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Friday Reads: YA Series

This week I’ve been reading books from two different series. What is it about a good series that keeps you coming back for MORE? I think it is great characters (of course) and sometimes it’s just the sheer joy of being in that story world again.

And with some series, it is both. Then you know you’ve hit gold.

The books I’ve been reading this week are both YA fantasy series. I always find it funny when adults sort of whisper and confess that they read YA, like there is some line in the sand that once you cross into adulthood you can’t read those stories. Bunk, I say. Read what sings to you. And I love the adventurous fantasy stories that the YA world is publishing.

Never apologize for reading a great story.

Ever.

So with all the fanfare and trumpets I can muster, I am going to tell you to go out and read these two series. They are fabulous.

Rebel of the Sands

Alwyn Hamilton’s series, Rebel of the Sands, is a glorious and fun take on Arabian Nights with an Old West feel, all wrapped around a gun slinging heroine with a biting humor and a lot of attitude.

Amani, our heroine from a dead end town in the middle of nowhere, ends up joining a revolution and discovering who she really is–and in the process finds friends, family and how to trust herself and her instincts. It isn’t about who everyone thinks you are or where you come from–it is about what you make of your life and the gifts you’ve been given.

You can clearly see why I would love these books.

Start with Rebel of Sands, then read Traitor to the Throne, and finally, finish it off with the new one, Hero at the Fall.

Normally I am always skeptical of the last book for fear it will fall flat–but Hero at the Fall is a wonderful conclusion to the series and I loved every page. Again, if you like adventure and folk tales and great characters, this is the series for you.

The Book of the Ancestor

I read the first book in this series, Red Sister, a few months back (and talked about it in this post) and immediately put the second one, Grey Sister on order. If I do that, you know I loved the first book. No waiting around for the library, no waiting for one of my book friends to get her hands on a copy and send it my way.

I want to read it. When it drops.

And in a bit of perfect timing, along came my copy of Grey Sister last week, just before we left for the coast for Spring Break. The Oregon coast in April is the perfect spot for reading. Because it is guaranteed to rain. We had sheets of it and the added bonus of 45 mile an hour winds.

Stay inside and read? Sounds good to me.

Grey Sister is off to a smashing start–I really like how the author began, with a recap of the characters separate from the story to bring the reader up to speed and not mess with the prose by having the characters tell you what happened before.

You know those awkward blocks of text when a character starts a long winded speech of info dumping, facts everyone in that scene already knows but the reader might need a bit of an information nudge? Yes, he got rid of those. Thank you very much.

Mark Lawrence just started story telling right where Red Sister left off. Joy.

Happily the weekend ahead looks to be a rainy mess. Darn. I’ll have to stay inside and finish reading Grey Sister.

Then the foot tapping for the next one will commence.

What series are you in love with right now? What book has you fidgeting with impatience for it to come out?

 

2 comments to “Friday Reads: YA Series”

  1. Janelle Wilbanks
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      · April 21st, 2018 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I am so excited for Holy Sister — loved Grey Sister so much!



    • Elizabeth
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        · April 22nd, 2018 at 5:20 pm · Link

      I just finished it and loved it. Now begins the long wait for the next one. Isn’t that always the case? You devour a great book and then…sigh.







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