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10 books from last year to read right now

When we scrolled through the list of releases from 2013, we were amazed by how many amazing books we’ve read. Narrowing our five-star picks down to a top-ten was tough, but here’s a stellar mix of debut authors, quirky heroines and big big names in the YA world.

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The peek into fan culture is just so squee-inducing, so real and so much fun to read. Note that some subjects—sex, mental illness and binge drinking, for example—are for older readers.

 

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

An amazing debut with a Katniss-like heroine who learns to love in the most improbable way.

 

Pivot Point by Kasie West

The best part of this book is it’s the first in a series—we can’t wait to read more about protagonist Addison Coleman.

 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Let’s state the obvious: Gayle Forman is an incredible writer, and her latest isn’t any different in that regard from the rest of her work. This one is loaded with bittersweet romance and…Shakespeare. Mhmm.

 

My Name Is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton

A retold fairytale about a heroine who doesn’t get nearly as much coverage as her fellow princesses.

 

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

This one is a really good murder mystery. Main character Hannah is haunted into action by a town full of ghost girls.

 

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

We are big fans of Jennifer E. Smith here at Ink. For this read, think Win A Date With Tad Hamilton mixed with Bye Bye Birdie.

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Fans of paranormal romance and all things Dracula will adore this dark comedy.

 

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Bailey has played second fiddle to her sister’s successful music career to far too long. But what will happen when she gets a second chance?

 

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Comic book queen Blaze gets jilted thanks to an accidental sext. But that doesn’t stop her from taking over the world, anyway.

 

Which book released in the last year is your absolute favorite? Share your pick in the comments!

published January 08, 2014
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