This past month, while looking for inspiration for my YA novel I came across three wonderful books. All three books are totally different from each other but each features a journey of discovery of some kind.
Book 1: The Book of Learning Nine Lives Trilogy 1 by E.R. Murray
I had the pleasure of hearing the author herself read the prologue and first chapter at Cork World Book Fest. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out more about Ebony Smart! The characters are colourful and vibrant and the prologue grabs the reader and pulls him/ her into Ebony’s world. After twelve-year old Ebony’s grandfather passes away she is sent to live with her Aunt Ruby in 23 Mercury Lane, there she learns she is part of an ancient order who can reincarnate. Since I finished the Harry Potter series I’ve been looking for a magical book series to fill the gap and I wasn’t disappointed by this! Even though it’s aimed at 12 to 14 year old’s I think this is suitable for readers of any age and this is being passed on to my Dad to read next! I can’t wait for Book 2!
Book 2: Demon Road by Derek Landy
I came across this book while browsing the children’s section in my local library. I’d never read any other books by the author and being a lover of horror and the supernatural this looked right up my street. The main character is sixteen-year old Amber Lamont who goes on the run on “Demon Road”. This is a rollicking roller coaster of a book for readers 13yrs+. It features undead serial killers, demons, vampires and killer cars! There is non-stop action and just the right amount of gore! The sequel “Desolation” was released in March and is waiting to be read on my Kindle!
Book 3: Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher
I was recommended this book by an online friend and I found this harrowing at parts but fantastic. The book is also aimed at readers 13yrs+ but the subject matter can be a bit heavy so I wouldn’t recommend it for readers younger than that. The book focuses on Clay Jensen who is sent a package containing tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his friend and first love – who committed suicide two weeks before. Through the course of the book Hannah goes through the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. The book has a very powerful message is best said in Hannah’s words – “I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.” I think that’s something we all need to remember and that impact can be good as well as bad.
Have you read any wonderful books lately? What are your favourite kind of books?
Noelle (AKA The Corpse Bride)