This week’s video is rather long, but this is what happens when I talk about something I’m extremely passionate about. In response to some thoughts Michaela had about YA in her review of Eon by Allison Goodman, I had some thoughts of my own. Well. A lot of thoughts. Reading is a passion I’m lucky enough to share with one of my younger brothers, but … well … YA doesn’t exactly create a lot of common ground of interesting stories for us. This is one part recommendations of books my brother and I have both read, one part life story of my experience trying to share YA with my brother and one part impassioned speech about how YA needs to include more stories for boys. It barely scratches the surface of my thoughts, so I look forward to continuing the conversation with you!
Happy Valentine’s Day, if that’s a thing you’re celebrating. I have the most beautiful date of all–the lovely Michaela. Here’s this week’s wrap up PLUS a giveaway announcement if you missed that! Also, at the end there is an announcement about the Betwixt the Books Discussion that you can JOIN IN ON next Tuesday, all about DNFing books!
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So something I just discovered is that there are a lot of books that just have generic friendships that I was meh about. However, there were also some books that had a bunch of GREAT friendships that made me swoon over their beautiful friendship-ness. Here the top ten of those are!
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I am SO excited for this topic, I have NO IDEA how I’m going to pick just ten for this topic! Also, if you’re seeing this, I’m so happy because that means I haven’t been swallowed by Hurricane Sandy. Or wait. I have Auto-Post. Maybe I have… Er. ANYWAYS!
1. Yukiko from Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Anybody who can befriend a thunder-tiger deserves to make this list. She isn’t bad with a small knife, either. And she has no problem murdering emperors. (See my review HERE!)
2. Calaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Teenage female assassins? Uh, YES. There is no way she DOESN’T make this list. She also never shies away from violence, and loves to cause a ruckus herself. (See my review HERE!)
3. Allie (Allison) from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Kick ass theif turned kick ass vampire. It doesn’t get much better than that. (See my review HERE!)
4. Ismae from Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers
This girl was raised to be an assassin by KILLER NUNS. I have yet to see an assassin training establishment that awesome. (See my review HERE!)
5. Ellie from Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
She’s snarky, has swords of light and totally knows when to cease the killing and go to a party. Need I say more? (See my review HERE!)
6. Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Queen of Snark right here. Also the queen of snarky kick assery. It doesn’t get much better than her!
7. Kel from First Test by Tamora Pierce
Okay, she’s a little less snarky than the other girls on my list, but there is no way you can weild a sword better than this girl.
8. Alanna from The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Not only is she the best at weilding a sword, but she can also kick ass with magic. Her temper is pretty fierce, too.
9. Eona from Eon by Alison Goodman
Pretends she’s a guy so she can prove her kick assness. Also controls a dragon. Do not mess with.
10. Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Her weapon of choice is a pink, glittery taser named Tasey, but don’t underestimate her even without it–she can kill with snark alone, I swear. And also fashion sense.
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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is actually pretty straight forward. This is a YA blog, and I could say some profound things about world building in YA, but instead I’m going to focus on GOOD world building this time around. Ready? Here we go!
If you haven’t picked this up now, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I believe I said that in my 5 star review. This world is as fantastically built as Game of Thrones, without all the things I don’t like about Game of Thrones, all the way through the characters and the dialogue. EVERYTHING about this book is amazingly awesome.
Though I made many comments about the characterization in this novel in my review, the world absolutely knocked me off my feet. Russian magic? With clothing that’s describes like costumes you just HAVE to own? FANTASTIC images that pop off the page? This has it ALL. I recommend this to all those looking for a unique read.
Don’t really think I have to explain this to most folks. I mean, is there anyone left on the planet that reads YA but hasn’t read this? Well, for you guys, best dystopian novel out there, hands down.
I basically bought this book for a unique world, and I wasn’t disappointed. The characters were awesome and at the end Carson dropped a BOMB OF FANTASTIC on the whole plot line. I loved every little bit of this, and it was one of the first books I reviewed!
If you missed my review of this, you missed a whole heck of a lot of CAPS. It was just as beautiful as the book’s cover. From the dragons to the city to the notion that love does not depend on gender, Incarnate was a work of art that everyone should read.
This one I was reminded of because I’m currently hosting a giveaway for this entire series, but basically it’s a fantasy world made up of shapeshifters that is amazingly awesome.
You guys have no idea how much I could link to this review, but it’s not out yet. If memory serves, it’ll be up next week or the week after, since this book doesn’t come out til September. The important thing, though, is that this was the most amazing description of urban fantasy I’d ever read.
Japanese based world with huge country and DRAGONS. Seriously, what else do you need? Nothing, it’s nothing. The characters were also just as unique as the setting, which was awesome.
How many times have I talked about this book? I know it’s a lot, so I’m not going to stay very long here…
Talk about a fantastic world building and a unique concept. I didn’t really like the following two books, but this one was pretty fantastic.