Tagged YA

24 Romance Novels for Geeks of All Kinds

Summer is more than halfway over, but in no possible way is it winding down. There are many more weekends to spend at the cabin or hiding away inside air conditioning, whatever your preference is, and what’s the traditional kind of book to read by the pool? Romance novels, of course. “But Stephanie,” you might say. “I don’t want to read about a billionaire cattle rancher or whatever and his supermodel girlfriend!” Well, first, lay off my Harlequin Presents,...

Creepy Art Busts through Horror Clichés in The Circle

The problem with horror is the body count. In general, when characters start dropping like flies, it becomes difficult stay invested. Why care when everyone is going to be slaughtered, right? Horror comic books have an extra hurdle since the word count is low. There just aren’t a lot of pages for the characterization a reader needs in order to get the sock-it-in-the-gut punch each death should represent. But Action Lab Entertainment’s The Circle by Damon Clark (writer) and...

Barnes & Noble Is Celebrating Teen Books with a New Three-Day Festival

In May, Minnesota’s Teen Lit Con celebrated its third year of panels, workshops, and exhibitors for lovers of young-adult books. Now, starting in June, they’ll have company: Barnes & Noble just announced its first-ever B-Fest Teen Book Festival, three days of free YA-centric events at B&N stores around the country June 10–12, including all of the locations here in Minnesota. In addition to a set schedule of activities happening at all stores throughout the weekend—like trivia, giveaways, and a...

An Intense Read Perfect for Superhero and Comic-Book Enthusiasts

For some reason or another, I always discover geeky material a while after release. This has been the case for television hits such as Agents of SHIELD, and it was the case for the subject of this review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, the first novel in his The Reckoners series, published in 2013. My immediate reaction to finishing this book was squealing and babbling about how magnificent it was. Any point I had free time in my day, I pulled out...

Waiting for Mockingjay? These Dystopian YA Series Will Scratch Your Hunger Games Itch

If you’re like me, you’re counting down the days until November 20, when final big-screen installment in the Hunger Games film series, based on the books by Suzanne Collins, is released. Full disclosure: when the first movie came out, a girlfriend and I went to the midnight showing at the Mall of America. It was us and a theater full of teenagers with Katniss-inspired side braids. We were old enough to be their moms—very young moms, come on now—and...

A Shivering Young Adult Novel for Teenage and Grown-Up Horror Fans Alike

I may be a 21-year-old college senior, but my age will never deter me away from young-adult fiction. It’s a genre I grew up with, and I can always identify with a teenage protagonist, even if I’m not a teenager anymore. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, I wanted to prepare for the horror season by reading a spine-tingling book that would thrill and scare me, and that led me to Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Not until after reading this...

So Here’s A Book I Hated: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Books can be a lot like romantic love interests. If they catch us at the right time and the right head space in life, they have the chance to capture your heart forever. Stumble upon them a few years down the road, and any interest in them is akin to out-of-character insanity. The summer after my freshman year of college, I visited a high-school friend in Madison in a fit of pre-adulthood panic, trying to recapture some nostalgic feeling...
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