Are you a fan of Buffy and Supernatural? Lucky you*! I’ve found your next read: Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.
Seriously, guys: DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on Paige Harbison's 'New Girl.'
If you aren’t immediately swooning over the title and the cover art—and really, I’m not sure if they’re humanly possible to resist—then open the book and feast your eyes on the text—it’s printed in dark red ink! Double. Swoon.
Back in November, I wrote about Marianna Baer’s Frost, a fabulous* modern Gothic made even more fabulous by its subtle parallels to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Later this month, YA aficionados will have the opportunity to revisit Rebecca again, this time in the form of Paige Harbison’s New Girl.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on great books about death in teen lit.
Unlike Frost, New Girl is, without question, a contemporary retelling of Rebecca: Maxim becomes Max, Rebecca becomes ...
Ah, death. It’s pretty much everywhere in teen lit, isn’t it?
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on A.S. King's 'Everybody Sees the Ants.'
You’ve got the classic Dying Young Stories, like pretty much anything by Lurlene McDaniel: Six Months to Live; I Want to Live; Please Don’t Die; Too Young to Die; Sixteen and Dying; She Died Too Young; Mother, Help Me Live; Mother, Please Don’t Die...the tear-stained list goes on and on and sadly on ...
Even in a field that’s known for being both willing and eager to innovate and experiment, A.S. King is a standout on teen shelves.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on the Iron Seas series.
As she’s so unpredictable, critical and popular reaction to her writing has occasionally been mixed, but as of yet, my reaction has been anything but. Having read all her YA novels thus far, here’s my take: Her books are impossible to pigeonhole, similar to ...
For the last two months, I’ve read nothing but straight-up YA lit. No fantasy, no science fiction, no horror. No alt-history, no zombies, dragons, krakens, nanotech, robots or airships. It’s been all realism, all the time.
Check out Children's and Teen Editor Vicky Smith's favorite books of 2011.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Cybils season. I love completely immersing myself into one category of book, I love having the opportunity to pick up on the less-obvious ...
Recently, I had this exchange in the staff lunchroom while reading Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden:
Co-worker: What’s your book about?
Me: Um. Among other things, consensual incest.
At this point, all other conversation died out and everyone turned to stare at me.
Co-worker: Don’t you just read books for teenagers?
Me: Mostly. And it’s a YA book, yeah.
And then I panicked and gave the whole room finger-guns.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on books ...
Ah, pre-solstice December in Maine. Three weeks in which it gets so bleak and dark and cold that I spend most of my free time cooking, eating, hibernating and/or trying to lull my brain into a false sense of nondepression with reruns of Psych and The Mentalist*. When I’m not doing those things, my free time is spent with books that will bring me anywhere, anytime that isn’t here.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom about 2011 YA ...
Two of my favorite aspects about the YA world: passion and idealism. Neither is simply about a love of the books—though it all starts there—it’s also about a love for one another, for the intended audience and for the larger community. Sometimes that passion and idealism manifests in superpositive, generous ways.
Read Bookshelves of Doom's favorite books of 2011.
Other times, not so much: controversies spring up like mushrooms. Some die out almost immediately, while others snowball. Tempers ...