17 & GONE, ALLEGIANT, DANGEROUS GIRLS, FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, HOW TO LOVE, OCD LOVE STORY, OPENLY STRAIGHT, PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, SEKRET, THE ART OF WISHING, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, TSARINA, ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE, YA Superlatives
- Favorite Dystopian – ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
I may have been on team “This isn’t the ending I wanted” but I respect the author’s right to choose it, loved the series as a whole, and it’s also the only Dystopian I read this year, so it wins by default anyway ;)
- Favorite Science Fiction – ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE by Jamie Grey
Very few people can get me to read Sci-Fi, and by that I mean Jamie’s it!
- Favorite Fantasy
I…actually read zero 2013 Fantasy books. Oops. I did read FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK this year, and the third book in the trilogy, QUINTANA OF CHARYN, did come out this year, so…can we say that? Sort of?
- Favorite Contemporary – OCD LOVE STORY by Corey Ann Haydu
It feels funny to call this a favorite when I found it so hard to read, but this book has given me so much to think about, and even months later, it’s still working its way into my brain. I suspect it’ll be there for a good, long time.
- Favorite Action/Adventure – DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
OK, yes, it’s not really action or adventure, but I couldn’t think of anything I’d read that fell into that category, so I’m re-appropriating it into “Psychological Thriller” and there’s no question this was my favorite of the year in that category.
- Favorite Historical Fiction
I actually didn’t read a single 2013 YA histfic title, but I read ARCs for some great 2014 ones, including TSARINA by J. Nelle Patrick and SEKRET by Lindsay Smith.
- Favorite Comedy – OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsburg
It feels a little funny to classify this one as a comedy, but I laughed out loud so many times in the opening pages that my husband stirred from sleep to ask me what was going on, so.
- Favorite Mystery – PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL by Kara Taylor
Oh God, this one kept me up absurdly late, and it was totally worth it!
- Favorite Romance – HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno
My favorite actual romance pairing was Caymen and Xander in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West, but overall book that I think would be classified as a Romance goes to HOW TO LOVE.
- Favorite Paranormal – THE ART OF WISHING by Lindsay Ribar
I found this book so absurdly unputdownable, which was extra welcome given it’s not my usual genre! Can’t wait for 2014′s sequel.
- Favorite Family Drama – THE REECE MALCOLM LIST by Amy Spalding
I went in to this book expecting to be bored by the family stuff and into it for the romance alone. Color me surprised when the romance didn’t do it for me but I actually found the storyline about a girl and her estranged author mother rather brilliant and lovely.
- Favorite Genre Bender – 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma
OK, It’s not really a genre bender, per se, but Suma’s skill is in literary beauty that plays on the line between between normal and paranormal, and though this one doesn’t step into the latter as its predecessor does, it definitely feels blurry for a while.