Since this is the last Friday in December, this is my last week of showcasing some of my Favorite Books of 2013. I have a hard time choosing, but my rules for these lists are that the books have to be published in 2013 and also read by me in 2013 -- that helps me keep it manageable! They also have to be memorable and well-executed, books that stay with me even if I read them six months ago, books that I'd happily re-read again.
There will be a giveaway at the end of the month -- the winner can choose any of my picks, or any book up to $15 on either Amazon or TBD. Open internationally, and you will have a new chance to enter each week!
Today I'm featuring six of my very favorite YA Series Books of 2013.
My first category is my Favorite 2013 Middle Books in YA Series. For me, reading the first book in a series can be like a first date. Everything is magical and I'm dreaming that the series and I will have a beautiful future together. Then comes that tricky second book...
Second books are where a series story can start to unravel, or really get revved up. And in all these four books below, there's a LOT of revving up -- heartbreak, fabulous new characters, shocking revelations, increased tension… if you aren't reading these four series, you should really try them!!
Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt)
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi (Harper Teen)
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi (Harper Teen)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends)
Now, onto our next category, my Favorite 2013 Final Books in YA Series. Ah, the tricky series ending. Love triangles must be resolved, breaking the heart of the odd person out and breaking the heart of those who rooted for him. Loose ends must be tied up, goals reached or abandoned, foes confronted. As a reader my main criteria for series ending is that the ending must be true to the story and its characters. Also, the ending must have some sort of resolution -- not necessarily a happily ever after, but something that feels like a sense of closure. I should sigh as I turn that last page and close the book, a sigh of satisfaction that can also have a little wistfulness mixed in.
I loved the way that the two books below wrapped things up. Both of these books featured endings that were slightly bittersweet, but that honored the characters I'd come to know and love.
Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu (Putnam)
In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright #3) by Gabrielle Zevin (FSG)
Tell me in comments about some of your favorite series books!
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