YA books I have loved

This is going to be something of a work in progress, as you’ll see. (I’ll be constantly updating, when I find time/read an amazing new book.)

But first an explanation: I’m a hypocrite. I get really mad when people refuse to read a YA book because they believe that YA is inherently shit, but I also get angry when I read the kind of YA these readers are talking about. And then I’m all GAAAH I HATE YA STOMP STOMP STOMP RANT

See it’s not true. I love books, and I love it when I read a book that makes my toes curl and my breath jump all over the place. I like books that play with language and do interesting things; books with complex, believable characters who are driven by more than “which hawt guy must I choose to gift with my va-jay-jay?”

And those complex, interesting, beautiful books can actually be found in the YA section. Chances are though, that (bar a few that make the award lists) you don’t always hear people talking about them.

So here goes. I’ll be keeping a list of the YA books I’ve read that made me go YESSS THANK YOU and want to shower the writers with rose petals and diamonds. (In a completely non-creepy way. *ahem*)

If you read this and think of a book you believe I’ll like *please* leave me a recommendation in the comments section. My TBR pile is scary as it is, but that has never stopped me from adding to it.

 

And on that note, let us begin:

Chime – Franny Billingsley

(first, a confession: I avoid a great many YA books because of their covers. (yes, I know) Please be better than me and ignore the fact that most of these covers make the books look…like something they are not.)

Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family’s hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it’s become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He’s as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she’s extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn’t know.

Chime is a gorgeously-told story, with language that circles and trips over itself in a spiraling dance. It’s magical and poetic and twisty. While the ending is not surprising, the way the tale unfolds and the way Briony unfolds with it is just wonderful.

1: This is all I’m putting up today, but I’ll constantly be adding to this. If you’re reading this via LJ, I swear all titles will be under a cut after this. Mwah.


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