HarperCollins staff share their favourite YA reads of 2014

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The end of 2014 is almost upon us! We put a call out to the staff here at HarperCollins, asking them about the best YA they’ve read in the last twelve months.



Falling into Place smallFalling into Place by Amy Zhang

Recommended by: Mary Jayne (Sales manager), Kimberley (Associate Publisher, International Fiction) and Jacqui (Education Manager)

Mary-Jayne says: I thought Falling Into Place was amazing – such a strong narrative. The author told a difficult story perfectly, capturing all of the emotions and bravado and insecurity and desperation of her characters in a real and compelling way. I felt it delivered as an adult read equally as well as one for older teenagers.

Kimberley says: Beautiful, heartbreaking, all the feels!

Jacqui says: Tragically beautiful.



the-ravens-wingThe Raven’s Wing by Frances Watts

Recommended by: Chren (Associate Publisher, Children’s Books) and Gemma (Associate Publisher, International Children’s Books)

Chren says: This gorgeous, funny novel was full of everything I love in a book: rich and atmospheric detail (it’s set in Ancient Rome, so lots of fascinating detail about life for young women in that time); murder and intrigue; an engaging and hilarious young heroine; and several dashes (or even dollops) of romance. Think Pride and Prejudice in Ancient Rome! Such good fun.

Gemma says: Intrigue, omens, murder and  power set amongst the grandeur of Ancient Rome. Fabulously romantic, thrilling and lush and surprisingly funny.



Disruption high res imageDisruption duology by Jessica Shirvington

Recommended by: Gemma (Associate Publisher, International Children’s Books), Bianca (Publishing Assistant), Amanda (Publicity Manager) and Doug (Mailroom supervisor)

Gemma says: Kick arse heroine. Complex dude. An intelligent and pacy story that packs a lot of punches. The romance is hardcore as well.

Bianca says: Drop everything and start reading this, you won’t regret it.

Amanda says: Is it dorky to admit that I’ve actually re-read this duology two or three times? These books are just so, so good. Maggie is a tough, flawed and fabulous heroine, Gus is snappy and amazing and of course, Quentin is a great character. The world building is so epic and cinematic. Love it.

Doug says: Fantastic reads.



Isla and the Happily Ever After high resIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Recommended by: Gemma (Associate Publisher, International Children’s Books) and Amanda (Publicity Manager)

Gemma says: Delicious swoony dreamy romance. A perfect finish to the delectable Anna and the French Kiss series.

Amanda says: A sexy, dreamy final installment for the most gorgeous contemporary trilogy ever. I also really liked how Perkins explored the self-destructive lack of confidence many young women have in themselves. I’d never seen it portrayed so realistically before. I’m still Team Etienne forever though, sorry Josh.



Dorothy Must DieDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Recommended by: Gemma (Associate Publisher, International Children’s Books) and Tim (Campaign Manager, Children’s Books)

Gemma says: Kill Bill meets Munchkin town in this satisfying tale of vengeance, magic and gingham

Tim says:  Fantastic re-imagining of a beloved childhood classic.



1779270_597109190380237_1501428957_nThe Selection series by Kiera Cass

Recommended by: Tim (Campaign Manager) and Shontell (National Accounts Assistant)

Tim says: The Bachelor on crack. LOVE IT.

Shontell says: I have never had so many different emotions flow through me in one sitting. One of the best romances I have ever read!



On the FenceOn the Fence by Kasie West

Recommended by: Bianca (Publishing Assistant)

Bianca says: The perfect summertime read, plus who doesn’t love a good story about the boy next door?



Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Recommended by: Anna (Publisher, Commercial Fiction)

Anna says: It’s like Romeo and Juliet have been dropped into Philip Pullman or Game of Thrones, but with a side helping of sass.



Ava LavenderThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Recommended by: Vanessa (National Accounts Assistant)

Vanessa says: The most beautiful and sad book I have read in a while. I read it slowly, so it would last longer!



Withering by Sea smallWithering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell

Recommended by: Sam (Executive Assistant)

Sam says:  Jen Storer’s blurb on the cover is true. Hooked from the first page! It has a wonderful flow and each page has something to keep you in! A thrilling tale of the adventure & curiosity of a quaint yet rebellious young lady. I’m excited to know this is a series and cannot wait for the next installment.




In the AfterlightIn the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

Recommended by: Tim (Campaign Manager)

Tim says: Ruby is amazing, and this was a great conclusion to such a captivating series.




Heir of fireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Recommended by: Amanda (Publicity Manager)

Amanda says: I enjoyed the first two books in the Throne of Glass series but had misjudged them as being way too fluffy. The third book completely blew my mind, taking the characters and the story to a whole new epic level. I know I’m going to have to go back and re-read the first two again so I can re-appreciate the series.




Mortal HeartMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Recommended by: Gemma (Associate Publisher, International Children’s Books)

Gemma says: Two words: Assassin. Nuns.



We were liarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Recommended by: Jacqui (Education Manager)

Jacqui says: An incredible read. Messed with my mind until the very end!


Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Recommended by: Shontell (National Accounts Assistant)

Shontell says: I’m at a loss for words because this book was amazing beyond belief. There are too many words that could use to describe this book. Passionate, captivating, heart-breaking, beautiful, suspenseful and unique.

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