Around the World in YA | Book Tag!

Time to pack my bags and take out my map, because I’m stepping out my door and going to travel!…figuratively. Eh oui! My kind of travel these days are through books πŸ™‚ I know, I know, not as exciting as actually traveling, but a girl’s gotta stay home to work and get that money to buy those plane tickets, ya get me?

I was tagged by Hilary @ SongsWroteMyStory, and honestly, thanks so much, Hilary, because it’s a fantastic idea!

Here are the rules : Choose a few countries, and name your favorite book that takes place there.

I’ll try choosing countries I haven’t seen before in that tag. Excited? *drum rolls*

Canada

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know 7896345much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

The Gathering takes place in my dear country! From one of my favorite authors comes one of the best YA paranormal series I’ve ever read!

The Netherlands

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a11870085 few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Fault in our Stars‘s picture is smaller, because it’s not exactly a book I’d recommend, thus its size. I’d recommend it only because it’s famous and is now (unfortunately) seen as a must-read in YA. I’m not saying it sucked. It was good, sweet, cute. I really liked the book. I’m just worried about it being over-hyped (and it is).

Australia

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian 6408862Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Stolen stole my sanity. At the end of the book, I had to take a moment and ask myself “Gosh, Chelsea. What did this book do to you?” It turned me into a psychological mess. Recommended!

India

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasyβ€”jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.3682.jpg

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

A Great and Terrible Beauty was over-hyped, but I still enjoyed it very much!

Greece

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, 452306.jpgand speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants β€” and the most memorable summer of their lives β€” begins.

I’m not actually sure if it’s during the 1st book that Lena goes to Greece, but I’m going to put The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series here. Good, sweet, easy read πŸ™‚

 

I tag :

Tetiana @ Unbolt

Bailey @ Of Books and Bailey

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3 thoughts on “Around the World in YA | Book Tag!

  1. Hilary @ SongsWroteMyStory says:

    Yay! You did it πŸ˜›
    I am very curious about this Canadian paranormal book. I am ashamed at how few Canadian books I’ve actually read, if only because the good ones are hard to find. I am definitely good to have to check that one out.

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