Today Lety and I have tackled this topic together. We figured it’d be easier to each do a top five, and yeah, it totally was, haha. So here’s what we came up with!
Jess’s Top Five
1. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – This book is written as a dictionary. Each page holds an entry to a word and as a whole it tells a heartbreaking story of a complicated relationship. It’s beautifully written. :)
2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Jandy Nelson wrote this book in such a poetic way. And I love how there’s images of poems written by Lenny, the main character, on different things.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – This story follows a girl who has committed suicide and has left tapes for different people telling them how they contributed to her decision. It’s heartbreaking and eye-opening and unique. Love it.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Such impact in such a small package. The narrative is all in letters and you never know the addressee.
5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I thought this book was unique because, not only did it remind me of the movie The Village which I love, the main character, Mary, is not really a likable character. I hadn’t read a book before where I didn’t much like the main character but loved the story and setting overall. Also, holy emotional book!
Lety’s Top Five
1. Defy by Sarah B. Larson – What I liked the most about this book was that it had such a strong female lead. We often see strong female leads in the YA genre but this one stuck out to me as being in a different category than the rest. Alexa is an incredible swords-woman and actually better than most of the boys. She is fierce, loyal and has incredible will power. Also, when Alexa finally decides which love-triangle boy she prefers most, I was a bit surprised. Check out my review of this fantasy YA novel here.
2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – I am adding this one to this list based on the writing alone and because OMG that ending!! Tahereh Mafi writes unlike others in this genre, I’ve never read such colorful descriptions and metaphors. I also think what made this series unique to me was how the ending panned out. I was stunned with the ending, but I was thoroughly captivated by all the twists and turns of the overall storyline and the love triangle. When it became obvious who Juliette was going to “choose” I was actually overjoyed. I do not think it can be described as the “normal love triangle ending” and that is quite refreshing.
3. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin – So much tragedy and chaos happens in this book. This one is my favorite of the ASOIF series so far, it is unique in that characters that you grew emotionally attached to are killed off in the span of a few pages. It’s heartbreaking, but also not what you would normally see in these epic novels. Once a hero is clearly identified, you always know that they will save the day and there will be a happily-ever-after. Not in this one.
4. Wounded by Jasinda Wilder – This was a very emotional read and what’s different about it is that it takes place during a war. And in the middle of all that chaos, killing and destruction, a love story emerges between an Iraqi prostitute and an American marine. Neither of which speak each other’s language. I don’t think I’ve ever read quite a captivating love story. This is most definitely not your typical romance story.
5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I haven’t read very many zombie romance novels, but I still felt that this novel was quite different. The fact that “zombie romance” is an actual thing is distinctive in itself. Also, this book is told from the zombie, “R’s” perspective. What I also thought was interesting about this novel, is the reversal that happens with the zombies. Additionally, the way that R’s thoughts form and the things he collects was something I don’t think I’d ever seen before.
Those are our picks! What are some of yours? Tell us in the comments or leave us a link to your post!