Tagged with young adult fiction

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

It’s so tempting to get stuck in a particular pattern of reading, to follow a trail of books you like, that are fun, lighthearted, not too challenging; you can dip in and out of them easily because they don’t demand that much from you, but the flip side is that they don’t really give you … Continue reading

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I go bananas for books featuring female characters with agency. I go crazy for stories where the heroine’s story is her own, and she isn’t immediately (or at any point of the journey) chasing after a male stud. I go berserk for novels where the ‘strong’ female lead is something other than an Arthurian / … Continue reading

Top Ten Books on my Spring To Be Read List

Top Ten Books on my Spring To Be Read List

Thank the Goddess! It would appear that we are finally, perhaps teetering at the edge of the dark woods of Winter, staring blearily in to the grayish, cold, yet still promising, sunlight of Spring! After all the pummeling snow that the North East received this year, 30 degree days seem like a gift from Persephone herself. … Continue reading

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Holy Crow, there are soo many amazing books coming out this summer that I just had to spread the love/proselytize their greatness! Series Closers! Assassins! Supernatural Creatures! Mystery! Oh my! Cassandra Clare (along with Kristin Cashore) was pretty much my ‘gateway drug’author to YA, thus it’s with baited breath that I reunite with the ole shadowhunter/downworlder … Continue reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

*It is known* that I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary YA fiction around here. Actually, that’s kind of an understatement. Until recently I pretty much avoided this sub-genre like the annoying popular clique at my high school. Rolling my eyes as mentions of it passed me by on twitter, and scurrying down back alleys … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Reading Leigh Bardugo’s writing is like sinking your teeth in to the most decadent macaron. Your palette is submerged in tantalizingly complex flavors and textures, your imagination is lit when your taste buds are left tingling. How is the shell at once crispy and feather light? What witchcraft is it that makes this palm-sized sweet, … Continue reading

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Wow. Laini Taylor has really raised the bar for writing series with her follow up to the original show stopper, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was sincerely one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. I was stunned with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, when Taylor blew the hinges off the dynamic world she’d set … Continue reading

City of Ashes

City of Ashes

City of Ashes picks up right where City of Bones left off. Clary is reeling from recent revelations and we get a sense that her life is about to get even more complicated. This story fits so seemlessly into City of Bones that it’s difficult to remember where one left off and the other begins. … Continue reading

On the World as an Open Book…

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories … Continue reading