Big Book Haul – Pt. 2: Young Adult Literature

Good afternoon, book turkeys! Today I will be continuing with my birthday book haul from October. I apologise for not being able to post this much sooner (as I had anticipated). My health has been quite a little delinquent lately and I had to take care of myself first. After being prodded, poked, and treated I am ready to keep on blogging!

The second instalment of my haul focuses on all the Young Adult literature that was tossed my way as a means of celebrating twenty some odd years of life. The first post was all about Diverse Literature. If you’re interested in checking that out, just click on the pink links.

Happy reading! ♥

Young Adult Fantasy:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

  • On her tenth birthday Ruby awoke as a changed girl. She had acquired a frightening and uncontrollable ability, as well as an immunity to a mysterious disease that killed off many of America’s children. Frightened for her, Ruby’s parents sent her to a rehabilitation camp. As Ruby turns sixteen, she uncovers the truth behind it all and attempts to escape her camp in search of a safe-haven for others like her.
  • Fantasy, Dystopian

In the Shadows of the Gods by Rachel Dunne

  • Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. However, the price of keeping the fire lands safe was far too steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked until now. Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.
  • Epic Fantasy

Tiger’s Curse Series Books 1 & 2 by Colleen Houck

  • The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old-Indian curse halfway around the world. With a mysterious white tiger named, Ren, no less. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
  • Fantasy, Inspired by Indian Folklore

Young Adult Fiction:

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

  • Spring break in Aruba with plenty of swimming, sunshine, and drinks—lots of drinks—marks the best time of Anna’s life; perfection. But then Anna’s best friend is found brutally murdered. As the local police begin to investigate the gruesome crime, suspicion and evidence unfathomably point to one person—Anna. Now trapped in a strange country, Anna must fight for her freedom and to prove her innocence. As she awaits the judge’s decision, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks that she’s not only guilty, but quite dangerous. When the truth finally comes out, it’s far more shocking than anyone ever could have imagined.
  • Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

  • Alex Craft knows how to kill someone and she holds no remorse about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex unleashed the only language she knew best—violence. As her crimes go unpunished, Alex knows that she’ll never be trusted amongst other people, so she relegates herself to being an unseen shadow in her town and within the school hallways. Then there’s Jack Fisher, the guy every guy wants to be. Guilt over his role in the discovery of Anna’s body three years ago, haunts him, making him want to reach out to Alex. Peekay, the preacher’s daughter whose identity is lost amid her dad’s job, begins to work with Alex at an animal shelter. A friendship begins to form between the two girls. Circumstances bring the trio together. One night while partying, Alex’s dark nature escapes its leash, setting them on a collision course that will change their lives forever. **Dark and twisted look at rape culture, slut-shaming, and sexism.**
  • Fiction, Explores Rape Culture & Sexism Amongst Adolescents

2 thoughts on “Big Book Haul – Pt. 2: Young Adult Literature

  1. Nice haul. 🙂
    I’m very interested in your review/opinions of Tiger’s Curse because I’ve seen some negative reviews about its representation of Indian culture/folklore? I forget exactly, but you should ask Vijayalakshmi about her opinion on this book. I think she read it. Plus, I’ve seen many reviews criticizing other aspects of the book as well. Just wanted to give you a heads up. Maybe you’ll enjoy it!

    Oh, I’ve heard amazing things about The Female Of The Species. This one does sound like a winner from what I’m seeing and hearing. 🙂

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    • Yeah, I will confess I was hesitant about Tiger’s Curse series. But at the very least, if it’s really that terrible, I can use it as a great example of what NOT TO DO and cultural appropriation 101. I’m also really happy that it was only like $2 per book of that series. But thank you for the head’s up. I appreciate it. Got to brace myself for that rickety ride, haha. 🙂


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