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This was so wholesome. It's a bit cheesy and silly since there are some contrived plot devices like in a teen romcom. Still, I enjoyed reading it. When I was a teenager, I was skipping contemporary young adult fiction in favour of adult fiction or the classics. YA as a genre has come a long way in 20 years. There is a lot more choice and diversity. When I was growing up, there weren't a…

This is the final instalment to the Arc of the Scythe trilogy. I quite enjoyed this Young Adult trilogy. I feel like in some aspects it's not that objectively good, but it was entertaining. I do not think I would recommend it to most people though given how dense these books got at times. It's hard to describe why I liked them so much in some ways. I think there are some interesting and entertaining…

What a lovely graphic novel. It has beautiful art which is fantastical and perfectly fits the mood of night time adventures. I already liked the style from the cover. It vaguely reminds me of a close artist friend's style. The book uses really nice paper as well. This is the second young adult graphic novel that I've read recently which I find amazing. I think this is an area of young adult fiction that does…

Honestly, this book is required reading. I wish I had read this book when I was younger. It covers so many complex issues of race, culture, activism, and socioeconomics in a nuanced yet candid and genuine way. Everything in the book felt real and sincere. It felt more authentic than a lot of teen fiction I've read in the last ten years. To be fair, I have not read a lot of teen novels, but…

Yet another young adult novel set at boarding school! I’ve been attracting them this year. I’m starting to wish I could have gone to boarding school. Apparently, they make for interesting and intense upbringings. Of course, being a teenager is an intense and weird experience. I must say that young adult fiction is better now than when it was when I was a teenager. I read more adult novels from age fourteen onward than young…

This edition of The Jungle Book includes an introduction from Neil Gaiman, and stories from both the first and second books. It features all the stories about Mowgli and one not with him. I seemed to have missed out on reading this in my childhood. I got the feeling I started this when I was younger but never got around to finishing it. I still very much enjoy reading young adult and children's books. I…

Timeless is Parasol Protectorate No. 5 and the last of this series. I have been reading this series since late 2010 I think. I like it because it has comedy, supernatural elements, steam punk and urban fantasy, but it isn't as dark as some of the latter two elements usually. It's fun 'fluff', but it also has some wit and great diction. The series is found in the young adult section of the library, but…

This young adult graphic novel was nominated for the Eisner Award for Graphic Album in 1998. It tells of a wizard who is descended from a long line of evil wizards except he's quite bad at being evil. He reluctantly has to set off on a quest for a magical book otherwise he'll get kicked out of his castle by other evil wizards. There is a quest, there is romance, there is a squire who…

A prequel novella to the His Dark Materials trilogy. The story features on a young Lee Scoresby and his daemon Hester on a trip to the north where they first meet Iorek Byrnison. It is set more than thirty years before Northern Lights/The Golden Compass. This book is only of interest to those who have read Philip Pullman's trilogy and is especially delightful to those of us who love the Lee and Iorek characters. I…

The second and third book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. So far, my favourite is still the first book though I did like Eclipse and the ending of New Moon. I read both of these on my laptop which is the first time I've read such complete novels on the computer. If it were any other books, I would be adverse to try it. These books were short and not too intense for the eyes.…

I was aware that this book was popular, but I did not know how so nor did I know what the series was about until my friend showed me the trailer for the movie slated for December 2008. The more I learned about the series, the more I intrigued I became and convinced I would like it. The book's paperback version is 475 pages, but I finished it in only a few hours. The fast…

When I read this book the first time, I was a little older than the protagonist's age. I've reread the books twice since, in audiobook form last year, and yesterday before I saw the movie. I love the HDM trilogy because is an extremely well done fantasy series that is complex and layered. It's definitely not just for kids and is rereadable for a variety of reasons including the questions and ideas it elicits. The…