1. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor: It was truly wonderful to finally have a conclusion to the the story of Karou and Akiva joined by Zuzanna and other favorites. This is now one of my all-time favorite trilogies. I loved the way Taylor was able to conclude this story in a way that was satisfying to her fans.
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer: I read all the books of the Lunar Chronicles right after Cress had already come out , so I didn’t have to wait. I quickly came to love all of the characters in this series and I am eagerly awaiting Winter to find out what will become of Kai, Cinder, Wolf, Scarlet, Thorne, and Cress. Then, I’m looking forward to the new characters to be introduced in Winter.
3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs: I really enjoyed Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Shortly after reading it, I got to see Ransom Riggs at YALLfest and became a bigger fan of his as well. So I read Hollow City as soon as it came out and I was not disappointed. I really look forward to continuing the story of these “misfits.”
4. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I’m a Stephanie Perkins fan and as far as I’m concerned, she could write an alphabet book and I’d be all over it. So it was with great anticipation that I read Perkins’ companion novel of Anna and Lola. While Isla was not my favorite of the three, the reunion made it all the more amazing.
One of the things that we’ve really enjoyed in 2014 was become part of the Diversity Book Club. We wholeheartedly support books that include diverse characters, themes, and issues. We sincerely hope that each year there will be more and more books to choose from for our best diverse books list, which we plan to […]
This week we’re highlighting authors who are new to us — you know, the ones with an impressive body of work and a ton of fans but somehow we’ve only read one or two of their titles. There are so many amazing YA authors that it’s hard to keep up with everyone, especially if they […]
With this week’s top ten there is some overlap with some of the topics we’ve covered over the last few weeks, so you might see some familiar titles. Even so, with so many books coming out in 2015 we’ve got plenty to look forward to. 1. WINTER by Marissa Meyer: Yes, I love this series […]
It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close and it’s time to wax reflective and look back on all the books we read. It’s a hard task, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top four sequels. What were your favorite sequels of the year? Which ones are you putting on your […]
Since Sandie took the trouble to send me her copy of “Open Road Summer,” I figured it was definitely worth reading right away. It turned out to be a cute, fun, and surprisingly substantial read about friendship, fame, and love. Yes, in some ways it was predictable (it was obvious the first time we meet […]
A few months ago as I was wandering around our local mega bookstore, a worker approached me and asked if he could help me. When I explained that I was trying to decide which YA book I wanted to read, he suggested “Dorothy Must Die.” He explained that it was really good and creative. His […]