Hello my lovelies. Fancy reading some young adult books this week?
Today is Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! If you don’t know what these posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.
So, on with the young adult recommendations. I hope you find something to tempt you.
The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso reviewed by KB Book Reviews
Kat a 20 something UK book lover who has adored reading since she was a young child. Although she confesses that her favourite genre has always been fantasy – “I found it the easiest to escape into to” – she admits to have widened her reading habits and loves sci-fi, historical fiction and horror stories now too. Kat is a wonderfully supportive and inclusive member of the book blogging community and her passion comes through in her posts. She really enjoyed reading this fantasy, saying: “I would definitely recommend this to all fantasy lovers! I have seen this classed as both YA fantasy and Adult fantasy, personally it feels more New Adult to me – though this isn’t a widely used classification, either way it has a wide appeal as both Adult and YA audiences are likely to love this book. If you love complex deadly plots, deceitful politics, impressive magic and epic worlds then you will love this!“
As the name suggests, Leah is a blogger who combines her love of reading and cooking to create her own space in the blogosphere. Her cooking is kosher, often low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, always healthy and looks delicious. Her favourite books range from crime, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, YA, and romance. I love the way she writes her book reviews and even includes a “gasp factor” too when a book makes her react out loud when reading! Lol! Fabulous! Leah gave this contemporary YA book 5 stars, saying: “Starr isn’t perfect. None of the characters in the story are. They’re multifaceted, real characters that you could find in any state, any city, and they experience horrific events that no one should have to go through. But ultimately, things don’t change unless we demand change. So we do what we can. Protest. Sign petitions. Support and amplify Black voices. Donate. Educate yourself to learn more. Whatever you’re able to do is a step in the right direction.“
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick reviewed by Reader Voracious
Kal is a thirty-something Californian who absolutely loves reading, travel, hiking, tea, video games, and unicorns. One of her regular blog posts features interviews with readers from around the world! Like me, Kal enjoys strong female characters and anti-heroes and when she’s not engrossed in a book, can be found communing with nature. Kal really enjoyed this YA mystery, saying: “While I Killed Zoe Spanos is my first Kit Frick read, it will not be my last. I devoured this book in two days and it effectively helped cure some quarantine slump blues for me! I loved this book so much and highly recommend it to fans of twisty mysteries that keep you guessing!“
As the name suggests, Leah is a blogger who combines her love of reading and cooking to create her own space in the blogosphere. Her cooking is kosher, often low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, always healthy and looks delicious. Her favourite books range from crime, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, YA, and romance. I love the way she writes her book reviews and even includes a “gasp factor” too when a book makes her react out loud when reading! Lol! Fabulous! Leah really enjoyed this one, rating it 5 stars, saying: “I’ve never read a novel in verse, and it was absolutely beautiful. It’s more like a poem, but in book form. More importantly, it addresses issues that we all face: loss, grief, forgiveness, love, and the bonds of family. It’s my second book by Elizabeth Acevedo, and she’s rapidly becoming a favorite author of mine. Read this, and you’ll see why.“
And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I haven’t been following for long so hasn’t featured in a Friday Finds post before!
Marley is great fun who likes books with dragons and heart-warming relationships, wearing mismatched socks, and reading by a window while it rains. Her blog’s target audience is teen readers, but she welcomes anyone who likes a mishmash of YA and various other genres. Marley mostly reads fantasy and science fiction, obviously in the YA age range. However she’s also reviewed contemporary and historical novels too. Marley’s a great fan of diversity and is always on the lookout for modern takes on tired tropes and ideas. She absolutely loved this contemporary young adult romance, saying: “Julian Winters has a talent for capturing the teen experience in a way that makes second-hand feel like first-hand experience, bringing your reading experience to a whole new level. You know how some movies in IMAX make you feel you’re in the action? This book was the literary equivalent for me. It’s just so fun to read, and I’d highly recommend giving it a go.“
So, that’s my picks for this week. Have you read any of these YA books? I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows you may just find your next favourite read!
Now on to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH) meme.
BBH was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 but ended on 31 December 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013.
Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There’s a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs and learn about new books. But also to befriend other bloggers and receive new followers to your own blog. Easy!
So this week’s question is:
If you can recommend a book from the following genres, what would they be? A book from Romance, NA, YA, Fantasy.
(submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)
Okay. So if you’re an existing follower you know that I don’t read YA. The characters and situations that typically appear in young adult books tend to frustrate me too much. I’m also a bit weary of new adult (NA) stories as they also feature more coming-of-age tales for young characters aged between 18 and 25.
However, I’m a HUGE fan of paranormal romance and urban fantasy which would qualify for romance or fantasy! I’ve got a whole load of books that I’ve rated 5 stars, so take your pick.
Fractured (Deep in Your Veins #5) by Suzanne Wright @TantorAudio #2021AudiobookChallenge @suz_wright
Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries #6) by Holly Bell #Review
Do you have any recommendations from these genres? I bet you do. 😉
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.
I hope you have a great weekend, continue to be smart, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.