This week on ANC is all about paranormal creatures. Vampires, zombies, monsters- if you can think of it, it’s probably mentioned in this episode (and if it isn’t, please write us that book and give it to us!!).

We spend the first part of the episode talking about whether or not we enjoy having paranormal creatures in our novels, and some of the different types we’ve seen in YA as the years have gone by. There was a huge ghost and vampire phase, which is why Willa and I love unique creatures. Em is a fan of ghost stories (which we disagree about, of course). After, we dive into some of our favorite paranormal books. (Spoiler alert: a lot of these books are my all time faves, so there are some amazing books to pick up, if I do say so myself!).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

…We are so excited to announce that A Novel Chat is officially back! 

This week Willa, Emily and I, Aneeqah, are continuing our discussion of the beloved This Savage Song. Something unique about this book is that it’s actually a dystopian novel- which is pretty unheard of right now. We start this episode off by talking about some of the first dystopian novels we read back in 2012, when the dystopian trend was on the rise. We even dive into some classics that Willa and Emily have read (sorry not sorry for not enjoying Animal Farm, though).

After talking a bit about the dystopian trend and how the sub-genre is fairing, we dive right into the books. Of course, we start off our discussion on the dystopian elements present in This Savage Song, which we all agree is done fantastically. Hopefully, this book can bring the dystopian trend back. We dive into a lot of recommendations in this episode with a great mix of different types of dystopian- those with fantastical elements, classics, and even a book with a unique writing style. It’s a great episode with some excellent backlist books that you absolutely need to check out.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

Hello, and happy Monday!

We’re starting September just two days early, and bringing out our newest book of the month: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Willa and I (Aneeqah) both pushed to have this book as our BOTM because we had so much love for it- one of the reasons being the fact that this book has 0 romance in it.

We begin the discussion actually discussing what the heck we even define as romance, which is interesting, because we all have slightly different definitions of what we actually categorize as romance in YA novels. We discuss the intricacies of different types of relationships, and also talk about the lack of romances in novels and our general feelings on them. It’s also interesting, because all of us bring in some of our own experiences with seeing romance in teens, and we talk about how realistic romances actually are in YA. Beyond that, we move on to talk about some of our favorite books that have no romance, or have just a little. There’s a few slightly “cheat” picks in there, but we all tried to err on the side of cautious and pick books with as little romance as possible (which was a surprisingly difficult task!). Hopefully some of our discussions (and Willa’s interesting ability to totally forget about her own thoughts on a book) will leave you laughing, but also reconsidering the romance trope that is so present in YA.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

Happy Monday!

We’re nearing the end of August, and so today we have a special episode for you on A Novel Chat! Em and Willa are tackling one of their favorite novels: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. (Yes, the title is an attempt at a pun.) It’s a gorgeous book, though I, Aneeqah, haven’t read it, which is why I was booted off not on the episode today.

They have an intricate discussion of the way history interweaves in the story and some really creepy characters. Willa and Emily both love the gorgeousness of the writing style and discuss how even though the book’s plot is relatively “plain” it’s the writing style that really engages you as the reader. Em also laments about the fact that this author hasn’t really written much else (aside from a short story and potential new book?!). Of course, there are some hilariously accurate tangents (apparently books with feathers are guaranteed to be successful, guys) mixed in with some straight-up fangirling that will hopefully leave you wanting to pick up this strangely gorgeous book.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! (Not as substantial as usual, but bear in mind this was a shorter episode!) Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

Welcome back to this week’s episode of A Novel Chat!

We’re incredibly excited to be talking about one of the more recent trends in YA right now: duologies. It seems like every series these days has been reduced to just two books, and so we wanted to talk out our thoughts here on ANC. We start off talking about our general feelings about duologies and the trend that’s been on the rise. Willa and Emily seem to more fans of companion novels than straight up series, which is interesting to hash out. After, we dive straight into the books, and bring up a wide array of duologies. Some have been complete for years, others more current, and then some that haven’t been published yet (we’re looking at you, Blood for Blood).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

(I have included the series titles + links, and the first books + link of the duologies below!)

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

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