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New Trend in YA Lit?

Cue creepy organ music.

Insert blood-curling scream here.

Lights vanish…Let the terror begin!

Do you love horror movies? Does the thought of reading Stephen King alone in a thunderstorm send shivers of excitement up your spine? Do you find yourself wishing your book had just a few more severed limbs? Look no further! There’s a new trend that’s fast approaching YA lit, ready to smash it over the head with a mace. HORROR! Muhahaha…um, sorry, got a little carried away…

David Gatward is the author of a new trilogy of books set to release a few months apart beginning this July. Entitled The Dead, The Dark, and The D***ed, they center around Lazarus a boy who’s fate in life is to send the dead back from whence they came. Except they don’t want to leave and thus leave trails of gore and mayhem in their wake. Gross. With all the video games available today highlighting their gory violence, it seems like a natural translation to take it to the written page. I haven’t read Gatward’s books yet, but plan on reading The Dead when it hits stores in July. I’m not a fan of horror (although Shaun of the Dead made me giggle), but I feel like as a writer and lover of YA lit, I should be in the know.

Click HERE to read a great interview with David Gatward @ The Book Zone (For Boys) blog.

Click HERE to visit Gatward’s blog and get more info about his books.

What’s your opinion? Do you think there should be a bigger representation of horror in YA lit?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s that time again! It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila and her blog One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.

This week I found an amazing YA lit blog called Mundie Moms that directed me to some delicious YA novels. Most are from new authors and have been very inspirational in the writing of my own YA novel. I do tend to lean toward fantasy YA lit as that is the genre in which I am writing, but I also appreciate any lit that is well-crafted. I have learned a lot from these authors, their blogs and blogs that they like. These are wonderful resources for any author providing forums for book discussions as well a platform for book reviews  – helpful to authors and readers alike! I would recommend checking out the websites of your favorite authors as they often offer helpful suggestions to writers as well as links to other great blogs and resources for the literature lover.

Meridian by Amber Kizer – The only problem I have with this book is that it was over way too soon! Kizer pulled me in to her story with an intriguing plot – protagonist is half angel, I won’t give the rest away – and wonderful tensions and mysteries. Meridian showcases what it’s like to be different and have society turn on you because of those differences. A must read for any YA lit lover!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I just started this book and already I don’t want it to end. The plot centers around a young girl who’s entire existence has been spent in a village run by the Sisterhood – a rigid group of God-fearing women – and the Guardians – protectors of the village. Ryan wastes no time throwing her readers into the gut-wretching emotions that Mary, the protagonist, experiences in the first few chapters. All her life she’s been protected by these seeming benevolent leaders from what lays outside the fence, but nothing is ever what it seems. This story will wrap you up and leave you breathless and wanting more.

Stay tuned for more reviews and the exciting journey of writing my first YA novel! 🙂