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
Technically, at the age of 24, I am a young adult, but the term in bookspeak seems to be used as a rough equivalent of 'teen', and as a grown woman I've gotten looks from people when they find out I've been reading YA, as if it's some kind of dirty secret. Just to get … Continue reading I’m an adult, and I read YA lit
In anticipation of the release of City of Heavenly Fire, I've been re-reading The Mortal Instruments, and (re-)watched the film on Saturday evening. It's not an unenjoyable film, but to put it bluntly I can see why they've not made a sequel yet; the producers can't seem to have made their minds up as … Continue reading The Mortal Instruments film (spoilers!)
I read Kiera Cass's The Selection the other day. It's set in the nation of Illéa, formerly North America, which has a rigid caste system based on occupation. When the prince comes of age one girl from each of the thirty-five provinces competes in a reality TV show to marry him. The protagonist, America Singer, … Continue reading “The Selection”, by Kiera Cass
I came across an article yesterday entitled The Hunger Games is no Feminist Manifesto. Well, of course it isn't. It's a YA dystopian trilogy. However, that doesn't mean it does or doesn't have feminist themes, which I think is a topic worth considering. It has often been hailed as feminist because Katniss, the (female) protagonist, … Continue reading Is The Hunger Games Feminist?