Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Great YA fiction other than The Hunger Games - guest post by Samantha Gray

Happy Tuesday!

I have a guest blogger visiting me today. Her name is Samantha Gray and she will write about great YA books. She will give you some suggestions of good YA reads.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Samantha Gray!

Great YA fiction other than The Hunger Games

by Samantha Gray

These days it seems like the only books people talk about are those made into movies or in talks to be made into movies. It’s the same for young adult books just as it is for regular fiction: the most talked about books of the past few years have been the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, and now Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Some readers might be surprised to find out that there are some great books out there that never got movie deals, they’re just a little harder to find.

Here are some great young adult readers by contemporary authors whose work hasn’t been made into a movie, at least not yet.

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

Yes, it’s another vampire book, but one with unusual eloquence and style. Brian McGreevy has written a witty and dark story in Hemlock Grove, one that is both engrossing as a classic horror tale and amusing as a critique of the genre. The plot involves the youths that live in Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, a site for strange happenings, the most recent of which is a murder of a young girl. Werewolves and vampires are just a few of the creatures you encounter in this novel, but readers beware: this is not typical breezy and simple fantasy fare. Brian McGreevy’s style is dense with interesting languages and references from all walks of life, so be prepared for some serious reading with Hemlock Grove.

Croak by Gina Damico

Croak is a clever take on the typical YA fantasy story. Yes, there’s a rebellious girl, sixteen year-old Lex, who plays the main character. Yes, she gets sent away to live with a distant relative (Uncle Mort in upstate New York). But the conventional material ends there. When Lex moves in with her uncle, she discovers that he works as a grim reaper, where his job is to assist the dying to move on in their spiritual journey. Uncle Mort teaches Lex the ways of the reapers, and she takes to the job quickly and with enthusiasm. The interesting part of the story arises in the complexity of Lex’s character: while she likes working as a reaper, she also realizes that she may like it too much. Much more happens in this first installment, but you’ll have to read it to find out!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book is a strange and fascinating reworking of the classic Cinderella fairytale. It takes place in the distant future, where civilization on Earth as we know it has taken a drastic change. The titular character, Cinder, is a cyborg woman who lives in New Beijing in a futuristic society where robots and human live together. Cinder works as a mechanic for her stepmother, but she has no respect among her peers because of her status as a cyborg. She’s a resourceful girl who isn’t afraid of a challenge, but she’s frustrated by her standing in her family. Soon in the story she runs into Prince Kai whose companionship sweeps Cinder into an adventure that she never saw coming. Definitely don’t miss this great update on a classic tale by Marissa Meyer!

About the Author:

This guest contribution was submitted by Samantha Gray, who specializes in writing about online bachelor degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: samanthagray024@gmail.com .

Thanks, Samantha for coming by!

Happy reading!


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