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12 hours ago, kairparavel said:

I also have the first available loan for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which has been one of the most anticipated YA releases for this year. That's my weekend solved.

Oh let me know what you think of that one!  I saw even Kobe Bryant was tweeting about it so you know its selling well.

I did finally get around to reading Bardugo's The Language of Thorns.  I purchased the physical book so I was able to really enjoy the illustrations and the way they evolve as the stories progress.  And I thought the stories were really stellar as well.  I am usually not a short story fan as most of them just fell like the part of a greater story but these were all incredibly satisfying in their short span.

I also read a YA trilogy that I picked up when I was in Finland last summer.  Its by a Finnish author, Salla Simukka, and 2 of the 3 stories take place in Finland - the 3rd in Prague.  I loved the different from the usual YA setting locations but was only somewhat lukewarm about the stories themselves.

And I also read an absolutely horrible YA that I probably can't even mention by name because I don't want to draw any attention to it - it was that bad.  But it was too bad as it sounded wonderful on paper and included just about everything that I would normally love in a novel.  But it was soo sooo very incredibly awfully bad.

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I read The Hazel Wood last month and enjoyed it. Apart from some minor niggles about the prose being a bit busy in places where less could've been more I thought it was well done. It didn't end the way I expected it to either.

Also read Begone the Raggedy Witches, which I'd seen Peadar recommend which was less than satisfying. To be honest, I only finished it because I'd paid for it, it didn't really hold my attention fully. The 'magic' was ultra vague and hand-wavy too.

Have just finished The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale which I would highly recommend. It's a nicely written fairy tale with an unpredictable protagonist. In fact I liked it so much I'm going to buy a copy for my niece. 

 

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I finished up the Rebel Belle series the other day (Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Lady Renegades). The second and third books were not as great as the first but still enjoyable. I recommend the audiobooks. 

I'm now into book 2 of The Winner's Curse series (The Winner's Crime). Also audiobook.

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I haven't read either of those series, Kair, although I think I picked up the Winner's Curse when it was a cheap kindle deal.  A Court of Frost and Starlight showed up yesterday.  Although promoted as a novelette, its pretty much the length of an average full length novel.  Of course I see lots of reviews complaining about the length and how they feel cheated!  I guess that is what happens when you normally write epic length novels.  In any case, I'm not expecting anything earth shattering since its also promoted as filler but hopefully it will be a pleasant diversion.

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On 3/23/2017 at 5:43 AM, kairparavel said:

It's not SFF but it is YA and it's very very good:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Definitely merited all it's pre-publication buzz. 

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/angie-thomas-the-hate-u-give-interview-ya-novel.html

I read this in March also and want to second the love for this book.  It was great.

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The Bear and the Nightingale ebook by Katherine Arden is $1.99 on (US) amazon right now.  It might only be a today deal and there isn't much time left in today so this might not be too helpful for anyone.  But it was a YA book I really enjoyed so mentioning it just in case someone catches this.

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5 hours ago, lady narcissa said:

The Bear and the Nightingale ebook by Katherine Arden is $1.99 on (US) amazon right now.  It might only be a today deal and there isn't much time left in today so this might not be too helpful for anyone.  But it was a YA book I really enjoyed so mentioning it just in case someone catches this.

Ah, this was one of my YA picks for this year.  She's a Campbell nomineee, definitely worth $1.99.  It's a really fun read. 

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On 4/28/2018 at 8:57 PM, kairparavel said:

I'm now into book 2 of The Winner's Curse series (The Winner's Crime). Also audiobook.

Just finished up the last book in the trilogy. I was skeptical of the book covers - ball gowns and the book titles weren't grabbing me. But, they were a popular series so I gave in and I'm glad I did. The first book was the weakest, but not terrible. It simply sets the stage and the stakes. I love Kestrel and Arin and their heart and souls and fallibility. And in the second and third books Roshar...I adore Roshar. Even with the thread of romance throughout the series, the story is rough and brutal for our main POVs. Marie Rutkoski's writing is lyrical and beautiful, even during the dark and terrible parts. 

I recommend. 

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