Awesome young adult books

Lips Touch: three times by Laini Taylor

Three stories about supernatural romance, strong female characters and the danger of kissing. The first story was the strongest in my opinion. Very visual storytelling, combined with literal visual storytelling as well because of graphic novel portions.

I really really liked the first story, which is about a girl being romanced by a goblin, and falling for him even though she should really know better. It was so Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon in the best way. The second story was neat, about a Victorian lady in India who makes a deal with a demon and one girl’s terrible curse. The third story was a bit hard to read, too much backstory for too many characters mashed up with present day stuff. It would have been stronger told chronologically I think. Great ideas in it, though, about demons who can ride around in humans.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

A frighteningly convincing insight into the mind of a girl with anorexia. Her best friend, who has egged her on to be thin for years, dies before the book starts. Lia is in turmoil, she had fallen out with her best friend some months before and ignored the calls she received on the night she killed herself. The writing is compelling and it got me. I had to read this book very quickly because I found myself worrying about eating. Which, yeah, might mean it’s a really bad choice of book for some people. But I thought it was a startlingly good book.

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

I love FLB and I love stories about vampires. The two combined make Jenni happy. Francesca Lia Block’s writing is strange and magical, the inclusion of a lonely vampire in her version of LA seemed natural. It was a sad story, about love and death (as you would expect) but you did believe that the lead had learned enough in her long life to not want to be alive anymore.

Bonus extra kid’s book:

Wishing for Tomorrow
by Kathryn McKay

The sequel to A Little Princess, the classic children’s book. This story isn’t about Sara, it’s about Ermengarde and Lottie and the other girls left behind at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary. It was lovely. McKay did a fine job of writing in the style of the original while moving their stories along.

It was like an old friend who tells you a new story. Comforting, familiar, warm and calming. I didn’t want to stop reading it. In fact, I wanted to read A Little Princess again and then read this again and then just be in a constant loop of Sara and Ermy and Miss Minchin’s. Good work Kathryn McKay.

I got all of these lovely books from the Wellington City Library. Tune in for my next batch soon!


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