Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest HEAD OF CLASS and POPULARITY CONTEST

I'm back from a semester-long hiatus to talk about some of my favorite YA books from 2014! The YA Superlatives Blogfest is hosted by Jessica LoveTracey NeithercottAlison Miller, and Katy Upperman. I'm squashing two days together, so bear with me, folks!

2014 books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory, Cress, Ignite Me, Dorothy Must Die, City of Heavenly Fire, The Assassin’s Blade, Heir of Fire, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Glass Sentence, The One, Isla and the Happily Ever After, I’ll Give You the Sun, Althea & Oliver, The Winner’s Curse, The Blood of Olympus. 

Head of the Class – Monday, December 15th
Favorite Dystopian

IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi (I only read two or three dystopians this year and, while I didn't love the first two books in the Shatter Me trilogy, IGNITE ME was the strongest!)

Favorite Science Fiction 
CRESS by Marissa Meyer (sci-fi fantasy)

Favorite Fantasy
 THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE by Sarah J. Maas (even though the ebooks were released prior to 2014, the bind-up just came out this year.)

Favorite Contemporary
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (Just a warning, this book is on every list of mine this week. This is my book of the year!)

Favorite Action/Adventure

Favorite Romance

Favorite Genre Bender
CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare (I consider this genre-bending because it's part urban fantasy, part paranormal. Plus I just needed to include it on the list!!!) 

Popularity Contest – Tuesday, December 16th
Villain I Love to Hate
 Sebastian Morgenstern from CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (Duh. He makes my skin crawl, and not in a good way. Just ick.)

Favorite Parental Figure 
Guillermo Garcia in I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (I don't want to explain why because spoilers. But I think he's wonderful!)

Most Likely to Start a Riot 

Biggest Flirt
 Captain Thorne from CRESS

Fashion King and/or Queen
Jude from I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (She makes her own dresses!) 

Character I’d Most Want For a BFF
Sloane from SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE or Cinder from CRESS

Character I Wish I’d Dated in High School
 Frank Porter from SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE 

Most Likely to Become President
Prince Kai from CRESS (Is this cheating? He’s already a prince...but I’m counting him anyway. He’d be a great leader) 

Quirkiest Character
Most of the BLOOD OF OLYMPUS characters are super quirky, especially Leo and Percy!

And there you have it! Days 1 and 2 of the YA Superlatives Blogfest! I left out a couple categories because I couldn't think of any..I actually didn't read a ton of books released in 2014. A lot of my year was spent on marathoning older series. 

See you all tomorrow for the next category!


  1. I haven't read CRESS yet, but I concur about Thorne. He's one of my favorite characters from the other books.

  2. Since You've Been Gone is the best book I've read this year! I love the characters and remember that big reveal in the end? I just love Morgan Matson's writing. I will be reading more from the author in the year to come. Happy holidays and what a great list!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

  3. It looks like we have a couple of the same favorites! I didn't read very many 2014 books either. I was still busy with all the 2013 ones I wanted to read and like you, marathoning series.


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