I like to think of YA as my go-to genre when I want to read something but I don’t know what. I’ve rarely been disappointed by YA (okay in my defense it’s because usually I’m reading historical fiction or fantasy fiction) and I’ve certainly never been disappointed by these seven authors:
Rachel Morgan: Rachel Morgan is a South African author whose contemporary YA “Trouble” series is one of my all-time favourite series. The books are sweet and well-written. They’re also all set in South Africa which I love.
Estelle Maskame: Estelle Maskame’s “Did I Mention I Love You” series is romantic, dramatic and has a unique twist on the whole “bad boy” cliche.
Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer’s YA can be enjoyed by both adult and young adult readers. She writes fairytale adaptations that are flawless. If you enjoy fairytales, you will definitely enjoy Marissa Meyer’s work.
Renee Ahdieh: Kick-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes can be found in Renee Ahdieh’s work. She also writes retellings with amazing world-building.
Sarah J Maas: Sarah J Maas is my queen and therefore I dub her the queen of YA fantasy. Definitely check out her “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series which is a faerie retelling (yes I know this is the third time I used that word but I really like my retellings) of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Joanne Macgregor: Joanne Macgregor is another great South African author. Some of my favourite books by her are “Scarred” and “The Law of Tall Girls”.
Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen writes really heart-warming stories that always have romance and a happy ending. I strongly recommend “Saint Anything” and “Along for the Ride”.
What are some of your favourite contemporary YA authors? I’d love to know below.
Shadow Faerie deals with the aftermath of Emerson’s decision in “Glass Faerie”. She is now about to be engaged to a possibly evil prince in return for his help in curing her mother. But no matter how much Em wants Roarke to help her, she is determined to escape the Unseelie Court and cure her mother. Em is convinced that there is no way that the Unseelies can keep her forever but they seem to be several steps ahead of her. The Unseelies are a wonderfully dark lot and I loved and hated them in equal measure. They were dark and twisted but incredibly intelligent. I loved the character of Aurora and look forward to seeing more of her. I also enjoyed how this novel showed a completely different part of the Creepy Hollow world. We finally get to see the Unseelie court that is mentioned so often in the other books. I also enjoyed the many plot twists in this book. I had no idea what was going to happen which made trusting any and all of the characters difficult.
My favourite part of this novel was the ending- Rachel Morgan always has the best and worst cliffhangers in her books but this book has an ending that I can live with until the sequel releases.
This book was impossible to put down and has incredible world-building. I can’t wait to read the sequel (or more books set in the Unseelie Court). This is a must-read for all fans of fantasy.
Peyton is a very tall girl who makes a bet that she can get a guy who is even taller than her to take her on three dates and the prom. However finding a guy who is taller than her, interesting and single turns out to be a challenge. The number one person on Peyton’s “Tall Guy” list is Jay. But while Jay is taller than Peyton, gorgeous and charming, he is also taken. But when Peyton and Jay are both cast as the leads in the school play (an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet), things might turn a turn in Peyton’s favor. If she can keep all her secrets locked safely away from Jay, that is.
The whole idea of a romance between characters playing Romeo and Juliet in their school play seemed incredibly cliched but Joanne Macgregor carries this out in a wonderfully real way. I loved seeing all the effort that went into the play and the romance happened naturally. Instead of the play driving the romance, both the play and the romance seemed to happen at the same time which was great. As a tall girl, I found this book difficult to get into at first. It just reminded me of my awkward teen years (which I honestly didn’t want to be reminded of now. I’m an adult now. Being tall doesn’t bother me anymore but reading this book brought back alot of those old feelings of inadequacy). However which I got through my tall girl issues, I devoured this book. I loved Peyton and Jay’s character and I loved that their families had such interesting backstories (especially since so few YA novels mention parents and other relatives). This book was funny, entertaining and dealt with real-life issues. I definitely recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary fiction.
*am holding the fifth star of my rating hostage until the rest of this series is released*
I feel like this was a really quick read and I say that as someone who’s in a severe reading slump. Glass Faerie is the third part of the Creepy Hollow series and is the story of Emmy, a faerie who has lived as a human up until now. Not only is Emmy a faerie, she is also Griffin Gifted. We all know how the Guild is towards the Griffin Gifted so Emmy’s new world just got a whole lot more complicated. I loved how there was so much mystery and uncertainty about Emmy and her background. What is she? How is she whatever she is? I liked the character of Dash but honestly I was just interested in seeing Chase again. I think he may be my favourite Creepy Hollow character of all time. I loved how Rachel Morgan shows us a different side of Creepy Hollow. It has been a while since book 6 and this one and the book clearly shows how much things have changed. I feel like the Creepy Hollow world keeps evolving and I love that! It makes everything so much more realistic and fun to read.
I flew through this book and I kinda regret that because I have no idea how long the wait for the next book is.
I had my doubts about this book since a) I couldn’t really remember Raven from the Creepy Hollow series and b) I didn’t think any other character in Creepy Hollow would make a impact on me the way that Chase did. I decided to just read a few pages to see what I thought of the book and I was instantly sucked in.
Raven comes from a very wealthy family and is “practically royalty” according to her mother. What Raven’s parents don’t know is that Raven has a close (and forbidden) friendship with Flint, one of the guards.
When Raven is caught in the middle of a dangerous murderous plot, Flint is the only one around to help her.
This is a really fast read and I loved getting a look at a completely different part of Creepy Hollow. I would love to see more from the upper classes of Creepy Hollow.
