Posted in August 2012

Why YA Fiction Is Great

I just came across this great article from salon.com about why female YA authors outnumber the male. In her article, Laura Miller posits that this is because there is so little prestige associated with the genre, and while men are accustomed to achieving “greatness” in the world of literary fiction, women are more inclined to … Continue reading

On Fantasy…

“And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.” – Maurice Sendak

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is not your typical heroine. She is overweight, plain, a bookworm who is unsure of herself and lingers in the shadows of her confident older sister. She would be completely overlooked were it not for the fact that she’s a godstone bearer, someone who is born once every hundred years with a magical gem … Continue reading

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time… this book completely surprised me in the most wonderful way. It wasn’t that I wasn’t expecting it to be good, I was, it’s just that it totally surpassed my expectations. Laini Taylor crafts a seductive Prague, full of back alleyways, vexing ex-boyfriends, occult coffee shops and an honest and tough main … Continue reading