Bustle made a list of “2014’s Best YA Books”.
You know me: lists are my favourite! (Remember my version Epic Reads’ 30 World Changing YA books?) Well, my friend NevilleGirl showed me Bustle’s list and naturally it sparked a million opinions in my cantankerous skull.
Did I like Bustle’s picks? Not, really.
Which, of course, made me want to make my own list. Naturally.
On Bustle’s post they listed: We Were Liars, Grasshopper Jungle, Panic, No One Else Can Have You, This one Summer, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Cress, She Is Not Invisible, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Truth About Alice, and Graduation Day.
I’ve read 4. A lot of them I’d call “good” but “best of the year”? Only Cress and We Were Liars would hit that list for me. I also notice that they’ve picked a lot of contemporaries. Why?! Epic and fantastical books can hit you in the feels too!
You want to know the truth about my list, though?
The Minnow by Diana Sweeney[4-stars] Not my first pick for a “best of the half-year” list, but when it came down to picking books…The Minnow did hit me with magnanimous feels. Especially with the ending. There are theories about that ending, and I like the dramatic, feels-crushing version.
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas[5-stars] THIS BOOK SMOTE ME. And I needed to go all Old Testament there with the “smote” because there’s no better word for this. I shipped Sam and Celeana so hard even though I knew the ending from Throne of Glass.
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor[4-stars] Again, not my first pick! But I realised (while scrolling through Goodreads) that this one does rate high on books that have most affected me this year. I was a teeny bit frustrated with most of the characters…but the simplicity won me over. See? I’m still rating this high even though I loathe fish.
Unhinged by A.G. Howard[5-stars] MOTH. There are other things to say, of course…like how Wonderland is even more wild and wacky and out of control. And can we mention the ending? THE ENDING, peoples, is enough to give a person a small heart-attack about the state our beloved author left her characters in. They’re all mad in this book.
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi[4-stars] This series grew on me the more I read. And while it lacked in the action, it more than made up with a) humour and b) character development and c) Warner.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Walker[4-stars] One of the few happy books I’ve read! I mean, mildly happy. Let’s not underestimate cranky families who hate your painting passions.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart[5-stars] This one so deserves to be on this list. I’m…I’m still in shock. I never saw that ending coming. I never saw ANY of it coming. It took my breath away, honestly, it did.
Cress by Marissa Meyer[5-stars] Every time Marissa Meyer writes a book, she outdoes herself. I didn’t think anything could top Scarlet but then Cress happened. Thorne develops a backbone (that that is a little sad…he was funnier when he was slimy) and Cinder and Kai actually make eye-contact, OH, and it has an awful cliffhanger ending that makes me cry and long for Winter. Love that.
More Than This by Patrick Ness[4-stars] This book keeps growing on me. If I redid ratings (which I don’t), I’d probably give it a 5 now. It’s stuck with me. I have so many questions, and yet it was just all sorts of beautiful. And funny. You know, when they were dying or anything.
Half Bad by Sally Green[5-stars] If I could only pick one book, I might just pick this one. I love it! I adore it! I’m so excited for it I wish there was a ginormous fandom so I could party with them! I could not put it down…and I’ve never felt so much for a character like I felt for Nathan. Poor little mite. Talk about needing a hug.
I absolutely want to hear your versions of this list.
Tell me in the comments, or write a blot post for it! DO IT. Then we can discuss. Just remember: they must be published in 2014. (And I’d like to know what you think of my picks. Any surprise you?)
Cait likes to read older books. It’s very exciting to read and review all the shiny newbie books, but she doesn’t want to miss out on the old diamonds of yesteryear. Like A MONSTER CALLS or FANGIRL. Those are masterpieces! But…not published in 2014. Late at night, when not plotting villainy, Cait likes to reflect on what 2015 might hold. More Sarah J. Maas and John Green she hopes.