This is a series to read immediately -- especially because Ruin and Rising will be available June 17. I recently chatted with the author, Leigh Bardugo, about the final Grisha trilogy novel, George R.R. Martin and what she's up to next.
Pleasure begets pleasure. The unfettered enjoyment of YA fiction now experienced by both adults and teenagers -- age groups that used to be at odds -- has led to increased exchanges of ideas and recommendations, the revitalization of the Internet reading community.
I used to pick up books off the shelves in stores and stare at the models on the covers. I imagined my own work on the shelf, too -- books with my name on them. I never thought I would be sitting on the shelf as a book cover model.
I'm to the point where I've practically watched all the best TV shows on Netflix. Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Dexter, Freaks and Geeks -- all the best. After all this, I'm left wondering what I'm supposed to do with my life.
If you were to ask what I do for my life, the answer would be writing and reading. I have to limit myself from going to my public library, because I end up taking WAY to many books than I can handle to read. I start to cry when I walk into Barnes & Noble. Yeah, it's bad.
Shortly after Better Nate Than Ever was released earlier this year, a pattern began to emerge: Librarians who had loved the book and invited me to visit their students were suddenly canceling those visits, backing out for fear of parental backlash.
On of my most anticipated young adult sequels of 2013 was Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. I recently finished the book, and it more than exceeded my expectations. I spoke with Mafi about her latest book, her love life and Shakespeare (naturally).
Reading is supposed to expand one's horizons. It's supposed to enable people to experience lives and cultures and people they would otherwise never get to -- and maybe even discover that the people who live those lives aren't so very different.