The field of YA writing of late, particularly paranormal, has become saturated with romance. A lot of these are unrealistic, poorly written and some are downright frightening- note to authors, sexual harassment is not sexy, it’s wrong! Maggie Stiefvater’s latest effort, The Scorpio Races, went some way into restoring my faith in the genre. While the Mercy Falls series at times was difficult with me to get on with due to my cynical nature and shaky faith in soulmates, I couldn’t deny that Stiefvater writes very well and her twisting of mythology was very engaging. The Scorpio Races was a fantastic read for me therefore as the tweaked-mythology was at the forefront and the romance, while present, felt secondary and subtle. It was plot-driven, character-focused and none of these elements suffered for the romance. The Scorpio Races plays with the […]
It’s undeniable that YA urban fantasy has become more and more popular over the last few years, particularly with series like Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices. Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star is the first in her Shades of London books. Set in London, obviously, The Name of the Star tells the story of Rory who has moved from Louisiana to London and is attending boarding school when a series of killings in the same vein as Jack the Ripper causing Rippermania to explode in London. Before one murder, Rory sees a man who her roommate Jazza does not. He is the only suspect so far into the cases, but why did her friend not see him too? This leads to her becoming the mysterious man’s next target and leads her to a discovery of her own […]
In her debut novel, Jennifer Brown has definitely not shied away from a controversial subject. Valerie Leftman is a reluctant senior at her high school five months after someone opened fire in the school cafeteria before killing themselves. Her boyfriend to be precise. While Valerie was shot and injured, the fact she was dating Nick Levill and a little notebook called the Hate List has ruined her reputation. The Hate List is a notebook of everyone Valerie and Nick hated at school and home, a list that she started. While Valerie didn’t intend for anyone to die, many around her believe she is just as guilty as Nick, including some of her family.Throughout her senior year, Val is forced to not only face her peers and family, but her guilt as well as grieving for her boyfriend and trying to […]
Welcome to chooseya.com, a book blog dedicated to the ever-growing field that is YA fiction! This site will have reviews, discussions, articles and hopefully author interviews as well. I hope you enjoy the site and look forward to hearing your comments. Lucy.