Archive | January, 2014

January 21 New Releases

22 Jan

13626692Title: Evertrue
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Fantastic…ish? Mythology remix?
Blurb: Inspired by the Persephone myth, this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy—whose captivating first book earned a VOYA Perfect Ten of 2011 and a Whitney Award—explores the resilience of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love. (This is totally not the real blurb, but since I haven’t read the second book yet I didn’t want to look at it too closely.)
Excitement Factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else to read. I enjoyed the first one but never got around to reading the second one, so if that ever happens, sure.

Best Books of 2013

2 Jan

OK, so I’m a little late doing the obligatory best books I read in 2013 post. Shit happens.

My list is going to be a little different than most biblio-centric “best of” lists, since I’m not only going to focus on 2013 publications. I read a bunch of stuff published in 2013 that I loved, but also some slightly older titles that deserve to be recognized. Also, not all of these books are YA, but I think most of them have teen appeal and could theoretically be considered crossover. So, without further ado..

157835141. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Terrifying and beautiful, this book stuck with me long after I finished it.

 

 

 

1860742. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I was a few years late on this one, but this epic fantasy is so rich and delicious I had a hard time putting it down.

 

 

 

9781423152194_custom-576e89df094fe00930112e441b559f8db507b92e-s6-c303. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wien. Get out yer hankies, people. This meticulously plotted ode to female friendship set in WWII is a doozie.

 

 

 

897244. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson is the master of Gothic weirdness, and this twisted narrative from one of the best unreliable narrators of all time is creepy, disturbing, and occasionally hilarious.

 

 

 

Dream-Thieves-Cover5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. The second in the Raven Cycle features more well-defined characters and a galloping plot paired with some heavy, resonant themes. Plus: magic and shit.

 

 

 

whales_on_stilts6. Whales on Stiltsby M.T. Anderson. I would be remiss in not passing this gift of a book on to my readers just because it’s intended for children. It is one of the weirdest, funniest things I have ever read, and honestly a lot of the jokes will go over most children’s heads. It’s just the best.

 

 

172623037. More Than This by Patrick Ness. If I can be relied on for anything, it’s loving the shit out of everything Patrick Ness does. This is no exception, but I would venture to say it’s the least accessible of everything he’s written thus far. You have to just accept that you aren’t going to understand what’s going on for most of the book, and also be ready to feel seriously depressed because this one is by far the bleakest of an already bleak catalogue for one of YA’s best writers.

 

 

letsexplore8. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. New David Sedaris. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

The-Coldest-Girl-in-Coldtown9. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Bloody, frightening, and even surprisingly thought provoking, this one is just plain fun.

 

 

 

1281255010. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Another second book in a sequence, this one marks a departure from the urban fantasy of the first in favor of straight up high fantasy. I know that Taylor lost a lot of fans with that departure, but as a lover of fantasy I still love these books HARD.