What I Write

My young adult novels are dark, edgy, and realistic. Although I love paranormal and fantasy books, I prefer to create stories that could really happen (and in many cases, really are happening). For me, the echo of a story set firmly in the real world always haunts me long after I've read the final word. If you like Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, and Neal Shusterman, you might like my books, too.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Five Faves #2

Okay, so I'm running a little behind on my July wrap-up.  Sorry!

July was SERIES MONTH for me!!!  In case you missed them, my Five Faves were:

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy (which isn't a Trilogy anymore, thank-you-very-much Cassandra Clare!)

1.) City of Bones
2.) City of Ashes
3.) City of Glass

And, Bree Despain's series...

4.) The Dark Divine
5.) The Lost Saint

So, what was so awesome about these books???  Oh! Where do I begin?

First of all, the Mortal Instruments series is freaking addictive as all get-out!  It's so totally unique and the characters are LOV-A-BLE (don't you want a BFF just like Magnus Bane?  I do!).  The action is intense, the conflicts are end-of-the-worldish and the love couldn't be more FORBIDDEN.  You hate yourself for wanting Clary and Jace to be together, but you just...can't...help it!

I've also read City of Fallen Angels and ADORED it, BTW, but that's a review for another month...

Next up is Bree Despain's Dark Divine series.  I know, I know.  You're soooo over the "paranormal guy is dangerous-as-heck, but his love-for-normal-girl will conquer all" right?  So was I.  But, in truth, there was something spectacular about this series.  First off, we're rooting for this couple from the get.  It's that whole my-family-hates-him-but-I-love-him thing and I just couldn't get enough of it. All in all, I totally loved the romance, the mysteries, and the surprises! And talk about an ending!!!  Sheesh!  Love, love, love!!!

Also, a quick update on GITM...

I'm still early in the querying stage, but I've already had several requests for fulls and partials.  And since I'm one of those crazy-organized people, I'm actually having fun updating my query spreadsheet.  It's color-coded!!!

I'm such a nerd, I know. 

For those of you starting school on Monday, best wishes for a great year!  ~L

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About Me

I'm a writer of contemporary teen fiction. My bookshelf is SLAMMED with young adult novels and I should be on some sort of twelve step program for my spending habits in Barnes and Noble. And, for the record, I LIKE having real books, so no Nook or Kindle for this gal.