The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater first wandered across my field of vision when her novel Shiver began getting a lot of attention the same year I started book blogging. Five years ago, I was not, despite styling myself as such, as much as an omnivore as I am now. I was spending a lot of time “regaling” people with how Twilight descended into institutionalized werewolf pedophilia and viewing urban fantasy—especially urban fantasy romance—with deep, deep suspicion. So no matter how much good press Shiver got, I was determined not to engage.
Defy by Sara B. Larson
Out of the narrative ingredients available to a writer, the love triangle is an especially potent and attractive one. It’s an instantly relatable situation that generates tension and conflict in spades. Wielded wisely, it can flavor a story, emphasize a theme, or even be a story on its own. I submit for your examination A Midsummer’s Night Dream, where yon Billy Shakespeare makes merriment for all by playing merry hell with a love quadrangle. Wielded poorly, it can feel bland, unnecessary, or worse—shoehorned into a narrative that didn’t need it. And when that last one means that the love triangle devours the narrative from which it was born, you’re in trouble.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
When I saw that The Hunger Games had finally come in at the library, I was ecstatic–what a nice way to leave the library I use in Decatur before heading home for the summer! And what a stroke of luck–I didn’t want to have to go to the bottom of the waiting list for The Hunger Games at my local library. I’ve heard so many good things about this novel that I couldn’t wait to dig in.