Last week I started telling you about some of my favorite reads of the year.
This week, I'm talking about the YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic and Fantasy genres!
As my regular blog readers know, I'm not a huge fantasy reader. I wish I'd had time to read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta before I wrote this post -- they might have made this list! But these two books have what I look for in a fantasy: rich worldbuilding that's balanced out by a strong plot and characters.
Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson (Greenwillow)
You can find my review of Crown of Embers here.
My review of Days of Blood and Starlight is here.
Now we'll move to dystopian and post-apocalyptic YA. As a result of the success of the Hunger Games, the YA market has been flooded with dystopic fiction and, as a result, when I read this genre I often get the "been there, done that" feeling. But these books are smart, original AND fun to read. Because everything is better with zombies! Yeah, just checking to see if you're paying attention...
Fever (Wither #2) by Lauren DeStefano (Simon & Schuster)
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (St Martin's)
Brandi at Blkosiner's Book Blog is also doing a Freebie Friday -- you can check hers out here!