Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Yay! I'm able to type again! In slow motion and short increments, but still, it doesn't send shooting pains through my hand and wrist! Of course I'm still afraid to lift anything heavy, scrub and those sorts of actions with my right hand, but in time those too will become possible. And if you're wondering, I sprained my right wrist while moving more household goods this past weekend which resulted in a wrist brace and absolutely no movement allowed from my right hand.

But, today I'm here to talk about dark YA fiction. It's actually the theme of a month long blog fest I'm involved in. Today we're sharing what our favorite dark YA novel is.

Here's the embarrassing thing: I don't have one.

Now, I realize dark can mean different things to different people, but in my world dark is more pain, agony, violence and all around hurt than most stories involve. Of course more violence in YA still doesn't come close to average violence in some adult novels. And pain, agony and hurt doesn't necessarily involve foul play, but just honest, real, deeply realistic emotions.

And yes, I love the idea of dark YA novels, but I can honestly say that I haven't read enough to actually have a favorite. I can pretend to be well versed in the sub-genre and pop out a few titles. Hunger Games hands down.

In all reality though, the reason why I wrote a dark YA novel is because I hadn't seen many where the main character, the teen girl, was also the monster. Where she was the one preying on humans rather than the main character being the girlfriend of the angsty predator or fighting the mean, nasty enemy. To me, when the story is from the monster's point of view, it's considered dark.

So, instead of listing the few dark YA novels I've read, I'd like you to tell me the ones you've read so that I can add them to my TBR list. In fact, should I share with you the one at the top of my list? Sure! Lets share! So you tell me yours (even if you haven't read them yet). I can't wait to see what you suggest!

By Anne Davies

I'm not sure how 'dark' this one will be, but the cover and blurb suggest it'll fit nicely in that category. :)


  1. Wow, sounds like you've written an interesting story! I can't say I've ever read a dark YA novel own life was dark enough for a while. =) But I think I'm definitely more open to it now.

  2. Hunger Games is a great series. Loved. It. I'd recommend Laurie Halse Anderson if you've never read her books (particularly Wintergirls and Speak).

  3. Hmmm, I do think Hunger Games is a good place to begin. Killing and fighting... good stuff!

  4. To me, when the story is from the monster's point of view, it's considered dark.

    Love this. And it's very true! :)

  5. UNWIND, by Neal Shusterman. Devastating and wonderful.

  6. My favorite is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Your book sounds fascinating!

  7. Thanks so much for the great, dark book ideas! I'm adding them to my TBR list for sure!