American contemporary, friendship stories, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

What I Read in 2016: YA

I read a LOT of fab YA this year, some of which I won't go into here but you should definitely pick up (A Torch Against the Night! Empire of Storms! The Sun is Also a Star!). This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are some YA titles that made me think, slipped… Continue reading What I Read in 2016: YA

Award Winners, Good Books for Boys, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

Violence, Riots, and a Glimmer of Hope: Salt

...sounds like I'm talking about Toronto over the weekend, doesn't it? Sigh. As much as I love The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, I don't immediately gravitate towards speculative fiction in the post-apocalyptic vein. I need to be in the mood. Sadly, the G20 riots this weekend  put me in the mood for a violent, post-apocalyptic… Continue reading Violence, Riots, and a Glimmer of Hope: Salt

Fantasy, YA

Finnikin Rocks My World: Finnikin of the Rock

Melina Marchetta makes me want to be a better writer. She leaves room in her novels for the reader to think and imagine, rather than digest and accept. She is not only one of Australia’s finest YA exports, but one of the best YA authors working anywhere. Her dialogue is smart, witty, and authentic. Marchetta likes… Continue reading Finnikin Rocks My World: Finnikin of the Rock