What do you think is the best YA novel of all time?

I have been following Entertainment Weekly’s quest in finding the best YA novel of all time very closely. I have voted and watched as incredible books were beaten by equally wonderful books and lamented as some of my favorites did not go on to the next round.

And we are now left with the Final Four.

Here’s what has me utterly mind boggled.

How do you choose between To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which is one of the most profound and beautiful books ever written and The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling which sucked me in and made my imagination run wild, made me want to write. They are both incredible and influential in very different ways. They have both helped to shape and mold young minds and have been wildly popular with both teens and adults.

The second pairing that we have to vote bewteen is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – a wonderful, heartbreaking, and endearing account of the teenage years of one teenager who prefers to sit on the sidelines,  vs. The Fault in our Stars  by John Green, a tale of teens living their lives their own way instead of letting their illness define them or determine what they can and can’t do. I’ve read both of these books and let me tell you— they are both astounding, well written, and incredibly emotional. While The Fault in Our Stars is the newbie on the list, I have a distinct feeling that it will stand the test of time and be one of those important books that my children and hopefully their children will be able to read and relate to.

Quite honestly, I would be ok with any of these books winning the top spot.

So how did I vote (don’t hate me if you don’t agree)??

To Kill a Mockingbird vs. Harry Potter

I voted Harry Potter because I want to live in this world and stay there forever. The story of Harry Potter enchanted me from the moment I picked the book up. While TKM is one of my favorite books of all time and it brings to light issues that are still important to think about today, it did not hold that magic for me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower vs. The Fault in our Stars

I voted for John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, not because I don’t love Wallflower, because I do. But there is something in the rawness of the characters that Green has written that makes me feel like I know them. This book is about very ill teenagers who are just trying to live their remaining days with dignity and enjoy the time that they have left. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic. It has everything I look for in a great novel.

How would you vote???

Review: Death's Awakening by Sarra Cannon

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Synopsis:

For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

Review:

Recently, I read The Trouble With Goodbye, Sarra Cannon’s debut new adult novel. When I learned that she wo922777_593070934071129_2115761656_nuld also be releasing Death’s Awakening, a young adult paranormal thriller, I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to read it.

This novel chronicles the lives of three teenaged neighbors: Parrish (one B-A chick who easily became one of my favorite characters), Noah (the adorable boy next door who has a heart wrenching past), and popular cheerleader Karmen (who’s character I cannot wait to see develop further). We also meet Crash, a young man who is beyond prepared for the apocalypse and a young boy who is out on his own in a big city. Sarra Cannon has created a cast of very diverse characters whose secrets and desires are revealed over the course of the novel.

Death’s Awakening changes perspective quite often throughout the book. When I first began reading, this was slightly confusing as I was so drawn in by the prologue that when it switched to a different perspective it threw me for a loop. As more connections were made and as we learned why other characters were connected to this story I found the multiple perspectives to give a complete and cohesive view of the terrors that were going on in the story.

While reading this novel, I was constantly surprised. There were so many twists and turns that I wasn’t even remotely expecting. This book has everything that a young adult (or adult) paranormal thriller fan can want: a terrifying virus that has the whole world suffering, romance, mysterious witches, great characters, and so much more (I don’t want to give too much away). The pacing of the whole story was great with plot twists and character/plot development. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and finished this book wanting to know when the next one will be out

Sarra Cannon has once again made me a huge fan of her writing. She is an extremely talented writer and she is self-published which is a feat in and of itself. After reading two of her novels, I highly recommend Death’s Awakening (or any of her other books).

Death’s Awakening was a wild ride and I look forward to reading the rest of the Eternal Sorrows Series as it’s released.
4.5/5 stars

Read my review for The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon here!