I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but here at YA Crush we are all about the young adult books. GASP! That’s not to say we don’t read books intended for all those people who went and got all grown up on us, but we love us some high school drama. In fact, we firmly believe that all stories are better when told from the perspective of a teen because whether they live in a fantasy world, in a dystopian one or one that closely resembles normal life today, the characters all resonate powerful emotions, passions and—if we’re lucky—many, many cringeworthy moments of firsts.
As a blogging newbies, we’re totally stoked to participate in this year’s Debut Author Challenge, which is being hosted by The Story Siren (love her!). The DAC is a commitment to read and review at least twelve novels from first-time YA novelists. Fake movie casting and soundtracks are a total bonus, I’m sure.
What’s really exciting is that you never know when you’re going to pick up the next book you just can’t live without or when you’ll discover another Meg Cabot (OK, there is only one of her and don’t even think about replacing her), or find the next frustrating love triangle or swoonworthy hero. So here’s to a year of possibilities. Who knows? One of these could end up being this year’s Jellicoe Road (review coming) or the beginning of the next series we’re going to obsess over!
This is what we’d like to read:
1. I think the cover is kinda pretty but the synopsis is what grabbed me.
2. Liking this already. It’s pretty and the title borrows from my favorite band evah, The Beatles. And the main character is cryogenically frozen (look out Dr. Evil!) and wakes up 300 years in the future.
3. This cover reminds me of that old tv show Dark Angel. But I think it sounds good.
4. I don’t generally like toes, but I like this cover.
5. Uhhhhhhhh (that’s like a sigh/moan). I love this cover and want to have a reason to wear a big poufy dress like this.
6. Been hearing so much about this from the gals at YA Highway. I know I can’t miss it.
7. Um, do I need to explain? Megan McCafferty, the woman who invented Marcus Flutie wrote this. Nuff said.
8. I’m not sure what’s going on here honestly, but I like it. And I like stuff that’s all futuristic so I’m in.
9. Don’t hate me for this cover. I read the synopsis and I thought it sounded interesting because it involves Helen of Troy and Greek mythology. It’s the first in a series.
10. Don’t you just want to eat this up? It sounded like a sweet but also sad premise and I liked that it was about a normal girl in a normal setting (no secret powers, no vampires, no impending doom).
11. I like the title and the dystopian setting. The statement on the website says “Control or be controlled.”
12. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
I couldn’t find a cover for this one but the brief synopsis I read sounded good. It poses the question “What would you do if you knew your time on Earth was limited?”
We’re looking forward to watching all these new stories unfold.