Saturday, May 6, 2017

Covorting with some Covers (V): USA vs. UK/IRE

Its been over a year since I've posted - things have been crazy in real life, but thankfully my career has finally become stable - I now have a permanent (once I pass probation) lecturing position (tenure) so I feel I can finally catch my breath a little.

On that note, I wanted to do a fun post - so USA vs. UK/IRE Post

I absolutely LOVE the JULIA QUINN UK covers (so much so that I actually bought the physical books!!). Have you ever bought a book based on book covers??

I much prefer the original Divergent US covers vs. the UK covers (which seem too similar to many PR/UF YA book - I love the colour scheme of the first two UK books but I think US covers are more true to the series)

I absolutely LOVE Melissa Grey's The Girl at Midnight book covers (black and purple!!), but the US cover is just amazing, and really captures the eye.

UK Book Cover

US Book Cover

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A New YA Genre? Para-Historical Fiction

With the relatively recent success of the "insert Jane Austen or classic title here" and "Monsters" books and subsequent films, I've noticed a certain trend emerging in YA and elsewhere - paranormal historical fiction (or that's what I'm calling it).

Maybe this recent trend is a result of Cassandra Clare's popular Infernal Devices series or perhaps we're all looking for a Downton ala Buffy fix? As someone who ADORES historical fiction and paranormal/supernatural/fantasy this is the perfect Mash Up!

So what do I think qualifies as Para Historical Fiction?
1. It occurs in a recognisable time period like regency, ancient egypt/rome, victorian etc.
2. There is some element of supernatural/paranormal/fantasy. This can vary from something of a subplot to the main story.
3. Once you have these two factors - have FUN! So a perfect example of this form (IMO), is Gail Carriger's Soulless series - A Victorian novel with supernatural beings crossed with alternative history and steampunk.

Regardless of definition, 2016 seems to be fast shaping up to be the year for this sub-genre. (and I LOVE IT).

Here's a taster of some of these (ranging from alternative history to steampunk, all with a dash of the Sup or Para)

First - Queen of the Form has just released a new book/series

Gail Carriger's Poison or Protect Novella - June 21st

Alison Goodman's Dark Days Club Series (just bought this off the book shelf. Cannot wait to read.)

Evelyn Skye's The Crown's Game Series 

Jessica Cluess' A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)

I'm currently compiling a lovely list of books for this Genre - so please any further suggestions would be great!

NOW come one let's do the MONSTER MASH!!

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