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  1. What Adult Books Can Teach Kidlit Writers

    April 21, 2014 by Kiersi

    Since I started writing YA books back in 2010, the space in my life for non-children’s books continues to shrink. I want to stay on top of my industry, to support the great literature being turned out by my contemporaries, and to learn and grow as a children’s book writer.

    So for a few years, I didn’t touch a book written for audiences over 21. I kept my head inside YA, and then MG (when I started branching out as a writer), and NA.

    Until recently. My book club picked up Margaret Atwood’s dystopian MaddAddam series (containing Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam), and boy, was it a learning experience. I think there’s a lot missing from the YA dystopian body of work, despite how saturated it is; very few of our YA dystopians even come close to highlighting in the same stark, frank detail the problems our society will inevitably face in the future as Atwood does. Even now that we’re on the tail end of the dystopian fad in YA, I still fail to see a single YA novel that addresses corporate gluttony and food scarcity (the inevitable future of our over-populated, capitalist society) with the same honesty as the MaddAddam series. (more…)

  2. Don’t Miss Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    May 7, 2012 by Kiersi

    Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

    This book gets: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5
    (A perfect score!)

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor – No matter your age, gender, heritage or creed, you will love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor writes brilliant prose, dynamic and painstakingly life-like characters, dialogue that can potentially cause obnoxious outbursts of laughter, and all the while weaving a tale that cannot be put down. Plus, it has monsters.

    Aqua-haired Karou straddles two lives: one as a seventeen-year-old high school student attending an arts academy in Prague, and another as the adopted daughter and errand boy of a mysterious, faun-like Chimaera named Brimstone, who runs an inter-dimensional shop dealing in teeth. Yes, you heard me: Chimaera. Inter-dimensional shop. Teeth. (more…)