As I said before, I have read 253+ books this year. Some of them have been awesome, some mediocre and some downright bad. I don’t usually finish the really bad ones unless I just want to know what happened in the process of the journey.
I am an eclectic reader. I read all sorts of books though admittedly the bulk of them do tend to be YA. The books I read for school are nearly always ones I would have chosen to read myself but in the end, I am glad I was made to.
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louisa Rennison
If you are looking for something entirely insane, this is the series for you. A completely cracked family, a cat that thinks it’s human and a whole harem of beautiful boys. But that’s not even the most fun part. It is Georgia’s insane personality and narrative that will have you laughing out loud in public and choking on various food particles.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Really, do I still need to tell you why this was an awesome series? Read my embarrassingly gushy reviews.
The Dark Angel Trilogy by Meredith Pierce
If you haven’t checked this one out yet, do so. It’s an engaging mix of romance, fantasy and a mutation of a bildungsroman. It’s well written and the characters are fun to read about.
The Keys to the Kingdom – Garth Nix
It’s Garth Nix. Need I say more? This more middle grade than YA but it’s a lot of fun anyway. I recommend it.
Darkest Powers – Kelley Armstrong
I think this was one of the better trilogies I read this year, at least where YA Fantast is concerned. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you are missing out.
Witch – Carolyn MacCullough
This duet was/is seriously awesome. Don’t you love it when books tackle more than it seems they do? The duet is superficially about witches, bad people and this hot guy and evil sister. However, (forgive my flippancy) it is also a story about growing up and finding out that fitting in is not being a square among all the other squares but having the courage to be a circle amongst the squares. I demand you read this. Seriously.
Fallen – Lauren Kate
Angels, supernatural elements, an interesting cast of characters and swoon worthy romance. Need a girl ask for more? Okay, this is pure guilty pleasure and I don’t expect it to hold up to any solid literary discussion but you know what? I wouldn’t like it if it did.
Cat Royal – Julia Golding
Insanely fun heroine? Check. Insane escapades? Double check. An engaging story with lasting characters that do not have anything to do with vampires, werewolves or any of the supernatural elements (unless you count the fact that Cat has survived all her adventures something of a divine miracle). Perhaps because it does not follow today’s popular formula of the supernatural mix that it is looked over but I think everyone should try out the Cat Royal series. It’s serious fun.
Allie Beckstrom – Devon Monk
This urban fantasy series kicks serious ass. Literally. It is very difficult to find urban fantasy series that are actually worth reading. Oh sure, the bookshelves at your store are probably overflowing with new books but I speak from sad experience that most of the ones already on the shelves are so terrible, you’ll be left wondering why on earth you bothered. However, Allie Beckstrom combines an intriguing heroine with flawed heroes and fast paced plots that will keep you entertained.
Strange Angels – Lili St. Crow
The first two books in the series were awesome. The third one? Not so much but I am loathe to give up on it. Especially when it could just have been setting up for the next book in the series. This happens all the time in a series, i.e. when one book in between will be just setting things up for the next one. So…try this one out if you haven’t already done so. It has the signature trademark of a strong heroine…well, it did until Book 3.
Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
It’s Jasper Fforde. It’s dystopia. If I still need to say more…then…well. I won’t.
The Moorehawke Trilogy – Celine Kiernan
I have already embarrassed myself with the review of The Poison Throne – I gushed enough to fill a dam. And technically, all three books are released but I have yet to read the last one so it’s not yet finished. However, as I said, if you are sick of the supernatural, try this one for size. Historical fiction with awesome characters and a very engaging plot.
Glass – Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder is an awesome author. Like awesome. And this series will prove to you her ability to spin and weave tales that are both fantastic and relatable.
The Parasol Protectorate – Gail Carriger
This is, what I suppose, people would call Steampunk. Written in a voice nostalgic of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, we see an unlikely heroine traverse life in an alternate England where werewolves are part of the police force and vampires have nests in the more fashionable districts. Witty and irreverent, it will make you laugh. Loudly.
Kate Daniels – Ilona Andrews
Another urban fantasy series that I will vouch for. It is seriously addictive.
Leviathan – Scott Westerfield
You need to read this and find out how awesome this is.
The Agency – Y. S. Lee
Read the review.
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely 3) – Melissa Marr
I can’t see where the author’s going with the series and I dare say I don’t have the patience to wait and find out. Maybe someday I will pick it up again (the series) but right now, I’m done with it.
Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
Okay…this one was terrible. I think I have a review somewhere here which explains where and how the author went wrong. I just don’t know why. And it really was a serious disappointment considering how much I had enjoyed her previous book.
Madison Avery – Kim Harrison
Another disappointing series. And I love Kim Harrison so I was doubly disappointed.
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker – Leanna Renee Hieber
I think my review said it all.
My Name is Memory – Ann Barashares
Again, review revealed all.
Raven – Allison Van Diepen
Promising Authors and Other Favourite Authors
Sarah Addison Allen
– Garden Spells
– The Girl Who Chased the Moon
– The Sugar Queen
Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale
Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel
Bleeding Violet – Dia Reeves
Siren – Tricia Rayburn
Cold Magic – Kate Elliot
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Going Bovine – Libba Bray