All tagged young adult

Ahoy, mateys! - My YA Pirate Books Recommendations

I know very few people who do not like a good pirate movie or a book. I rediscovered my love for pirates when the very first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out and I was instantly smitten with Captain Jack Sparrow. Perhaps, as a child I was not in love with “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson (the exception is made for a gender-bender production by National Theatre, just saying) or “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe as some of my friends.

Penguin Teen Social 2019 - Recap (May 23, 2019)

Right before going to NYC for BEA/BookCon, I got to be at Penguin Teen Social event at Penguin Random House Canada HQ - effectively, kicking off my bookish 2 weeks. I was trying to write and upload this post before I left, but there was just too much happening!

I love going to book events in Canada as I get to see lots of bookish friends and bloggers! Not to mention get my hands on the newest releases. And this event was not an exception.

MY TOP 3 YOUNG ADULT SFF BOOKS OF 2018

Looking back at 2018, I realized that there were not that many books that stood out for me. And those that did are split between various genres. So, I decided to make a series of blog posts about all of my top favourite books that I read in 2018, divided into categories.

Of course, I am starting with Young Adult SFF books as it is my most read genre at the moment.

I was lucky to meet Kiersten White at BookCon this year. It was the first time I lined up for her autograph session as I knew I wanted to get an ARC of “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein”.

As Kiersten was signing my copy of the book, I asked her why she had decided to pick up Frankenstein story for retelling. Kiersten was honest and said that it was the idea of her publisher. (Seems like every publisher is trying to milk the YA retellings crazy for as long as possible.)

I was very excited to read “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein” as I love “Frankenstein” by Danny Boyle, the National Theatre production of 2011, in which Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. As Halloween is approaching, NT Live will be doing encore screenings once again, so I recommend you check out their website, as this production is fantastic! I have seen both versions more than once and even mentioned the play to Kiersten.

I was provided with an e-ARC copy of “Keeper of the Bees” by Entangled Teen in exchange for a free and honest review. I requested to read this novel because I read and reviewed “Black Birds of the Gallows” last year and was interested in the sequel.

You do not have to read “Black Birds of the Gallows” to read “Keeper of the Bees”, however, some things regarding the world building are explained there in much more detail.

This review might contain spoilers as it is book 2 in the duology.

I listened to the first book in the series, The Scorpion Rules, in audio and intended to pick up The Swan Riders in audio format too. The first book dragged a lot in the beginning, and I briefly considered reading the sequel in paper as I felt I could skip over boring parts. I checked out The Swan Riders from the library. I tried reading it but it was even less exciting, so I switched back to an audiobook.

I had a lot of reservations before starting The Swan Riders, but I wanted to finish the story, so I persevered.