If you’ve seen my last two posts Something New and Spooktacular you’ll know I’m loving the Blogger Book Nook! It’s a Facebook group where everyone gets to talk about books and share their book blog posts. There’s also a reading prompt and Q&A each month – this month it was Young Adult and I love YA books!
1. Young adult books sometimes have the reputation of being a bit cliche – what do you think about this? Does it spoil your enjoyment of a book if you can predict the ending?
I think I read enough of a variety of YA fiction to avoid this. Or maybe I just don’t notice it? I do think there can be a fair number of love triangles in YA books but most of them aren’t as obvious as the one in Twilight! I find that often they’re much more complicated and related to people trying to save their world. With endings I quite like being able to figure it out and going ‘HA I knew!’… If it’s way too obvious it can be frustrating but I haven’t encountered that too much in YA.
2. Lots of YA books such as The Fault in Our Stars, 13 Reasons Why, and Everything Everything have been made into movies/TV shows lately – have you seen them? What did you think?
I actually haven’t read or seen any of these! I am kind of terrible in sticking to fantasy in both my reading and watching habits… Also, I just can’t say that any of them caught my attention in a positive way.
3. Where does YA rank in your order of favourite book genres? Is it a genre you’d usually reach for?
It’s probably my most read genre alongside fantasy. Though most of the YA books I read are also fantasy… I love YA fiction because it has to be engaging, it generally has a moderate to fast pace and it’s interesting. It also covers heavier topics so well, in a way that isn’t as stressful as adult books can be.
4. Who is your all-time favourite character from a YA novel? Why do you love them so much?
How am I supposed to choose?! I love my sassy warrior characters, so Alanna the Lioness and Keladry of Mindelan from Tamora Pierce’s series. Also more recently, Aelin Galathynius from Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series. Characters like these meant I grew up wanting to be a knight and the fact that hasn’t happened is constantly devastating. Though steel plate or even leather armour doesn’t sound too fabulous in retrospect!
5. Pick a favourite YA series: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles or The Mortal Instruments?
I read The Lunar Chronicles recently and I absolutely adored the series. It’s so well thought out, especially the way the stories link together. It’s also a popular YA series where the last book/books aren’t slightly garbage. It continues being excellent to the end. I think The Mortal Instruments also manages this but I didn’t love the story quite as much. This may well be because I watched the first season of Shadowhunters first and the plots really don’t line up that well – so it got fairly confusing!
This month I found The Great Library series by Rachel Caine in my local library – or at least I found the second and third books… I then went home and bought the first book on kindle so I could get started reading them straight away. The series currently includes the books Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire and Ash and Quill. The fourth book is coming out summer 2018 and I can’t wait! I’ll mainly focus on Ink and Bone in this review as I don’t want to spoil anything but all the books are excellent, with twists I wasn’t expecting.
Ink and Bone is set in a parallel to our world and timeline where The Great Library of Alexandria wasn’t destroyed. Where the library came to be protected by it’s own army, in it’s own land and controls all knowledge. Ink and bone follows the story of Jess Brightwell, who comes from a family that smuggles original books, as he tries to join the library.
I think the concept of this series is absolutely incredible. One where what you know can be completely controlled by such a powerful force, stronger than governments, basically unchallenged. They can also see exactly which books have been accessed by whom. Any book they don’t approve of, they destroy. The books are fast paced and full but they still leave time for decent world-building, I would love to step into that world (so long as I could quickly step back out again too). I’d certainly recommend them!
Do you love YA books? Are there any I need to read immediately? My TBR might be overflowing but I can always add more…