Over at Book Riot this week...
- 3 On A YA Theme is about three recent YA books featuring post-it notes on the cover
Every April I like to do a big round-up of novels in verse. It's a format I enjoy quite a bit, and I tend to pick up as many verse novels as possible.
Back in 2013, I wrote a genre guide to verse novels for those who want to become more acquainted with it, as well as some standout titles in the format. I updated it a little bit last year with this roundup of 2014 novels in verse, and earlier this month, I talked about verse and how it's a subversive form (and feminist as such) as part of Emma's "Poetically Speaking" series.
Let's take a look at the YA books out in 2015 that fall under the category of verse novels. Some of these are written entirely in the format, and others interweave verse into more traditional prose. All descriptions are from WorldCat, and if I've missed any from traditional publishers, let me know in the comments.
I've read two books recently that tackle some element of gender or sexual identity. Since I'm still not entirely on in terms of wanting to write in-depth reviews -- partially because I've been reading a lot lately and want to keep up with that pace and partially because writing reviews feels like a risk more than a reward -- I thought I'd talk briefly about both, with their strengths and weaknesses. Both of these books are available now, having released earlier this week.