Friday, March 4, 2011

I Blame Twilight

Like most romance readers, I read across all genres with the exception of Science Fiction. I just can’t read books with a lot of apostrophes in the names of the characters or words I can’t pronounce. It reduces my enjoyment so I tend to stay away from Sci-Fi. The YA category was something I read sporadically as well. I read and enjoyed the Harry Potter series, and then I read Twilight. *sigh* I decided to stop for a while after that. Then I started noticing blog posts by everyone everywhere about how wonderful YA was, and I was thinking, Hmmmm. What am I missing? Turns out, I was missing some great books.

So I started off with Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. It was a great start. This series is set during the Napoleonic Wars but with dragons. Not dragon shifters. Dragons. Temeraire is a young dragon and he is sweet, opinionated and arrogant and I love him. I read the first 4 books in the series and then I stopped. Not because I hated it or anything, it’s just that I, personally, was done. I do that sometimes. I don’t know why. It drives my son crazy. He doesn’t understand how I can just stop a series like that. I did the same thing with the last Harry Potter book. He doesn’t know about that, so don’t tell him. Okay? Thx.

Then I moved on to Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. Loved this series. It has elements of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and just a little steampunk. I’m Team Ash. Who wouldn’t want their own dark Winter Prince? It started out as a trilogy but now it looks like there will be a 4th book. I think the covers for these books are gorgeous, in fact, I will go ahead and say, most of the YA books I have seen have beautiful covers. How do they get such great covers?

Next I started Jenna Black’s Faeriewalker Series. These books are set in the Fae realm. Are you sensing a pattern here? Hmmmm. Anyway, I’m enjoying these as well. At first, I worried that the main character Dana, was going to be a little whiny but that didn’t continue and during the last book I was getting irritated that no one in the book was being straight with Dana and other “keeping shit from her” stuff was going on, but I’m absolutely going to buy the next book, Sirensong, when it comes out in July. The world is interesting and addicting.

If you’re like me and haven’t read YA in a while, you might give one of these a try and if you any recommendations for me that would be awesome!


Kris said...

"I just can’t read books with a lot of apostrophes in the names of the characters or words I can’t pronounce."

Kim, this made me snort coffee. I don't know how many times I've spent trying to work out how to a pronounce a name with an apostrophe in it before giving up and just giving the character a nickname. LOL.

I have the Iron Fey series in my TBR - couldn't resist it after hearing how great it is. :)

As for recs... I love Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series and Maria V Snyder's Study series is pretty good too.

Kim said...


Oh gosh Kris, I have given them nicknames too. In fact, I just about wanted to give up on life trying to figure out how to pronounce Xhex in the last J R Ward book. I finally just called her Chex Mix.

Thanks for recs, I'll check them out!

Hope you enjoy the Iron Fey series.

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