Summer of YA, Part 1 – reviews and reactions

And so my summer of YA reading continues…

Matched by Ally Condie

While I enjoyed the character development, I felt that the motivation behind Cassia’s sudden awakening was somewhat lacking. It seemed like a drastic change in a character that was content to be part of the status quo. Though choice is a major element in the story, I found that Cassia’s choice in choosing not to toe the Society’s line was not as believable as Ky’s choice. Overall, I enjoyed the second half of the novel, but not enough to want to read the rest of the series.


The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

I read City of Bones when it was first published, mostly because I used to love Cassandra Clare’s HP fanfiction (oh, how I miss the amount of free time I had before college/work/life got in the way). My first reading was a disappointment. The similarities between the novel and CC’s Draco series were too similar and left me feeling cheated.

However, while buying books for a young someone, I kept coming across the series and my curiosity was sparked. Time (and lots of books in between) did plenty to clear my mind and help me overcome the feeling that I was reading something I had read before. City of Bones still felt somewhat familiar, but I found myself engaged in the story and liking the characters. I also found that the plot of the series improved in the sequels, as did the character development, so the story no longer felt like a modified version of an HP fanfic. The urban fantasy elements were integrated in a way that made Clare’s magical version of New York seem almost believable. Folklore, aspects of angel and demonology, myth, and fantasy come together to produce something that could be the lovechild of Buffy, Charmed, and Being Human (the BBC one, not the copycat Syfy one).

I am currently finishing up City of Fallen Angels, which presents a new arc in the series and brings many of the supporting characters to the fore. Because Clare’s supporting characters are often more memorable than her main characters, this has become one of my favorites in the series.

Now, to wait for my library to acquire a copy of City of Lost Souls.  

A summer of YA reading

I’ve been in a YA sort of mood this month… actually, it’s been a while since I’ve been interested in reading YA fiction. I was starting to think I had become a boring grown-up sort of reader, but no such thing after all.

Therefore, in the best tradition of what I do best, I’ve made a list of books culled from my TBR pile and prepared my very own YA Summer Reading List. Best of all, it’s not teacher-assigned 🙂 . No deadlines or book reports for this summer reading list.

  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • A Song for Summer by Eva Ibhotsen
  • Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea McBride
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  • Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl 
  •  Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marrilier
  • Runemarks by Joanne Harris
  • Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
  • and the rest of the Mortal Instruments series to be checked out from the library