I wanted to fall head over heels in love with Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard from the cover to the synopsis I was excited to begin this dystopian fantasy with magic and upheaval. In some respects, I completely adored Red Queen and in others, I am left hoping the next book in the Red Queen trilogy is stronger.
I love zombies, and Courtney Summers thrilled me in This is Not a Test, so when I learned that the sequel, Please Remain Calm was being released I squealed. Gripping, intense and oh lord I want more, Please Remain Calm satisfied by zombie fix on so many levels.
I was intrigued by the premise of The Walled City by Ryan Graudin and when an opportunity to review the audio edition presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Powerful, beautifully written and compelling this story kept me up until the wee hours of the morning.
When by Victoria Lane was an engaging paranormal with a neat concept. The protagonist has the ability to see everyone’s death dates. They hover around folks foreheads and even appear in photographs. The story shares what happens when a death she predicted ends up having her accused of foul play.
As many of you know, Red Rising by Pierce Brown made my top ten list for 2014. Pierce blew me away with his masterful dynamic storytelling and descriptive world building. It was with trepidation that I began the second book, Golden Son. Could Brown continue to hold me captive in this brilliant world? The answer my friends is yes! Golden Son was stunning as Darrow and his motley crew of colors moved closer to freeing society from its chains. The story was intense, with panoramic views and a flawed hero worthy to be King.
So many good Young Adult reads for 2014. Choosing my favorites is like choosing my favorite flavor of coffee. I whittled my list, checked it twice and below are my top reads in this genre for 2014. You will notice I favor fantasy, dystopian and mystery in this particular genre. You can click on any title to read my full review. Grab a cup of peppermint coffee or tea and check out my favorites.