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Five Authors I Want to

There are so many authors out there whose works I have yet to read more than one book by. A lot of these authors I’ve only discovered within the last year or so, and it kills me that I’ve only really read a single work by each. Thankfully, each of those single works left quite a strong impression on me. Here’s who I’d like to read more by:
Morgan Matson/Kate Finn
I own a few books by her, including Since You’ve Been Gone and the first Revenge novel. I ADORED Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and it made me cry like a big baby. I’ve heard from others that Second Chance Summer also fits the bill for a book that could potentially bring one to tears. Everyone I know loves her novels, so I think only having read one is kind of a large disservice. The question is: which should I read next? (No really, tell me!)
Cammie McGovern
Although she only has two books out currently and one more on the way, Cammie McGovern impressed me with her abilities to discuss disability. It’s not a topic that is focused on frequently enough in young adult, and yet she’s novel provided two novels that showcase how important disability is in terms of diverse reading. I LOVED A Step Towards Falling, and I do have Say What You Will and an ARC of her forthcoming novel Just My Luck. I feel like I need to push both of these to the top of my TBR pile soonish.
Jay Kristoff
Confession time: I have a hardcover of Stormdancer on my TBR shelf and I’ve had it since it released back in 2013. It was totally a case of “Ooooo pretty cover!” syndrome (something which I’ve remedied in the last few years). The idea of Japanese Steampunk is quite intriguing, but I still haven’t read it yet. His short story in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys was easily one of the best in the collection (which I am sad to say, was a collection I did not enjoy), and while I don’t think Illuminae is as brilliant as everyone else thinks (unpopular opinion: it’s not. See System Shock 2), I was still intrigued even after I finished the book to potentially see what else he has written.
Ryan Graudin
Wolf by Wolf is easily one of the best reads I’ve tackled in 2015. Intense, clever, and an interesting take on alternate WWII history (and that ending? Holy crap that ending). I loved that book to pieces, and while I am not interested in her YA fantasy series, she put out a different novel last year that I have been meaning to get to: The Walled City. When I was in university I studied East Asian history and this is a time period I’m quite familiar with. Part of me wants to see her take on it, because I have heard nothing but fantastic things.
Una LaMarche
I ADORED Don’t Fail Me Now, which released back in September. That book not only had me in stitches, but it made me bawl like a baby. I’ve heard her other novels are just as emotionally gut wrenching and intense as Don’t Fail me Now, so clearly as someone who likes to be emotionally invested in her reading… yeah, I need to get on this train FAST.
What are some authors who you’d like to read more works by? I’d love to know in the comments.

5 Reasons Why You Should Read the Clarissa Delaney Books by Vikki VanSickle

8474886This post has been awhile coming, especially now that I’ve completed all three books in this series. I completely powered through this series, and I want to share why I think Clarissa Delaney’s story is worth looking into.

1) This series is proudly Canadian, and if you are a Canadian reading it, then you get to play the “I KNOW WHERE THAT IS!” game, and I like that Vikki VanSickle doesn’t change the story to be somewhere else. Toronto, as described by Clarissa, does feel like it’s own character at times, and I like that.

2) Clarissa completely acts her age. Middle grade is such an hard area to write, especially in terms of contemporary fictions. Here is where we get all the growing pains, and Clarissa has her fair share of them… on top of the fact that her mother is diagnosed with cancer. This is a tough age group to have dealing with that type of crisis, and I like that Vikki never, ever shies away at this being a difficult subject matter. Clarissa responses the way any seventh grader would — scared, but wanting to understand as best as possible. 11459003

3) Clarissa is wonderfully sassy, kinda bratty, and knows how to speak her mind — in fact, the girl comes across fearless at times… well, until Michael shows up. Then she’s tongue-tied! But seriously, I appreciate having a heroine in a story who is able to articulate her feelings in such a way where you understand where she’s coming from. When Doug enters the picture in Love is a Four-Letter Word, Clarissa’s response to him, though horrific, makes perfect sense. You have a man who wants to be a part of her life, but with no father to look towards, how do you accept someone new to possibly attempt to fulfil that roll? I actually loved Clarissa’s interactions with Doug, and he got a lot of my sympathy in books two and three.

4) Benji will make you grin. No seriously, the kid is brilliant, ridiculous and loveable. He easily will steal your heart and he has some of the best moments in this series. Especially all of Love is a Four-Letter Word. No really, go read it and see what I mean.

172079105) These books teach wonderful lessons without beating a younger reader over the head. This series is loveable in so many ways — there’s well crafted characters, some gut-punching yet touching moments, secrets that will keep the reader guessing (especially in Days That End in Y), and it’s so easy to fall in love with Clarissa’s voice. It’s distinctive, but has the right amount of innocence to it. That is to say, Vikki VanSickle does an amazing job of making contemporary middle grade feel accessible, something we can relate to, and still pack a ton of feels in each book, from start to finish.