While I mostly read Urban Fantasy and PNR, I do enjoy a good YA book from time to time.
Here are the ten books I enjoyed most this year (again in no particular order).
Hush, Hush / Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read both books along with my dear blogging friend Anna from "Books to Brighten your Mood after a long YA pause.
While I sometimes find YA books a little boring, both Hush Hush and Crescendo are suspensful, full of action and fast-paced.
Patch also ranks very high on my list of favorite bad boys!
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
I finished this book this book very recently. It´s really not my ususal choice, but it has received a lot of high reviews on blogs I really like so I took the plunge and read it.
To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! It less dark than my usual preferences, but it was a fun read right from the beginning.
I was more than happy, that this book had none of the typical high school cliché. Even your typical Homecoming Queen/Cheerleader had more deph to her character than expected.
Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
J.L Bryan´s Jenny Pox id one of the best examples that there are really incredibly good Indie authors out there that you shouldn´t miss.
It is however quite gory and has a lot of adult content.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
I still remeber when I open the package containing Nightshade. It was one of those “this just made my day moments”.
But aside from the beautiul cover, and layout of the book and the more than unusual promo, the story of Nightshade did not disappoint.
Even if you think werewolves are slightly overused, you should definitely give this book a try!
The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
There are only few books that have touched me on such a deep emotinal level that the Hunger Games Trilogy.
I would recommend this book to everyone who hasn´t read it before, simply because it draws you in emotionally and also makes you think.
The last few picks were made by my sister who has very recently discovered her love for paranormal YA books. Those are the ones I chose for her.
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy series) by Richelle Mead
Yeah, she really obsessed about this series. She hasn´t read Last Sacrifice yet, she says she´ll keep it for a special occasion.
We are very similar in some things.
Mortal Instruments / Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Steffi said that the Mortal Instruments series in one of her most favorite so far.
I also read it a while back (and in German, one of the last book I ever read in my native language) and I also loved it. I have yet to read Clockwork Angel, but my sister says it´s just as great as the three other books by Cassandra Clare.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
I know that my sister likes a book when she asks: “Is there another book in the series yet?” She asked me that about Paranormalcy a lot!
Her favorite character was Lend. So she has a thing for shifter hotties? Good thing to know. LOL.
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Just like me, she adored the cover when she first saw it.
Over the time, she has become a very demanding reader and was very happy that this book “was about something different than vampires and werewolves”.
Hmmm, see her next choice…
Shiver / Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls series) by Maggie Stiefvater
“Was was simply full of suspense. I couldn´t put it down.” That´s what she said when I just asked her what she liked best about it.
Well, that´s what a book should be like, right?
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles series) by Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl
Steffi says she had few problems with Beautiful Creatures right at the beginning, because she is not as used to the southern accent like I am (for example).
But I guess she still liked it since Beautiful Darkness was on her Christmas wishlist!
So that´s it, these are my or rather our picks for the best Paranormal YA books in 2010.
I´m kind of pround that Steffi likes most of the books I choose for her. She knows she can be very honest with me, so I tend to believe her when she claims she likes it!
I know that I´m not an expert for YA books, so tell me, is there anything I forgot to recommend her? What should I give her to read for 2011? What about your favorite books?
And don´t forget to stop by tomorrow when I reveal my Top 10 of Paranormal Romance books!