Bronwen’s “Best Of” 2014: J and YA Favourites

Is 2014 really almost over?! It’s December, and once again I’m thinking about my absolute favourite books that were published this year for middle-grade and young adult readers. Many of them have inspired me to write blog posts already. Here’s a recap of some of my most memorable reads.

Dreams of Gods and MonstersDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Part III of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

“From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.”
My Take: This is the satisfying conclusion to an awesome series. Highly recommended across the board.

We were liarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

“Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.”

My take: This is the sort of book that sticks with you, and that you might find yourself poring over several times, finding new details and meaning in every read.
(You can read the Online Teen Book Club discussion here.)

this one summerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

“Every summer for as long as she can remember, Rose, her mom, and her dad head to a lake house at Awago Beach. Its a refuge, a getaway, a chance to relax and recover from the stresses of the past year. And every summer Roses friend Windy and her family are there as well. Windy and Rose are like sisters and best friends. This year though…things have changed. Roses mom and dad just wont stop fighting.”

My take: This beautiful little novel captures perfectly the feeling of summer, of vacation, and of growing up.
(You can read my review here.)

Knightley and SonKnightley & Son by Rohan Gavin

“A father and son detective team investigates the mystery surrounding a book that that makes its readers commit terrible crimes, and a sinister organization known as the Combination.”

My take: The London setting and a cast of charming (and funny) characters drew me in from the first page.
(You can read my review here.)

The BoundlessThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

“Aboard ‘The Boundless,’ the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.”

My Take: The Boundless starts strong, gripping, and full of adventure, and the pace doesn’t let up until you’ve read the book cover to cover.
(Read the full blog post here.)

So there you have it: a range of books for different tastes, and by far some of my favourites published this year.

Enjoy!

-Bronwen

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