Why you should read YA

As someone who works in publishing and reads most of the time, I get asked why I read young adult books quite a lot. Now I won’t lie, I do read other age groups and genres too, such as nineteenth-century classics (particularly Austen). Although, its young adult literature (YAL) that I most appreciate and enjoy.

It may surprise you to know that around half of young adult readers are adults! YA has appealed to so many people beyond its target audience and the previous ‘shame’ factor attributed to reading this age group has fizzled out for many reasons. Continue reading

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

Nothing Tastes As Good

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication date: July 14, 2016

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Category: YA

Blurb:

Don’t call her a guardian angel. Annabel is dead – but she hasn’t completely gone away. Annabel immediately understands why her first assignment as a ghostly helper is to her old classmate: Julia is fat. And being fat makes you unhappy. Simple, right?

As Annabel shadows Julia’s life in the pressured final year of school, Julia gradually lets Annabel’s voice in, guiding her thoughts towards her body, food and control.

But nothing is as simple as it first seems. Spending time in Julia’s head seems to be having its own effect on Annabel . . . And she knows that once the voices take hold, it’s hard to ignore them.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Publisher: TITAN BOOKS

Publication date: February 7, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Category: NA

Blurb:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

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Frostblood (Saga, #1) by Elly Blake

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date: January 10, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Blurb:

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

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Review archive

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

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Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

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The Graces by Laure Eve

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release by Patrick Ness

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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