Nov 2, 2011

I Love Dark YA Blogfest

I'm so excited about the I LOVE DARK YA BLOGFEST! Each Wednesday during the month of November, we get to do something Dark. Here's the lay out:

November 2nd:
 Blog about your favorite dark YA book(s). 

WEEK TWO...November 9th: Write a 500-word or less flash fiction piece inspired by a photo (provided on THIS blog)

November 16th:
 Music and Movie Fun—Take a dark YA book and build a soundtrack for it or cast characters for a movie version.

November 23rd:
 #YASAVES—Blog about how a dark YA book made an impact in your life.

WEEK FIVE...November 30th: Waiting on Wednesday—What dark YA book are you most looking forward to? 

And then at the end of the blogfest, I get to give away an awesome prize. Sounds like fun, huh? I'll tell you more about that later, so keep coming back.

Okay, since this is the first week, here are my favorite Dark YA Novels:

by Ali Cross
Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Nothing can prepare you for this book. Nothing. LOVED IT!!!!
Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she Becomes the evil she despises and the good she always feared.
When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her Choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is a reason to want to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

My Soul to Take
by Rachel Vincent

I actually love the whole SOUL SCREAMERS series. Here's a blurb:

She doesn't see dead people, but…She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

by Gena Showalter

I've only read this first book in the series, but it was so good I want to read the rest. REALLY BAD!! I need a bigger book budget.

Aden Stone is not your typical 16-year-old. Since birth he has had four souls trapped within him that possess special powers: the ability to time travel, raise the dead, possess a body, and predict the future. As a result, he has spent his whole life in and out of mental institutions diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic. Now able to control the voices in his head, Aden has moved to Crossroads, OK, to live in a halfway house for delinquent boys. His goal in life is to find a means to free these souls and at last be at peace. When he meets Mary Ann Gray, she miraculously acts as a neutralizer, and for the first time in his life, he truly feels normal. The two become fast friends, establishing a sibling-type bond. Little do they realize that when they first met, their connection sent a power surge throughout the world drawing every paranormal creature from fairies to vampires to Crossroads on a quest for power. To complicate matters, Aden becomes romantically involved with a vampire princess and Mary Ann with her werewolf bodyguard. Together the teens must figure out a way to protect themselves, and all of humanity.

And last, but not least is a dark novel I want to read. It was released YESTERDAY!!  WOOT!!

by Jus Accardo

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy--and her father's "law firm"--than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation--an organization devoted to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons--his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

Doesn't that sound good. Of course the great looking guy on the cover doesn't hurt my desire to read it either. ;-)  

So, what do you like to read? What's your favorite Dark YA Novel?

Now go HERE to read about other blogfest participants and their favorite dark YA novels.

And then run over to The Musings of a Hopeful Writer where you'll read a new review of my debut novel, BOUND.  Be sure to leave a comment so Laura knows you've been hanging out over there.


  1. Christine, These are all awesome choices. I love TOUCH so much. And the Soul Screamer series. And I've been counting the days to get my hands on Ali's book. Thanks for participating in the blogfest. I'm glad all you Dark C.A.R.M.A. girls are doing it!

  2. MC who is forced to become bad? I have to read BECOME :)

  3. Love the description of TOUCH and INTERTWINED. Adding them to my list.

  4. I haven't read these yet, but I do own Become and Intertwined. I'd love to read them all. I adore dark YA.

  5. I haven't heard of any of these either. Yay. I love new reads. Become sounds especially interesting. Good luck with your debut novel, I'll check out the link.