I know this is totally beside the point, but that’s a pretty high proportion of non-human books. Aliens? Cats? Elves?
Okay I am so fucking pumped right now
At a library by my house, at the end of May they’re gonna have a TFiOS premiere party okay and we come in pajamas, watch Vlogbrother, sci-show, and crash course videos, have TFiOS and everything nerdfighter related trivia, IN A GIANT BLANKET FORT, AND THEY’RE GIVING AWAY 100 COPIES OF TFiOS
I AM SO FUCKING PUMPED
(Speaking of which @datfrenchiedoee thought you might wanna go because Ashley will probably be busy and stuff and yeah happy birthday and stuff)
I’m at a library that’s way too small for something on this scale, but I’ve spent the day planning our TFIOS party, and it’s not looking too shabby.
I told my husband when I was 75% done with this, an e-galley I’d received from NetGalley. He wanted to know if it was a good book. I told him I didn’t know yet. There is a difference between a good book and one you enjoy reading, and at that point, I only knew it was the latter.
Now I’m finished and thinking about how all the pieces fit together and also about John’s question. And I think — yes. The fairy tale allusions add depth and resonance. The characters are vivid, though only gradually revealed, with echoes of the Buchanans and King Lear’s daughters. The language is lyrical without being distractingly, infuriatingly poetic. The setting inspires pure longing, with the island almost a character in its own right.
So yeah, a good book.
YA Review: The Ring and the Crown, Melissa de la Cruz
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the vast Franco-British Empire, lives in a world where magic fizzes just below the surfaces. But what’s the good of wealth and privilege if you can’t be with the one you love? During one fateful London season, Marie and a host of other young people gathered in the great city will struggle to follow their hearts or their destinies.
I came for the alternate history and stayed to see the tangled love stories play out. I liked the historical imagining but the language often felt stilted and the characterization weak (especially the Merlin and the Queen). I liked the somewhat old-fashioned morality of the ending but thought some of it felt rushed and unearned.
Verdict: I’ll order a copy for my YA collection, but I don’t think I’d read a sequel myself.
(Full disclosure: I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)
So, you loved Divergent and read tons of other post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian YA and now you are looking for something different? How about picking a book based on your favorite faction from the Divergent series?
We’ve selected books we think members of Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Abnegation would like and included a mix of realistic, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy so every reader could discover a new book they’ll enjoy!
If you’re excited about the Divergent movie release, be sure and come to our party on Thursday, March 20th! You’ll be sorted into your faction, play games, make crafts, have a chance to win movie passes, and of course get a Dauntless chocolate cupcake.
I made these for work, but you can see blurbs for each book featured and an explanation for why they fit each faction on my blog.
Saving for later.
We want to see them ALL.
Look at all the fabulous movies coming out this year and next!
Bookish.com challenged their Twitter followers to tell them what’s the most underrated young adult novel. Even more impressive than the bevy of responses were the arguments everyone made for these books—some fantasy, some contemporary YA and plenty in between. Click through to see their 10 favorites. These novels are weird and whimsical and witty, and should find their way on to your reading list once you’ve devoured “The Hunger Games" or "The Fault in Our Stars" …
Hold Still rules (much better than LaCour’s second book, I thought), but After officially scared the tar out of me, and left me completely incredulous as I later passed nine months almost too aware of my pregnancy.
Somehow, they made a movie adaptation of HOW I LIVE NOW. If it’s even close to faithful, it’s going to break quite a few minds.
This book kind of broke my mind when I read it a couple years ago. It’s like 1/3 Children of Men, 1/3 Tomorrow When the War Began and 1/3 something else entirely different. It was so big and strange for such a little book, and I’ve watched this trailer a couple of times this morning, getting curious all over again.
I think it would be wrong, though, to say, as EW claims, that this is Saoirse Ronan’s Katniss move, though. I’m not even sure how well it works as a read-alike to Hunger Games, as it’s so much less an action book, and darker than HG, if maybe less explicitly violent.
The Life As We Knew It series continues with The Shade of the Moon | HMH Books for Young Readers Blog
I read the most recent of these on the plane back from Tallahassee this summer, and I’ll admit it was (unsurprisingly) kind of a downer. Now I will have to read another of them to prove that the series continues to insist on being a (completely justified) downer (or not).