The more books you read, the more you tend to notice and observe patterns in the types of plots, characters, and settings that are written about. This can be especially difficult when it comes to mysteries and thrillers, where plot twists are often reused multiple times. Once you’ve seen a plot twist used once, you… Read More Predictability in Mysteries
When it comes to characters in books, the more books you read, the more similarities you begin to notice between characters in different books. Here are some characters that I’ve noticed that share a lot in common: Annabeth Chase + Kestrel Trajan The first noticeable similarity between Annabeth and Kestrel is undeniably their intellect. Neither… Read More YA Character Doppelgängers
In honor of the Olympics this month, I’ve put together a list of YA novels that feature characters who play an Olympic sport and / or are aspiring Olympians. Gymnastics Tumbling by Caela Carter The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross Bonus: Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher, which is… Read More The YA Olympics
Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales has put together a blog tour about…villains! My prompt for this tour is about morally gray villains. Why morally gray villains are better than regular villains: No one person is completely “evil”, and no one person is completely “good.” Most novels and films forget this basic piece of human nature and… Read More Morally Gray Villains
As much as I love young adult literature, it’s so hard to find books in the genre that feature friendships that are both positive and strong, but still manage to stay realistic. Most of the time, unfortunately, friendship is portrayed extremely negatively in YA fiction. It’s either used: as a factor of convenience (oh no!… Read More You’ve got a Friend in Me
Picture yourself reading. You’ve finished a book, and you don’t know what to think about it. It’s not quite good enough to be a four-star read, but it had an epic twist at the end that made you gasp so it’s not quite a three star read either. You decide to rate it 3.5 stars,… Read More Rounding: Up or Down?