Austen · NovElla · Science Fiction · YA

For Darkness Shows the Stars

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this YA book stands out from the others on the post-apocalypse bookshelf. A sci-fi tale that tackles issues of genetic modification, For Darkness Shows the Stars is an exciting story about risk and choices. Containing thought-provoking ideas regarding the relentless march of progress and technology, Peterfreund’s powerful novel is a… Continue reading For Darkness Shows the Stars

NovElla · Quotes · Science Fiction · The Hobbit · YA

Mixed Prose

What do you think about mixing different styles of writing? About adding songs and poetry into a fictional book? Sometimes it feels as though every new YA novel is using poetry epigraphs at the start of each chapter. Authors have actually been mixing it up this way for centuries! Even Shakespeare frequently used poetry in… Continue reading Mixed Prose

NovElla · YA

Princess Academy Book Review

I recently finished the third book in an excellent series. The Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale consists of three young adult books, with some light fantasy elements. The combination of “princess” and “academy” just sounded too good to resist and these books don’t disappoint. Mountain-girl Miri is the books’ incredibly strong female lead. I… Continue reading Princess Academy Book Review

Love Triangle · NovElla · Supernatural · YA

Supernatural Love Triangles

I often read books of all types. Especially when a book suddenly rockets into mainstream culture, there ought to be something worthwhile there, right? Then, once I start a book, I have to finish it. That’s why I read the entire Twilight saga. Although I prefer to read a book before seeing the movie, I… Continue reading Supernatural Love Triangles