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Been reading some youth fiction....

... a lot, all the time, yum. Here's some you should read. Really, truly.

1. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis, book 3 of the Kat, Incorrigible series
This book is really not my cup of tea of English tea as I don't understand why people love the Regency era so much, I mean, I get that people were reserved back then, but why is that interesting? Add to that the fact that this is a book 3 in a series I haven't read and I'm not sure why I opened this book... but I'm so glad I did. It is utterly charming and expertly plotted and just a solid and great read. So many books try to be this competent and aren't. And if you haven't read the first two books, there are perhaps one or two times where it's confusing but otherwise it doesn't matter. Yay, Kat!

2. September Girls by Bennett Madison
Bennett Madison, what's up with your name? Are you a character on Gossip Girl or what? Who cares, because you write like a goddamn angel of prose. Seriously gorgeous writing, and this is another of those books if you told me what it was about (the transformative nature of love and mermaids) I never would have picked it up, but then I did and I was moved and fell in love and got transformed by it. Yeesh/huzzah!

3. When We Wake by Karen Healy
Okay, this one was in my wheelhouse and I was happy as a camel on humpday from page one. Girl in dystopian predicament? Check. With a side order of global politics? Check. Tricky plot that surprised me? Check. Bonus rounds for having multiracial characters and trans and queer characters that worked. Bonus rounds for good sfnal framing of global warming and modern slavery motifs. Which makes this book sound like it checks off a lot of boxes, but at the end of the day it made me swoon with wonderful storytelling.



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Oct. 20th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha! I think I may have met Bennett at a party on the Upper East Side, actually. He probably wouldn't remember me — I wasn't even writing YA at the time — but we had a mutual acquaintance. I still have to read September Girls.
Oct. 20th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
ooh, these look yummy.

don't understand why people love the Regency era so much, I mean, I get that people were reserved back then, but why is that interesting?

My thought is that there was so much coded communication/subtext expressed through understatement/outright denial that it's interesting to try and chart the emotional landscape/politics as characters adhere to certain conventions while still striving for what they want (especially if said want is outside of what they're "supposed" to desire)
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