Thursday, December 18, 2014

Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest Best in Show

How is it day four of the blogfest already!?!
Click here to learn more about this fun, bookish blogfest.

Favorite Cover

The dress, the clouds, the flowers in her hair. Love it.

Cutest Couple

Cress and Thorne
Perfectly lovable.

Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner)

This book has so much going for it and would appeal to fans of more than just fantasy. It has a Romanesque setting, political intrigue and romance. 

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime

Heir of Fire had me reading until past 2a.m one night, but only for one night because I had to finish it that morning as soon as I woke up.

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite Sequel or Follow-Up)

I'm sure you know I love Heir of Fire by now but this book is also one of my favorite followups. 

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
None of my 2014 reads were series finales

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath

Not sure that its ice bath worthy but I loved the tension between the characters in The Winner's Curse.
Broken Skies was pleasantly romantic too. 

Best Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author)

Both of these.

Best Old-Timer (Favorite Book Published BEFORE 2014)

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry

One, Two, Three was packed with emotion.

Most Pleasant Surprise (Didn’t Think I’d Like It But Totally Did)

I won this one and I figured I'd like it ok but I saw it as a space filler while I waited for other books at the library. I dropped everything and devoured it and am now stalking the author's page while I wait for the sequel. 

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle

It starts out predictable. Or so you think.

Sleeper Hit (Novel So Awesome I Wish It’d Been Hyped More)

 I just now realized this book is from 2014. I read a galley of it last year. I LOVED it but I've never seen it on any list, blogs or anywhere else. It wasn't a happily ever after sort of book, but was rich in history, culture and dance. Reading it gave me a similar feeling to the one I had when I was a child and read Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O' Dell.

Favorite Outlier (Best 2014 Picture Book, MG, NA, or Adult Novel)

This book is inspirational fiction and I love how it was different from the other's I've read in the genre. It was part contemporary, part historical, part mystery and had romance and humor.

Thanks for hosting:
• Tracey Neithercott
• Katy Upperman
• Alison Miller
• Jessica Love


  1. I definitely missed my bed time reading HEIR OF FIRE. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You're right - the couple in Cress is adorable :)
    I enjoyed One, Two, Three as well. Bittersweet and heart-warming.

  3. There are a few of us today who chose KISS OF DECEPTION for love triangle. It's such a unique twist on the love triangle, isn't it? I loved its cover too, and I'm thinking I should have just done a big ole collage of my favourite 2014 covers because there were more than a few. I read CODE NAME VERITY and ROSE UNDER FIRE this year, so I probably could have listed them under fave pre-2014 reads as well. Such great books!

  4. Yay Code Name Verity! I can't believe it took me so long to read it!

  5. Oh, THE SCORPIO RACES... One of my favorite books EVER. I've even gone so far as to bake November Cakes. :-) And now I'm wanting to read THE KISS OF DECEPTION even more -- I love a fresh take on the love triangle. Thanks for joining us this week, Sarah! <3

  6. I loved CODE NAME VERITY--such a great book!

  7. I only got round to Code Name Verity this year - absolutely brilliant! I'm surprised it hasn't been adapted for the big (or small) screen yet.

  8. I love so many of your pre-2013 books. SCORPIO RACES—so good! Oh, and THE NEAR WITCH was so good and not hyped enough at all.

  9. Code Name Verity is and always will be one of my favorite books. I really need to read Rose Under Fire. But I'm looking forward to Black Dove, White Raven that comes out next year.

  10. I absolutely LOVED The Scorpio Races - it's the book that turned me on to Maggie Stiefvater and I never looked back. :)

    Great choices here! So glad you could join in the fun!

  11. The Scorpio Races! I LOVED it so much even though I didn't think I would because I'm not normally a horse person. And The Near Witch was lovely, as well. I really liked the writing in that one.