Dec 18, 2013

YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 3

It's that time of year...when the year is almost over. And when the year starts wrapping up, people typically share their favorite whatevers of the year. For us bookish folk, the Class of 2013 YA Superlative Blogfest is one way to do that. The Fest takes place over four days, with four themes and over forty categories. And of course it's all bookish! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, or participate yourself! We first shared what books we thought were at the Head of the Class, yesterday was a Popularity Contest, and today's discussion centers around...

Elements of Fiction

-This is only from books released in 2013.
-I'm not the best at picking and choosing, but I'm going to try!
-I will not repeat books, that way I can share the love for more!

Most Envy-Inducing Plot
So good and so relatable.

Most Formidable World
What world would I least want to live in? THIS ONE. Sure, I've read some pretty messed up worlds this year (have you read Michael Grant's Gone series?). But this one takes the cake. Humans are practically extinct. And the few don't know if they're human or alien! That'd be a HELL NO for Rachel.


Loveliest Prose
There was much lovely prose this year; Rainbow Rowell, Katie Cotugno, Hilary T. Smith. But today, I'm going to have to say my favorite is Tahereh Mafi. Her writing is just so lovely, and it kind of reads like poetry and I love it.

Best First Line
Arghhh, you're implying I actually remember these sorts of things! (I remember some quotes, but rarely the first one.) So here's what I did: Found a book I liked and read this year (and was close to me), and that had an interesting first line!

"What do you want your name to be this time?"

Most Dynamic Main Character
Dynamic's one of those words that makes me think of school. *twitches* But Reena was quite dynamic, especially between Before and After.

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
The Book That Shall Not Be Named.

Best Performance 
In A Supporting Role
STURMHOND. Give him his own book. Now.

Best Use Of Theme
*twitches* Is this school? Because the use of the word theme makes me go WHAT'S THE CORRECT ANSWER? And to be honest, I don't really know. But this book explored and wonderfully showed several themes. Plus it's a great book.


  1. Great list. I like The 5th Wave too. I haven't read the Siege and Storm yet but it's already sitting in my Kindle for months. As for the Divergent series, I'm not sure why I'm not continuing the series yet. I have read Divergent and I like it but after that, I lost interest.

  2. You crack me up! Even as a teacher I was also a little twitchy over theme. I like easily recalled facts, here! ;-) That first line you ended up finding is super interesting, so good semi-random selection. :-) I was wondering if you would mention that book that shall not be mentioned, ha ha.

    I hadn't thought of FANGIRL for envy-inducing plot, but it totally is. How Rowell has one storyline and characters in one world/genre, and builds an entirely separate secondary universe WITH fanfiction... *head explodes*

  3. Ha! "The Book That Shall Not Be Named". Totally agree with that label. ;-) I stink at figuring out theme too. You're so not alone. I'm a little bummed that I didn't really find a category for THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING because I enjoyed that one a lot. I guess I just liked other books better maybe. And I have to agree with your pick for formidable setting. Eek!


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