Perhaps the most defining feature of YA dystopias, and other young adult stories set in cruel and unjust societies, is revolution. Unlike non-YA dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, these are not mere personal stories of grief and suffering, but stories about changing the world. It's easy to see why these books have such appeal to teenagers. … Continue reading Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.
I didn't want to read All the Rage. Or rather, I did, but I was afraid to. Everything I'd read about it said it was a difficult book, a painful book, but a necessary one. It took me nearly a fortnight to pick it up after getting it from the library, and then I ploughed … Continue reading All the Rage, by Courtney Summers
Samantha Shannon recently responded to an ask on her Tumblr over whether her books are YA or Adult. This is the excerpt that really got me thinking, but it's certainly worth going over there and reading her entire post: I don’t think anybody really knows how to define YA, or distinguish it from Adult. I’ve … Continue reading The YA/Adult divide
Fleeing an arranged marriage to a stranger, Lia, youngest child and only daughter of the king and queen of Morrighan, runs away with her friend and settles in a village at the other end of the country. There she develops a new identity, living in a cottage and working in a tavern. Soon two men … Continue reading The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson
I was late in discovering The Winner's Curse, but I ploughed through it in an evening (you can see my recommendation over at the Coven Book Club) and immediately pre-ordered this book. I spent the better part of a week anxiously awaiting its arrival, and once again, I read the book in half a Saturday. Sequels … Continue reading The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski
Snow Like Ashes has been on my TBR since December, around about the time the Ice Like Fire title reveal was big news in the book blogging world. I'd been anxiously awaiting my turn at the top of the hold list, so suffice it to say, I had high expectations. It met them. I absolutely LOVED this … Continue reading Snow Like Ashes, by Sara Raasch
From Book Riot, What Not to Say to Bookstore Employees. From the pretentious ("I only read signed copies") to the downright rude ("I'm buying this on my Kindle while we're talking"), here's a basic list of things not to say to bookstore employees. More interesting than the fact that some of E. B. White's books … Continue reading Literary Linking 21/02/15