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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What YA Bloggers Want...Five Things: Sarah's Random Musings

I'm very pleased to welcome Sarah of Sarah's Random Musings today to tell us what she wants to see in YA. Sarah is not only a prolific blogger and reader, but she is also an aspiring writer. Stop by her blog and give her a cheer!

Sarah lives just over the Puget Sound from me, so I've gotten to see her on many lovely occasions (including the TMAS party!). If you ever wonder if she is as bright and creative and lovely as her blog, I can guarantee you she is.

Welcome, Sarah!


I had dinner with a few YA authors and we got talking about what we would love to see in YA and that really got me thinking, here are a few things that I would love to see:

1. More Older YA. I am nineteen and applying to college. There are only a handful of books that I can think of that have MCs that seriously want to college or are about after high school. Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala are some of the books that I can think of.

2. Mysteries. I love a good Mystery, like All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma is more middle grade, but a great example. Make something that is Veronica Mars-ish. Also Spies are kick ass too.

3. Time Travel. I can't really think of any YA books that have time travel, but as a Doctor Who fan, I want to see something like this. Spaceships wouldn't be bad either.

4. Sick books! Okay, they are sad and depressing, but they are amazing! Before I Die by Jenny Downham and Forever Changes by Brendan Haplin.

5. Unicorns... and Zombies. I love Unicorns and I will admit that I enjoy zombies sometimes. I would love to see some originality like Diana Peterfreud and Carrie Ryan's book. And there is no such thing as too many unicorn books. My friend Khy, also did a post about this.
So what do you want to see in books?


Thanks, Sarah!

Readers, what are your five things? What do you think of Sarah's? And...the all-important question...Zombies or Unicorns?

Comment for a chance to win book prizes! Big book drop finale next week! (US residences only...sorry!)

(And by the way, this What YA Bloggers Want series is in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month!).


  1. More older YA: DEF Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. LOVED THIS BOOK! Also Heavenly series by Jennifer Laurens was incredible!

    Mysteries: I am not a mystery fan at all. I tend to get to anxious and just want to know who did it so I don't have a favorite here.

    Time Travel: The Time Travelers wife was a good book. I really enjoyed it. The ending was a little confusing but overall, it was good. I love time travel books too. They are a great way to introduce some historical fiction in without anyone knowing it! *winks*

    Sick Books: Anything by Nicolas Sparks makes me cry like a newborn baby. I have a hard time reading his books because of the emotion I feel. Also, The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a wonderful book. I loved this book. It was beautifully written and made me fall in love with Niagra Falls that I visited as a child but did not see the beauty then.

    Unicorns and Zombies...My daughter just asked me for a Unicorn for Christmas. I said I wish I could get her one. I would def be all for the unicorns. Just the thought of them is awe inspriring. They are magical, beautiful, loving, caring...well in my world they are. I am sure that in someone else's world, they may be perceived differently. This is the main reason I love books. We can choose which world we want to get lost in for several hours. I have not yet read any books that I can remember lately with Zombies in them (so recommend away) and the only Unicorns I can think of were the ones in Harry Potter. I would love a good Unicorn story to read.

    Thanks for the great interview and thans for the chance to reflect on some great books I have read. Have a great week!

  2. My five things are:

    1. Fantasy creatures. With fantasy being one of my favorite genres, I would love to see more dragons and fearies and mermaids (just to name a few).

    2. Climatic Battles. Probably my favorite thing in a book is the climatic battle. I have no idea why, but I just love it!

    3. Dystopian. Oh my gosh, dystopian is tied for my favorite genre. I love how authors can come up with such creative ideas about how our world will be in the future. They're just so creative!

    4. Relateable characters. When I read a book, I want characters I can relate to. This is probably one of the most important aspects when writing a book.

    5. Mystery. Yes, I have to agree with Sarah on this one. There don't seem to be many out there, but the few I have read I loved!

    As for wether I'm team zombie or unicorn, I can't decide. I love them both!

  3. YES! More older YA! (I have to disagree with your want for "sick books", though...I just can't stand them because they're so sad!)

    My five:
    1. Older YA (stealing this one)

    2. Male protags in fantasy/paranormal (Because it seems to be mostly girls narrating)

    3. More books in which the "best friend" pair is boy-girl (Because they always seem to have more witty banter)

    4. More epic fantasies! (Like Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox and Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon)

    5. More historical fiction/alternate history fiction (because I love it)

    As for Zombies vs Unicorns... I'm going to go with Zombies, because I could probably outrun them. Unicorns...not so much.

  4. 1. Older MC would be great to read about!
    2.Mysteries! Yes, I want more of those...it's like mysteries have all gone extinct!
    3.Because there aren't a lot of Time Travel books out there, my next WIP is on time travel...but yes, more time travel please!
    4.I love Nicholas Sparks books!
    5. I'm a Unicorn fan but reading about zombies wouldn't be bad either!

  5. I completely agree about books w/protagonists just past high school age. I was just talking to someone else about that recently. There aren't many!

  6. Sarah might like WILDWING, by Emily Whitman, which just came out. It's a historical fantasy with time travel! :-)


  7. I have to say that I LOVE seeing an interest in older YA here. It seems publishers are little leery of books with older characters, especially if they are in college. Authors like me (I've got a new ms that's set during sorority rush) would love to be able to say, "Hey! Readers DO want this kind of thing!" Thanks for bringing it up!

  8. I would love to see more unique zombie books or unicorn books. I haven't really read any of them but I'm getting really tired of all the Vamp stuff.

    I also agree that there should be more YA with older characters. I would love to hear more about the college times, The Ivy Series shows that, the characters are all students at Harvard.