Matthias and Nina, the wolf and the red bird. These two are wonderfully dysfunctional. #yaliterature #yanovels #yalit #ya #soc #sixofcrows #grishaverse #leighbardugo #matthias #matthiashelvar #nina #ninazenik #sketch #sketches #sketchbook #pencildrawing #pencilillustration #pencil

Flash Snark: The 5th Wave — Part One

Time to open this Flash Snark series, where I snark only the start of a book because damn, there is too much shit out there and I can’t give all of it the proper time to read it in full.

Our first contender is The 5th Wave, the story of what happens after aliens invade the Earth. Which, from what I’ve heard, is…the same story that takes place in most paranormal YA these days: the tragic forbidden romance of a boy and a girl. Because what else could teens possibly be interested in?

I also love the epigraph the book decides to open on, courtesy of Stephen Hawking.

IF ALIENS EVER VISIT US, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.

Look, far be it from me to criticize Stephen Hawking’s opinions, but…no, actually that’s exactly what I’m going to do. He is a brilliant physicist, but his opinion on…pretty much everything else just reminds me that being good at one thing does not make your opinion valid on other topics. Like how he thinks artificial intelligence will end mankind. Or, apparently, this.

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YA Series Insiders: Do you listen to music when you write? What kind? 

Brenda: Yes, definitely. For me, music sets the mood for a scene while I’m writing. It helps me to keep a quick or slow pace in the story where needed. The wrong song can throw my writing off, so I choose them carefully. Sometimes, I’ll play a song on a continuous loop until I’ve finished the scene. I like to make playlists for each story I write. Here’s a selection for Thief of Lies.

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Hello fellow Spinsters, Amy from Usborne here. I’ve stolen Holly’s blog today to do a little round-up of some of the amaazing reviews coming in for How Hard Can Love Be?, out now. Here are a few of our favourites:

“This is the second book in the new Holly Bourne Normal trilogy and is COMPLETELY FANTASTIC. Not that I expected anything less after the amazing after the stunning Am I Normal Yet?” - Guardian children’s book site teen reviewer

“Holly Bourne is one of the most talented YA writers of the moment and I cannot wait to read the next instalment to find out what happens to the Spinster Club. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!” - Lucy from Queen of Contemporary

“Emotive and thought provoking this searingly honest book deals with the biggest life lesson of all: nobody’s perfect.” - South Wales Evening Post, Book of the Week

“Holly Bourne has become a true feminist legend of YA!” - Emma from Never Judge a Book by Its Cover 

“The second installment in [Holly’s] Normal series…and tells Amber’s story of first love, friendship and addiction.” - The Sunday Express, S Magazine

Read the first chapter of How Hard Can Love Be? at