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Courtesy of Amber @ ShelfNotes

Courtesy of Amber @ ShelfNotes

Day Five! Last Day! I’ve had a great time talking with new people and seeing some new blogs. I hope you’ve had fun as well!

Middle Grade/Young Adult

Our final genre of discussion is one that we know is a popular one these days: books for the younger crowd, from middle grade to young adult. If you do not normally talk about this genre on your site, maybe you want to feature books that you remember impacting you during this stage in your life. If this is where you tend to gravitate, maybe you want to list your favorites, make recommendations based on genres, or feature some titles that you are excited to read coming later this year.

You know when your favorite song comes on the radio and you are like Hell YEA! This is my JAM.


yea, like that.

Well this is my genre and I’m all excited about it (More YA than middle grade). YA has had a huge surge in popularity in the past few years. A lot of people contribute it to Twilight. I’m not going to agree or disagree with that but I do know a lot of people who got back into reading because of Twilight.

I know when I was a young adult, I read adult novels. Maybe, like most teenagers, I wanted to feel grown up, or maybe there was a lack of quality YA novels in the 90’s. Maybe it was just because I had a high reading level and I felt like I was supposed to be reading adult novels. I don’t know! Now I read YA novels and I love them.

As I explained back in my introduction, I like to read YA novels to escape from adult life. Characters in YA novels go on great adventures, overcome obstacles, fight evil, fall in love for the first time, and do amazing things. They are generally very imaginative books, taking us into strange new worlds.

And the angst, Ooooh the angst. I love it. Why? I have no clue. Somethings got to get my dead black heart to feel. (Theres still an angsty goth teenager buried deep in there. somewhere.) There also tends to be a lot of hope in YA novels. The hope that they can defeat the bad guy and  win.

There has also been a rise in stronger female characters in YA books and I can definitely get with that. That is a trend that needs to get even more popular. YA also tends to have the fairytale retellings and the books based in mythology which are both my freaking kryptonite even though 8/10 the fairytale fails miserably.

That’s not to say YA isn’t without its flaws. The love triangles have got to go. Sometimes I don’t mind them. Sometimes they are really in your face and obnoxious. The miscommunication. “Oh I love him but there is this other girl but I never asked him what she is to him because I’m too afraid so I’m just going to stand back and not explain how I truly feel because he obviously loves this other girl more because he smiled at her that one time.” STOP WITH THAT. (Actually I’ve seen that in adult novels too and that drives me insane. Teenagers I can kind of understand because they are still maturing but adults? Nope. If your characters are in their late 20s or older they are too old for that!)

IN CONCLUSION, YA books are awesome, yo. Check some out!

My Recommendations (Besides the standards. HP, Hunger Games, etc)-

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Percy Jackson Books, both Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (He’s got a new series coming out next year that’s going to be based off Norse myths!)

Vampire Academy and it’s spin-off Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Every Day by David Levithan

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Goddess Test Trilogy by Aimee Carter

The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood

Angelfall by Susan Ee

The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano

Okay, I’m going to stop there or else I will just go on and on and on. You can check out all the YA books I’ve read and reviewed on the blog by checking out my YA Tag.

What are some of your favorite YA books?