This is a double whammy of an entry this week as I am including the week before as well! Bought (with christmas book vouchers!) Lauren Oliver-Before I Fall John Green-Paper Towns Fracture-Megan Miranda Torn-Cat Clarke Gifted Legend-Marie Lu Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor Every You, Every Me-David Leviathon Cupcake-Rachel Cohn Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-Ransom Riggs Received for Review Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe-Shelley Coriell What’s in your mailboxes this week then?
Firstly, a belated happy new year to all of my lovely readers – all of your comments and support make it all worthwhile! It wouldn’t be Janary without making a few resolutions for the next twelve months, would it, so I thought I would share my blog/reading/a few general goals with all of you. This year I am taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and plan to read 200 books. This may sound a lot but I’m going to allow for 75 of this to be for university/general rather than solely for the blog and they will be in a list in my goodreads account saying non-blog. I have already read 3 YA books towards this goal, two books I started in 2012 and one I completed from 2011 so think I should be on track to meet this […]
As this year draws to a close and I realise I’ve made it through 3 months of blogging now and am getting into the swing of this, I wanted to celebrate with my own Best Of awards for 2011’s YA books: Best Vampire YA The Radleys- Matt Haig. This book has been placed and sold in the adult and young adult sections of bookshops, which in my opinion is about as brilliant as it gets for YA- showing the literary quality and authenticity of the piece (it’s my dream if I ever get my own book published to do this too). The Radleys wins points for being a sort anti-Twilight and is simply brilliant. A suburban family hiding the fact they are vampires? Such a fun idea and it is really well written. Okay, so it was technically published at […]
The Morganville vampires series is one of my favourite YA series in recent years, however in the last couple of books I felt something I couldn’t pinpoint was missing. Whatever it was, it made a more than triumphant return in Caine’s most recent addition to the series: Last Breath. In this novel, several vampires have gone missing, which is unusual enough in a small town like Morganville, but all of them saw the same person last before vanishing- a newcomer in town, Magnus. As Claire tries to find out more about him, she realises he isn’t a human, but it’s not certain if he’s a vampire or something else. The stakes in Last Breath, no pun intended, reach what I would say is the highest point of the series so far. The entire book was a huge roller coaster of […]
I decided to try a meme and I really liked the idea of In My Mailbox which was started at thestorysiren.com and several blogs I read also take part in so thought I would start taking part in this myself. Bought: Cat Clarke by Entangled Cat Patrick by Forgotten Borrowed: The true tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond who is one of my favourite British YA authors ever and I was lucky enough to meet when I was younger. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Momentum by Saci Lloyd Received for review: Burnt Children and Stone Bearers by RE Washington, received via the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics R2R group on Goodreads. So what have you got in your mailbox this week then?
Ugly To Start With is a collection of interrelated short stories following Jason Stevens, a teenager growing up in 1970s Virginia. It is quite unusual to get short stories in YA, though the Merry Sisters of Fate have an excellent website devoted to short stories, beyond paranormal anthologies containing several already highly successful novelists so this was a really pleasant surprise. Cummings has won several awards for his writing and there is no question as to the quality of his prose. There is something inherently nostalgic about it and a sense of lyrical poetry, even in the moments with simple language. This is definitely Literary YA writing. Perhaps because of this more lyrical prose, there is the one small difficulty I had with the book: at times it felt more like an adult than a YA novel. I think this […]
The Clockwork Prince is the sophomore novel of Cassandra Clare’s new series Infernal Devices. Set in Victorian England, it tells the story of Theresa “Tessa” Gray, a ‘warlock’ with no mark, who after the events of the first novel lives in the Institute with Shadowhunters. It’s always a challenge to write in a setting and/or time you don’t live in and Clare has bravely attempted both. Her research definitely shows as she mentions fashions and even street names of Victorian London. However, at times I felt the dialogue was too modern and punchy, and at times too American. Before you take this a indictment of the book however, it is worth noting that as a writer for a YA audience sustaining the language and customs of the time is difficult. We’re more self-aware now, more outspoken and bold and able […]
Summary from www.goodreads.com: Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances. It is rare to find a book that just hours after reading you already want to start again; for me, Divergent was one of these novels. Dystopian YA is […]
The majority of these are over five years old from when I was technically a younger teen, some even more so, but these are the books that have influenced my writing and I deeply enjoyed. I hope you enjoy the list, and please feel free to comment with any of your own. 1. Speak-Laurie Halse Anderson. This book was one of those that had an incredibly profound effect on me as a teenager, it is relatable, tragic, realistic and beautifully written. Even though I had not endured what Melinda had, there was something of the everygirl in there you could relate to- not fitting in, depression, teachers who didn’t like you, etc. The style is beautiful and I simply adored this book. When I found out it was challenged in the states in schools, I was fuming as this is […]
Just a quick post to say Chooseya has an account at goodreads now so feel free to friend this. I am still deciding whether to cross post all of my reviews so any opinions on that will be considered. ChooseYA Goodreads I am currently working on a post my top ten YA books of all time and also Lucy’s Epically Awesome Christmas Recommendations so keep checking in. Lucy