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Friday, December 30, 2011

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Best in Show

Reading Song of the Day: "Best For Last" by Adele

Here it is, folks. The LAST day of our YA Superlatives Blogfest. *sheds a tear* Don't know what the Class of 2011: YA Superlatives Blogfest is all about yet? Still?? Okay, go here for more info. Also, please make sure to check out our posts from earlier this week to see our other choices.

Of course, we go out with a bang. We pick the cream of the crop, the big enchiladas, the...okay, we ran out of cheesy analogies. But, we ARE picking the Best in Show...so check out our choices below:

Favorite Cover:

Um, really?

Need we say more?

Cutest Couple:

Tie: Sam and Grace in Forever by Maggie Stiefvater and Lola and Cricket in Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. We almost wish we were characters in these authors' next novels just to have these kind of romances. :)

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz winner!):

Tie: Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff and Recovery Road by Blake Nelson. Both male authors. Both kick major prose ass.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime:

Tie: Divergent by Veronica Roth and Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts. We thought about calling into work to finish these books. Seriously.

Best Repeat Performance:

Tie (Hmm, noticing a trend?): Forever by Maggie Stiefvater and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. As you can see, Quita LOVED the Wolves of Mercy Falls series--and Pam wants to be best friends with Cassandra Clare.

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath:

Tessa Gray and Will/Jem in Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. That's right--homegirl got lucky twice. And the scenes were HAWT!

Pair Most Likely to Stay Best Friends Till They're 80:

Clary and Simon from City of Fallen Angels. Okay, I know we've been showing a TON of love for Ms. Clare, but there's also a TON of love between these two characters.

Breakout Novel (Fave Book by a Debut Author):

Divergent by Veronica Roth and Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts. Both dark, both intense...both we can't stop raving about.

Best Old-Timer (Your fave read of the year, published BEFORE 2011):

Tie: Boy Toy by Barry Lyga and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Umm, why didn't people tell us how incredible these books were?

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry:

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young. Because the story IS beautiful...and really makes you not take your life for granted.

Most Pleasant Surprise:

Possession by Elana Johnson. Usually not Quita's reading fare, but now she can't wait for the next one.

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle:

Tessa, Will, and Jem in Clockwork Prince. Yes, Cassandra Clare again--but usually we can't help but think the girl in the middle of a triangle is a...well, skank. It's so easy to empathize with Tessa.

Sleeper Hit (Book You Wish Had Been Hyped More):

Recovery Road by Blake Nelson. Quita can't stop loving on Mr. Nelson, and she wished more people would do the same.

And now we get to pick our own superlative category...


Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Believe us, there are SO MANY books we want to gobble up next year...but we HAVE to find out where the talented Ms. Roth is taking her story next.

Well, that was fun. It was great to look back at the books we loved this year, and now we can't wait to see what 2012 will have in store. Hopefully, you all know the drill by now. Did we leave any of your faves off our list?


Carrie Monroe said...

Awesome list. I'm have a stack of Cassandra Clare books in my TBR pile that I need to get to. I like Brooklyn Burning as well

Tracey Neithercott said...

You're so right about Clockwork Prince. I felt like I was in that love triangle. I'm not sure I could pick between the two either. And those scenes are way hot! Good choice!

I NEED to get Brooklyn Burning. You guys really loved that huh? I'm convinced I need to read it, like, now. :)

Jessica Love said...

Yeah, I couldn't help but have a bunch of ties, also. It's just too tough to pick!

I'm DYING for INSURGENT, too. And THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. And I can't wait for everyone to read DITCHED by Robin Mellom because I loved it so much.

Alison Miller said...

OOOH! Totally agree with you about Insurgent! Can't wait for that one!

And I LOVE Boy Toy - it's up there in my all time faves.

Anonymous said...

And yet more books to add to my TBR list :-)

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I agree with Insurgent! I'm also excited about A Million Suns.

Krispy said...

We tried to avoid ties as much as possible, but it was hard. We finally went with the logic of "Well, there's 2 of us blogging, so we each get to have one!" Haha.

I'm excited for INSURGENT too and so, so many more. BITTERBLUE (Kristin Cashore)and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (Kendare Blake) and on and on.

Katy said...

My final category is the same as yours! Of course I have to say INSURGENT most of all, but there are tons, really. 2012 is going to be an amazing reading year!

Oh, and I love that YOU GUYS love BOY TOY. It's one of my favorite contemps, and I wish it got more hype.

Thanks so much for joining in on the blogfest this week. It was such fun to read about your choices. :)

Claire Dawn said...

Also !!!!loved!!!! POSESSION. And I hang on every word out of Stephanie Perkins' mouth.

Secret fact: have never read Cassandra Clare.