Favorite reads of 2013

First and foremost: TAKEN is the kindle deal of the day!

For today only, you can download it to your kindle for a mere $1.99! (That’s less than a penny a page!) Go grab a copy for yourself, for a friend, for someone who still needs a holiday gift. I have no idea if Taken will see prices this low again.

Ahem.

So somehow the year is winding down. I honestly don’t know how that happened. I’m knee deep in a final revision for TAKEN3 (How am I already wrapping up a trilogy?), drowning in holiday shopping and wrapping paper, and trying to get my option book ready for my editor. With the exception of monthly reading recaps, my blog’s been pretty silent the last few months.

In an attempt to make up for that, I want to take a few moments to celebrate some of my favorite YA reads of the year. If you’re looking for a last minute gift ideas, consider these my official book-shopping suggestions. (You can click through any book to see my full-length review.)

 

Favorite 2013 sci fi/dystopian

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Champion, Marie Lu[/column]
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Through the Ever Night, Veronica Rossi[/column]
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Never Fade, Alexandra Bracken[/column]

 

Favorite 2013 fantasy

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Crown of Midnight, Sarah J Maas[/column]
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The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater[/column]
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Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo[/column]

 

Favorite 2013 contemporary

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September Girls, Bennett Madison[/column]
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Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell[/column]
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Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Evan Roskos[/column]

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Golden, Jessi Kirby[/column]
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The Distance Between Us, Kasie West[/column]
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Nobody But Us, Kristin Halbrook[/column]

 

Favorite 2013 historical (w/paranormal twists)

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Susan Dennard[/column]
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The Madman’s Daughter, Megan Shepherd[/column]
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The Beautiful and the Cursed, Page Morgan[/column]

 

Favorite 2013 horror

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, April Tucholke[/column]
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Another Little Piece, Kate Karyus Quinn[/column]

 

Favorite read in 2013 but pub’d earlier

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The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner[/column]
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The Spectacular Now, Tim Tharp[/column]
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Scarlet, A.C. Gaughen[/column]

 

and not that this will help with holiday gift shopping, but…

Most anticipated in (early) 2014

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Raging Star, Moira Young[/column]
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Into the Still Blue, Veronica Rossi[/column]
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Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Laini Taylor[/column]

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We Were Liars, E Lockhart[/column]
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The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski[/column]

 

What about you?

What were your favorite reads this year? What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

And lastly, the Thirteeners are sharing some special writing advice on this final Friday the 13th of 2013. Check it out, and Happy Friday to you all! :)

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