Thursday, November 15, 2012

A YA author you might enjoy...

As both the variety and quality of young adult fiction increases, we are seeing more adults checking things out from the "Teen Scene." One "miniseries" (a two-book series) I just read and wanted to blog about is Lish McBride's Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and its follow-up, Necromancing the Stone. We teen librarians just read the first book for our 10-12 Book Club, and I took home the sequel the following weekend. I thought these might be of interest to adults for several reasons:

  1. If you like paranormal, they are chock full, but not with the schmaltzy, angsty, romantic kind--these books are focused more on a coming of age story (okay, as a necromancer, but still...), with all the challenges of learning to make ethical choices, treat people fairly and lovingly, and do no harm if you can help it.
  2. While written for teens, McBride gives adults a lot of tongue-in-cheek pleasure by her use of '70s and '80s music titles and lines as her chapter headings. Just as the makers of children's movies have discovered that it helps to entertain the parents of the toddlers by including in-jokes only the adults will "get," so here does McBride pander to our nostalgia for the rock 'n roll of our own teen years.
  3. Busy adults (such as myself) will be grateful that McBride wraps this one up in two just-right volumes. Although I am a big fan of series fiction (and will have a blog post for you when I have finished R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series sometime in 2013!), it's nice to get a payoff pretty quickly instead of having to wait year after year for the next book, and the next, and the next.... While McBride could choose to write more about these characters (and I would happily read it if she did), these two contain a perfect-sized story arc.

These are definitely fantasy (necromancers, a were-bear, a chupacabra and a pukis, not to mention various ghosties and zombies), so if that's not your thing, steer clear. But if you want some humor interlaced with human/nonhuman/superhuman drama, these books are for you!

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