Terrific YA Fiction!

I know I said that I wasn't going to be featuring a ton of YA fiction on my blog but lately I've been reading some awesome YA stories that I just had to share with you! I wish there were books like this when I was in high school...kids these days are soooo lucky. I guess I'm feeling my age, after all I am almost a quarter of a century old.

Here's some YA that's been holding my bookmarks. :-)

I just finished Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.


I'm currently typing a review for The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Two Hearts. One Hope.Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.


I plan to read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past…and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves…and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love–the light and the dark, the warm and the cold–in a way you will never forget.

Have you read any good Young Adult books lately? Do you have any recommendations?


  1. Great books all around! I read Paranormalcy recently, and I loved that...also, She Smells the Dead was really interesting :)

  2. Have you read any of Ally Carter's books? I thought her books were great.

  3. I am so jealous that you've already gotten to read The Healer's Apprentice! I'm still waiting for Amazon to ship my preorder!

  4. @ Melissa- I read Paranormalcy this week too! I really loved it!

    @ Michelle never heard of Ally Carter but I will look her up! Thanks.

    @ Ruth I got my copy as an influencer ;-)

    @ Juju from what I've read so far I think she's going to be a favorite author of mine!

    XOXO~ Renee

  5. I'm reading the Healer's Apprentice now. (Had to stop to read A Hope Undaunted when it arrived..) I love the cover!!

    - MJ

  6. Hehe you sound like me, everything was put aside to read AHU! Thanks for taking time out to visit me. ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  7. Renee, I reviewed one of Ally Carter's books over on my blog. Here's the link: http://afewofmyfavoritethings-michelle.blogspot.com/2010/08/id-tell-you-i-love-you-but-then-id-have.html

    It's the first book in the series. The other three are even better. I just haven't been able to write a review without major spoilers for them.

  8. I enjoy YA books, but haven't read any lately. My daughter loved The Pretty Little Liars series.

  9. Hey Suko! I've heard of that series but the tv show didn't seem interesting to me at all but I'll bet the books are way better! Thanks for the suggestion!

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the link checking it out now! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee


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