Ofilia’s Best YA of 2014

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
About:  Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Why I Recommend It: This series is hypnotic and so different from anything I’ve ever read before. The characters are constantly in my head and the blend of reality with Welsh mythology is fascinating. This third installment is just as good as the first two.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta
About:  In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.

Why I Recommend It: Suspenseful with a strong female protagonist who knows how to survive. This dystopian novel is hard to put down.

More Than This by Patrick Ness
About:  A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

Why I Recommend It: This one starts out with a bang and you cannot stop reading. An original engrossing story with a fantastic twist—this is the kind of story that you think about all the time even after you are done with the book.

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