Tag Archives: YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

20 Jun

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I decided to focus on YA series and specifically chose series that I’ve never started – there are so many series that I start and then abandon at a later date. I’m notorious for stopping in the middle of trilogies as it’s difficult, in my opinion, to write a strong trilogy in which all the books are equally well written. For my job, I often start a series to at least get the idea of the storyline, but often won’t continue through a series unless it’s something I really enjoy. And I hate reading a series that hasn’t been completely written yet. Because, even when I love the first book, I usually forget everything about the book by the time the next title is published and it’s my choice of either spending the time to re-read the first title or reading the second and not remembering enough of the first story to really enjoy it. So, needless to say, I don’t often finish series, but these are titles that I haven’t read at all!

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Gone by Michael Grant
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/19/17

19 Jun

Although I didn’t get to as much reading as I had done last week, this week I finished two books and started a third which is pretty good considering I had three after work meetings this week! I read Once and For All by Sarah Dessen which as usual was great. It was about a teen girl with a viewpoint that I haven’t read from before and although I don’t want to spoil the story for you, it an interesting perspective that I, no doubt, expect to see more often. I also read A List of Cages by Robin Roe which has stuck with me for the past few days and is one of those stories that makes your heart break into a million pieces. And then I also got the chance to start Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn which I’m already enjoying and only just started today.

I’m going to finish up Summers this week and I’d really like to also read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and maybe even Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. This might be a little ambitious for the amount of work this week, but I like having a game plan so I can just grab my next book when I finish one!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Beauty and the Beast Retellings

6 Jun

Beauty-Beast-2017-Movie-PostersI know, Beauty and the Beast is far from the feminine ideology of the 21st century, but I love it. Maybe it’s because Belle is a girl that gives everything for her family and a bookworm to boot, maybe it’s because the Beast gives Belle an entire library as a gift – either way, it’s my favorite Disney animated film and I thoroughly enjoyed the live-action adaptation that was recently released. And I know, beyond the fact that the story is lacking in the feminism department, it’s also fairly lacking in the diversity department – if anyone knows of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is also diverse, please let me know!

For this week, I created a list of ten Beauty and the Beast retellings that I want to read someday, I love fairy tale retellings and as this is my favorite tale, I’m sure to enjoy these as well! And just to cover my blog, the above poster is copyrighted to The Walt Disney Company and I’m using it solely to promote this blog post (plus I love the details!)

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  1. Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away by Wendy Mass

  2. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  3. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
  4. As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
  6. Beastly by Alex Finn
  7. Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
  8. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  9. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  10. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Book Review: Just Fly Away

31 May

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Fifteen-year-old Lucy learns a family secret that not only devastates her, but separates her from her friends, family and even her boyfriend. Her father has an eight-year-son from a brief affair that he’s kept hidden from Lucy and her sister and although her sister seems unfazed, Lucy feel as though a rug has been pulled out from under her and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to get her feet under her.

Soon it’s too much for Lucy and without truly realizing it, she escapes from the world she thought she knew so well to Maine, to spend some time with her estranged grandfather. It is there where Lucy begins learning more about her family as she spends time getting to know her grandfather.

This is a coming-of-age story with the voice of a teenage girl desperately trying to figure out her world and where she fits in it. I felt at some places that the author tried to fit in a little too much – parent betrayal – check, brother she never knew she had – check, new friends after old friends diss her – check, new mysterious boyfriend – check, extended family drama – check. I felt as through there was a little more focus the characters and plot could have developed more naturally that feeling like the plot points were getting checked off a list.

My favorite part of the story was when Lucy comes in contact with her grandfather (whom she has only met once). Their time together and the development of their friendship was the truest part of this novel and I believe is what kept me reading to the end. As a side note, the author – Andrew McCarthy is not usually a YA author, he’s an actor (Pretty In Pink, Weekend at Bernie’s, etc.), director and has written a memoir, but writing YA does not come easily to everyone.  I think he shows promise and would definitely pick up another title if he published anything else in this genre.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): 15yo Lucy’s world is crumbling around her, so she visits Maine and her estranged grandfather to learn more about herself and her family.

Title: Just Fly Away
Author: Andrew McCarthy
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2017
Page Number: 258 pgs.

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer YA Releases

23 May

summer titles.pngHere’s a list of young adult summer releases, mostly about summer (or things I think are summer related) – road trips, summer camp, the beach etc. These will all be released by the end of June – giving us the perfect summer TBR list! A special thanks to the website, YALit: Young Adult Book Release Dates for a great list of books and when they’ll be released!

  1. Summer Unscripted by Jen Klein
  2. It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
  3. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
  4. Be True To Me by Adele Griffin
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
  7. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  8. Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan
  9. Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams
  10. Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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