Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 

"The Book Thief is truly a work of art. Zusak strings words together like pearls on a necklace. Both beautiful and heartbreaking, the tale will have you admiring both the storyteller's abilities and the story itself. Narrated by Death himself, the book holds a point of view unlike any other. I was immediately captivated by the idea of the all-knowing, morbid personality of Death. That itself was enough to reel me in. With the other lovable, complicated characters, Zusak had me hook, line, and sinker. " - my review 

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

"As I've said so many times before, I adore Cassandra Clare. The woman is a genius. Her characters are some of my favorite fictional people of all time. They are honest, witty, and wonderful to read about. I can never get enough of her writing, whether it's making me laugh uncontrollably or suppress the urge to gasp out loud. Clockwork Princess is an amazing conclusion to a fantastic series." - my review

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

"I adore John Green. He is an absolute genius. Sometimes I'll read a passage of his and just want to cry from the sheer brilliance. Green can make even the simplest of statements beautiful. I'm convinced he could make a scene in which a girl brushes her teeth sound profound and incredible. Reading his books is an experience unlike any other. ... This isn't a book you can just read and forget. It's one that will keep you contemplating deep issues long after you finish." - my review 

4. Easy by Tammara Webber

"Unlike many teenage romance novels, I didn't roll my eyes at the characters' relationship. There were no ridiculous insta-romances here. Instead, I felt their feelings were authentic and well-developed. I can't express how much I appreciate that in a love story. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I was totally fangirling and giggling. It had been a while since I was so emotionally attached to a couple. I snuck away to my room at every possible moment to devour the story. I simply couldn't get enough." - my review 

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

"The complexity of the novel is quite impressive. Each kingdom has a unique personality, and I loved exploring the world of Mytica and learning about all of its different inhabitants. Rhodes' vivid descriptions allowed me to easily form mental pictures of the beautiful lands and striking characters. Gah, the characters. I fell in love with so many of them. I couldn't get enough of their vivd personalities and adventures ... I cannot wait for the next book, especially after that closing line. Goosebumps." - my review 

6. The Holders by Julianna Scott

"A mash up of Harry Potter and X-Men type stories, The Holders is a captivating tale of supernatural powers. I began reading with with little expectations, but I was soon swept away by the unique and lovable characters. Although the concept of teenagers with individual superpowers isn't the most original, Scott spins the idea in an intriguing new way. Overall, I was extremely impressed by this debut." - my review

7. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

"I'll admit it- I'm a sucker for an intense romance. The chemistry between Abby and Travis is spectacular. It makes you want to hole yourself up in your room to devour every word of their love story. Equal parts dark and romantic, their bond will have you hooked after the first chapter. McGuire is obviously a talented writer. I was easily able to immerse myself in the world she created. I raced through her novel in one night. Any writer who can draw me in that quickly earns a place on my favorites shelf." - my review 

8. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

"Mafi possesses a rare gift when it comes to manipulating language. Her words flow off the pages effortlessly. I was immersed in Juliette's thoughts, surrounded by the danger and chaos that is her world. The prose is breath-taking and completely addictive. I couldn't stop turning pages. I adored Shatter Me, and I knew from page one of Unravel Me that the sequel wouldn't disappoint." - my review 

9. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

"Wow. Just wow. I had no idea what I was getting into when I eagerly picked up the third installment in this series.  I mean, I knew this story was complex, but I never expected to discover a story with so many twists and turns. Everything is kicked up a notch in Shades of Earth- the romance, the death, the action, the mysteries. It all comes to one brilliant, epic conclusion." - my review 

10. Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons 

"As is evident by my overly fan-girlish review of Article 5, I was already a huge fan of this story before getting my hands on the sequel. It's fair to say that I had some pretty high expectations (if by high you mean skyscraper tall). Honestly, it isn't fair of me to begin a book with feelings like that, but it happens. Thankfully, Breaking Point isn't one of those sequels that flops after the success of the first book. While I didn't adore it like I did the first book, I was happy to see that Simmons has big plans for this intense series." - my review