Favorite YA fiction of 2013

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.”

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17 Responses to Favorite YA fiction of 2013

  1. So glad you posted these. I forgot to put Paradigm on my list to get after I read your review of it! :–)

    Happy Holidays!!!

  2. Julie@my5monkeys
    Twitter: aprilmom00

    Shades of Earth was a pretty good book 🙂 I still need to read small damages 🙂

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Gah! I haven’t read any of these! Beth Kephart is an amazing writer. I need to get my hands on that one.

  4. Joanna
    Twitter: Joannainbxl

    Thanks for these, they sound great! I’ve been out of the book blogging loop for a while and they’re all new to me, can’t wait to hit the library!

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    The only one I’ve read is Countdown and I loved it. I thought there was supposed to be a sequel coming up.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I know that it was supposed to be a planned series – I sure hope she continues it!

  6. Sheila (Book JOurney)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    The Hate List was a disturbing but yes important read.

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  8. Anna says:

    My daughter got a few reading ideas from this post. Thanks! 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Anna – I’m glad! I enjoyed reading her favorites, too. I tried to get my daughter to tell me what her favorites were over the year, but so far she hasn’t been willing.