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Class of 2011: YA Superlatives blogfest – Best in Show

Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott and Alison Miller had the great idea to organize the  CLASS OF 2011: YA SUPERLATIVES BLOGFEST! Don´t hesitate to check their blogs for all the links…

For this feature “Best in show”, I am proud to introduce: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Die for Me by Amy Plum, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper, Passion by Lauren Kate, The Duff by Kody Keplinger…


Favorite CoverA Beautiful Dark

Cutest Couple – Sean and Puck from The Scorpio Races, I mean they´re just adorable and when he kisses her wrist awwww….

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (The book you just couldn’t put down!):  I did miss my bedtime many many times because of several books (YA and non YA). For this one, I chose the latest read which caused my hubby to turn around several times grunting at me: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.

Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.):  Passion by Lauren Kate. Even though I am a tad disappointed with this sequel, I gotta love the time travel…

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath: Kate and Vincent from Die For Me (with a runner-up: Treygan and Yara from Tangled Tides). Kate and Vincent have that all forbidden love going on while Treygan and Yara, well, let´s put it that way: they may not kiss right away but they still put the heat on 🙂

Pair Most Likely to Stay Best Friends Till They’re 80: Again, Sean and Puck. They understand each other with a look and they have the same goals in life.

Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author): Here it is a toss-up between Die for me by Amy Plum and Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper (I reduced it to 2 which is quite amazing if you ask me :-)). I really enjoyed the characters in Die for Me including the secondary ones, it made me laugh and I loved that it was set in Paris… Tangled Tides just made dive into a different world and one it was hard to leave when the book ended.

Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2011.): The DUFF by Kody Keplinger…

Most Pleasant Surprise (The best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.): The Goddess Test. I read some negative reviews about it and I have to say I did not expect an exact re-telling of the Greek mythology.  Maybe, that´s what allowed me to let myself really enjoy this book. Even though certain parts made me go “whaaat?”, my most common reactions ended up with “awww”

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle: Tangled Tides…I don´t want to give any spoilers but let´s just say it was refreshing!


27 thoughts on “Class of 2011: YA Superlatives blogfest – Best in Show”

  1. I really liked The Goddess Test, too. I don’t think I read the reviews before I read it, but I thought the story was really great.

    I keep seeing Tangled Tides all over this blogfest. I think I need to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. In The Goddess Test, I really enjoyed the daughter/mother relationship and the fact that the love story did not start as expected 🙂 Some of the reviews were set on the fact that it was too far from the actual myth but for me you take a myth and make it your own 🙂

      Let me know what you think about Tangled Tides…

  2. I won Tangled Tides recently, so I’ll be looking forward to that. 🙂 I totally agree with you about Sean & Puck being friends always, even if they aren’t more. They’re so complementary!

    I’ve been meaning to read Passion since I read the other two!

    1. Let me know how you like Tangled Tides, I really enjoyed it 🙂
      I imagine Sean and Puck living at his house, with horses and the sea until they´re in their nineties! Lovers, best friends, soulmates 🙂

  3. Oh my… I’d forgotten all about Sean and Puck’s wrist kiss. Loved that moments SO much! I haven’t read THE GODDESS TEST or TANGLED TIDES yet, but I’ll definitely add them to my list thanks to your recommendation!

    Thanks for joining in on the blogfest. It was such fun to read about your choices!

    1. Thanks Katy, it was really fun to join even if only managed one day 🙂 The blog hopping made my TBR pile grow exponentially! lol

      Sean and Puck are just adorable, love them…and it´s the little things and moments which made them so special 🙂
      Can´t wait to see what you think of Tangled Tides and The Goddess Test 🙂

  4. The DUFF is a pretty cool book.

    I’m getting a copy of The Scorpio Races soon, and I can’t wait! I’ll keep an eye out for that wrist-kissing. 😀

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