Reading Recommendations – YA Series

There are four series of books that come to mind when I think of authors who have influenced my desire to be a writer.

The Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer

twilight-seriesThe Twilight Saga gave me back something that I lost for a few years, my love of reading. I watched the movie first, and even though I love them now because they stem from the books, back then, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I couldn’t see the attraction that many people claimed the books had, so I decided I needed to go to the source and read the book for myself. I sat up until 4:00am that first night. There was something about Bella and Edward’s young love that took me back to the time I was young and fresh and innocent. I came to the series late, so the next day when I went back to the store, I was able to buy the rest of the books in the series. I devoured them. I gave them to my friends, who looked at me a little dubiously, but called me later, cursing me for their lack of sleep. So Twilight brought back my love of reading, which, in turn, brought me to begin writing.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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As a reader, I never took much notice of writing styles. A good book was a good book. I didn’t know what attracted me to the story, just that I liked it. I read without noticing the manner in which a story was told. Past tense, present tense, first person, third person, sentence structure and flow meant nothing to me, but Hunger Games changed this. Suzanne Collin’s wrote with a simplicity that kept me spellbound, and I had to find out why. It was a difficult one to recommend, though. Most conversations went something like this.
“I’ve just finished this great book. You should read it.”
“What’s it called?”
“The Hunger Games. It’s brilliant.”
“So, what’s it about?”
Here, I would usually pause and try to think of the easiest way of saying it without it sounding so brutal. But there was no other way to put it. “Ah, it’s about these kids killing each other in a reality TV-style show, ordered by a sadistic futuristic government.” At the dubious looks that statement received, I would usually add, “Just read it. Trust me.”

Gone Series – Michael Grant

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The Gone Series by Michael Grant is a little easier to recommend than the Hunger Games, though possibly more gruesome. It’s about a town where all the kids, fifteen and under, suddenly find themselves alone, cut off from the rest of the world by a giant dome. No adults. No supervision. No idea of what happened to the older members of their families. And then they start to develop powers. Some of them use these powers for good. Others do not. It can get rather brutal at times, but the characters and story development kept me glued.

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

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I have just received my copy of the last book in this series. I’m waiting for someone to offer to take over my life for an entire day so I can put everything aside and dedicate myself to delving into this delicious book, but I don’t see it happening. And by delicious, I really do mean delicious. Maggie’s use of words is magical. There is no other way to put it. I first came to love her for The Scorpio Races, but the Raven Cycle series is even better. Probably because there is more; four books, instead of one.
So there you have it. My YA series reading recommendations, well, the ones that influenced me the most, anyway.

Have you read them?
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
What are your YA series recommendations?

 

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Forever Blue Release Date and First Page

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Well, I’ve done it. I have pushed that little publish button, and Forever Blue is now available for pre-order with the release date of June 17th, 2016.

Since most of my sales are generated through Kindle, I have decided to release exclusively with them for the first ninety days. It will also allow me to run specials and countdown deals.

I have a few things planned before the release date rolls around; excerpts, digital ARC giveaways, book trailer release, paperback ARC giveaways, (provided they arrive on time) so make sure you keep checking in on my blog or Facebook page to take advantage of these deals.

For now, here’s the first page.

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Visit the Forever Blue page on my website.

Pre-order your copy.

Add to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ list.

 

 

Help me decide the blurb for Forever Blue

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I’ve always struggled with writing blurbs. As I’ve said before, I’d rather write an entire book than the short blurb which ends up on the back.

So I need your help. I’m going to list four blurbs below. They all give slightly different information, or are told in a different way. Please help me by casting a vote for the blurb which would most compel you to read the book.

Whether or not any of these end up making the back cover of my book is yet to been seen, (I’m still playing around, wording choice etc could easily change,) but will give me a indication of which direction to head.

Thank you to anyone who votes on the poll. I really appreciate it!

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Blurb 1

 

Brothers, Ruben and Judah Mitchell, used to be close, but that was before they met Cara Armistead. Once she moved in next door, the brothers grew further and further apart until the tension between them led to an event which left one dead and the other branded by the aftermath.

One year later, after the death of her baby brother destroyed her family, Lennon Donnelly has moved back to her home town of Puruwai. While visiting the cemetery, she finds a boy sitting on a gravestone, a boy with secrets in his past, but someone who finally sees her. Accused by the town as a killer, he reaches out to Lennon, but as their relationship deepens, the events of the year before present themselves in a way no one could have imagined.

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Blurb 2

 

I broke the surface and gulped in air, running my hands over my face to push the water away.
A raindrop splattered on my cheek. He did not rise.
Seven more raindrops in quick succession splattered against my skin.
And still, he did not rise.
The heavens opened and rain fell like a sheet, blanketing me,
cutting me off from the rest of the world.
I thought it was the end of everything.
But I was wrong.

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Blurb 3

 

Lennon Donnelly feels invisible.
But when she meets a boy at the grave site of his dead brother, she feels as though someone finally sees her. As she unlocks the secrets of his past,
the truth comes to light in a way that will change her life forever.

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Ruben Mitchell is popular and talented and loved.
He and his brother used to be close, but when he starts a relationship with the girl his brother loves, it ignites a series of events which will leave one dead
and the other branded with the aftermath.

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Judah Mitchell is nothing like his brother.
He prefers to spend his time gaming or tinkering on his beloved car.
When the girl he loves returns home, he is afraid he will be hidden by the shadow of his brother.
And while returning home from a party, Judah makes a decision
which the effects of will ripple through the small town of Puruwai.

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Cara Armistead never wanted to come home.
But when her mother falls sick, she must return to help with her care.
She never meant to cause tension between the brothers,
but after an incident leads to the destruction of her family,
she’s not sure if she will ever be able to forgive the person responsible.

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Blurb 4

 

Lennon.

Someone saw me. He saw me.
I never thought it would end like this.
But I was wrong.

 Ruben.

Everyone assumed that we had a secret connection,
that I had the ability to look into the mind of my brother and know
what he was thinking because we looked alike.
But his mind was just as much a mystery to me as it was to everyone else.

  Judah.

My brother was perfect.
You would think that would mean I was too,
considering we were twins,
but nothing could be further from the truth.
Ruben was popular. Ruben was talented. Ruben was loved.
And I was branded his killer.

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