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Friday, October 08, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...Raw Emotions: Addicted 2 Novels

I'm very pleased to introduce you to the lovely Lena of Addicted 2 Novels today. Lena had the nicest things to say about TMAS, which is how I learned of her and her fantastic book blog. I'm very grateful for her kind words!

I hope you all enjoy what she has to say about raw emotions and what makes her lose herself in a book - and don't forget prizes...

Welcome, Lena!

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What I look for in books are raw emotions and realistic, yet dreamy characters. I love a book that can make me cry. If it can bring me to tears, it’s a winner. How many times have you read a book and felt like these fictional characters really existed? How tears have you shed because the main character in the book you’re reading just got her heart broken? And how many times have you secretly wished for your very own Jace Wayland or Peeta Mellark? I know I wish for my own baker’s son at least, oooooh, once or twice a day. The point I’m getting at is, if you can relate and lose yourself in a book, it’s a keeper. Let’s face it, there’s no better journey than the one a magnificent author can take you on.

Top 5 Books (and this was really tough):
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


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Lena, thank you for stopping by to chat about what you'd like to see on the YA shelf!

Readers, what makes you lose yourself in a book?
Do raw emotions draw you into a story? Comment for a chance to win this week's book prizes, plus a chance to win the grand prize! (more about that soon...but of course it involves books...what else?)(prizes shipped to US addresses only, one comment/post. Thanks!)

Oh and btw, this What YA Bloggers Want series is in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month - hooray for YA!

15 comments:

  1. It is definitely heartfelt and realistic, relateable, likeable characters, as well as beautiful writing. Nothing can win me over quicker than elegant and flawlessly written novels. :D

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  2. I'm a huge lover of fantasy but I do find when I read realistic fiction, it's the books that really tear into my heart that I enjoy most. The ones that will make me cry...

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  3. Great book choices. I like character development but it's fantasy and plots that move that draw me.

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  4. I like strong characters with strong emotions that draw me into their lives. When I care about the characters and feel that they are real, I'm invested in what happens to them and it keeps me turning the pages.

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  5. Holly, I LOVE this new series. So good to hear what other serious readers enjoy, and to see their favourite book titles. Thank you for gathering your tribe in this way.

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  6. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'm so pleased you're liking this series. Wish I'd thought of it sooner - these bloggers are a savvy bunch!

    I don't usually cry when I read (though I'm an emotive person in general), but a couple I can think of recently are Stephanie Kuehnert's BALLADS OF SUBURBIA and Han Nolan's BORN BLUE. Very well done.

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  7. Raw emotions and awesome characters draw me into the story. I like characters that make me cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh. I like feeling the emotions of the character as I'm reading.

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  8. I absolutely agree...raw emotions,but more importantly, REAL emotions are vital. So many great sounding premises fall flat for me because the character's reactions just don't seem real.

    Last book that made me cry?
    Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro

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  9. I am moved by books with real plots, real character situations. The Book Thief, Patricia McCormick's Sold, Nancy Werlin's The Rules of Survival. These realistic reads make me cry. The characters become real people to me and I can't help but carry their stories with me. They give me nightmares and make me sad, but I feel like I need to hear their stories because they're the untold stories of so many real people.

    Thanks for hosting this series, Holly. It's pretty amazing.

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  10. What draws me into a story? I have to be hooked right from the beginning...then it's the characters; development...finally, it's the setting - are the descriptions so real I feel like I'm there??? When all three are present, I can't put the book down!!!

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  11. I get lost in a book when I feel emotionally involved with what the characters are going through and invested in the outcome. If I don't care about what happens to them, I can't get into a book. So it's really about well-written characters that i can relate to and wanting the best for, and situations that I can root for.

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  12. Strong emotions, well written book,the book should have a nicely moving plot!

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  13. When I see the parts of me most shadowed reflected in the soul of a book, I am drawn in and I will only come up for air, but that’s not a guarantee.
    Bellacarolina33@aim.com

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  14. I like to get "set up" with the visual aspects of a book. It makes me feel like I'm living it with the writer. annc999(at)yahoo(dot)com

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