Tag Archives: young adult

Fantastic Recommends: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater What would you do if your kiss was fatal? Never kiss anyone, right? Sixteen-year-old Blue knows that she’s fated to kill her true love with a kiss. She knows this because everyone in her family … Continue reading

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The Best of the Best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy for 2012

Like a good book blogger, I’ve been reading a lot of year-end lists, and I started to notice a few repeats. Those always catch my attention. I thought I’d share with you the results of my very unscientific cross-reference of … Continue reading

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Review of Raven’s Gate

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz Matt, a troubled 14-year-old, goes a step too far and lands himself in England’s juvenile court system. He opts for a special rehab project that sends him to the countryside, only to find himself trapped … Continue reading

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The First is out in paperback

The First is now available in good old traditional paperback! Not sure how Grandpa Baumler would feel about that, but it would sure make a nice gift for the YA reader on your Christmas list (or for yourself). Check it … Continue reading

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Zombie pulp fiction: Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking This is a zombie apocalypse book, pure and simple. Remy is a teenage survivor is also a kickass zombie killer. A virus that turns people into zombies is ravaging the world, and the book opens, the … Continue reading

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Climate changing lit?

A recent  Guardian post complained that there aren’t many novels that deal with climate change.* The article was met with multiple reading suggestions, mostly science fiction novels. And um, hello? I have one! My YA urban fantasy: The First. Below are … Continue reading

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Fantastic Recommends: The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens Three siblings who keep getting kicked out from orphanages find a secret  magic book that transports them to another world. Orphans, a magic book, a secret world—I have to confess I didn’t have high … Continue reading

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The Book of Three and echoes of LOTR

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander This is the story of an Assistant Pig Keeper with delusions of glory. Who couldn’t love that? The adventure really starts when Taran, the pig keeper in question, suddenly gets a taste of … Continue reading

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The Book Thief’s stolen hype

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak “Here is a small fact: You are going to die.” This is not the opening line of The Book Thief. It’s the 5th or 6th, but it’s a grabber, no? And it just about … Continue reading

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The Giver and its dystopian descendants

The Giver by Lois Lowry Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a very orderly community. Everything happens in stages. Dreams are discussed at breakfast. Emotions after dinner. At at 9 you get a bike, at 12 you start training for your career. But … Continue reading

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