2014 Reading Challenge: Young Adult

The cover of Daughter of Smoke and BoneListen, we're not that great at sticking to New Year's resolutions. It's March, so we've long stopped counting calories. But hey, hey, look at us! We've already stuck to our reading resolution — to read outside our comfort zones — with Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. Check out part one here

 And this month, DJ, our resident YA paranormal/fantasy romance fanboy, takes the reins. While Elisa and Elissa are always up for a great YA read, their reading tastes don’t tend to veer into the supernatural, so they'll be reading outside their comfort zone with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone!


DJ: There are so many things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone that I love: the gorgeous writing, the luscious settings, the fierce and angsty romance, the intense drama — really, I could go on and on, but I’ll restrain myself … For now. So why do I want Elisa and Elissa to read this? Well, it’s brilliant and expertly written and full of dark and complex characters who have endless surprises up their sleeves. There’s an unparallelled beauty to Laini’s storytelling and I hope my fellow Web Team 2.0 teammates will become as consumed by Karou and her adventures as much as I have.


Elisa: I am definitely not a paranormal YA reader. Contemporary? Love it. Dystopian, sci fi or fantasy? Yes, yes and yes. But paranormal YA has me thinking of a certain vampire romance that I try to forget ever happened. I know it isn't fair and there's definitely some good paranormal YA out there, it's just one of those things that I would never try unless someone absolutely made me. Which is the whole point of this project!

Elissa: Honestly, I super can't wait to read this one. I'm a huge YA fan, and I'm almost embarrassed to admit I missed this one when it came out. I trust DJ's instincts and so I'm ready to read! Of course, if I don't like it, he will never hear the end of it.  No pressure, DJ!

Won't you read (or re-read) along with us? Check back in two weeks for our progress report! And for more YA paranormal reads, visit our Everything Young Adult page!