Posted On: Aug 8, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
Whatever happened to Steampunk? According to some sources, this subgenre of science fiction that incorporates industrial steam-powered machinery from the 19th-century in alternative histories was “over” in 2010. Others might say last year.
In this YA Backlist post, I’m taking a look back at Scott Westerfeld’s YA contribution to Steampunk, Leviathan. To be honest, this was one of three or so Steampunk novels I read – but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the subgenre or Westerfeld’s novel. I do always find something fascinating about a “what if” premise. Read More..
Posted On: Jul 25, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
There is nothing more satisfying for me as a reader then reaching the end of a book that has a fist-pumping + “YAASS” ending. Read More..
Posted On: Dec 6, 2016 In: In the Spotlight
I’m not ashamed to admit Young Adult lit predominated my reading list this year. It’s partly because I get to order books for the library’s teen collection—but also because YA books are awesome. Yeah, awesome. Books for teens have gotten so much more diverse, so much more in-depth, and so much more engaging over the past decade and a half. Any fan of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Andrew Smith, Tessa Gratton (this list could go on forever…) could tell you that. Read More..
Posted On: Aug 30, 2016 In: In the Spotlight
Yes, that catchy electropop hit by Ellie Goulding from 2012 is the inspiration and anthem for this young adult novel from 2015. Anything Could Happen is a light-hearted, pleasant read filled with optimism and a bit of cheese. Read More..
Posted On: Mar 18, 2016 In: In the Spotlight
Andrew Smith is probably one of my top favorite YA authors. His characters are honest and relatable, and their stories are always engaging. 100 Sideways Miles is no exception. Read More..