Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an amazing night, and that 2010 has started out well for you.
2010 is looking to be an awesome year for YA lit. Not only do we get some sequels to amazing books published in 2009, but he debut author books look to be terrific. While I’m contemplating just how many books I’ll be attempting to read this coming year, I thought I’d post the my top five books from the 32 books I read in 2009 (I will do SO much better this year, I swear!). In descending order, number 1 being my favourite, here they are!
Shiver is a whirl-wind romance between two people who have to fight to stay together. Sam has to fight to stay human, instead of giving in to the cold and becoming a wolf, and Grace has to fight to keep Sam from giving in. The story is wonderfully written and well paced, I enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s take on the werewolf and she has a gift with imagery. Shiver would work as a stand alone novel, although we are getting a sequel this year!
Zombies. What more can I say? The brilliantly amazing love child of the movie The Village and Max Brooks’ World War Z, The Forest of Hands and Teeth sees our heroine living in a village deep in the forest – a forest filled with unconsecrated. The fence is the only thing seperating Mary, everyone she loves, and the horrible living dead that inhabit the forest. Unfortunately, Mary’s world is soon turned upside down. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a journey in suspense, sorrow, hope and love. The sequel is out this year, and I cannot wait!
I originally picked up this book, read a couple pages and set it back down! It took me months to pick it up again, and once I got passed page 22, I was hooked for good. The Hunger Games is an intense look into Katniss’ world, where children are sent to compete, to the death, in The Hunger Games. There can only be one winner, and Katniss is determined to win and get back home to her mother and younger sister. The world Suzanne Collins created in this book is rich in detail and her writing is engaging and well paced. I never felt overwhelmed, or bored, and as soon as I put the book down I wanted the sequel. Thank God it was already out and I was able to go buy it the next day!
The Demon’s Lexicon was the book that got me involved in book blogging. Before I started this blog, I never kept lists of books I wanted to buy, or anticipated book releases (except for Harry Potter and Anita Blake). I had already known of Sarah before I knew about her upcoming book, and as soon as I heard, I was eagerly awaiting it’s publication. The Demon’s Lexicon was so much better than I was expecting (and I was expecting a lot). I already knew I’d love Sarah’s writing style – she has such a unique way of mixing humour, drama and adventure. I devoured this book, and I was utterly happy with it. I loved Nick and Mae and Jamie and Alan and their interactions with each other. The subtle hints that Sarah peppered throughout the book about the big reveal were perfect, and I have high hopes for the sequel!
Lockdown was my surprise of the year. I intially came across mention of this book on Dannie’s blog Opinionated? Me?, and thought it sounded interesting. I noticed it wasn’t yet released, but that’s ok, I could wait (I had no idea if I’d even like it, after all). Then lo and behold, Kristi from The Story Siren was giving away her copy. I grabbed it up, recieved it in the mail the same day the book was released, and got around to reading it a couple of weeks later.
I. Loved. It. So much that I’m actually contemplating buying the two sequels from the UK Amazon because I do not want to wait for them to be published here. Lockdown was creepy, intense, horrifyingly raw and real and so, so good. Alex’s experiences in Furnace, the world’s most secure prison for young offenders (reminds me of Crematoria from The Chronicles of Riddick, only worse) are jarring. I couldn’t put the book down, though. I was so invested in the characters and their situation. Easily my favourite book from 2009, hands down.
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross came very, very close to my top five. So much so that I’d be inclined to say it could have tied for fifth with Shiver. Teens with powers who try to be superheros while still being average? I loved it.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore isn’t a young adult book, but oh how I loved this book. I laughed so hard at some points, and since I’m not really religious, I didn’t have to worry about being offended at all. Seriously, if you don’t mind humourous interpretations of the story of Jesus, read this. It’s so worth it.