The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

P1030953Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

First published: 2012


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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)

queenofshadowsCelaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin’s hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one’s slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smouldering passion that might ver well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again — to wreak revenge for a decade of pain . . .

First published: 2015


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On Sexuality and Virginity in YA – #Feminism

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I’ve had the idea for this post for a while now, after talking about it with my friend Emmie from Another Night of Reading, but I’ve been kind of scared to actually write and, more importantly, post it, because it’s kind of a sensitive subject. Or, at least, it can be for some people, because it involves criticism regarding the portrayal of virginity in Young Adult literature. Oh, and feminism. Lots of people are offended by that. So, if you don’t feel like reading a feminist and critical take on sex in YA I’d recommend not reading this post. If you do, read on, my friend!

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

islaandthehappilyeverafterHopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

First published: 2014


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Mini-Reviews [2] – The YA Reread Edition

I’ve reread a couple of books over the past few months, and while I didn’t want to devote a separate post for each one of them, I did think it would be fun to write a little something about my rereading experiences. Seemed like the perfect opportunity for another Mini-Reviews post to me, so here we go!

perksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky  ★★★

When I read this the first time around, I was pretty underwhelmed, even though everyone around me was raving about how amazing it was. I attributed my reaction to the fact that I had just read The Fault in Our Stars and was blown away by that one, so it was only natural that I would be disappointed by anything I would read next. Turns out, I simply don’t love the book. I can see why some people do, but there were some things that bothered me (like the representation of girls) and others that just didn’t interest me enough. It was good, though, and defintely worth the reread. But will I reread it again? No, probably not.

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Where Are All The YA Parents At?

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This is something that’s been bugging me for quite a while now – so much so that I actually considered writing my dissertation about it, but then I changed my mind/realised it wasn’t all that viable. The question at hand is: where are all the parents at in young adult literature? (you know, just in case you missed the title).

I’ve discovered two rough categories when it comes to parents in YA novels:

  1. The “normal” parental unit
  2. The problematic parental unit

I will explain these below, but first I want to emphasise that this is a rough division of two trends I’ve noticed and that there are plenty of novels that don’t fit either of these two descriptions!

Another disclaimer: the quotation marks are very important here! In my opinion there’s no such thing as “normal”, but unfortunately society thinks otherwise (but let’s not get into all that right now).

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

heir of fireConsumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back . . .

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

First published: 2014

Spoiler alert: contains spoilers for the first two books!


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Why I Love YA

Before I started blogging (almost two years ago already!) I didn’t read a whole lot of YA (Young Adult). I was mostly reading the books I had to read for my literature classes, and not much else. Then, in the summer of 2013, I read The Fault in Our Stars and fell absolutely in love with the story.

whole new world gifNot long after that, I started blogging and a whole new world of YA literature opened up before me.

Technically, I’m no longer part of the target audience, since I’m not a teenager anymore, but we all know that that whole age group thing is irrelevant anyway. I know there are some people who think it’s ridiculous that “grown people” read YA, but that’s a discussion I don’t even want to have. If you think people should not read YA because they’re no longer teenagers, you can move right along, thank you very much.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

P1020032Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other – and the power of their friendship – can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

First published: 2012


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

P1010201One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

First published: 2010


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