Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2014

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I’ve noticed quite a few adult readers checking out and enjoying Young Adult (YA) fiction here at McClintic Library. I think this trend started with Harry Potter, but it really was solidified with the publication (and popularity) of the Twilight series. I’ve said for a long time that some of the best writing around can be found in YA novels, and it’s so gratifying to see other adults enjoying it, too.

That’s why I recently purchased some YA books on CD. It’s time to convert my ‘listeners’ to YA literature!

Granted, McClintic does have Harry Potter and The Hunger Games on CD, but I felt expanding this small collection might be a good idea.

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you will want to check out a trilogy of books by Veronica Roth: Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. These novels are set in a dystopian Chicago; society is divided into five “factions” which each cultivate a certain virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On one appointed day of each year, every 16-year-old must select the faction to which they will belong, devoting their lives to the virtue of their choice. Beatrice is 16 and not only conflicted, but she hides a secret that could have serious consequences if it is ever revealed. One girl’s bravery may just bring down society.

Jennifer A. Nielsen has written a fantasy trilogy called The Ascendance Trilogy. It consists of The False Prince, The Runaway King and The Shadow Throne. A troubled kingdom is looking at civil war, and Connor, a nobleman, devises a plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne in an effort to unite the kingdom again. Four orphan boys are forced to compete for the role, including Sage—who must win this role or lose his life.

Kelsey Hayes never dreamed she would travel halfway around the world – with a white tiger named Ren – to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. But that’s how her summer is shaping up. Kelsey must unravel a prophecy that could break the curse forever. This quartet of books, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage and Tiger’s Destiny, contains magic, fantasy and romance—and just enough excitement to keep readers begging for more. They were written by Colleen Houck.

All of these titles will soon be available at the McClintic Library on audio disc. Also, if you check WV Reads through the library web page, you can download the audio versions of the Divergent books, and the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy. The Tiger’s Curse books are not available as e-audiobooks, but they are available to be downloaded as e-books, to be read on your Kindle, Nook or computer.

 

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