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Young Adult Week Recap

Well, it is officially Saturday and the end of our first Theme Week is here. How did everyone enjoy our Young Adult reviews? Did they make you want to try the books out? Does it make you wanna see more Theme Weeks? If so, leave a comment below of what kind of themes and we’ll consider them 😉

For any of you that missed them, here are the five reviews we had for our Young Adult week:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Safe by C. Kennedy
Ash by Malinda Lo
Under the Bridge by R. Cooper
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Some of us had a better experience than others but that’s the risk we take with books, isn’t it?

It was a week of firsts, though. First Theme Week, first giveaway winner, first poll, first cover reveal. A great week, all around and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

Now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and for those in the States, have a great holiday 🙂

~The Blogger Girls

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Young Adult Week! Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Heroes/Heroine: Katsa and Prince Po
Genre: M/F Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Release Date: September 7, 2009
Available at: Harcourt, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away… Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Nikyta's Reviews, Published Before 2010, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Young Adult Week! Review: Under the Bridge by R. Cooper

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Under the Bridge
Author: R. Cooper
Heroes: Chris/Nick
Genre: M/M Young Adult
Length: 24 Pages
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Available at: Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Grad night is supposed to be a night of carefree celebration before growing up and leaving childhood behind, but after graduation Chris is spending his night wandering streets alone with a black eye and a split lip. Beat up yet again for being out and proud, he is contemplating how glad he’ll be to leave his childhood, and this town, behind, when he stumbles across the town’s other outcast, his childhood best friend, Nick. Chris hasn’t spoken to Nick in years. When Nick was thirteen his family moved away, and when they came back to town a year later, Chris had a new stepfather, a new set of bruises, and no interest in being friends with Chris or anyone else. He’s spent high school getting into trouble and breaking hearts while Chris has been getting ready for college. On the surface they couldn’t be more different, but it isn’t long before Chris starts to see that Nick is just as scared and lonely as he is, and just as used to pain. Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2012, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Young Adult Week! Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Reviewed by Heather C

imageTitle: Ash
Author: Malinda Lo
The Heroines:  Ash & Kaisa
Genre: YA Fantasy, F/F
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Available at: Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf at: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. Continue reading

Categories: 1.5 Star Ratings, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published Before 2010, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Young Adult Week! Review: Safe by C. Kennedy

Review by Susan65

Safe by C. Kennedy eBookTitle:  Safe
Author: C. Kennedy
Heroes: Nicolo (Nico) Caro and Caleb Deering
Genre: M/M YA Contemporary
Length: 89 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink
Release Date: October 24, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: They met at ten; they kissed at twelve, and were madly in love by eighteen.

Caleb Deering is the captain of the swim team and the hottest senior in school. He comes from a loving home with a kind father and a caring, but strict, mother who is battling breast cancer. Nico Caro is small and beautiful, and has a father who rules with an iron fist–literally.

One morning Caleb forgets himself, and he pecks Nico on the lips at school. A teacher sees them and tattles to the Headmaster. The accidental outing at school might be the least of their problems, because the ball set in motion by the school’s calls to their parents could get Nico killed. In the face of that very real danger, Caleb knows he has only one mission in life: to keep Nico safe. Continue reading

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Why Do You Like YA?

What is it about Young Adult books that make you want to read them? What is it that makes you NOT want to read them?

Obviously, we all have different tastes and like to read different things. Personally, I prefer YA books because I like reading about that ‘first love’ and how it shapes a person, the exploration into their sexuality and how they cope with it. Some might argue that first loves never work out so how could you like something when the HEA you ‘get’ doesn’t last. Well, this is why we read fiction! I can be delusional to my heart’s content and believe these two people met at a young age and died a couple at an old age and stayed together all those years. LOL.

Anyway, besides that, when I read m/m, I like seeing those guys come out, whether by accident or just because it’s time. There’s just something about it happening when the characters are still young that makes it so much more better for me than if they’re older.

There are loads of other reasons why I prefer Young Adult like how m/f focuses more on the situations and not the romance in fantasy (Throne of Glass, for example) or how it takes place at school. What can I say? I like my school settings… and this rolls over to movies and TV shows (Teen Wolf!).

Honestly, who can resist Sterek?!

So now that you know what I like, what is it y’all like? Or, I suppose I should ask some people what is it they DON’T like about YA books? Are there reasons you gravitate to them? Or are there reasons you avoid them like the plague?

Comment below because I really want to know!!

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Young Adult Week! Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Heroes/Heroine: Celaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall, & Prince Dorian (Sorta)
Genre: M/F YA Fantasy
Length: 404 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Available at: Bloomsbury, Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2012, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Our First Theme Week!

Welcome to our first Theme Week!

In an effort to keep things lively around here, The Blogger Girls have decided that once a month we’ll dedicate one week to a certain ‘theme’. This month’s Theme Week is…. drumroll, please! Continue reading

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