true that YA is growing and sometimes the Teen Fiction section in bookstores
can be overwhelming. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to judge
books by their covers and not bother reading the backs of the hundreds of
choices in front of you. One book I know many people have passed over is
Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore. Now, I am about to make your next trip
to the Teen section easier for you. You have to read this book!
Here are the top three reasons why:
-- as one would assume from the cover – just the story of an unlikely
couple. Yes, Varen is the goth boy and Isobel is the cheerleader, but
there is one more VERY important character that you would not know of by
looking at the cover: EDGAR ALLAN POE! Varen’s dreams are made up
of Poe’s stories and Isobel is sucked into this dream world. For
anyone who has ever read and loved The Raven or been wildly creeped out by The
Tell-Tale Heart, you must read this book!
touch of fantasy, slipping between the all-to-real world of high school into a
Poe inspired dream world. The high school in Creagh’s novel is extremely
realistic: full of mean girls, those they pick on and those who feel they just
don’t belong. For many people (like myself), high school was not the
perfect experience, so books that understand this are always appreciated.
However, although we all lived through high school, we don’t all get to lose
ourselves in the madness that is Varen’s mind, so we have to put our trust into
Creagh that she can take us there with her imagination instead! Plus, who
doesn’t like a little dark magic stirred into their reality?
mystery! Yes, most people who have read Nevermore will tell you that you
will be kept guessing for as long as humanly possible. Creagh does not
carve a traditional path, enabling you to guess where the story is going.
You don’t know and you WONT know until she shines a little light. And
here’s the kicker – this is a series, so you may be left hanging a
little. Oh, delicious anticipation. Enshadowed, the second
in the series, comes out next year!
Convinced? I could go on….
If you’ve passed by Nevermore before, I hope now you will give it a
shot. I promise you it deserves one!
Quite a few of us in the office are big YA fans and earlier this week, we got into a discussion over which YA character we could be for a day if we had the chance. With such an extensive list of fantastic titles and my slight obsession with YA, it took me forever to decide -- but I finally have! Here is my "who I would be" post! Who would YOU be?! Let us know in the comments section! As readers, we lose ourselves in books. We don’t
always just observe a character; occasionally, we become them. Other
times, you can actually see yourself IN them. This is how I felt about
Belly in Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
During a presentation at the 2011 Book Summit in Toronto,
Lev Grossman made a very true and beautiful observation: a bookshelf is a map
of all the places you’ve been that don’t exist. One place I have spent a
LOT of time at, is Cousins Beach. Cousins reminded me so much of the
cottage my family and I have been going to every summer for basically my entire
life (we only stay a week and not the entire summer, but you get the idea).
The setting became another character in the book and I could literally
close my eyes and be there. I smelled the fresh air coming in off
the water, felt the sand in my feet, heard the crash of the waves. It
didn’t help that Belly and my teenage self have way too much in
common. Each time Belly felt self conscious, I remembered that
feeling. Every time she swooned over Conrad’s dark demeanour, I remembered
that feeling. I felt like Belly grew from being an anxious teen,
to a questioning young adult, just as I did. Now, as a grown woman (well,
sort of), I can just picture what Belly would be like at my age: still curious,
passionate and at times hot-headed, but a bit more self-assured, confident and
the series made me feel like one of my best friends had just moved away and I
knew I wouldn’t hear from her for a while. Or maybe it was that part of
myself was retiring. Either way, I still think of Belly lovingly, hoping
she’s off living and loving just as powerfully as she did in the books!
Slowly --so very slowly-- she opened her eyes to see what it was... ... and found herself standing at the side of the bed, staring at the empty eyes of the dead queen. Eyes that once had belonged to her.
Occasionally, you read the first few pages of a book and know you will NOT be putting it down. That's how I felt when I picked up Kimberly Derting's The Pledge. Best known for her Body Finder series, Kimberly's new book is of a completely different nature.
Charlie lives in a world where language is determined by class and speaking out of class can result in death. The fact that Charlie understands every single language is both a blessing and a curse. Her ability may be the only way to save her country, but it could also mean the end of her. When she falls for the dark and mysterious Max, she must decide where her loyalties lie and just how much she is willing to lose.
If the small excerpt from the top of the page isn't enough to make you want this book in your hands, the cover definitely is. I am repeatedly blown away by the gorgeous YA covers these days!
The Pledge promises to be a fresh read with a topic that stands out among other YA novels with a cover that beams on the shelf and the engaging writing of Kimberly to tie it all together. Danger, secrets and a mysterious man? Yeah .. I think I could deal with that!
This month, our feature YA blogger is Melanie Fishbane, Kids and Teens online Marketing Editor/Merchandiser at Indigo Books, L.M. Montgomery super fan, and the mastermind behind Wild About Words.
What made you want to blog about books?
had been blogging and reviewing books at work and really enjoyed it. I wanted
to extend that into my personal/private life. I had started writing a blog on
livejournal that focused on my writing life. Talking about books and how they
inspire my own writing seemed to be the logical next step
What’s your favourite reading spot?
totally depends. There is this big chair that I have in my office that is
perfect for curling up and reading. If it is a beautiful spring day, however, I
like being under a tree or a blanket and read. I do a lot of reading on the
Your favourite book in the last year?
is a tough one to pick. I had blogged about myTop
books of 2010on Wild About
Words. I would say from that list that it was Jennifer Donnelley’sRevolution, Cassandra Clare’sClockwork Angeland Lauren Oliver’sBefore I Fall.
is a tie. All time fave: L.M. Montgomery. James Joyce. Laura Ingalls
Author: Libba Bray.
Who’s the most swoon-worthy; Patch (from Hush, Hush),
Jace (from The Mortal Instruments), Cassel (from White Cat),
Gabriel (from Wither)?
Well, from that list it would be Jace from
The Mortal Instruments.
have many favourites. Here is a most recent one:
“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible
temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand