End of the Year Recap: Best of 2013

end of the year awards
                    best of 2013

I can't believe it.  2013 is at almost at our backs.  2014 is on the horizon.  With it comes my third year of blogging (holy crap!) and a ton of new books.  I plan to up my reading goal for this year, and to catch up on all the series I arrived at late.  But now, it's time to take a moment to recap another epic year of literature and to honor the true stand-outs.  My focus will be on books published in 2013, with a few gems from previous years.  

If you're interested in more books, check out my end of the year survey and the full list of reviews from 2013

Best Book of 2013 

to a book published in 2013 

Reality Boy by A.S. King
A rich, raw tale of the price paid for entertainment, not by the viewers but by the victims of the camera; all through the eyes of one angry, desolate boy.  

Best Book Read in 2013 
to a book read in 2013 but published any year 

A letter from the mind of a troubled teen to all the insecurities, the ones you know and the ones you never knew you had.  

Best Fantasy 

The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
A whimsical, exciting fantasy that looks at the Eastern side of high fantasy and comes packed with adventure, romance, and pirates! 

Best Romance 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton
A powerful sequel that amps up the fantasy and mixes just the right amount of romance and adventure, with a shock ending. 

Best Science-Fiction 

Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson 
A sequel worthy of Ultraviolet, that may even surpass the richness of the original.  A refreshingly mature YA that takes sci-fi to a deeply emotional level, with a dash of danger, a twist of romance, and pages of beautiful writing.  

Best Historical 

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
A young adult historical romance rich with mystery, intrigue, and characters that will stick with you and make you fall in love.  

Best Mystery / Thriller 

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
The heartbreakingly beautiful story of what true horror does to the human spirit, and how it can be overcome.

Best Horror 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
A compelling historical horror that takes your average ghost story and turns it into a tale of survival, love, and retribution.

Best Contemporary

A brokenhearted boy's journey to solve the mystery behind getting dumped, and what he finds instead.

Best New Series 

Splintered by A.G. Howard
A dark Alice in Wonderland that goes way beyond remake and tells its own, thrilling story.

Best Continuing Series 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
One of this generation's best fantasies--a compelling sequel with a staggering plot, well-developed characters, and a true mastery of storytelling.

Best Debut 

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Young adult horror that takes on the blurred lines between reality and dreaming, sanity and madness, with a lovable cast and a plot that keeps you guessing.

share your picks in the comments!   

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