Hello PubCrawlers! Now that my debut YA novel, Ivory and Bone is out in the world, some of my friends who don’t normally read YA have given it a try. Most of these friends have discovered they enjoy YA, (hooray!) and a few have asked me for further recommendations.
So today we’d like you to tell us: What’s your go-to book recommendation—YA or otherwise? Here are a few of ours. Please share yours in the comments!
My go-to recommendation has long been Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This futuristic story about a boy locked inside a living prison, the warden’s daughter forced to live in a bizarre world that imitates the seventeenth century, and the relationship that results when each of them find a crystal key that allows them to communicate. It’s full of surprises and I loved every page!
S. Jae-Jones (JJ)
Hmmm, if we’re doing underappreciated reads I keep foisting on people, it would be Ysabeau Wilce’s books. These are criminally underappreciated: set in an alternate 18th-century California, it has magic, whimsy, intrigue, boys who wear kilts and maquillage, women who are generals of an army, and plucky heroines who use ingenuity to save the day!
I most often recommend Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, which has some of the most amazing world building I’ve read and the most complex and sympathetic characters.
If I have a customer looking for a good MG read my go-to is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. It’s one of those books that has wonderful language and a magical realism story that appeals to all ages from really young as a read-aloud to 8th graders. It’s only a couple of years old, but I love getting people to discover this modern classic.
I’m constantly recommending The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson—I love the way she plays with POVs in this book. I also love the sequel, The Heart of Betrayal—the villain in this book is excellent.
For my under appreciated reads I might go with The Falconer by Elizabeth May—a historical fantasy with one of my favorite romantic lines of all time!
How about you? What are your favorite books to recommend to other readers? Please share your recommendations in the comments!