third.
'Finnikin of the Rock' - Melina Marchetta
This was an amazing read!!! And I loved the sequel even more! Can't even believe it's taken me this long to read these because Marchetta is definitely a fave YA author. It's like 'Game of Thrones' for young peeps - a sprawling, exotic setting, kickass characters, secrets, mysteries and epic battles (but these are kept to a minimum, just fyi). RecoMMEND!
'The Giver' - Lois Lowry
So it turns out this is studied in some schools and evvvvverybody has already read it. I'm slow to the party, and now join the hoards of fans. Waaaaay more painful than I thought it would be, but so, so beautiful too.
'Birthmarked' - Caragh M. O'Brien
This whole series was great - perfect YA/crossover fiction. The writing is intelligent and the characters are compelling. Plus all the action and romance and cool settings you'd expect from a YA Dystopian novel. Much fun and a few crys.
'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' - Benjamin Alire Saenz
Beautiful, tender and more than a little heartbreaking. I really loved Saenz' writing style, and those characters, oh, oh.
I love a good mystery (I mean, c'mon! Who doesn't?!) and 'Spark' delivers one, for sure! There's plenty of action, romance and badassery too, and I'm thinking it's all going to be amped up a notch or two with the sequel - 'Stray' (hopefully out soon?). And did I mention, NZ fiction too? Boom!
'we were liars' - e. lockhart
I'm not going to say I loved this one. I spent most of the novel withholding judgement, and growing increasingly frustrated with many of the characters - esp. the adult ones. But I was completely won over in the end, and retrospectively enjoyed it, yanno what I mean? One esp. awesome thing? The setting! I mean, wow. What dreams are made of.
'Where Things Come Back' - John Corey Whaley
Another one I didnt LOVE (at least not in a rabid Laini-Taylor-Hazza-Potta kinda way) as I was reading it - it was unsettling at times, and wasn't desperately drawn to the protagonist. BUT it totally stuck with me afterwards, and I think about it often. A cleverly crafted piece of writing, and one that I think would be a valuable read for YAs.
'Under the Never Sky' - Veronica Rossi
I have a pretty good-looking TBR pile on my nightstand, which is always the best feeling (though if February is anything to go by, I may not finish many titles this year :-/ ). I'm ludicrously excited about some of the beautiful books that are waiting for me, so I really just need to stop watching TV completely.