All right! So, as you know, at the end of each year, I post a list of the best YA books of the year. I don't limit the number I choose for those, and there's usually quite a few of various genres! But for a Top Ten Tuesday I did a while back, they had us do a "flashback," and I decided to go back and list the best YA books of the years I wasn't blogging during. Per the nature of that series, I chose ten books from 2012 to share (which was incredibly difficult). Today, even though I'm no longer doing Top Ten Tuesdays, I'd like to do the next installment and share with you the ten best YA books from 2011 (in my opinion). Here we go!
1) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Y'all know this YA fantasy trilogy, about a young woman in an arranged marriage trying to figure out her path as a Chosen One, is one of my favorite book series. The first book in it was indeed published in 2011.
2) Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Beth Revis is a delight, and so is her debut YA sci-fi trilogy about a couple of teens on a generational spaceship travelling to a new home planet who uncover a murderous political scheme. This is the first book in that series.
3) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the first in yet another series that I often recommend, an emotional YA dystopian with unusual style/formatting about a girl who, after being imprisoned for years because of her deadly touch, falls in love for the first time.
4) Shut Out by Kodi Keplinger. This is a YA contemporary retelling of Lysistrata where a group of girls decides to end their school's boys soccer vs. boys football feud by withholding physical affection--aka, going on a sex strike--until the boys stop attacking each other. At the core, it's really all about how different girls have different experiences/feelings about sex and that's okay: they should be allowed to choose for themselves what they do. It's really a vital message, and a super enjoyable book.
5) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series is the best of her work so far. This is the second book in the YA historical fantasy trilogy, which is about a young woman with unusual powers who gets drawn into a conspiracy amidst the paranormal world of Victorian London.
6) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a fierce standalone YA fantasy by the force of nature that is Maggie Stiefvater, about a romance between two competitors in a deadly water horse race.
7) Wither by Lauren DeStefano. This book is the first in a YA dystopian trilogy where a disease causes everyone to die in their early twenties, leading to a world where young women are kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to rich young men. It is not for the faint of heart, but it's quite an interesting story.
8) Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien. This is the second in a YA dystopian trilogy about a young midwife living outside the privileged inner city who, after her parents are arrested, decides to find out the truth about why she's forced to send a quota of babies into the city each year. It's got a lot of interesting science and a lovely romance.
9) Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz. The Alex Rider series, a YA thriller about a boy spy working with MI6, is a longtime favorite of mine, and this was meant to be the conclusion to the series--although there's now another new book, so I guess Anthony Horowitz changed his mind. Still, I thought it was a brilliant and heartbreaking conclusion that wrapped up the series quite well.
10) Entwined by Heather Dixon. This YA fantasy is a beautiful retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," where twelve princess trapped in their castle are allowed escape to a dance in a magical world each night--but not without a price.
What were your favorite books from 2011? Let me know! I plan on doing one more post for 2010 to round out the decade, and then we'll be back to the regular installments of best YA books each year.
See you again next week!
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