Tag Archives: YA

Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World

  Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Criminal mastermind Kaz put together a crew of teenagers and used them to pull off an impossible heist–but instead of reaping the rewards, they were betrayed. Now they have to get back at the people … Continue reading

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Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution

Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Jes and her sisters have grown up relatively sheltered, their aristocratic father hiding them away from much of the prejudice against their mother’s race. But after the kingdom’s politics force their father to abandon his family, … Continue reading

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We Don’t Live in a Homogenous World: List of 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Works

There are plenty of authors from underrepresented groups writing fantastic science fiction and fantasy, and they’re equally deserving of publicity and support. It’s also important to remember that media can be powerful. It influences how we view the world, and … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale: Independent Heroines, Folkloric Settings, and the Struggle for Personal Freedom

Genre: YA fantasy Synopsis: In Lesnaya Zemlya, the old religion coexists with the new, both of them in practice by the people of the land. This is the world Vasilisa grows up in. She attends church, then leaves offerings for … Continue reading

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Glass Sword: Straining Trust, Loyalty, and Friendship to the Breaking Point

Genre: YA Dystopia/Fantasy/Sci-fi Synopsis: Red Queen (Book 1): Reds and Silvers are named for the color of their blood, and distinguished by the powers that the Silvers wield. That power puts the Silvers at the top of the class hierarchy, … Continue reading

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Roundup: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai Genre: Fantasy Synopsis: Ceda despises the immortal kings ruling her home. Their authority stems from indoctrinated loyalty and a reign of terror, fueled by power no one else can match. No one has ever successfully challenged … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Yes, Part ONE), Characters Holding Themselves Together

  Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen survived the sadistic Hunger Games twice, unwittingly lighting the spark of revolution along the way. The Capitol’s President has responded to every slight challenge with violence or the threat thereof, finally culminating in the … Continue reading

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Crimson Bound: Fairy-tale Retellings, and not becoming a monster

Genre: YA fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Rachelle is one of the few who knows and believes that the Devourer, and old evil defeated by the legendary twins Tyr and Zisa, is soon returning. Believing that it’s her responsibility to do … Continue reading

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Red Queen, and Playing Expectations Against the Audience

Genre: YA dystopian fantasy Synopsis: There are two kinds of people, Reds and Silvers, distinguishable by the color of their blood. And by the powers that the latter wield. Silvers make up the upper echelon of society, keeping Reds under … Continue reading

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Uprooted: Skillfully Crafted YA Fantasy, Building on Itself to Reach Poignant Character Moments

Genre: YA fantasy (it becomes too epic for me to classify it as a fairy tale retelling, which tend to be more contained in scope). Synopsis: Agnieszka lives in a village on the edge of a dark magical Wood, where … Continue reading

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