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Adults Reading Young Adult

I’ve read a handful of young adult (YA) novels, pretty much all fantasy. But I think that’s about the only genre I’d like to read YA books in. I may be 39 years old, but there are decent books out there in the YA fantasy genre that adults will enjoy.

I looked at the first page of Goodreads’ list of the best young adult fantasy books. I have some on my to-read list, some I have already read, some that look interesting, and some I’ve never heard of. Let’s look at the series.

Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling

I’ve already read this. I enjoyed it a lot. It was quite fun. I sold my copies before moving to Canada, but they weren’t all by the same publisher or had the same cover art. I can buy them again, since I’d like to re-read them down the road sometime.

The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

This series is talked about a lot. I haven’t actually looked into what it’s about. Do you think someone like me would enjoy it?

Graceling Realm, by Kristin Cashore

I’ve heard about this and know about the premise. It seems quite interesting, actually. It’s been on my to-read list for some time now, but I don’t remember adding it.

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

This is on my to-read list, and I’ve heard a lot about it, mostly that it’s really popular. Seems interesting to me.

The Grisha, by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve only heard about it, but I don’t know anything about it. What do you think?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

Again, I’ve only heard about it, but I don’t know anything about it.

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Not interested. Sorry. Vampires aren’t my thing, and Twilight certainly has no interest for me.

The Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini

It’s on my to-read list, even though I’ve heard it’s not very well-written. I’ve seen the movie for Eragon, so I already know what I’d be getting myself into. Going to read anyway.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan

This is actually pretty high on my to-read list. I’d like to get this, even though it’s a very long series. It sounds interesting and comes highly recommended whenever I read about it.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Another one I’ve heard plenty about, would like to see the movies, and therefore, need to read the books first. I kind of like Jennifer Lawrence, as well. But this is about the books, not the movies. It’s on my to-read list.

The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare

Another Cassandra Clare series I’ve heard is quite popular, although I don’t know much about it. What do you think about it?

His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

I know about this somewhat, since there was a movie about the first book, and I did see a bit of it. I guess I’d be spoiled a little. It’s on my to-read list, though.

The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer

I know little about this, but have read the cover blurb. It looks interesting, though the cover of the first book, Cinder, may make some people wonder if I’m reading a romance novel. What do you think of it?

A Court of Thrones and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

Another Sarah J. Maas series, I’ve heard little about it, but the interest is pretty high. I’m curious about it.

Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

All I know is that it’s about dragons and their place in society. I don’t know much about it, but from what I’ve read, it looks interesting.

The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater

From the cover blurb, I’m not so sure if I’m very interested in this. But I could be wrong. It’s not the kind of fantasy I like to read.

Gemma Doyle, by Libba Bray

Again, after reading what it’s about, my interest isnt very high.

The Iron Fey, by Julie Kagawa

I might have some interest in it. But I don’t know so much about it.

Abhorsen, by Garth Nix

This is definitely pretty high on my to-read list. I’ve heard some pretty good things about it, and I’m very interested.

I’m going to stop here, as that’s plenty to talk about. So, my question for you is this: Which series do you recommend? Keep in mind that while I’m mostly interested in traditional or high fantasy, I am open to other kinds of fantasy. I’m less interested in fantasy that takes place during the present time or in our modern world. But then, I enjoyed The Word and the Void series by Terry Brooks (and that’s not young adult). Please let me know what you think about the series I listed above. What do you think I should read?

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Adults Reading Young Adult Novels? Oh yes!

You know, when reading novels, I don’t think age matters. So, I’ll make a confession here. I’m a thirty-eight year old man who reads and enjoys young adult novels from time to time. How about you?

I’m sure everyone’s read Harry Potter. I read it all the way through and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was fun to read, and I have no problem letting people know that.

Do you think there’s a stigma against adults reading young adult novels? You sometimes hear some people saying, “You read that? But it’s for kids!” The same goes for watching cartoons or Disney movies. I still love watching Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Transformers. They’re lots of fun. And I like escaping from my life as an adult occasionally just to indulge in my inner child. And since I have a young child, I’ll continue watching kids shows for a long time. And I’ll enjoy it.

When it’s time for my daughter to read Harry Potter, I’ll gladly talk with her about the story, as well as watch the movies with her. No problem!

Are you an adult who enjoys young adult novels?

Book Review – The Annihiliation of Foreverland

annihilationofforeverlandThe Annihilation of Foreverland

Author: Tony Bertauski

Series: Foreverland #1

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Published 2011

Review Copy: Free Giveaway eBook from Amazon

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Goodreads Description

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?

Review

The Annihilation of Foreverland is the first novel in the young adult science fiction series Foreverland by Tony Bertauski. It’s completely self-published, but I think we have a winner here.

Danny Boy arrived on this island where he’s told he’s being healed.  All the boys on the island are being healed for some reasons that none of them know.  They’re being taken care of by the investors, a bunch of old men, and the Chairman, the man who runs the whole thing.  They spend some time in a virtual reality environment called Foreverland while going through this so-called healing process.  But there’s something not quite right.

From the beginning, this felt like a mystery that needed to be solved.  Danny Boy, the main character of the story, is a computer genius who can’t remember any of his life, but remembers how to do everything.  He’s extremely curious, not afraid of doing what he needs to do, and turns out to be very difficult to control.  He’s a pretty compelling character.  He goes about trying to find out what’s really happening on this island, as well as what’s going on with Reed and this girl in Foreverland.  Reed is incredibly stubborn, and it seems no one likes him.  That is, no one liked him until Danny Boy arrived.  I felt that Reed was trying to do what Danny Boy could do, and find out what’s happening.  Zin is a good kid who takes an immediate liking to Danny Boy, and shows him the ropes around the island and Foreverland.  He’s a very positive character that is difficult not to like. Thankfully, the teenage characters are not stereotypical or annoying.  The Chairman is quite mysterious, and that’s one mystery that needs to be solved.  And who are these old men who are called the investors?  Mr. Jones, Danny Boy’s investor, seemed kind of creepy, though always kind.

I enjoyed how the story progressed.  It was at a good pace and kept me very interested in what was going on, as well as making me think about the mystery of the island.  I wanted to find out what was going on, and I followed along with Danny Boy’s constant attempts to get under the skin of the people running the island.  It’s trouble-making that I enjoyed a lot.  Bertauski did a good job of keeping the reader guessing about what was going to happen next, and I looked forward to opening up my Kindle app and reading it.  It was immensely enjoyable, even though I’m not a young adult.  It is quite compelling for adult readers, as well.

Bertauski set up a vivid world, though small, and I felt like I was on the island with Danny Boy.  Foreverland was pretty interesting, and the twist about it was surprising.  That’s one thing that impressed me about this book.  There were unexpected twists everywhere, especially in the second half of the book.  It was a very creative idea, and it was executed extremely well.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick and imaginative science fiction read based in the near future world.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.