If you’ve been following my tweets, recent reviews (in one case) and messages on the YA Book Shelf Facebook page, then you might have an inkling of the teen paranormal, dystopian, and fantasy reads that recently made their way into my mailbox. If not and you’re looking for some great recommendations from any one of these genres, then keep reading to learn why I’m enthused about reading the following books.
Some teen paranormal fiction lovers have had mixed reactions to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. When I received it in the mail along with the follow up, Crescendo, recently, I couldn’t help but dive right into these books. Check out my review of Hush,Hush (and wait in anticipation until I have the chance to post my thoughts on the sequel) to find out why I was drawn to these books with a magnetic pull. The twists and turns will keep you in suspense, but not for long if you devour them as quickly as I did.
Since finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve been craving more Dystopian YA fiction to sooth the loss this story from my reading outook. I know I’m not the only one as several posts and conversations I’ve had on Twitter will prove. Now, I can’t wait to dive right into several titles that mysteriously arrived around the same time, including the first two books in Patrick Ness‘ Chaos Walking trilogy, The Knife Of Never Letting Go and The Ask And The Answer. This series – about a world without any women and where men can hear each others thoughts as a loud and constant noise - is, according to my sources, better than Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, so I can’t wait to read them. Similarly, Ally Condie‘s Matched about a society that decides every aspect about your life, including who you love. Cassia, trusts their judgment implicitly until they choose two different people to be her ideal match. Can she choose between perfection and passion – something that was never intended?
Next, Catherine Fisher‘s Incarceron, which is a YA Dystopic fantasy about a prison – the size of which has never been seen – and where legend has it that only one man has ever escaped. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, believes that at one time – outside of his memory – he lived outside the prison walls. Can he become a legend and break free of his prison? I’ll be on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the answer myself.
Finally, for those of you who like fantasy and narratives in Ancient China, then Allison Goodman‘s duology, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, might appeal. It has, afterall already delighted both teens and adults alike with its story of sword fighting, hidden identities, dangerous politics, sexual intrigue, and a girl masquerading as a boy. Anytime a female characters gets to do the unusual for her time and circumstances, I find myself drawn into the narrative, so it’s not surprising that I’d be interesting in checking out this book. I’m looking forward to finding out the answer, and I hope you are. Check it out and prepare to be drawn into it and soon-to-be-released sequel, Eona too.
Some of these books have been out for awhile and some have been floating in ARC version for a few months or so. Have you checked out any of them already? Are you looking forward to the end of any of these duologies and trilogies? Who knows, I might have an upcoming contest for at least one of these books…just sayin’. Let me know what you thought of books you read already or ones that you’re anticipating.