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Destroy Your Misconceptions of YA Novels: Illuminae

27 May


Illuminae is a rather unusual book, especially for YA. On the surface, with its bright orange cover and lettering, you might think you’re picking up a book with your typical YA story tropes and cliche characters that give it that reputation YA is known for. A glimpse at the summary might spark your interest, but even still, you might be going in thinking you’ll get something slightly edgy at best.

You would be wrong.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is one of the those books that will take all of the misconceptions you have about YA and destroy them.

Our protagonists, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason only just broke up when their home planet, Kerenza IV, was attacked. The pair are then boarded onto two different rescue ships and a series of terrifying and chaotic events begin to unfold while they try to escape the enemy ship hunting them down.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The intensity of the plot and blend of scifi-horror elements really make this book shine. The writing is flawless and the character work in this is something to behold. As the first of a trilogy, Illuminae makes a spectacular entrance.  You can read a previous review of the novel here.

Enjoy writing?  Check out this Friday’s Writing Prompt for Fresh YA Fiction!

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant


A Dark and Mysterious Adventure: Coraline

25 May

Calling all book readers, if you like reading dark fantasy books, then you will like this book a lot. Come join the fun, and read the ebook or listen to the audiobook from Hoopla for free! The story is about Coraline Jones. A young girl who gets to enjoy life in another world, where she has an “other mother” and an “other father.” She is unsatisfied with her new home life after she moves with her “real parents.” Eventually, all Coraline really wants to do, is explore life in the “other world.” Then, Coraline finds out that everything is not what it seems.

Join Coraline Jones on her dark and mysterious adventure to the “other world.” In a battle of wits, will Coraline Jones escape her “other mother” and save her “real parents?” Read Coraline and find out! Full of wonder and suspense, any reader will surely enjoy this other worldly story.  You can read more about Coraline and some of Gaiman’s other works in previous blog posts.

For adults who enjoy the work of Neil Gaiman consider joining us for our online discussion of his short stories which happen every Friday at 2 PM.  Click here to learn more about this Friday’s Discussion.

Written by:
Michelle Valle
Circulation Assistant

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