Dec 17, 2014

Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest - Day 3

Is it really that time of the year? No, not the time filled with red and green and presents and the perfume of pine. I mean the time filled with fireworks and a late night party around the world and a marathon of The Walking Dead that I will totally be watching, even though I own all four seasons on DVD. IT IS THE END OF THE FREAKING YEAR. Most importantly, it's the time of year to rank all the books we spent most of the year reading.

Like last year, I'll be participating in The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest hosted by Katy UppermanJessica LoveTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller. It's a four-day fest full of the best YA books and their components with Head of the Class, Popularity Contest, Elements of Fiction, and Best in Show. Get your books, put your thinking cap on, and join the fun!

(Note: All the books are Young Adult--unless otherwise stated--published in 2014, repeats will be avoided as much as possible, and what I've read in 2014 as of the date the post was published.)

Most Envy-Inducing PLot
Hooow does Sarah J. Maas come up with this entire series and create all these beautiful and painful things? [Goodreads Review]

Most Formidable World
I'd call this modern day, but the world has been taken over by an ALIEN APOCALYPSE and is in RUINS and there are barely any humans left and you don't know who's an alien because the aliens LOOK JUST LIKE PEOPLE AND ARE PEOPLE this is bad bad bad. Do not volunteer as tribute. Do not collect two-hundred dollars and pass go just go go go. [Goodreads Review]

Most Wanderlust-Inducing
I kid you not, reading this made me want to go to the jungle and watch for hours and drool over and study chimpanzees (and/or orangutans or gorillas or any exotic animal) SO SO BAD. [Goodreads Review]

Loveliest Prose
Tahereh Mafi's prose is so preeeeeeeeeetty. [Goodreads Review]

Best First Line
"I was made to marry a monster." I don't know that this is my favorite first line from a 2014 YA novel I read, but I found this one and liked it, so... (Also, mental note: Keep track of favorite first lines in 2015. Finding this was hard.) [Goodreads Review]

Most Dynamic Main Character
Holy character development, Celaena Sardothien. And also, you should listen to what I tell you to do. BECAUSE YOU DO NOT LISTEN AND YOU DO SOME STUPID THINGS. [Goodreads Review]

Most Jaw-Dropping Conclusion
There were some good jaw-dropping conclusions this year but this one was more recent and OH MY GOSH DID BLANK REALLY HAPPEN TO BLANK AND WHAT THE EFFF WAS THAT ENDING? [Goodreads Review]

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
This year was very strong in secondary characterness. But WELCOME TO MY FANTASY WORLD, ROWAN WHITETHORN. You are not allowed to die. [Goodreads Review]

Best Use of Theme
This was very good, and did it an excellent job of showing art and feminism and women's rights and romance. [Goodreads Review]

What were some of your favorite elements of fiction this year? Also, be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of the Blogfest! It's the Best in Show!


  1. Man, I need to read the Throne of Glass series so bad!

  2. Well, clearly I need to start the THRONE OF GLASS series! I have the first book -- maybe I should make it a Christmas read? And you're totally making me want to buy threatened. I'm so curious about it! Awesome choices once again, Rachel!

  3. Oh, okay so I'm heading to Barnes and Nobles to buy The Infinite Sea RIGHT NOW. I really liked The Fifth Wave, but your comment has me so curious!

  4. Yeah The Infinite Sea is definitely set in a frightening and formidable world. I thought The 5th Wave was more eerie but perhaps I'd just become acclimatised to the new order by The Infinite Sea.

  5. Team Rowan!!! I love him. I'm glad I'm not the only one who used Heir of Fire multiple times :) It just can't be helped.

  6. A lot of people have added a Cruel Beauty to their lists. I'm going to have to check it out.


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