What I’d Like to See More In YA | Guest Post by @DiannaLGunn

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5 Things I want to see more of in YA

I’m not the most well read person in the world but I do read somewhere between 20 & 30 books a year, most of them YA. I also interview authors every week on my blog, a great many of them YA authors(although less so recently). And because that obviously isn’t enough of a commitment to books, I also manage a group steampunk blog where we interview authors and review books, a large portion of them YA novels.

The YA novels I’ve read are wildly imaginative, often set in truly fantastical lands with detailed worldbuilding and innovative magic/science systems. But in some ways they are all very much the same, and while I love the archetypes and tropes they use, I want more variety in my reading.

How we achieve that variety is a long, painful conversation about the publishing world I don’t want to have here (and, frankly, I’d rather not have it at all but I’ll have to eventually) so I’m just going to talk about what I’d like to see more of in the YA landscape:

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Ten Facts About Yours Truly | TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find it more information here.

This week’s topic is a lot more personal; it’s about ten facts about me, or ten bookish facts about me. If you’ve been following me a while, you’d maybe remember a post I wrote a while back about 25 bookish facts about me, so today, I’m here to tell you a bit about myself, bookish and personal (you get the best of both worlds!). Let’s go!

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SST Interview: Signs of You by Emily France

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Happy Sunday! Today I’m here to bring you an interview with Emily France, author of the upcoming release, SIGNS OF YOU, and a giveaway at the end! Make sure to read on!

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Signs of You by Emily France

Series: n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Publication: July 19th 2016 by Soho Teen
Length: 240 pages

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Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

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Asexuality in Literature | Interview with Calista Lynne, Author of We Awaken

I’m always interested in LGBTQ+ books, especially books that talk about topics that don’t get enough attention in the book community. For instance, I’ve never read a book that dealt with asexuality, so when Calista Lynne approached me wondering if I would be willing to feature her and her book on my blog, I was super interested. Without further ado, let’s learn a little about her book! Keep reading for an interview with Calista as well!

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We Awaken by Calista Lynne
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Publication: July 14th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
Length: 180 pages

Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

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TTT: Top Ten Books I Enjoyed With Under 2000 Ratings on GR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find it more information here.

This week’s topic is basically all about underrated books. I love a lot of underrated books, so I would love to have other talk about them and enjoy them as much as I did! So, without further ado, let’s get started as to the 10 books I enjoyed that also have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.

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ARC Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Length: 464 pages
Format: eARC

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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