Ready for More Books!

Over the last few weeks, I've begun the Writerlea Book Review series, where we examine the merits of a variety of books (primarily in the science-fiction, fantasy, or young adult genres), looking at their narration, content, characters, artwork, and world-building. They're a bit more in-depth than most (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.), but they're designed to look … Continue reading Ready for More Books!

Book Review: Magonia

Description from Goodreads: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel … Continue reading Book Review: Magonia

Using Present Tense in Past Tense Prose

It’s becoming more common, especially in Young Adult fiction, to see present tense used instead of the more traditional past tense. Present tense allows any use of past tense to be the actual past, making flashbacks very clear. (Along with its immediacy, this is one of the benefits of present tense.) But present tense can … Continue reading Using Present Tense in Past Tense Prose

What’s YA Fiction Telling Our Young Adults?

I have noticed a couple concerning trends in YA fiction. While I do not proclaim myself to be an expert, what little I have read suggests that these messages frequently appear in YA fiction, and I wonder if that's really what we want to be telling our young adults. Young adults are adults…just young. Very … Continue reading What’s YA Fiction Telling Our Young Adults?