I spent the last couple of nights looking for a good YA read. As I write YA, I like to read them occasionally. So, I looked at cover design, blurbs, and review ratings. A normal way to go about choosing a book. Right?
My first choice was a Christian Fantasy. Cool! Awesome cover. Ninety-seven reviews. A 4.2 rating. I'm in!
I settled in to read. Eight percent of the way through, the seventeen year old, snarky, misunderstood, intelligent protagonist, (whom I began to feel a connection to), landed in a kindergarten land, reverting to a whiny, helpless, clueless child. I made it to twenty-four percent and couldn't take it anymore. Yes, I'm a quitter.
Not to be discouraged, I tried again. This time, don't judge me, a 'Twilight' like book. 9690 reviews and a 4.3 rating. Hmmm. Good. Glowing editorial reviews. Better. Decent cover and blurb. Okay. I'll give it a shot.
Aughhhhhh. I made it to thirty percent. From the very first page I was TOLD a story. Imagine a Twilight, a Hunger Games, and from what I've heard, a 50 Shades of Gray hybrid. And this was YA! Sheesh. I can't understand how something so poorly written with such two dimensional characters could have nearly 10,000 reviews, and a 4.3 rating.
I will keep trying. So, if anyone knows of a well written YA novel, I would appreciate a recommendation.