Monday, January 20, 2014

Favorite YA novels from 2013

Silje and I have put together a post of our favorite YA novels from 2013*. We cheated a bit and sneaked in a few adult fantasy titles on the list as well, we hope you don't mind. Did any of these books grab a spot on your list of favorites?

*The favorites listed below are not necessarily published in 2013, but read by us in 2013.

Best sequel:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Laini Taylor's prose and imaginative story.

I am thrilled to say that Fire more than lived up to it's big sister The Circle. If you haven't heard of this trilogy you might want to read my review of the first book by clicking here. This is a bit of a Swedish sensation really a YA fantasy sold to 29 countries all over the world. The first book kept me up all night and that was just the case this time around as well.

Best series starter:

Best standalone contemporary

Best historical YA:

A gripping historical read that alternates between our time and the time of The French Revolution. The main character is struggling to come to terms with the passing of her younger brother. When traveling to France with her father she stumbles upon the diary of Alexandrine Paradis who lived and worked with little Prince right until the very end. Take a trip down into the catacombs of Paris with Revolution, you won't regret it.

Favorite adult fantasy:

As you can see we're on the Song of Ice & Fire wagon

This urban fantasy-series was a new discovery I made last year. In style it kind of reminds me a bit of the Harry Dresden files by Jim Butcher, it is fun and a bit Harry Potterish for grown ups. This series is set in London in our time.

Best series ender:

Most entertaining:

Stay tuned for I might just post a book review this week. I am almost finished with Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. A very entertaining read about strong young witches in a time where females were to be seen and not heard. Love that the book has given me that delightful butterflies feeling several times already.


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