Anatomy of a Misfit, Dangerous Boys, Everything Leads to You, ILLUSIVE, Kiss Kill Vanish, Lies We Tell Ourselves, OPEN ROAD SUMMER, OUR BROKEN SKY, RITES OF PASSAGE, SEKRET, THE FOURTH WISH, Whatever Life Throws at You
I’m so psyched to be blogging about other books besides my own today – yay for Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Alison Miller, Tracey Neithercott, and the YA Superlatives Blogfest! I did this last year too, and it was really fun to reflect on all my favorites, so, it’s that time again!
I have zero skills with graphics, so armed with nothing but words, here are my faves of 2014:
Favorite Dystopian: I actually don’t think I read any Dystopian YA this year, so I’ll have to go with the only Dystopian I did read this year, which was the accurately described NA “insanely hot lesbian novella” OUR BROKEN SKY by Sarah Harian.
Favorite Science Fiction: ILLUSIVE by Emily Lloyd-Jones. No contest, as this was one of my faves of the year, period.
Favorite Fantasy: Hmm, I think this one has to go to OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis.
Favorite Contemporary: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. This was a fantastic year for contemporary, but given this was my favorite YA of the year, it easily takes the prize for me.
Favorite Action/Adventure: I actually don’t know what qualifies here. ILLUSIVE is honestly the one that comes to mind, but I hate to take up a spot with the same title twice. So, while Action/Adventure isn’t really how I’d classify it, for being one of my favorite contemporaries that also had a lot of physical and suspenseful elements, I’m gonna use RITES OF PASSAGE by Joy N. Hensley here.
Favorite Historical Fiction: LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley. Also one of my faves of the year.
Favorite Comedy: Not a Comedy through and through, but the 2014 book that made me laugh out loud the most was probably ANATOMY OF A MISFIT by Andrea Portes.
Favorite Mystery: Does DANGEROUS BOYS by Abigail Haas count as a mystery? Whatever, I’m counting it.
Favorite Romance: Ugh, don’t make me choose. I’ve already gone on ad nauseam on other blogs about OPEN ROAD SUMMER and EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU, but I have to give a shoutout to the one that most made me wish I were in the middle of writing something similar on the spot (which means I wanted to roll around in the swooniness, basically): WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross.
Favorite Paranormal: THE FOURTH WISH by Lindsay Ribar. Loved the first book in this duology, and loved this one even more. I feel really remiss not giving SEKRET by Lindsay Smith a shoutout here, though, because it was such a different kind of Paranormal from TFW, and one I also loved, and it was my other favorite Historical, so, bam.
Favorite Genre Bender: KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez. I don’t even really know how to qualify this one. Suspense? Thriller? Anyway, liked it a lot!