Posts Tagged: Young Adult

Reviewer Gonna Review: One SF, One Horror, One YA


War Dogs by Greg Bear I have never read Greg Bear before. To science fiction geeks this is like admitting I’ve not read Hunger Games in line for the Catching Fire midnight release. This is at least partially because I’m not a huge classic science fiction geek, but also because no one has ever sent… Read more »

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

Announcement: The Oathbreaker’s Shadow lands a US deal

Earlier this year I read Amy McCulloch’s The Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Unfortunately, because the book had no publisher stateside, I had to threaten a bunny’s life to get a copy. I’m not proud, but I did it. After reading the novel, I immediately spent several hours (ok, more like many five minute increments because… Twitter) lamenting… Read more »

Masks by E.C. Blake

Masks is the functional equivalent of the YA dystopia in a traditional epic fantasy setting. At the age of fifteen, citizens are recognized as adults and must don magic Masks on orders from the all powerful Autarch. To maintain his grip on the kingdom, the Masks reveal any treasonous thoughts or actions to the Autarch’s ever vigilant Watchers. At her coming of age ceremony, Mara, daughter of the Master Maskmaker, is rejected by her Mask. Banished into slavery, she’s forced to confront the rotten core that supports the Autarch’s reign.

Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa (a quick review for a quick read)

I’ve read more young adult this year than ever before and by and large it’s been a tremendous decision. I continue to be impressed with the quality of character and story, demonstrating why the genre(?) continues to garner attentions from readers of all ages. I would note Angry Robot imprint, Strange Chemistry has been the source of… Read more »

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

I’m going to say some stuff about ‘Young Adult’ fiction. Some of it’s going to be really wrong, but I’ll hedge by saying it’s my interpretation. Let’s try not to crucify me for it. For me, what makes a book ‘Young Adult’ isn’t the age of its protagonist, simplicity of story, or basic themes. Instead,… Read more »

Flash Point by Nancy Kress

I read a lot of young adult fiction in 2012. This was new for me. Nancy Kress was new to me too, although not remotely new to pretty much everyone else. Her newest novel, Flash Point, is the story of Amy, a teenage reality television star in a not-quite dystopia. Beneath the poverty line, with no means… Read more »

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

How much of a novel’s success or failure is predicated on its voice? I would argue there’s a compelling case to be made that it’s a primary one. The problem is that voice is an extremely subjective measurement defined in semantics. I ask the question because Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse is written in… Read more »

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

Tom Pollock writes beautiful prose. It’s the first thing I noticed about his debut novel, The City’s Son. So good in fact, that it buoys a straight forward young adult urban fantasy to new heights. It’s a rare novel of that ilk that’s able to hook me enough to give it a full run. I… Read more »