Category Archives: Beth Revis

Why I Love YA [and Beth Revis’s amazingly awesome YA Giveaway]

I didn’t always read YA. In fact, I never even gave it a second thought just a few years ago. A friend at the time was one of those people who would read anything you put in front of her. I had a bad case of book-prejudice. Young Adult? Why the heck would I want to read that?! I’m in my twenties and I’m supposed to want to read about teenagers? Pffftt.. yeah, okay.

I now have a YA book blog. Things have clearly changed.

Even though I’d always loved to read, once I hit high school, I didn’t really read much more than what my English teachers assigned. Of course I read some of my absolute favorite books during those four years, including The Hobbit, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and The Things They Carried, but I didn’t really know who I was as a reader.

College brought more of the same – nothing more than what my English prof’s assigned. This did bring about my love of Steinbeck, but I wasn’t reading on my own, for pleasure.

And then I moved in with my mom. I never knew my mom was a reader until I stumbled upon her stash of contemporary romance novels. Here I felt that I’d found my niche, buried in the pages of Jude Deveraux, Nora Roberts, Christina Dodd, and Judith McNaught books. That lasted a few years for me, where I read for fun, and stuck mainly to these authors – before branching out to Jennifer Weiner and Phillipa Gregory. But I was losing steam. Fast.

So one day, moseying through the aisles of Barnes & Noble, I found a book whose cover intrigued me. It was black, with two hands holding an apple. Twilight, it was called. My friend told me it was amazing – I should totally get it! But Vampires? Me? No, I couldn’t! Could I? I didn’t get it. I put it back and got something else instead (Clearly it wasn’t amazing, because I don’t even know what it was anymore, lol). A few days later I was at Target with my boyfriend. He was off looking at something or other, and I was in the book aisle. I made it halfway down before this cover caught my eye. It was black, with two hands holding an apple. Twilight. It was a sign. Boyfriend found me and started rushing me to hurry up – so I said ok, fine! and grabbed a copy. I started the book that night. I finished it the next day. That was it – I was hooked.

What I think my draw to YA is, is that the main character’s are still trying to figure out who they are – where they are going and what they want out of life. It’s like bringing me back to time when I was young, and innocent, and had all of the world ahead of me – mine for the taking. It puts you in this place where love is something new, an experience they are going into for maybe the first time. It’s a feeling we can all remember, and then when you mix in a vampire, werewolf, or throw you into space, or even a dystopian Earth, etc it just becomes something completely new and different. It’s a time before work takes over most of your day, where you are stuck dealing with responsibilities like bills and families. It’s a time where we can all sit back and say, what would I have done if I was Bella Swan? If I was Tris Prior?

In closing, I think that YA has brought something new to my life. An outlet, a creativity and an imagination that I maybe was lacking before. It’s thrust me into this entirely new world where I can talk to other people online through their blogs, or Goodreads about their love and fascination with YA books. It’s fresh, and new, and uninhibited. It’s a home, comforting and safe, entertaining and thought provoking. It’s mine, as I’ve made it, and it’s what I love.

Why do you love YA?

Now… Go enter to win a TON OF YA BOOKS!

Happy Reading,

Cover Reveal {10} Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis

With the release of the third and final book of the Across the Universe Series, Shades of Earth, set for release January 15th 2013 the covers for the entire series has been revamped. With a futuristic and decidedly sci-fi vibe, the new covers are much more simple and less revealing than its previous counterparts. With all the buzz on this cover reveal, it appears the general consensus is that the new covers fall flat from our expectations… so what do you think? Should they have left well enough alone or are you a fan of the new covers?

And here are the old covers:
First Edition release cover for Across the Universe

Revamped cover of Across the Universe when released as paperback; and the cover for A Million Suns upon its release

Happy Reading!
Laura