All her life, Agnieszka has known two things: that she must stay away from the Wood at all costs, and that every ten years, the Dragon emerges from his tower to select a girl to serve him for the next ten years. (He’s not the fire-breathing sort of dragon, but rather the wizard tasked with protecting their valley.) She knows all too well the horrors inflicted when the Wood claims a victim, but she’s not terribly concerned about the Dragon. After all, everyone has known all their lives that her best friend, Kasia, will become his chosen companion when they come of age; Kasia is lovely and graceful and does everything well, while Agnieszka is hopelessly clumsy and not at all ladylike. Too bad wizards don’t always do what people expect… Read More Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Last year, when I finished reading Defy, I really hoped that it would be the start of a series because I wanted to know what happened once everyone knew Alexa’s secret. My wish came true, and Ignite is a fantastic follow-up that once again left me wanting more. Read More Book Review: Ignite (Defy, Book 2) by Sara B. Larson
Bring out your Lyras, your Katnisses, and more. It’s time to nominate some female characters who live in outer space, fight dragons, slay vampires, and survive in a bleak future. Probably not all at the same time. Read More Middlemarch Madness IV: YA Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia Nominations
Sara B. Larson’s Defy tells the story of Alex Hollon, the best fighter on the prince’s royal guard. There’s just one catch, however — Alex is actually Alexa; she and her twin brother Marcel lied about her identity so she could join the army after their parents’ death at the hands of an enemy sorcerer. But Alexa’s true identity may not be as well-concealed as she thinks, and she’s not the only one with secrets. Read More Book Review: Defy, by Sara B. Larson
Ladyblogland was a welcome retreat from the madness of last week’s news.
We have assembled one hell of a list of contenders for this year’s Middlemarch Madness. Never mind the bracket itself, picking who we want in the bracket itself is going to be pretty difficult. Sharpen your #2 pencils and grab some coffee (or something stronger) because it’s about to get all kinds of real in here. Read More Middlemarch Madness II: Narrowing the YA Categories
New this month in the world of YA fantasy is Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, by A. J. Hartley. Hartley has written several adult novels, but this is his first venture into the world of YA lit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read More New Book Review: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact