7 YA Fantasy Tropes That Need to Stop

If you read enough YA sci-fi/fantasy, you’ll eventually start noticing some trends and common themes. A lot of times they’re harmless, but there are a few tropes that just have become so repetitive that my eyes have gotten tired from rolling. See if your favorite novels are guilty of any of these (I know a few of mine are). 1. The Prophecy I’ve become so … Continue reading 7 YA Fantasy Tropes That Need to Stop

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

This book is absolutely fantastic! Han “Cuffs” Alister is a reformed streetlord trying to take care of his Mam and sister, Mari—without thieving—using the skills he learned from summers in the forest with the clans. Times are tough, and the little money that he manages to make is often in danger from being stolen from the rival gang in Southgate who doesn’t know that he’s … Continue reading The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

What the Hunger Games and Dystopian Novels Reveal About Ourselves

The Dystopian craze is going around like the flu, and the epidemic started with the Hunger Games—this time around, at least. The term “dystopia” goes all the way back to 1868, when John Stuart Mill gave a speech in front of the British House of Commons, saying: It is, perhaps, too complimentary to call them Utopians, they ought rather to be called dys-topians, or caco-topians. … Continue reading What the Hunger Games and Dystopian Novels Reveal About Ourselves

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Fans of flying and science, this is your novel! My ambivalent feelings toward The Atlantis Complex made me weary as I started reading Airman. I was nervous that one of my favorite childhood authors would let me down. Far from disappointing me, Eoin Colfer exceeded my expectations. Airman is an excellent steampunk adventure novel about young Conor Broekhart, who loves science and is obsessed with … Continue reading Airman by Eoin Colfer

The Selection by Kiera Cass

8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers

Browse the teen/YA section of any books store, and I guarantee that you will find half a dozen books with a giant ballgown dress on the cover. They’re everywhere! Below are 8 of the most beautiful dress covers that I could find. Which one is your favorite? #1 Entwined by Heather Dixon “Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, … Continue reading 8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers

Gregor the Overlander

Suzanne Collins Before the Hunger Games

When I found out that Suzanne Collins had another series after I finished the Hunger Games, I was ecstatic. Three chapters into the Underland Chronicles, and I had to check the cover to make sure that I really was reading the right author. Gregor the Overlander is about a boy from New York City who accidentally falls down a hole one summer while watching his … Continue reading Suzanne Collins Before the Hunger Games

Princess Academy

This book was absolutely lovely! Though, that really isn’t surprising considering that it was a Newbery Honoree in 2006. Whenever a Prince of Danland becomes eligible for marriage, the priests divine what territory the future princess will come from. This time, they divine that she will come from Mt. Eskel, an outlying mining province that is typically left out. The Princess Academy that is customarily … Continue reading Princess Academy