It’s Making a Comeback!

YA is often famous for particular tropes or subject matter taking over our shelves in a rotating fashion. When I first started reading YA, dystopia was all the rage – think The Hunger Games and Divergent and The Maze Runner. We also had a pretty good run of vampires for a while, with Twilight and Vampire Academy and House of Night. You get the idea. We love a good theme.

I don’t know about you, but 2018 definitely felt like the Year of the Water Creatures / Mermaids. We had Sea Witch and To Kill a Kingdom, and it felt like those books were everywhere. But today I want to talk about some particular things I think are making a comeback in 2019 / 2020 that I’m excited about! Ahh! Books!

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8 Queer Characters I’d Take a Bullet For

“I’D TAKE A BULLET FOR THEM”. It’s something most of us have said about a fictional character at one point or another (or even someone IRL, let’s be real). But how could you not want to protect someone with your life? Well, even if you’re like, look, I’m selfish, and I kinda like how my life is going, TRUST ME, I’VE BEEN THERE. But even this cold Slytherin heart couldn’t help but step into the path of a speeding car if it meant saving one of these cinnamon rolls.

So today I’m going to share with you some queer characters I’d risk my life for! I JUST HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE QUEER CHARACTERS IN MY LIFE AND I WOULD PROTECT THEM AT ALL COSTS. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over there weeping in the corner because of how much I love them. I’m totally fine. Nothing to see here.

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JANUARY FREAK-OUT | Mini Reviews

I can’t believe how many fantastic books I’ve read already this month! There were some older releases that I hadn’t got around to reading yet, some upcoming novels I can’t wait to scream about, and even a January release or two! But can someone pleeeeease tell time to slow down a little so I can get through my TBR? I’M DYING HERE.

But I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts from some of the books I’ve read recently with all of you! THAT MEANS MINI REVIEWS! It feels like forever I’ve done some mini reviews – how fun are they?! So I hope you enjoy finding out what I thought of four of the books I read this month!

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9 Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

Tropes. Love them or hate them, they’re a big part of YA. What would Twilight have been without the iconic love triangle? What if Harry Potter wasn’t actually the chosen one, but just some random student at Hogwarts who took it upon himself to rid the world of Voldemort, just for LOLs?

Tropes can definitely be overdone and some are poorly written, but there are a few tropes out there that pretty much guarantee a book to be an auto-buy for me. Does it have the “enemies to lovers” trope? YES PLEASE. What about a character that’s secretly famous? ADDED TO BASKET.

So these are nine of the tropes I’ll never get sick of!

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Best and Worst Villains of All Time

Villains have it pretty tough. We all hate on them, scream at them through the pages, and cheer when they die. Sounds a bit unfair on the baddies, doesn’t it? BUT THAT ALL ENDS TODAY. It’s time to show our appreciation for the villains of some of our favourite novels in THE VILLAIN AWARDS!

Ever wondered which villain should take out the prize for the Most Stab-Worthy? Or what about the villain to whom you said “I wish you were dead” the most times? It’s time to commemorate the best of the worst in an appreciation post for everyone from the murderers, to the creeps, to the people who just rubbed us off the wrong way.

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7 Books I’m Guaranteed to Love

How do you decide which books to add to your TBR? Personally, I’m a fan of finding books that sound as though they have similar elements to some of my existing favourite novels—whether that be my love of queer romances, or paranormal stories, or just a good empowering, feminist narrative. I do love trying out books that sound like nothing I’ve ever read before as well, but it’s hard not to reach for those that sound like I’ll instantly fall in love with them first.

In my search for 2019 releases to add to my TBR, I came across some upcoming YA novels that sounded right up my alley! Based on books I’ve read previously that have similar themes, I figure I’ve cracked the code to working out which books I’m guaranteed to love. So check out the 2019 releases that I’m looking forward to reading, based off books I’ve already read and loved!

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Predicting My 19 Favourite Books of 2019

How is it the end of the year already?! Even though I’m slightly annoyed that we’re meant to be celebrating New Year in just over a week when it feels like it was June last month, but hey, it also means that I get to flail about all the upcoming releases I’m most excited for!

I say this every year, but 2019 looks like the best year of YA yet. We have anticipated sequels from some of our favourite authors, new books from people we know and love, and, of course, this year we’re going to get to fall in love with new writers and their worlds for the very first time. We’ve been promised zombies, and queer witches, and murder, and drag queens, and ghosts, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the 2019 releases.

It’s becoming a tradition that I predict my favourite books of the next year and then reminisce on what I actually thought of them one year later, and I had so much fun this year that I thought I’d do it again! If you want to check out my thoughts on my predicted favourites of 2018, check out this postAaaaand… here are my predicted favourites of 2019!

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Expectations vs Reality: My 18 Favourite Books of 2018

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the year – how did that happen?! I’ve read some great books and some not-so-great books this year, but it’s safe to say that 2018 has been a fantastic year of YA. We’ve been blessed with new characters to obsess over, new adaptations to rewatch until we can quote them, and new worlds that seem so real we could just fall right through the pages and into them.

But not all of my predictions for my year of reading were accurate. This time last year, I shared with you 18 books I predicted I’d fall in love with during 2018 – so I thought it would be fun to revisit my original post and spill the tea on whether these books were as amazing as I hoped they would be. Enjoy!

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5 Things I Learned During #NaNoWriMo

So… I participated in #NaNoWriMo this month! If you don’t know what that weird mash of letters means, it stands for National Novel Writing Month – a month where writers across the globe get together (well, online, but the feeling of unity is real) and aim to write 50k during the month! It’s fun and hectic and we all need approximately 328 gallons of coffee to make it to December alive, but it’s totally worth it.

While I didn’t get to the full 50k this month (why do they plan this during the busiest month of the year, I demand to speak to the manager), I did make a really good start on a new WIP and I had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve been working on a crime / sci-fi YA novel for the past month, and yes, it’s as weird as that mashup of genres sounds. It has sociopaths and vigilantes and monsters and stabbing and scones! What more could anyone want in a novel?!

This is the third time I’ve participated in #NaNoWriMo, and still I learned new things from taking part again. So whether or not you were involved this year, I think these tips are applicable to all writing experiences. I hope you can take something away from this post!

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8 of the Best Queer YA Novels of 2018

2018 has been an incredible year in terms of new releases featuring queer characters! I say this every year, but I honestly think there have been more new books featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters during 2018 than any year previously. It’s amazing! More queer novels, please!

I’m just so happy that this year, the majority of the books I’ve read have included explicitly queer characters, if these characters aren’t the protagonist. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined being able to pick off more than a handful of these books off the shelves at stores – and look where we are now! My glittery rainbow soul is singing.

I’m already looking forward to all the glorious queer releases of 2019, but before then, I’d like to share my top 8 queer reads of 2018! I utterly adored all of these and I could have put 100 more on this list, but I had to narrow it down to my absolute favourites. I hope you loved these ones too!

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