The Twilight series is what got me started writing books for teens. I loved the strong emotion, the young love, the uncertainty over which boy was truly right for her. I also loved how, no matter what choice Bella made, she’d be giving something of her old life up. Personally, I was on Team Jacob and would have loved to see her end up with him. But, if that had happened, I honestly believe the books wouldn’t have held that amazing I’d-die-for-him love that made them so popular. Twilight is an older book by now, but I really would have loved to have written that story!
A few recently published books stand out as books I would have loved to write:
SANCTUM by Sarah Fine: When Lela’s best friend commits suicide, she does all she can to try to save her friend from a horrible afterlife she is familiar with—because she attempted suicide in the past and lived. Aware of her friend’s suffering, Lela has the opportunity to help her friend move to a happy resting place—but she goes through Hell to achieve her goal.
Sarah’s “Guards of the Shadowlands” series is a well-written YA series about friendship, love, and death. She especially does an amazing job dealing with the subject of suicide and how others may or may not be able to help. Most of all, I love the main characters she created and the deep emotional connection they develop to each other as they journey through a very dark part of the afterlife together. FRACTURED, the second book in the series, is just as amazing and has me dying to read the final book due out later this year.
THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker: This is W.A.R. is written in a very interesting way. After a friend is murdered, four girls with four different motives to avenge her get together to make sure the murderer pays for what he’s done. The book is told from four points of view, and as each girl tells her story, the details and events are slowly revealed. I really enjoyed the way this book was written, starting with the murder, then backtracking and digging into the head of each character who wants to avenge her. As each character recalls the events of the night of the murder, we see more of what really happened as opposed to what they reported. We also see a reason each girl feels guilty about the murder. As the story unfolds, we see that not everything is as it seems at first. It's only after reading each section that you get the entire story of what happened the night the girl was murdered. The Roeckers did a great job of using those alternate points of view to keep readers turning the page and to allow us to get into the head of each girl.
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