Favorite Young Adult of 2013

It's that time of the year - time to reflect on my favorite reads. I hope you find something new to add to your own list. I tend toward fantasy and scifi (as you know if you read this blog on a regular basis), and that is reflected in my favorite books..

Not all of my favorite reads from this year were PUBLISHED this year. I've indicated the year of publication for each of my choices.

Horde (2013)- I adored this whole dystopian series by Ann Aguirre (Enclave, Outpost, Horde). I was so excited to be able to be on the Outpost blog tour last year (interviewing Ann Aguirre!) and I really enjoyed how the series ended.

Dream Thieves (2013) - Maggie Stiefvater rocks. An AMAZING second book in a series. I admit it - I special ordered a signed and sketched in copy for myself AND my sister.. 

Scorpio Races (2011) - don’t miss this one! I love how she mixes a very realistic setting with the mythical carnivorous sea horse.


Fairyland series - there are three books out now. The most recent is 2013. (Valente) - Wow. This series is just what I want to see for my strong 5th grade readers. Lovely writing, amazing word choices, and a fabulous story with a really strong girl discovering what it means to grow up. I am so excited that Valente is working on another book in the series.

Eleanor & Park (2013) Realistic fiction isn’t usually my thing, but I devoured this book.

Grave Mercy (2012) - Historical fiction - sort of - about a girl who learns to be an assassin. I loved this whole story!

Uprising (2007) - Powerful tale of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and the rise of unions. The characters were fascinating, and I was just amazed at how little I knew of this piece of history. 

What are your favorites from the year?


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