Welcome to the second installment of my Best Books of 2014 posts. If you missed my first post, on my favorite YA Contemporaries of 2014, you can read it here.
Today, I'm looking at non-contemporaries -- fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal. I'm a pickier reader in this department, so I'll tell you what makes a book in this category for me. I look for just the right amount of worldbuilding (not too little, not too much) and I want it integrated into the story. For me to stick with books like these, I need a compelling plot and characters I can care about.
Click on the cover to get to the book's Goodreads page and on the title to get to my review
**If you remember my review of Heir of Fire, you might be surprised that I included this one. Even though I was a little sad that this series has moved from light fantasy to high fantasy, I also thought Heir of Fire featured some of the most amazing plotting and writing I've read in YA this year and a huge emotional punch at the end. I couldn't not include it on a "best of" list!
Quick test: Which book is for you?
Do you love retellings? Try Cruel Beauty (Beauty and the Beast) or Princess of Thorns (fairy tale mashup including Sleeping Beauty)
Are you fascinated by alternate universes and/or paranormal puzzles? Try Trial by Fire or Blue, Lily Lily Blue
Want books with twists that keep you guessing? Try The Kiss of Deception, Heir of Fire, or Trial by Fire
Want to feel ALL the feels? Definitely Heir of Fire or Princess of Thorns. Blue Lily was a little less feely for me than the other books, but that next book is going to be a sobfest, I think
Do you prefer OTL (One True Love) over triangles? Princess of Thorns is the only one of these that I think is completely free of any triangle-y type situations.
What's that? Swoony book boys? Princess of Thorns (give Niklass a chance, he has great character growth) Kiss of Deception (though slightly trianglish). Blue Lily, Lily Blue has multiple boys to swoon over....
Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think!