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Storify: My Under the Radar YA Recommendations

Storify: My Under the Radar YA Recommendations

A couple nights ago Dahlia of The Daily Dahlia tweeted asking for recommendations for good "under the radar" young adult novels. Being one who cannot ever resist the opportunity to book push, I jumped in with some of my favorite recommendations (Racquel beat me to the punch with one, Burning by Elana Arnold). 

Be sure to visit Dahlia's post on her blog with a roundup of the the most commonly recommended books and also visit the hashtag on Twitter--you know, in case your to-read pile isn't enormous enough. 

Here are my picks in Storify form, including links to blog posts on CEFS (or an Amazon page for more information). Thanks to Dahlia for prompting this fantastic whirl of enthusiasm for lesser-known novels.

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The Official 2013 Clear Eyes, Full Shelves List of Awesome

The Official 2013 Clear Eyes, Full Shelves List of Awesome

Each year, we here at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves put together a list of books that stood out to us over the last twelve months as particularly full of awesome. Last year's list had a whopping 24 titles.

Let's see if 2013 can match up, shall we?

The One Sarah Recommends to Anyone & Everyone:
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

The red light blinks. Welcoming me home. What’s the exact opposite of blaze of glory? I look around my dusty Subaru, cut-off jeans, and think: me. This. This is what the exact opposite of a blaze of glory looks like.”

 

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Ten Reading Wishes for the New Year

Ten Reading Wishes for the New Year

At the beginning of 2013 I wrote a post about hopes for the new year, and I thought I'd continue that pseudo-tradition for 2014. Looking at last year's wishes, a number of them still stand, particularly the need to end the denigration of books read by women as "mommy porn" and the like; my weariness over the dramarama train in the book world still stands; and I'm still fed up with the digital versus physical reading debate, which seems to have no end in sight and is utterly unproductive. 

In the next couple weeks I'm going to talk about some deliberate changes I'm hoping to make to my reading (and writing about reading) habits in the new year and we're pulling together our 2013 List of Awesome at the moment. And, we already have a super-fantastic guest scheduled for a podcast later this month, so things are happening around these parts.

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Three to Put on Your To-Read List

I really, really try to not read too far before books come out. It's tempting because I do have access to early review copies (though I don't request/receive at the rate of a lot of folks--that would simply overwhelm me), and sometimes I simply cannot resist and read waaaaaaay before a book's release date.

The following are three that I highly recommend you keep your eyes out for in a couple of months when they're released. (And, I promise, I'll write more about each once they're real books you can buy or snag at your library.)

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Disney Hyperion | Dec. 10, 2013

Were you a fan a Lost? Because These Broken Stars is perfect for Lost fans, with its twisty blend of science fiction, weird paranormalcy and reality-bending conspiracy. The romance is unusual and emotion-filled, particularly in its confrontation of class differences. 

Amazon | Goodreads

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding
Entangled Teen | Dec. 3, 2013

Do you ever complain that there aren't enough complex family relationships in young adult fiction? Then Amy Spalding's second novel, Ink is Thicker Than Water will definitely satisfy you. Lots of family stickiness are explored in this novel, and the messiness is absolutely fabulous.

Amazon | Goodreads

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Harlequin Teen | Jan. 28, 2014

Elizabeth Scott's upcoming Heartbeat is another novel which explores the complexity of family. In this book's case, loss, what-ifs and the tension between teenage disenfranchisement while at the same time being on the cusp of adulthood. It's so, so emotional and, at the same time, rather restrained.

Amazon | Goodreads

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