It was very exciting to read Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far 2013: Teen & Young Adults. For each category, Amazon editors picked the top 15 books of 2013 so far. The list includes books that we love here at Teen Lit Rocks. We have covered a couple of them and have personally read others on the list. Of course, there are books that we already had on our TRB piles and now, there are new books to be added to the list. Thank you Amazon for making this list available to us and our readers. Below is the list in best-selling order as it appears on Amazon.
1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (May 7, 2013) – This is one my favorite book’s of the year, because even though it’s not my regular genre of choice, it’s utterly unputdownable (how, how are aliens so smart) and such a thriller. –Sandie
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Feb 26, 2013) – Special congratulations to Rainbow Rowell for having Eleanor & Park be chosen as best teen & young adult book of 2013 by Amazon and we certainly agree.
3. Prodigy: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu (Jan 29, 2013) – Second novels in series are hard, especially if the first one was quite popular, but Lu (and Bardugo below) is a master of progressing their stories, delving deeper into character development, and making us *feel so much* for June and Day –Sandie
4. Seige and Storm (Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone)) by Leigh Bardugo (Jun 4, 2013) – Alina is such a fascinating character. In some ways it’s like she’s Harry, or any great “chosen” character coming to terms with her destiny. The Darkling is a delicious villain, and Mal — sigh — what a faithful and beautiful best friend/love interest. –Sandie
5. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (May 14, 2013) – This one is going on our TBR list!
6. Requiem (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver (Mar 5, 2013) – This wasn’t my favorite installment in the trilogy, but it’s definitely a must-read if you’ve been following the story of Lena and Alex (and Julian) for two books. –Sandie
7. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer (Feb 5, 2013) I keep meaning to read this series. Must remedy soon. –Sandie
8. Winger by Smith Andrew and Sam Bosma (May 14, 2013) This one looks funny AND is written by male authors, who are the minority in YA lit. Will give it a shot.
9. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Jun 11, 2013) Ooh, this one looks good.
10. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) by Robin LaFevers (Apr 2, 2013) EVERYONE tells me this is one of the best series (and authors!) in YA. I need to get to “Grave Mercy” before the end of the year. –Sandie
11. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Feb 12, 2013) – I’d read anything she writes. She’s a historical novelist with attention to detail, and Josie is a compelling, touching main character (a teenager who grows up in a New Orleans brothel? It doesn’t get more compelling than that!). –Sandie
12. Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Jan 8, 2013) – Such a steamy and emotional read by Gayle Forman. We’d read anything she writes! –Sandie
13. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban (Jan 8, 2013) – Diana and I both loved this book. The protagonist is albino, the story is epistolary, and the action takes place at a posh boarding school. Read it! –Sandie
14. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler (Apr 9, 2013) – Ha! Love the premise
15. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Mar 26, 2013) This is a book about bullying, about being clever and having a future at a school were a lot of kids have nowhere to go and noone to count on, about the sometimes stifling pressure felt by an only child to a single mother, about Latinos in New York. So good. –Sandie
What do you guys think of the list? Which ones have you already read and which ones do you plan to read soon?