Tagged with ya lit

City of Bones

City of Bones

It’s been intriguing jumping in to City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series after reading Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel. I was already acquainted with the world of shadowhunters, albeit in another era and place: Victorian England. City of Bones takes place in modern day New York City, and while at … Continue reading

On Children’s Books…

“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.” – Philip Pullman

In Defense of Reading

In Defense of Reading

It’s nothing new to have to explain to others why I still read fantasy, why fairy tales are worthy of my time, and that yes, I read YA books. Even so, people still feel the need to put down what they don’t understand. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Kristin Cashore express her frustration at … Continue reading

On Fairy Tales for All Ages…

“Though now we think of fairy tales as stories intended for very young children, this is a relatively modern idea. In the oral tradition, magical stories were enjoyed by listeners young and old alike, while literary fairy tales (including most of the tales that are best known today) were published primarily for adult readers until … Continue reading

This Bitter Language by Elka Cloke

This Bitter Language by Elka Cloke I know your streets, sweet city, I know the demons and angels that flock and roost in your boughs like birds. I know you, river, as if you flowed through my heart. I am your warrior daughter. There are letters made of your body as a fountain is made … Continue reading

On Trust…

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

On the Power of Words…

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning … Continue reading