Sunday 30 August 2015

A Way into YA Wrap Up & GIVEAWAY

This week has been a fantastic insight into the variety of titles available within the genre of YA. Definitely nobody should feel that there's nothing they will like, and I know I've added several to my wishlist already!

To wrap up the event I thought I would talk about some of the titles I've particularly enjoyed. Most of these are very well known so I apologise that I'm probably not telling you anything new. On the other hand if there happen to be any you haven't read you almost definitely should add them to your TBR!

In no particular order:

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - This was one of the books that first convinced me that YA was a genre I wanted to read more of. It's a really sweet story about Amy and Roger and their unexpected road trip across America one summer. For some reason I never reviewed it here, but it's highly recommended and if you don't have a massive grin on your face by the end your heart is probably made of stone!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I was sent this for a Ninja Swap after seeing it absolutely everywhere and it was great. Another really sweet read, Anna is starting her senior year of High School in Paris and is not excited about it, until she meet Etienne... I can't wait to read the other two in the series. They also have the bonus of having the most gorgeous covers!

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - Gah I loved this book. Lily leaves a book of dares on the shelf of her favourite bookstore. When Dash finds it he must decide whether to accept her dares. Will they hit it off in real life or not? See my review here.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I just recently reread this and it's still totally amazing. Possibly one of my favourite books I've ever read. Eleanor is the new girl at school, and when Park moves over to let her sit next to him on the bus they start a relationship. Eleanor's home life is difficult and there is tension and awkwardness and just incredible sweetness throughout. If you haven't read this yet, where have you been? For some reason I never reviewed it and I don't know why because I talk about it all the time.

Every Day by David Levithan - This book followed me around libraries until I relented and borrowed it. Such a unique story told from the point of view of A, who wakes up in a different body each day. This is an incredibly sweet love story that brings up all kinds of important questions and is so well written. I have it's companion Another Day on my wishlist. See my review here.

The Geek Girl Series by Holly Smale - I picked up the first in this series on a whim from the library. Harriet Manners is super smart and about to take her GCSEs when she accidentally falls into the world of modelling and the orbit of Nick, otherwise known as Lion Boy. From struggles with her best friend to problems with her nemesis and her 'stalker' plus her slightly crazy Dad this series is really lovely. All the books have been really easy reads and they really put a smile on my face. I do love Harriet.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - I think everyone in the world knows what this is about, but in case you don't; Katniss Everdeen volunteers herself in place of her sister as the participant from her district for the Hunger Games - a Battle Royale style 'game' in which teenagers are forced by the Capitol to fight to the death to be crowned victor.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - This had a very similar atmosphere to Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, and I'm now super excited for Second Chance Summer which I have on my shelf! When Emily's best friend Sloane leaves town without a word leaving behind a to-do list with thirteen tasks Emily would never normally try, it is up to Emily to see if by doing them, she can bring Sloane back...

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan - I'm going to hold up my hand and admit that I'm really not a massive John Green fan. I've read all his books except Paper Towns, which I own, and they're all OK, but this was the only  one I've really loved so far. Featuring a larger than life cast of characters, including two guys named Will Grayson - one straight, one gay. One written by Green, one by Levithan - and a larger than life guy named Tiny, this book has love, life and a high school musical. It's also really beautiful in parts. See my review here.

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That was quite a few more books than I anticipated talking about in this post, but I hope that they've added to your (already overflowing, I'm sure) TBR lists! If you'd like to share any posts you've written on the subject of recommending great YA please do so in the comments and thank you for following along with the series!

Because I've enjoyed this series so much I'm hosting a giveaway! This will run all week and there are things you can do to enter each day. There are two amazing prizes. The first is courtesy of lovely Sanovia at Creatyve Books. She has offered the winner a book of their choice up to the value of £10/$15 from The Book Depository.

The second prize is from me. I'd like to offer the winner the chance to win one of the books featured in the series this week (except The Fault in Our Stars which there has already been a giveaway for)! To win either of these amazing prizes please just fill in the Rafflecopter form. Winners will be drawn next Sunday (9th) and both prizes are available internationally.

The list of books you can pick from for my prize:
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Clean by Amy Reed
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Elusion by Claudia Gabel
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Lifeless by Adrianne Strickland
Madame Tussaud's Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Sketcher by Roland Watson- Grant
Skid by Roland Watson - Grant
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Cage by Megan Shephard
The Firebug of Balrog County by David Oppegaard
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
The Vow by Jessica Martinez
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Where You End by Anna Pellicoiolli

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you need to catch up I'll link up each days post below!

Make Mine an Indie: Alma Books
Day One: Science Fiction
Day Two: Backlist Books
Day Three: A bit of Everything!
Day Four: Some More Great Books
Day Five: Across the Genres
Fairytale Fridays: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Make Mine an Indie: Flux 


  1. Hi, for the book of choice from TBD maybe I will choose Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I am dying to read this book!
    And if for the book from the list, I dont know which one I would choose, but it might be Cress or The Vow or else I dont know! Lol

    Anyway thankyou for the giveaway! 😊😊

  2. I'd choose Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, thank you very much for the international giveaway :)

  3. I would love to win The Cage. Thank you so much for the int. giveaway. Http::/

  4. HI! Thank you so much, if I were to win, I'd either pick Fangirl or ACOTAR. :D

  5. I'd like to win Naughts and Crosses.

  6. I'd love The Book Thief by Markus Zusak :)

  7. From your list i would love a court of thorns and roses by Sarah J maas, as for the book choice from TBD i'm still unsure but it will be one on my wishlist for sure


  8. I'm not sure yet. I'd need to check my list.

  9. Great to see love for Noughts and Crosses, love that book! I would probably pick Court of Thorn and Roses, because I'm one of the few people left in the world who hasn't read that book yet!

  10. Madame Tussaud's Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble

  11. Thank you for having me on your blog! Thought it was a wonderful idea for a post and was very happy to participate!
    Love the giveaway as well! I'd go for either Across the Universe or The Book Thief! Both have been on my wishlist for a while!!

  12. Madam Tussad's Apprentice

  13. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas please

  14. Amy and Roger's Epic detour sounds great! I loved Eleanor and Park soooo much. Would highly recommended the new release from Louise O'Neill too. 'Asking For It'. YA but for the older age range. Very upsetting but important read!

  15. I might have to try Will Grayson, Will Grayson again now.
    From your list, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas sounds good. Have you read Queen of Shadows yet?

  16. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

  17. I'd choose Cress because that's the next one in the Lunar Chronicles that I need to read.

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  19. Madame Tussaud's apprentice looks interesting

  20. A Court of Thorns and Roses! thanks for the great giveaway :D

  21. I'll meet you there

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  22. If I stay sounds interesting

  23. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  24. I would love to win Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

  25. I'd so choose Eleanor and Park as it sounds interesting, I've never read YA as a genre so this would be a good introduction.

  26. I'd choose Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  27. If I Stay! I've been really wanting to read it but the library hasn't yet had it in

  28. I think I would get Maybe Someday by Coleen Hoover. Not sure though. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  29. Across the Universe for me next I think.