Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Best Young Adult of 2014

I'll be interested to look at my end of the year statistics and see just how much YA I read this year as compared to last year.  It feels like I read much less than in the past, but what I did read was fantastic.  Being a part of the FYA Book Club in my area has really increased the amount of quality YA I'm getting - almost half of my YA favorite this year were FYA choices.

This one is technically New Adult, but I think it fits best here.  I have all kinds of raves about it, but mostly I just loved reading a sweet, largely angst-free college romance.  It reminded me so much of my own college romance, which was perfect.  Love, love, love this FYA pick.

So many feelings in this one.  I loved both romances, the relationship between siblings, the relationship with parents, and with parent-figures.  It's stunningly written and one of my over-all favorites of the year.

Another beautifully written FYA book, this time with a focus on magical realism.  It completely captivated me and the writing is just amazing.  I didn't see a lot of hype around this one, but it totally deserves to be known and appreciated by YA fans.

These two go together, of course.  I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and liked it but didn't love it.  Then I tried Days of Blood and Starlight and fell in love.  And Dreams of Gods and Monsters just blew me away.  I love a series that just gets better and better.

I hate to say it, but I never got around to reviewing these two books.  I just can't come up with the words to intelligently convey how very wonderful they are.  They are beautiful and magical and perfect and I wouldn't change a single thing in any of them.  If you've somehow missed the experience, get out there and fix it now.

Our first FYA book of the year and an absolutely beautiful piece of magical realism that enchanted and delighted me.  It's got old world charm and a perfect protagonist.  And the villain is heartbreaking and fascinating and just perfect in every way.  Another one that I never reviewed because I couldn't come up with an acceptable way of saying how great it was.  

This one, like Fangirl, is really closer to New Adult.  It's also the only non-fiction title on this particular list - a collection of true stories of roommates.  Some of these are older, but the majority are told by college-aged students and young adults. 


  1. I know I read a lot less YA this year, I think in part due to my obsession with thrillers. I loved Days of Blood and Starlight too, but I'm waiting to get the final book as an audio since that's how I experienced the first 2.

    Tanya Patrice

    1. I hope you love it as much as I did! It was definitely the best in the series in my opinion!