Sex in YA; if you’re writing it, commit to it!

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Sex is difficult for authors to write about in any genre, you only need to look at the Bad Sex Awards which take place every year and always feature really well-known and revered writers. But it’s doubly difficult if your audience is YA; How much do you include? Where do you draw the line? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, prompted by slightly differing posts from BookRiot here and BookDaily here.Continue Reading

The Selection by Kiera Cass; a modern girl’s nightmare

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the selectionMy rating: 1 star (out of 5)

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a modern girl’s nightmare. The premise is interesting enough in a Mills and Boon kinda way – the rich prince wants to get married and allows millions of girls to apply to be his princess. A sort of equal-opportunity marriage race in a dystopian disaster. It’s the reason I love YA novels; I can easily suspend disbelief in ridiculous plots if they are well written and plausible in a new-world-order kind of way. Continue Reading

The Book Riot 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Image: BookRiot

Image: BookRiot

If you’re looking for a reading challenge that’s a little more hardcore, this might be it. It’s a pretty tough reading list for the year including audiobooks, historical fiction, dystopian novels, comics and feminist literature. Quite a menu with a goal of 24 books in total. The list and instructions can be found here.