My Summer Reading: YA Books

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Hey all!

Being a YA reader for 9+ years, I have read some really awesome books and some really terrible books. I’ve had the pleasure of reading books like the Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments series before they were cool to read. But I’m not going to lie. I started writing YA for a couple reasons, and one of the reasons was because I was starting to get in a rut with reading YA.

Because of how much I read, I have high standards. For a while before I wrote my book, I just couldn’t find a good book anywhere. I kept getting these books that had THE SAME PLOT over and over again. I was bored.  So I started writing, and I gave it time. Eventually, new writers always come to the scene and spice things up.

I have been so very fortunate to run across some amazing new authors. These authors have helped me to be excited about reading again. I can’t help but stay up reading into the wee hours of the morning. I can’t stop thinking about a book once I’ve put it down. Here are some of the books that made me love reading again:

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, and I truly enjoyed reading it. It is an easy book to read. The main character, Eleanor Fitt, is thrown into a world where zombies are real and fighting them with a corset on is not an easy challenge. While I am not normally a fan of zombie books/movies, I really enjoyed these books. The author does a great job bringing more into the conflict than just zombies and romance.
  • A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov
    • This is the second book I have read by this author, and she didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put the book down. The author did a great job pulling me into the world of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, as did her first book. Though the two aren’t connected, I would definitely read them both. (The first book I read from her was The Red Queen’s Daughter)
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    • Also by this author, Cruel Beauty. Both books are very well written. I loved being pulled into the word of Rachelle and her dreadful fate. The book held great twists, turns, and amazing characters. This book kept me reading until 2:00 AM, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nicklerson
    • This was a book that I kept getting drawn to, so I finally broke down and read it. It was a great read. The book was inspired by the Bluebeard fairytale. I did not read the original fairytale before reading this book, but I really enjoyed the book. Sophia Petheram is a very sympathetic female lead. This book has a little bit of romance, with a dash of mystery and suspense.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
    • This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Mass, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a cool twist on the beauty and the beast fairytale. The main character, Feyre, is one that I could really relate to because she would do anything to protect her family. I loved the good guys, the villains, and everything in between. I love how this author put all of the pieces together. I can’t wait to get my hands on her other books.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, but all of the books are out. I loved this retold version of Robin Hood. Scarlet is a wonderful character to follow. Her journey to forgive herself and learn to let herself be worthy of love is one that will mirror a lot of readers’ situations. This is Robin Hood as we have never seen him before. These books have a great balance of murder, mystery, family drama, romance, and knives.

Hope you enjoy these books as much as I did! Let me know what you think!

-GW

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