Monday, May 25, 2015

Jobs in YA Fiction

Happy almost summer! As June approaches, many people I know have started to talk about getting summer jobs. Naturally, I started to think about some of my favorite characters from YA fiction and what jobs they'd be doing as they finished school. So, here are a few jobs that just might inspire you.

 Lizzie Summers (The Daughters, Johanna Philbin) models for fashion magazines. Hey, you might not think you're cut out for it, but neither did Lizzie... at first.

 Leigh (Six Feet Over It, Jennifer Longo) works with her family at the local cemetery. Not the most uplifting of places, but you do meet some interesting people.

Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot) gets paid--well, technically, she gets donations made to Greenpeace in her name--to learn to be a princess. Definitely one of the more glamorous options, though admittedly, it isn't an option for everyone.

Francesca Schnell (The Summer of Letting Go, Gae Polisner) babysits a little boy named Frankie Sky, who may or may not be her brother reincarnated. If you're looking for something less serious for your summer job, my advice would be to stay away from possible reincarnations.

Emi (Everything Leads to You, Nina LaCour) works as a set designer in Hollywood. Seems like those thrift store/flea market finds go pretty far.

Happy summer job hunting, everyone.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Updated TBR for 2015

Okay, I had a Most Anticipated Books of 2015 blog at the beginning of the year, but I've had to add to it. How did I miss these books?
So, in addition to the books in that post (some of which I've already gotten to read), I'm also anticipating...

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
(May 12, 2015)
This book is inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, and it's set in a land where the Caliph of Khorasan chooses a bride every night and executes a bride every morning. When Shahrzad volunteers to marry him, though, she has revenge on her mind. This book sounds incredible and I cannot wait to read it.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
(April 14, 2015)
That's right, this one's already out. I actually have a copy on my shelf, from the library. I just don't know when I'll have time to read it--but I'm really looking forward to it. When I wrote the first anticipated reads post, I hadn't yet read the Ruby Red trilogy, also by Kerstin Gier, so that explains why this wasn't on my list. I loved Ruby Red, and I love Kerstin Gier's writing style, so I hope I can get to this soon.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
(September 1, 2015)
Clare and Aidan are leaving for college and trying to figure out whether or not they should stay together. I absolutely love Jennifer E. Smith. I think waiting until September might be too much for me! Smith's other books are adorable and I hope this one is just as good.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
(September 1, 2015)
I can't tell you too much about this plot, because I don't know. I'm only halfway through Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series, so I'm not letting myself look at the synopsis for this one, in case of spoilers. But I love Throne of Glass and I love Celaena, and I'm very, very excited.

I'm sure there are more books coming out this year that I'll love, but I can't find out about them all right now--it just makes the waiting harder. Surprises are better.
Happy reading.