Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best I've Read In 2013

2013 has nearly come to an end and it's been a pretty busy year. So far I've read 90 books, not as many as I'd originally planned, but I'm still very happy with the selection of books I've read and the amazing new authors and debuts I've discovered. So I picked ten favourite books out of the 33 books that I gave a five-star rating (not the easiest task, I tell you!).

Best of 2013

 #1 These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

5/5 ***** THESE BROKEN STARS –  Space adventure galore of the most splendid kind, an irresistible romance and a universally captivating storyline. Whatever you are looking for in a favourite YA read in 2013, Amie & Meagan's debut has it all and beyond!
The first book in the STARBOUND series is a paramount debut thanks to Amie and Meagan's stellar writing. Exceeding all expectations, THESE BROKEN STARS is a story so finely fabricated you will feel the magic of stars and with it an entirely new futuristic galaxy come to live and unfolding on every single page. Lilac and Tarver's story is resplendent, an emotional firecracker and the galactically good start to a new space trilogy! It's going to be a long long wait until its companion is coming out in 2014. 

#2 Pivot Point by Kasie West

5/5 ***** PIVOT POINT – Mind-blowing and truly divergent! 
I’m still marvelling at the brilliant possibilities of two future stories Kasie West enabled with the pivot point! I couldn’t decide which possible future of Addie I wanted to continue reading after each chapter, because they both had me glued to the book! If you want to get a good start into the 2013 debuts, begin with PIVOT POINT, it won’t disappoint!

#3 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

5/5 ***** ALL OUR YESTERDAYS – A multidimensional quest of two teens set out to save the world, their future and themselves. Astonishing in its addictiveness, disarming in its time travel glory, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will constantly have you pining for just one more page.  
I read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS expecting it to be a standalone and I really loved it. The story could've been wrapped-up in only one book but it definitely leaves room for more content. And I was so stoked when I found out there will be a sequel coming in 2014 because Cristin's characters Marina and Finn had grown on me so much I wouldn't want to let them go. Time can be a tricky thing and for all its endless possibilities it brings you love ALL OUR YESTERDAYS even more.

#4 Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

5/5 ***** SHADES OF EARTH - The beauty lies in the stars. Beth Revis caught them and spun them into a powerfully written and adventurous space mission tale.
When I started with this series I was very reluctant to give a story with a space adventure a chance to sweep me off my feet. Right now I can't imagine not reading more science-fiction and set in space YA books! I'm counting on many more books by talented author Beth Revis! SHADES OF EARTH is the last book in the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy, that's how it's advertised, but I really do hope that there is still room for more books in the series. And so I'm having my fingers crossed for a spin-off series, who doesn't?! 
#5 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

5/5 ***** CLOCKWORK PRINCESS - YA dreams come to fulfilment. Brilliant and all-consuming! 
I can wholeheartedly say, this is one of my favourite series, even among the favourites! Reading CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was just marvelous! Cassandra Clare has found a writing voice that draws you into her stories like no other. CLOCKWORK PRINESS is her best book so far, making the THE INFERNAL DEVICES series so incredibly hard not to adore.

#6 Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally 

5/5 ***** THINGS I CAN'T FORGET - A buoyant and warm-hearted YA contemporary read with dreamy starry sky nights and sparkly kisses. A reading experience made up of countless happy sighs. 

Miranda's books are like a batch of fresh baked cookies, irresistible and comfort food for every reader, completely satisfying your appetite for an original, romantic and funny read. Annual re-read required! 

#7 The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5/5 ***** THE NAME OF THE STAR – Supremely satisfying and delightfully spooky! 
This book gives you the creeps, but not in a bad way. Maureen Johnson invented some kind of pleasant creeps, that make you want to read on and on for the entire night, regardless the gory details and machinations of a crazy murderer mastermind. I could read a whole shelf full of these kind of books.
#8 Requiem by Lauren Oliver

4,5/5 ****/* REQUIEM - Revolutionary and too good not to be loved!

When I turned the last page, I wasn't sure how I felt about the story's ending. I had to think a lot about this series and the ending and it took some time to let it be and be content with the way things ended. In some way Lauren Oliver left the story to itself, not determining what happened after the final scene. And that's Lauren's strongest skill. Leaving a story to itself and giving it the strength to develop its own dynamics and future. There might be a few minor flaws to the story, but I can honestly say that the DELIRIUM series is one of my favourites, DELIRIUM being the best part.

#9 Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins  

5/5 ***** SWEET PERIL - The seven sins have never been sweeter and more tempting!

After an amazing first book in the SWEET EVIL trilogy, I read SWEET PERIL in only one day. Engagingly written as it is, it was just as addicting as Wendy Higgins debut novel. Don't underestimate Kaidan Rowe's lust or better love spell!
#10 How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

5/5 ***** HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES - A debut charged with exquisite and summery road trip fun you don't want to miss out on!

Jen's book came out only a few days ago and I've read it twice already. You know what makes me so giddy with excitement I could do a book dance all day? Jennifer is working on a sequel to HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES! There aren't many sequels or series in YA contemporary so it's no wonder I'm craving a continuation of a story I loved very much. I can't wait to possibly read more about Rosie and the boys' story!

Q! I've seen people tweeting their best of 2013 lists. Please link me to yours in the comments or tweet at me.


  1. OMG, so many books I have not read yet :D
    Pivot Point and All Our Yesterdays are high up on my wishlist but I'll wait until the series are complete.

  2. The Timestorm cover is indeed aweseme ... Just saying xD

    I like your top 10 though Shades of Earth would definitely not be on my top 10. Your Top 3 are REALLY high on my Wishlist =) I'm gonna get All out yesterdays in German as an ARC and I hope I'll get Pivot Point for Christmas. That leaves These broken Stars. Probably gonna buy that as soon as my poub allows it xD

  3. Awesome list :D I loved All Our Yesterdays. <3 Such a good book. Thank you for sharing your choices :)

  4. Nice list! I have seen All Our Yesterdays but haven't managed to buy the book yet. Maybe next week once I'm done with my list. I also need to read the second book of Across the Universe series. The first book is good but I already forgot the whole story so I need to read it again before I buy the sequel.

    Irish @ NocturnalReader

  5. I've heard such good things about These Broken Stars - I'll have to add that one to my list. I really enjoyed All Our Yesterdays too! :)

  6. I'm so glad to see Clockwork Princess, Pivot Point, These Broken Stars and All Our Yesterdays make it onto your list! They are among my favourite titles of the year too. I haven't read The Name of the Star or How My Summer Went Up In Flames, but I'm curious about both now. Thankss o much for sharing. :)

  7. I enjoyed Clockwork Princess so much and I'm so happy for that ending. That one would be on my fave list too. Also These Broken Stars was a really great read. Great list :)

  8. I loved Pivot Point and These Broken Stars too. I also liked All Our Yesterdays. I need to read some of the others though.