By: Larissa | February 7, 2014 | (35) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


 Hey guys! When Mel asked me to make a discussion for this blog, I was all for it. As a new part of the blog I want to interact with its readers, of course (:

Then I realized I had to actually come up with an idea of what to discuss.

Writing about my obsessions with certain TV shows/movies , love of red velvet cupcakes, everyday klutziness and penchant for injuring myself and my love of pandas could be possible. However I figured writing something about books would make the most sense and be the best. Something that I hoped you’d enjoy.


I could write about my hopes for YA this year! Thus, the creation of this very random list occurred.

– A book with a crazy plot twist that I didn’t see coming in the least. One that really sneaks up on you, but then after it happens you can’t stop thinking about. For me this happened in ‘Dangerous Girls’ by Abigail Haas last year. I hope to read a book with a crazy plot twist like that one for 2014

– A true love triangle, one where it isn’t clear cut who the main character will choose. One where both choices have their faults and great qualities. I want a love triangle that’ll make me cry and squeal. I also want a love triangle where the main character chooses neither of the love interests. Wouldn’t that be an interesting twist?

-A story with pirates. I feel like YA is desperately in need of more pirate stories. This may be determined by recent addiction to the latest Assassin’s Creed game and re-watch of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But really, pirates are simply badass and YA needs some of that

– I also want a story about mermaids. I’ve read several YA books featuring mermaids but they all seem to fall flat for me. They seem to be full with insta-love and forced love triangles. It focuses on that completely and the book becomes overpowered by it. I really hope to read a novel that meets my expectations and features the greatness of mermaids

– I want a book that uses the mean girl trope and spins it on its head. I’ve read a lot of books featuring the ‘mean girl’ in YA, she’s always completely bitchy and against the main character. She’s simply a plot device for the main character, and her actions are never explained. This may shock you, but people aren’t completely mean towards you for no apparent reason. Whether it’s something you did (you may not even realize it) or something that happened to the aggressor in their past, they have a reason. This doesn’t excuse their actions, but it would be interesting to read a YA novel delve into this tiresome trope and make something good of it.

– A story with a truly amazing setting, whether imaginary or real. Reading a story that features a setting that is so vividly described is like stepping into a whole other place, one so different than your own. A setting that’s really embedded in my mind would have to be the Nevernever, featured in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Her descriptions of the setting brought the story to a whole new level and I definitely fell in love with it.

-A slooooooooooooow building relationship with no love triangle complications and is realistic. One that makes me feel all of the feels, like Anna and the French Kiss.

– I would like to read a YA book that features travel. I completely adore travelling and have read some great books where the main plot-line involves travel. Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard and Just One More day by Gayle Forman are great examples. I find that an crazy amount of character development occurs and it makes travel books wonderful to read

Okay, I think that’s enough wishes for one day.

What are you looking forward to in YA this year?

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Larissa was born and still is living in the land of ice, snow and maple syrup. She's 18 years old and really has no idea what to do with her life lately. Larissa's plans are constantly changing--though there’s one thing has remained constant throughout her seventeen years, and that’s reading. It takes her to another world and puts her into impossible situations and that’s why she loves it so much.

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35 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (22): Larissa’s Hopes for 2014 YA

  1. I do like your list! I guess I’m looking for anything set in a “New Place”. No offence to the Americans, but I’d LOVE to read more YA books set in other places…Australia would be nice. 😉 But who am I kidding? Go Africa and Asia, too!
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah, I get what you mean without a lot of books taking place in America. I suppose a lot of authors tend to write with settings where they’re actually from. Australia would be quite nice 😉 Africa would be really cool too!

  2. Lexa Cain says:

    Hi Larissa! It’s awesome that you’re on the blog now. I haven’t read many YA lately. Some people are drifting to NA. I wish there were more down-n-dirty YA Horror novels. Something like Christopher Pike’s novels only, you know…well written. lol
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    • Larissa says:

      It really is, I’ve made two posts and I’m already loving it 🙂 Yeah, I’ve tried some NA and it really isn’t my cup of tea. Oooo, more horror novels would be great!

  3. Tierra says:

    Hey Larissa. Wow, these are all such great ideas! You’ve actually got me looking forward to that aren’t even out yet and I’m not sure how I feel about that… It may all be false hope.
    Perhaps at the end of the year you could do a follow up of this post where you tell us whether these sorts of story lines actually happened this year!
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  4. I love all these wants! So there is a pirate book for MG called HOOK’S REVENGE coming out–it’s not YA, but it does have meeeeee. Also, Jennifer Donnelly’s mermaid book looks sort of promising, no?

    I would love to see a real, true triangle too, there aren’t very many of them. Do you know Lauren over at the blog Love is Not a Triangle? This is a big deal to her and she’s had a lot of discussions on this topic recently. Plus she writes awesome reviews in general.
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    • Larissa says:

      Oh, thank you so much for the book recommendations! I’m the worst at finding books to read, and I never even knew about the ones mentioned. I’ll definitely be checking out Hook’s revenge and Jennifer’s mermaid book.

