Dec. 19th, 2013

ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
I don't know about you, but I came across some really good books this year. Some of these weren't published in 2013, but I read them this year. So it counts.

1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This book captured what it's like to be a socially awkward fangirl in a whole new setting. Being much older than the protagonist, I did want to shake her at times. But then I would remember how awkward I was at 18. Plus, it never once looks down on fanfiction or being a fangirl. And then there's Levi. Who doesn't love patient, sweet Levi?

2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
You had me at cyborg Cinderella. Meyer has a way of taking the familiar parts of the fairytale and transforming them into an interesting and new sci-fi story. I felt for Cinder, especially by the end, and I must pick up the second book now.

3) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Criminal Minds meets The Mentalist for the teen set. This was an awesome mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Plus, no sci-fi, no magic, nothing supernatural at all. Just a good, old fashioned mystery.

4) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This book has been around for a little while, but I didn't pick it up until this year. Mystery, intrigue, romance, all in a historical setting. I was completely engaged from page one.

5) The Rules by Stacey Kade
A half-alien hiding from the people who created her. The whole premise was fantastic, and both protagonists were interesting. How Kade keeps the voices different, I'll never know, but it's pretty amazing. Can't wait for the sequel!

What five books did you like the best?

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