Favorite YA reads of 2011

(These are books that I read in 2011, but were not necessarily released in 2011.)

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
From my review: “Fans of If I Stay need not worry: Where She Went is a worthy follow-up, giving not only Adam, but fans, resolution. Adam and Mia are two characters who will stay with me for a long, long time.”

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
From my review:Alice Bliss is such a timely book. As I read, I couldn’t help but think about all the girls – and boys – here in the US who are worrying for their mothers and fathers in the military. They will need stories to read about people like them, and I believe Alice’s story is an important one. Highly recommended.”

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart
From my review: “For the last few days, since I turned the last page and read the final words, Emmy and Sophie have been continually in my mind. I find myself imagining the next scene, and the next, and the next, because I don’t want to say goodbye to them. You Are My Only is that kind of book.”

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
From my review of Forge: “I absolutely loved Chains and was very excited to read Curzon and Isabel’s continuing story. What I didn’t expect was that I would love it even more, and that I would have to wait for the rest of their story in book three, Ashes, which doesn’t come out until October of 2012.”

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
From my review: “Wither is dystopian fiction at its best. Lauren DeStefano has created a truly scary world with a horrifying premise – each person knows that they will never grow old, never enjoy the pleasures of a long life. Rhine is a terrific character – a teenage girl who has been imprisoned but is determined not to live as a victim. Her curiosity and strength propel her through the story.”

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
From my review: “I am a science fiction fangirl – have been since college – and I also love dystopian fiction. This book takes the best things of both genres and the result is an excellent novel about a possible future, one in which humankind has been forced to look beyond their home planet for their survival.”

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
I didn’t review these because they’ve been reviewed a lot – but finishing this series was how I spent some of my most enjoyable reading hours of 2011.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
From my review of Beautiful Darkness: “I will simply say that this is rapidly becoming one of my all-time favorite YA series. Star-crossed lovers Ethan and Lena, the gothic South, singular characters like Amma and the Aunts – the authors have combined all of these elements and then crafted a story that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.”

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16 Responses to Favorite YA reads of 2011

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I do like YA and haven’t read any of these either – I must get to work on that!!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’ve got Beautiful Darkness, but need to get the others and read all three. I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy and also Gayle Foreman’s books as well. Nice list. I’m going to have to look into the others.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I really do love the Caster Chronicles series – but be warned that book three ends with a doozy of a cliff-hanger!

  3. yay for You Are My Only!

  4. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    I have read and LOVED the Chaos Walking Series and Where She Went. I need to read Alis Bliss, You Are My One And Only, Chains, Forge, and Wither…. gah! Its almost 2012 and I am already behind!

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  6. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    Loved Where She Went, really need to finish the Chaos Walking trilogy. You are my Only was my first Beth Kephart.

  7. Kathleen says:

    Great recommendations. I really want to read one of Kephart’s books this year!

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  9. Kailana says:

    I really didn’t enjoy Beautiful Creatures as much as others… I may have to try the second book one day, though…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – Hmmm, if you didn’t like the first, you probably won’t like the rest of the series. Just in case you want to skip it for something else. 🙂