Saturday, February 12, 2011

Romance Week - YA Romance - Guest Post /w Christie of A & C Book Junkies

Today we have another special guest with us!  Earlier this week we had Ashley, Christie counterpart from A & C Book Junkies!!

Welcome Christie!

About Christie:
Hey guys! My name is Christie and I'm 24 years old. By day I am a Human Resources Coordinator and by night I am a Book Junkie. I recently re-discovered my love for books. Yes, re-discovered. During high school and university I forgot what it was like to read for pleasure but in the past 2 years I have realized my love for reading again and I couldn’t be happier. Unlike Ashley I seem to stay within my comfort zone when it comes to the genres that I read. I really enjoy YA fantasy, pop-culture books, and biographies however I am open to suggestions!
 The community of authors and book lovers that exists has astounded me. There are so many books out there waiting to be read and so many bloggers ready to review them. I am really excited that we have this platform and our Twitter account to connect with everyone in the book community.  :)


The way that YA romance is viewed around the world can be summed up in one word: Twilight.
While there are MANY wonderful YA romances out there, Twilight is the one book that has unveiled the massive impact of such a love story.  Readers of every age fell in love with Twilight, but why? What is it about YA romance that makes our hearts melt? It can’t be that these YA books flood us with nostalgic memories of young love, because well, not every reader has had that particular experience.  To be honest I don’t know why the rest of the world swoons for YA romance, but what I can tell you is why I love it...
YA Romance is often about “firsts”; first love, first kiss, first heart break. It is because everything is new that the emotions are so poignant, so painful.  YA romance is often cloaked in innocence but there is something very raw and real about it. The actions and words between these YA couples we read about have not been tainted by years filled with love and loss. I prefer YA romance to Adult romance because it speaks to those who need to find, or to rediscover, the hope found in young love. So, if you’re looking for some hope this Valentine’s Day, and would like to curl up with a book, then I suggest:

13 to LifeTitle:  13 to Life
Author:  Shannon Delany

Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing.  Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town.  It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid…

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely (Quality))Title:  Wicked Lovely
Author:  Melissa Marr

All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read

Title:  Freefall
Author:  Mindi Scott

How do you come back from the point of no return?

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up.

Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . .

ShadeTitle:  Shade
Author:  Jeri Smith-Ready

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.



Thank you Christie for coming to visit us today, and participating in Romance Week!  It was a pleasure meeting you and Ashley - fellow Canadian bloggers!

Here are some other YA Romances that you might enjoy:

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