Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tiara Talk: More, please?

Hi you guys!

This week on Tiara Talk I'm going to be basically telling you what I'd like to see more of in YA Lit.

(1) Top of my list, hands down, I would love to see more fantasy. But not just any kind of fantasy. I want to see more fantasy novels similar to the works of Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Shannon Hale and Sherwood Smith. [If you know any, please recommend them to me in the comments!] I absolutely love the works by these authors, something about their fantasy novels draws me in so completely and I would just love to find others in the niche to fill my cravings.

(2) I'd also like to see more YA novels dealing with various mental disorders, particularly panic/anxiety disorder. I've only come across one novel as of yet [The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti] that deals particularly with that disorder. 

(3) I'd be thrilled to pieces to find more YA novels that make me want to go back and read classics. Novels like Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev that makes me want to read William Shakespeare's entire backlist and Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin that got me excited about Edgar Allan Poe all over again. Oh! And Jane by April Lindner that got me super psyched to reread Jane Eyre for my British Literature II course.

(4) More mythology! But not just the Greek/Roman mythologies that are popping up everywhere. I was super psyched to see Coyote, a prominent figure in Native American folklore, popping up in Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel. I'd love to see more of him because he is one of my favorite figures in folklore and offers up so much potential.

(5) I'd squeal to see more centaurs [Fell hard for these magnificent mystical creatures/beings in the Partholon series by P.C. Cast] in my fantasy novels. I really think they're underused. Unless I'm just missing them. Point me in the right direction? And dragons are pretty awesome too. [Dying to read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman!]

What would you guys like to see more of? And of course if you know of any awesome books that fulfill my cravings, please pass the titles along. :]


  1. I would definitely like to see more high fantasy, like Graceling by Kristin Cashore. There's so little of it in YA! I'd also love to see more mythology, but different than Greek/Roman. There's so many different kinds of mythology out there that books have never explored before! It would be great to be read more about the different types.

    Love your list Ash!! <3

    1. Thank you! I'm thrilled to see that someone besides me wants these things. Hopefully the more people that do the more we'll see out on the shelves. And of course, we'll have to pass along any amazing titles we see so that we can all enjoy them. :]

  2. definitely more like your 1 and 2's!

    1. Yes! I'm especially wanting more of Numero Uno. And I'm just noticing I forgot to include Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder in that list. Doh.