2013 YA Superlatives Blogfest: Elements of Fiction

This week I’m participating in a few blogfests to celebrate my favorite books of 2013. On Monday, I shared my picks for the 2013 YA Superlatives Head of the Class categories. On Tuesday, I shared my Top Ten New-To-Me Authors from this year. Today I’m back with another YA Superlatives post.


Today’s theme is Elements of Fiction.

Most Envy-Inducing Plot (The plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.)

DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas. I *love* thrillers and would love to write one some day. This book was especially twisty and awesome.

Most Formidable World (Setting you definitely would NOT want to visit.)

It’s a toss-up between the settings of ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth and TAKEN by Erin Bowman. If I never experience a dystopian world in my lifetime, I’ll be okay with that.

Wanderlust-Inducing (Setting you’d happily travel to.)

Paris from JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman. Easy choice!

Loveliest Prose

Rainbow Rowell’s books ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL. What can I say? I just love Rowell’s writing.

Best First Line

HOW TO LOVE by Kate Cotugno:

I’ve been looking for Sawyer for half a lifetime when I find him standing in front of the Slurpee machine at the 7-Eleven on Federal Highway, gazing through the window at the frozen, neon-bright churning like he’s expecting the mysteries of the universe to be revealed to him from inside.

Come to think of it, maybe he is.

I just love the imagery of these first two lines, and how we know so much about the characters already. I definitely wanted to read on!

Most Dynamic Main Character

Tris from ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth. She shows her strength throughout the series but especially in this conclusion.

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending

It’s a toss-up between  ALLEGIANT and DANGEROUS GIRLS. Neither ending was what I expected when I started reading the books!

Best Performance in a Supporting Role

I loved Bree in TAKEN by Erin Bowman. She was awesome and unafraid of danger.

Best Use of Theme

TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan. This is the first time I’m mentioning this book, but I really loved it, and how the various story lines came together to promote the idea of acceptance and community. It was one of the most moving books I read this year.

What would you choose for these categories?

For more info on the YA Superlatives Blogfest and to join in, click hereI’ll be back for another YA Superlatives post tomorrow!

7 thoughts on “2013 YA Superlatives Blogfest: Elements of Fiction

  1. I love the first line from HOW TO LOVE! Great imagery, great voice–and it’s funny. I think I might have to add DANGEROUS GIRLS to my TBR list; I’ve heard so many good things.

  2. I picked ALLEGIANT for jaw-dropping ending. Yikes! I’m surprised at how many of the books on your list I haven’t actually read. And here I thought I was sort of keeping up lol. Looks like 2014 will have 2013 releases in it for me. ;-)

  3. Oh yes, Just One Day has some lovely settings. I’ve only ever been to Paris once (and Euro Disney but that doesn’t really count – it shouldn’t count as a Disney theme park either but that’s another story) but I’d love to go again and have an Allyson type adventure!

  4. I loved the first line of HOW TO LOVE as well. I knew as soon as I read it that it’d be a Katy Book. And great choice in JUST ONE DAY for Wanderlust-Inducing. I usually prefer to stay cozy at home, but that book totally made me want to travel the world.

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