I’ve always been a big fan of Libba Bray, and luckily her new series has started out well and has only increased my love of her books. Anxiously awaiting the sequel, which comes out next year, I believe. Like her Gemme Doyle books, this book really immerses you in the time period (the Roaring Twenties) and has plenty of supernatural mischief and such. If you’re a fan of Libba Bray’s past books, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well.
Wow, for someone who tends to shy away from historical fiction books, I sure seemed to like the ones that I did read this year. This book takes place in the 1950s, a time period you don’t seem to see much, at least in YA, although it doesn’t feel as dated as stories from really specific time periods (the Gilded Age, Victorian, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, etc). The characters were interesting, as well as the story, and even though I try to avoid Holocaust books because I know they’ll make me really, really sad since it’s a real event even if the stories aren’t, I might have to check out Ruta Sepetys’ first book, Between Shades of Gray.
The third book in the Heist Society series is just as interesting as the past books. Kat and Hale’s relationship took an interesting turn at the end of the second book, and their relationship continued to develop in interesting ways during this book. There were some nice twists at the end and we got better looks at some characters that had been merely in the background before. I really hope there are more books in the series in the hopes that more characters will be developed in future books.
My first Sarah Dessen book has remained one of my favorites (of course, at this point, I’ve only read three, but that’s beside the point). The main character, her job, her family issues, and her various relationships all interested me. I was in a bit of a reading slump when I read this, if I remember correctly, but I read this book fairly quickly and happily.
And here’s my second Sarah Dessen book. I liked it for much of the same reasons that I liked my first Dessen book. It seemed to have the same formula, yet the characters and the story itself were different enough that I could have cared less. I’m really starting to see why Sarah Dessen is such a staple of the YA community.
This book had an interesting-sounding premise and I read a pretty favorable review before reading it, but I was surprised with how much I liked this book. It’s pretty long, but it went by so quickly and I wouldn’t have minded if it went on even longer. Nellie is definitely my favorite character, but I like reading about all the girls and many of the secondary characters. There were a lot of different storylines all combined together and some definitely got more attention than others, but they all worked together fairly well.
I finally managed to get my hands on the fifth and second-to-last book of the Gallagher Girls series and, even though it was frustrating how long it took to find it, I’m kind of glad that I read it later and don’t have to wait as long to see what’ll happen in the last book, which comes out this fall!
This book didn’t wow me quite like If I Stay and Where She Went, but it was still another great book from Gayle Forman. Protagonist Allyson was a bit annoying during the middle of the book but this book made me want to go back to France and explore other places in Europe and be an independant and fun-loving college student (well, I wouldn’t call Allyson very fun-loving, but it still made me want to be).
I really enjoyed Kim Harrington’s Clarity and Perception, but was a little worried that I wouldn’t be as interested in an unrelated and standalone book. Luckily for me, I did enjoy this book quite a bit, from its gemstone-loving protagonist named Jade to her family’s haunted house. Makes me quite hopeful for Harrington’s future books.
Moonglass was on my TBR list for a while before I finally decided to drop it and not bother, but then I decided to read In Honor and figured I might as well read Moonglass as well, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them. They were both quite sad and short, but they have me really excited for the (already) much-beloved Golden, which recently came out.
The main reason this book didn’t make the official Top Ten and the totally awesome, obviously-took-me-hours-to-make graphic is because I just finished it on Sunday morning (and by morning, I mean 3am) and I made said graphic and list earlier in the week. I decided to just add it as a bonus rather than get rid of another one and remake the graphic. The Rising was a great conclusion to a series that I love and has me hoping for more books that take place in its universe.