Friday, November 18, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - The Rise of YA Fantasy

This week's YA Indie Carnival topic is The Rise of YA Fantasy. The fact that I just finished reading (okay...listening to) Destined (House of Night #9) by , makes the timing of this subject perfect.


House of Night follows a heroine, Zoey Redbird, and her ‘circle' of friends who have the power, motive, and desire to make a world-changing difference.  In addition to the beautiful writing and the endearing characters, this series is written by a mother/daughter team.  That detail is the reason I read the first book, Marked (House of Night #1).  While I’m unbelievably impressed with every aspect of the storyline, I’m also reminded that I began writing Warriors of the Cross in order to get closer to my teenaged daughter.  I’ve often wondered if the House of Night series had the same positive impact on P.C.  & Kristen’s relationship that I’ve experienced with my daughter. 

Like most YA Fantasies, House of Night's heroine saves the world while finding and falling in love.  Keeping House of Night interesting, Zoey Redbird is constantly being torn between lots of SUPER HOT Vampyres, Trackers, Consorts, Guardians, and Immortals.
As with any great book, family and friends are great supporting characters in Destined.  I can honestly say I shed more than a few tears while Grandma Redbird mourns for her daughter, Zoey’s mother.  The death was treated like it was an important part of the story without making the book or its characters depressing.   

The final aspect of Destined (and most other YA Fantasies) is the battle between good and evil.  As with the rest of the books in the series, the battles are minor and ongoing.  I can honestly say that I’m living to find out the outcome of this particular war! 

If you read one or all of the nine of the House of Night books, you will not be disappointed. 

1.Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7.Lexus Luke8.PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy10.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed12.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13.Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15.Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews 16.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18.Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19.Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind20.Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler22.Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter24.TG Ayer
25.Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood26.YA Fantasy