Nothing says late December like “of the Year” lists. I thought I’d join in with my top 5 YA reads this year. These weren’t necessarily published this year (some were, some weren’t), but they were read by me this year.
5. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. This is an adaptation of East of the Sun and West of the Moon and is a sweet retelling.
4. Mind Games by Kiersten White. This is an “edgy” psychological thriller. Honestly, I’d read so much about how edgy/psychological it was that I was expecting it to be quite a bit darker than it is. Maybe I’ve just got too dark of an imagination already 😉 It is definitely a solidly written and compelling story.
3. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. A dystopian/futuristic/fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast that’s imaginative and well written. This has made it onto my list of favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings.
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I really liked Cinder by Meyer, but I enjoyed Scarlet even more. Meyer has a way of creating a well-constructed world that only uses snippets of the fairy tale she’s retelling (in this case Little Red Riding) that still manages to satisfy the fair tale craving.
1. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is far and away the best book I read this year (it’s sequel is almost as good and should probably share the top spot). The narration in this book is fantastic. Nielsen writes a believable teen boy in first person and manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat through the entire book. I devoured this novel. Thanks to Nancy Kelley for recommending it!