SagaAdmittedly I am very late to that train but what a wonderful train to be on. The unique and delightful mix of Brian K Vaughan's snark, philosophy and the grand olde (space) quest make all my receptors buzz. Add in the wonderful art work by Fiona Staples and I was a goner. Straight up, this is my favourite comic book for the past year.
FangirlIf you weren't aware of my contemporary YA leaning you might be catching on right...now. While Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park was lovely, Fangirl made a larger impression on me. It is the depiction of YA inception with a character who writes slash fan fiction about an invented book series that was loosely based on the Harry Potter series. More importantly it about Cath reconciling her outward life with that of her online community and that speaks to many people in our society. (Australian release - 1 April 2014 - Pan Macmillan.)
One and OnlyIgnore the cover when considering reading this...please, I beg.
I loathe the 'new adult' label as it has been well and truly commandeered by self-published authors who have no interest in teen experience. One and Only has been the first NA novel where I've found myself recommending it. So much so I feel like calling it YA out of some pissy need to reclaim it. Viv Daniels (aka Diana Peterfreud) has heartily embraced soapish qualities and then promptly up ended them all. Her subversion of the cliche is a joy to behold. Seriously. There may be a secret family storyline but this novel depicts a college experience where the future (career, not relationship), studying and working to survive (and paying for overpriced text books) is a reality. There may be romance but ultimately it's about all facets of one girl's hard scrabble college life...not just the sexy times.
As you can see I am very much enjoying the simple premise, brilliant execution YA - what really impressed you last year?