      Yeah, I feel like there’s an abundance of love triangles in YA, but none of them are really love triangles in actuality? I’ve never heard of Lauren before, haha as I’m quite new to this amazing blog world. I’ll check her out 🙂

  5. These are some great hopes Larissa! I have to say, a series with a very good love triangle is the Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini; both love interests have good and bad points, however it’s only introduced in the second book. I also have to say, I’ve recently read The Iron King and you’re right, there needs to be more books with that kind of world building, it was fantastic! 😀
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you, I hope at least one of the will come true this year. I’ve read the first book of the Starcrossed trilogy, and it wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe it gets better as the books continue on? Perhaps I’ll try the series some other time. I really do love the Iron Fey series, and the world building is quite wonderful 🙂

  6. Not sure if I like the idea of the girl ending up with no one in a love triangle but I do want better love triangles. I’m also sick of the good guy vs. bad guy love triangles. Why can’t both guys be good. Or both be bad.
    Great ideas! My hope is for more realistic YA where the kids actually talk and cuss like normal teens and maybe even have sex like normal teens. I don’t have to read about it but I would like to know that at least it’s happening. I mean that in a non-pervy way 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Haha yeah, I’m just mainly interested in it because I want something different :)Better love triangles would really improve the YA genre, especially since they’re so prevalent.
      Thank you! And I agree, sometimes YA can definitely be unrealistic. Haha, I especially know this since I’m a ‘young adult’ myself.

  7. Lily B says:

    yes! more pirate in YA would be awesome.
    I could actually do without the triangles.
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    • Larissa says:

      Haha pirates are just epic 🙂
      Yeah, I agree with you. They’re just so prevalent in YA that I don’t see them going away anytime soon. Therefore if they must be done, I hope that they’ll be done well

  8. love the list, Larissa! a good mermaid book is definitely Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, I’ve heard wonderful things about that book and it’s a really dark book. I also love your point about the setting. vivid settings that just punch you in the face with it’s detail are my kind of books! Fantastic post, Larissa! <33
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    • Larissa says:

      I’ve heard a lot about that book, but oddly enough haven’t read it. I’ll have to check it out. The best books usually tend to have great settings, it seems that way anyway. Thank you! 🙂

  9. Siiri says:

    Yay for twists! I approve–give me some! Btw, a love triangle. I think that TID had a great love triangle–a true one, though I don’t appreciate the ending (epilogue, to be exact) but I loved that love triangle. I think that a girl who choose sneither of the guys would be awesome! LOL. Oh, I love the Nevernever 🙂 Yay for having it in common. I basically agree with all of your points and you did so well with this discussion, girl!
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    • Larissa says:

      Haha yes! Plot twists are the best, especially the unexpected ones. I have read TID, and agree that the love triangle was in fact a true one. I’m a bit iffy on the epilogue, some days I love it and others I think about certain points and don’t love it as much. The Nevernever is amazingly described, first thing that came to mind when I was talking about setting. Thank you 🙂

  10. I am a huge fan of slow building love stories! Feels feels feels! All the feels! I love your list, Larissa!
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  11. Aimee says:

    Pirates in YA? Yes, please. Pirates are way too underrated! I don’t read a lot of mermaid stories, but when I do I usually don’t end up liking them, either.

    I’m all of wonderful worlds, sloooooow romances (the book I’m reading now, Stolen Songbird, is giving me allllll the feels!), travel books (I loved Wanderlove as well!) and OF COURSE I’d love to read about the mean girl. These are the characters I can relate to, lol! xD Lovely post, Larissa! 😀
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah! I don’t get it, with the epicness that is pirates you’d think they wouldn’t be so underrated. I feel like mermaid books are like a homing beacon for negative YA tropes.

      Yes, slow building romances are the best. They feel much more real and make me so happy. I definitely have to read Stolen Songbird, heard some great things about it. Wanderlove was a fantastic read and I just want to read more travel books by that author. Thank you! 🙂

  12. Yes! I love this list. I totally agree with the want of a great mermaid book. I’ve been eyeing Deep Blue and hope it fills that void for us. The ocean is such an amazing setting…why aren’t there great books set there? Fingers crossed all our YA wants are reality!
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yeah, mermaids are fantastical beings and deserve a solid book free from negative YA tropes. Yeah, Deep Blue definitely looks promising! Let’s all hope our dreams come true

  13. Ariella says:

    What caught me in your discussion is the Assassin’s Creed game. I’m a huge fan of the whole franchise! Got myself AC4 and I’m not even done playing it! My brother went through all the main missions in one week but I actually enjoy the side stuff so I’m just going through it. I never actually finished AC3 either.. I’m really bad at finishing video games in general so yeah 🙂 It’s true that there’s not a lot of pirate stories. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke had some pirates in it, I think 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah I’m pretty new to it! I’m not finished the game yet, like you I’m slowly going around and trying to see everything the game has to offer. Haha, I’m quite bad at finishing video games also. I’ve never heard of Assassin’s Curse, but I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  14. Larissa you should totally read Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, it is totally about the mean girl but it really goes into her story! It really blew me away and I gave it 5 stars. Congrats on your first discussion post!
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  15. Emily Mead says:

    Love this list! As a writer it’s really good to see what people want to read more of 🙂
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  16. Joanna says:

    I honestly think everyone is feeling deprived of plot twists. They are so rare nowadays, especially among reviewers. When you read it all, you kind of start noticing patterns and such. And while it might be okay sometimes, you start wanting a real surprise. Love triangles are the same way. They’re okay to a certain point. But once it dominates the plot (or any love interest dominates the plot), then it’s over for most people.
    And once you find those pirate and mermaid books – let me know!
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah, they really a rarity in YA these days. That’s also true, personally I feel more attuned to typical plot twists than I used to be. Overwhelming love interests/love triangles really do make for a bad book.
      Will do! 🙂

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