It’s hard to say because I identify with each character in a different way. I firmly believe that we can find something in common with most characters — be it a particular circumstance, emotional tendency or other personal characteristic.
2. What YA character would like to be friends with?
I’d love to be friends with Cole and Isabel from Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series for sure. They’re cool, flawed and it seems like they would be entertaining to be around. I wouldn’t mind hanging with Tris from Veronica Roth’s Divergent she’s beyond strong both in the physical and emotional sense.
I’d hand them a copy of Hunger Games, Split, Stolen, Butterfly, Illyria, Want to Go Private, Bruiser or any other YA book with complex characters and plots. I’d ask the person to read them all then come back to me with the same opinion.
4.What’s been the best part of reviewing YA books?
Reading them first!
5. Any advice for YA book bloggers?
Read what you want, be honest in your reviews and enjoy the ride each story takes you on.
6. What’s your favorite YA sub-genre?
Dystopian, with realistic fiction a close second.
7. Do you have a prediction for the next YA craze (ex zombies? mermaids? suburban kids?)
It seems to me that mythology is all the rage right now for some reason. Also ghosts seem to be trickling in quite a bit more. I hope that we see more realistic fiction out there, seems to me it’s inching it’s way up in popularity more and more.
8. What book are you most looking forward to coming out this fall?
Just one? I will be excited to get the follow up to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium called Pandemonium. I’m also excited the The Scorpio Races (which I’ve actually already read) by Maggie Stiefvater to release. I want to squeal about it with everyone!
9.What’s been your best experience meeting/talking with a YA author?
Honestly I’m a trainwreck with authors. I’m not well spoken at all. LOL I tend to shy away from approaching them for that reason. I did have a lovely conversation with Meghan McCafferty at an event before BEA and she was just so lovely as I got all fangirly with her.
10.What are your future plans for your blog or future with books in general?
I’m excited to shift the focus of my blog just a little bit. I’m all YA all the time to be sure but I’ll be focusing on the educational aspects of reading YA some now as well. I’m still going to bring the fun stuff but I like the idea that teachers and librarians can use it as a professional tool as well. As for books, my only plan is to try and read as many as I can!
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