Most of the time we review new books here at VBC. In some cases that’s just because we’re excited about the new stuff, other times it’s that we’ve read the backlist stories before I started this blog. I want an opportunity to recommend my favorites to you (and let the associate reviewers Jo and Candace have their hand at telling you what’s OMG-You-Must-Read good, too). So, I’m debuting a new feature here at VBC: The Keeper Shelf.
We all have our keeper shelves. The books we proudly display, maybe the ones we re-read the most and even the signed shelf, if you’re lucky enough. I’m including a couple pictures from my keeper shelves in this post. If you’ve ever looked at my recommendations pages, you’ll find Richelle Mead’s novels littered throughout. So, it’s not really a shocker that she has her own shelf in my office. It’s a square photo, but yes, her Dark Swan and Bloodlines novels are up there, too. Sometimes a girl just has to play favorites.
I did convince the husband we needed to have a few keeper shelves in the living room by introducing Portal bookends. Here we’ve got our test subject escaping from zombies, ghosts and a whole lot of adventure. (Before you ask, I found the Portal bookends at ThinkGeek.)
Now that I’ve given you a little glimpse of my keeper shelves, let’s get to business. In the last week, I’ve had several requests for great young adult novel recommendations. I have readers coming to me having already read the Vampire Academy or Morganville Vampires series and saying “what next?”
Easy answer: Evernight by Claudia Gray. If you’re looking for angst, vampires, love and complications in a YA setting, Evernight will do it for you. I’ve interviewed Claudia here at VBC and reviewed the final Evernight novel, Afterlife.
The thing that makes Evernight so engaging is the ever-raising stakes. We have a girl who doesn’t fit in at a vampire boarding school. She doesn’t know who or what she is and how that can fit in at this place. The vampire students are physically flawless, and it makes it hard for a mortal teenage girl to keep up. We have a boy who hates vampires, but is still at their school. Big secrets are revealed by the end of this book and the series progresses in star-crossed lovers fashion.
Your turn! If you could recommend just one book today, which one would it be and why? Hit the comments and help everyone build their to-read lists.