May 28, 2015
Young adult reads
I have been on a serious YA kick lately! I hadn’t read much YA for a while, I’d forgotten how entertaining it is – plus they usually come in a series so I can devour them in binge-reads. Here are the ones I’ve worked through over the last couple of months.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This series is a sci-fi retelling of several fairytales, involving cyborgs, robots and spaceships. The world that Meyer has built is amazing, and I love the diversity of the characters. The first book, Cinder, is set in New Beijing, and I couldn’t put it down (even the romance, a prerequisite for YA fiction apparently, didn’t annoy me). Scarlet, which follows, was a bit disappointing (the romance did annoy me), and Cress after that was an improvement. The series is currently three books and a prequel novella, with more to come, which I will be watching for.
The Diviners by Libba Bray. The first and currently only book in the proposed series. This one goes back in time to 1920s New York City, and is mystery-catch-the-killer-supernatural-powers themed. To be honest, I didn’t care much for the characters, and I didn’t find the plot that intriguing, but I really loved the setting of it. The city almost feels like another character, glitzy and fun but also ominous, and a really good backdrop to the occasionally creepy events of the story.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Standing at three books right now, also with more to come. All three kind of blend in my head, so I’ll talk about them together. These books are about a girl named Blue, her family of psychics, and a bunch of boys she meets who are on a holy-grail type mission, with a bit of what is apparently going to be ill-fated love. I’m not sure how I feel about this series. It might be the writing (the style I’m not 100% a fan of but it works), but it has a different kind of feel to other YA books. It’s definitely atmospheric. I found the characterisation a bit odd at times but still ended up liking them and caring about them. But the finer details of the plot confuse me a little bit, especially when the story weaves in and out of reality and more magical and whimsical elements. Anyhow, I want to know what happens so I’ll be waiting on the next book too!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (plus novella) by Laini Taylor. I got drawn in by the blurb which describes the initial setting as Prague, and I love Prague and hadn’t read any books set there. This series is really well written. Taylor has a way with words, her writing is fancy yet unpretentious. The story is set in our present world, but also involves a parallel world featuring angels and chimaera. The backstory and mythology is amazingly detailed. Karou, the main character who has blue hair that grows out that colour, becomes entangled in both worlds. As with a lot of YA series, the romance is overly sappy and ends up taking over a lot of the plot towards the end. I feel like the last book was a little over-ambitious to its detriment, but overall this is a really good trilogy!
Any YA fiends out there who can give me some recommendations?
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