I didn’t like Flint as much as Chase (will I ever like anyone as much as Chase? Doubtful) but I thought he was a great character nonetheless. I especially enjoyed seeing Tora as a kid. I would love if the next Creepy Hollow novella was about her.
This is a quick but entertaining read that fans of Creepy Hollow will love!
This book was so thrilling! Unfortunately life got in my way so I didn’t start this book as soon as I wanted to. Not being able to instantly dive into this book upset me so I ended up reading the ending first (and then spoiled the entire book for myself). Aside from that very stupid mistake on my behalf, I absolutely loved this book. I was so thrilled to see Jinx and Quinn again. There is so much of character development in this book. I started off hating characters and wishing them dead (I can’t help it. Some of the characters were really hateful) but by the end of the book I really liked them. This was a super-fast read that was difficult to put down. Fans of dystopian fiction will love this book! The characters are incredible and so very clever! The writing is great and the plot is unique. This book blew my mind.
I reviewed an advance review copy of this book in return for my honest review.
I was so thrilled to finally read this book. I’ve been waiting for this book to release since last December and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Sophie has sworn off love after her last relationship went bad. She has feelings for her online friend, Lex but it doesn’t matter since she and him will never meet. Or will they? As Sophie and Lex grow closer, Sophie meets Caleb. Caleb is the best man for her sister’s wedding and he is annoyingly happy all the time. Caleb’s bright friendly personality is the exact opposite of Sophie’s sarcastic, not-always-polite nature. As they’re forced to spend time together Sophie starts to develop feelings for Caleb while Lex suggests that he and Sophie meet.
My favourite part of this book was that I knew how it would end. Rachel Morgan’s books always have a twist and it delighted me to no end that I managed to figure it out. The actual ending was a bit predictable to me but I loved it nonetheless. I found the character of Sophie easy to relate to. Unfortunately since I saw so much of myself in Sophie I ended up hating Caleb’s happy nature. (Seriously dude, why are you always happy? Are you eating Happy Pills for breakfast?) I thought Caleb made a great love interest for Sophie especially since they were so different. I loved how Lex’s character was pretty well-developed even when he was a million miles away and all the you could see of him was his messages to Sophie.
This book captures perfectly the delights and chaos that occurs when family come together especially during the magical time of a wedding (am I the only one who finds weddings magical? Coz I really liked the way the wedding festivities were done in this book). This book was well-written and I loved seeing characters from previous books. However I wish I had seen more of Adam from The Trouble With Flirting. I don’t know if this is the last book in the series or not but I really want to see more of these characters. This book was sweet but left a hole in my heart when it ended. I think all fans of contemporary romance fiction should try reading this series.
I was so eager to read this book that I bought it as soon as I saw it without even bothering to look at the price. I am a huge fan of Melissa Delport’s writing but “Rainfall” had me sobbing like a baby so I never reviewed it. Reading “My Name is Simon” however is such a comfort after “Rainfall”. This isn’t a full novel but Simon’s character and his motivations are shown so well. As much as I hated him it was impossible not to feel for this guy who has had most of his life ripped from him. I desperately wanted to hate this book (to match my initial hatred of Simon) but I couldn’t. “My Name is Simon” is incredibly well-written and the book finishes beautifully.
“Refuse” picks up instantly after the thrilling cliffhanger in “Recoil”. Jinxy is captured and taken in for questioning. The great thing about this book is that it does eventually provide a recap of the previous book. This is really helpful since I couldn’t really remember precisely what the government’s real agenda was.
Jinxy finds out that her ex-boyfriend’s brother is being held in the same facility that she is and she’s desperate to get him out (she was the one who put him in there in the first place).
To do this she has to get back into the organisation that captured and tortured her. Cam Jinxy stand to go back to the people who think nothing of torturing a child? Will she even be accepted back into an organisation that thinks of her as a traitor to their cause?
This book was such a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I hated some characters with such intensity and I loved other characters with the same intensity. My favourite part of Joanne Macgregor’s writing is that she always creates characters that are well-fleshed out and real. (Honestly I started this series to see more of Macgregor’s great characterisation but stayed for the intriguing plot). The characters in “Refuse” certainly do not disappoint. I especially enjoyed seeing how characters have developed since the first book.
I loved that this book had the same fast-paced action as the first one. Jinxy has so many unique skills that help her throughout the novel. At several points I literally had to put the book down to absorb all the clever things she found or did.
“Refuse” was a wonderful read but again, I strongly believe this is a series that should be binge-read. The book was 50 chapters which I found intimidating at first but at the end I really wanted more.
I think this series is one of the most unique and believable dystopian books around. The issues with the government in this series is something we see everyday.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fiction or dystopian novels. Hell, read it even if you don’t like dystopian novels. This is just that great of a read. I found this book impossible to step away from.
I didn’t really want to finish this book because this is the end of Calla’s part of the Creepy Hollow series. At the same time I couldn’t stop reading it. The ending was so dramatic in the previous book that I desperately needed to know what was going to happen.Calla is working on a plan to break Chase out of his mother’s childhood home. Meanwhile the Guild still thinks she and Lord Draven are evil and need to be stopped. Her family is under scrutiny and things just seem to be going from bad to worse.Rachel Morgan did not hold back at all on this novel. I cried so much because how is it possible that one girl could have such bad luck?I found the ending a bit incomplete but I’m betting it’s just going to make the next part of the Creepy Hollow series even more intriguing. This book was romantic and sad, heartbreaking and well-written. I loved seeing Violet and Ryn as more fleshed-out characters and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world. Creepy Hollow is a great series but as time goes on the Creepy Hollow world seems to get darker and darker which makes for a highly enjoyable read.