These are books that I read in 2013, but they were not necessarily published in 2013. The quotes are from my reviews, which are linked in the titles.
Small Damages by Beth Kephart: “I can feel the dust beneath my bare feet, hear the flamenco music, smell the oranges, taste the anchovies. It is very unlikely that I’ll ever visit Spain, but I feel like I already have memories of the place, thanks to this book.”
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: “I absolutely loved this final book in Beth Revis’s series. When it comes to a series, consistency is always an issue: will the second book live up to the first? will the final book wrap things up in a satisfactory way? This series is one of the few in which each book is equally strong. I loved the characters, the world-building, the story – this will now be on my list of all-time favorite YA series.”
Hate List by Jennifer Brown: “It is disturbing, yet hopeful, and should be read by all parents, teachers, and high school students. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Jennifer Brown’s work.”
Countdown by Deborah Wiles: “I adored this book; what a great way to write historical fiction! Wiles has written an engaging historical fiction storyline, but she has mixed it with sidebars, graphics, photos, and quotes from the year 1962. The story itself is fantastic, with a wonderful female main character that I came to love. Her family is quirky and a bit odd, but endearing.”
Paradigm by Helen Stringer: “There are so many things to love about this book. First of all, Sam is a fantastic main character. He is a teenage boy with interesting abilities, but one who still mostly thinks and acts like a teenage boy. He is a guy that most guys will relate to and most girls will halfway fall in love with.”