YA Authors: Who Have We Met?

We’ve been lucky! Between the two of us, we’ve met some of our favorite YA authors. We’ll add to this list as soon as we meet more. If you’re a YA author reading this, come visit the D.C. metro area!

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout

Amazon.com: The Darkest Star (Origin Series, 1) (9781250175731): Armentrout,  Jennifer L.: Books

Claire met JLA at her YA/NA event, Apollycon, in 2018! Claire has been a fan of Armentrout’s since 2012, so she fangirled hardcore when she finally got to meet her. Who wouldn’t want to meet the mind behind Aiden St. Delphi. Armentrout is as fabulous as she seems on social media— so fun and charming. Her event was amazing and we’d definitely love to go again post-COVID. She even brought in the actor that plays Seth in her promos. Claire took a pic with him and JLA— ha! 

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YA City Guide: New York City

One thing we miss right now is travel. We’re both travel addicts and can’t wait to begin traveling across the U.S. again. Do you want to travel right now but can’t? We can help with book recommendations. The YA City Guide is a new feature on our blog to recommend books set in a certain city. If you haven’t already, check out our precious city guides for Paris and London. 

Our next YA City Guide is New York City! The city that never sleeps. The Big Apple. We admit, we became partly obsessed with NYC because of Gossip Girl. We used to dream of strolling the streets of the Upper East Side like Blair and Serena. Here are some of our favorite YA books set in NYC! 

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Amazon.com: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (9781416914280): Clare,  Cassandra: Books

City of Bones is the first book in Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. The book follows Clary Fairchild as she adapts to the shadowhunter world of NYC. TMI series is set in NYC circa 2008, so it’s a bit of a throwback. The book takes you around the city’s Burroughs, including Brooklyn, where the ever-charming Magnus serves as High Warlock. The Institute is on the Upper East Side and the book has the characters all over the island of Manhattan. In fact, the 10 year anniversary edition has a fantastic map to follow along.

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Then and Now: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Amazon.com: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (9781416914280): Clare,  Cassandra: Books

City of Bones is the first book in Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. It was also her first published book and the introduction to the shadowhunter world. Clare is now one of the best known YA authors!

Christy and Clare first read this series years ago. We cannot remember the exact year, but it has been a while since we were introduced to this urban fantasy series. 

Clary Fray’s life was normal. She lived in Brooklyn with her mom and spent most of time with her best friend Simon Lewis. One night Clary and Simon go to an all ages night at the Pandemonium club. Suddenly, Clary sees three teenagers dressed in black with strange markings all over their bodies. She follows them and sees them try to kill someone. Only, nobody else can see them.

The tall blonde guy, Jace, seemed surprised that Clary could see him and informed her that the guy he’s trying to kill is really a demon.

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The Worst YA Book to Movie Adaptions

In this post we feature books we love that were unfortunately turned into crappy movies. The writers and producers of these movies fell short in understanding these amazing stories! YA authors, be careful who you sell your film rights to! Our problem with a majority of these picks is that we expect movies to at least follow major plot points. This seems to be too much to ask. 

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Amazon.com: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (9781416914280): Clare,  Cassandra: Books

We’ve read every Cassandra Clare book, so to say we were disappointed when we saw this movie is an understatement. The casting was not on point (though, we did enjoy a few choices, like Simon and Izzy). The writers tried too hard to make the movie appealing to teen audiences, failing to explain important plot points in favor of playing up cheesy relationships. Our biggest issue was with the ending, which was absurd and entirely too dramatic (and we’re YA enthusiasts who love the flare for dramatics…but yikes!). We’ll give you a hint: white feathers falling from the sky. 

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