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I just wanted to take this time to be thankful this year about the plethora of YA novels and writers of them. I used to spend more time reviewing them, and hope to continue in that vein in coming months.
What has impressed me most with the ones I've chosen to read, and which have become the best sellers in the past years or so is their impact on how our future is interpreted for young adult readers, and not only them but adults who are cross-over reading the same books. Books like the obvious "Hunger Games," but also "Divergent," "Pure" and many others will see our future as projected through the eyes of authors for this generation who may experience a time in the future holding destruction and survival like we've not known to this point. Frightening...and hopeful at the same time. I'm drawn to the dystopian novels in particular.
Personally, I've found the fantasy novels with angelics, psychics and faeries interesting, as well on most counts. But, they fail to hold my attention and they aren't the first books I reach for on the shelves. To me, most are less compelling than the dystopians and more infantile. I can see they have a huge draw for the young adults, however, and I've read some very well written examples of them!
I'm a die-hard vampire fan for those who don't know me well. So, all those having to do with vampires, were's and such are just chocolate to me! All I can say is give me more! Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors in this genre...but there are so many more. Love them all.
I've left out categories, I know, but there are so many! If you haven't tried the YA section of your bookstore or library or online shop, you just have to. There's more than "Harry Potter" out there today for you.
Here are some new recommendations:
"Reached" is the third in the "Matched" trilogy which is a futuristic novel series.
"The Evolution of Mara Dyer" is the second book in a series you have to read! "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" is an unforgettable novel!
"Pure" is a novel I reviewed here recently about a post-apocalyptic world...fantastic book.
and "Divergent" is a sort of "Hunger Games" book, only better in my humble opinion. This one could be the next great movie. It already has a cult following.
(Have I erred on the side of dystopians? Oh, well, you can see where my heart is.... :] )