Monday, January 6, 2014

Best YA of 2013

Before I get to into the new year I want to post the 2013 best books. This is the second of the three Best of 2013 posts. When you look this over you'll notice many of them were not published in 2013, some are actually fairly old, but they are still amazing and it was my first read through of them. Here were my top 10 YA reads in 2013 in no real order:

This is a middle grades book that blew me away. I listened to and it's read by Jim Dale - making it close to amazing right there. The story is fun, full of magic, and wonderful characters. It's a sweet ride and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

A bit full of stories but still a good romp. Kontis is clever and sweet. I listened to this on audio book, another free download from YASync. At first the reader's voice threw me off the story but then I got into it and fell in love with the Woodcutter family. This is a cool first book in what I think will be a great series.

Stiefvater is an amazing YA author. Her stories are interesting and subtle, fresh looks at old creatures and myths. This is a beautiful story of a girl, a boy, their island, and kelpies. Yes, you read right, kelpies! I wasn't sure she would be able to pull it off because I didn't know much about Stiefvater having only read her Lament I just wasn't sure but man, she pulled it off and I'm a die-hard fan now.

This is an older book but wow, it's amazing. I was drawn to the book because one of the main characters is a deaf boy and I've always been interested by the disability. This book was more than I thought it would be and breathtaking. Illustrations and's a thick yet fast and beautiful read.

Let's jump back to the distant past for this pick. It's a thick tomb of a YA but oh my gosh, so good. I'm not going to much because this is all you need to know - assassin nuns. Yes, assassin nuns.

Rich and subtle, slow and deep, Stiefvater's books are so good she really deserves to be on the list twice. I didn't plan on reading this book this year because I'd already read three other novels by Stiefvater but this book, Blue and the gang, drew me and didn't let go until they good and ready. This is the first installment of what promises to be an excellent cycle of books.

This was a difficult pick because I read Cinder this year too but in the end I think Scarlet, the second installment of the Lunar Chronicles is the better of the two books. Meyer is a rising star in the YA world and she deserves every admirer. Not only is she a great writer, she's humble, kind, and a total fan girl.

So not only Taylor a great writer, crafting images in the air that can make even the absurd and horrid mystical, she's a really cool person. I really want to be her friend. This is the second book by Taylor I've read and I really enjoy her. It's interesting to read this after reading DreamDark because there are patterns and themes she really enjoys and plays on often. Yet, even with the parallels, the story is great and the writing stellar. This is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn't let go - for two more books.

Last, but not least, is a YA collection of dystopian stories. Many people don't care for short story collections because it's so rare you love every story, or even like every story. While I used to be like that, I've come to a place where I don't care if I only like a few of the stories, it's worth for it me to buy the book. Getting the chance to sample a number of authors and experience glimpses into worlds is great and worth the money for me. These are especially great bathtub reads as one can get through a few short stories in one tub time and there's a certain feeling of completeness and accomplishment in that.

A last comment about this collection - I got it from the library earlier in the year and I'm still thinking about it so now I'm going to buy it.


  1. Ahh, nice! I'm happy that The Raven Boys and Grave Mercy made your list, I hope you enjoy Dream Thieves as well--I think that one's even better. I have to read the second assassin book as well.

    Happy 2014--hope you get to read lots of great books this year, too!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Dream Thieves in high on my list of book to read this year - can't wait to start it!