1. Every Day by David Levithan
I picked this book because of the way it affected me while I was reading it. It has been a very long time since I felt this connected to characters and to the story in general. The writing style of David Levithan is quite extraordinary, and touching. He has a way of creating emotions that seep through every word and connect with every reader.
2. Pushing the Limits by Katy McGarry
I devoured this book so fast that I almost reread it so that I wouldn’t forget anything. The realism of the two main characters is palpitating and I felt myself rooting for both of them as they struggled to live their lives. If you love real life drama with sarcasm and wit, you will love this book just as much as I did.
3. Defiance by C.J Redwine
There are only a handful of books in a year that will grab you from the first sentence, and Defiance was one of these books for me. The alternating views between Logan and Rachel gave the novel a new depth. I will say that this fantasy novel is for anyone who loved Graceling or Tamora Pierce, and you will be taken away into a world you will never forget!
4. Embrace/Entice by Jessica Shirvington
I am putting these two books together because I read them consecutively and in my mind they are one really big book. I was hesitant to start another angel series because the last few years have kind of beaten it down. BUT, I am very happy I did. The characters are memorable and touch your heart. And the love story is one for the ages. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
This series is easily one of my favorites of all time, not only because the characters are so memorable, but because the story line seems to get better and better with each novel. This sequel did not disappoint; not only did I get some answers to some burning questions, I was also given more questions. It made me want to read the third book even more!
6. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
What can I say about Courtney Summers? Firstly, she has never written a bad book, and her writing style always seems to grab me by the neck and hold me there until I am finished reading. This is not your typical zombie book, although there are some gruesome scenes. It is more of a contemporary storyline with an outside threat of zombies. This book was brilliant is so many ways that it is quite hard to explain why.
7. Starling by Lesley Livingston
I am a sucker for mythology and Starling is full of it. From Norse mythology to Greek, it seeps through every page and into the imagination of the reader. The wit and hilarity that Lesley Livingston writes with makes it so much more enjoyable and I found myself laughing out loud in more than one location.
8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The ultimate version of fantasy. This book takes a hold of the reader and delves deep into a world that my imagination found hard to believe. It was amazingly descriptive and the action was none stop. This book came out of nowhere for me and I am so glad I read it this year. It is easily one of my favorites.
9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
This book is what a zombie YA novel should be . Set in Victorian times and at the height of technology of the time, this novel encompasses everything I love. It has romance, thrills, adventure and most of all, zombies. This book is fast paced and an amazing read. I loved it.
10. Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
Another mythological based novel! This is the second installment of the Wildefire series and I have to say that I thought this book was better than the first. There was more action and more scandal, as well as some romance and my ultimate favorite—Sarcasm. If you haven’t picked up anything by Karsten Knight you are seriously missing out on some good witty dialogue and amazing fight scenes!