Friday, February 28, 2014

As a little girl, I hands-down, no-questions-asked, 110% believed in magic. I mean, there was evidence all over the place! Witchcraft and special powers and time travel and ghosts... All of that and more could be found in the books I read (like the Chronicles of Narnia), the shows I watched (like X-Men and Captain Planet), even the myths I heard (about talking animals and vengeful spirits). No way would grown-ups make that stuff up, right?


As I grew older, it became harder and harder to keep the faith. But even as I learned more about how the world really works, a part of me couldn't help holding onto the hope of magic. I loved shows like the X-Files or Roswell, because they showed a world where both science and the supernatural could coexist.

And that's part of what I love about so many YA stories, too. They bring magic back into my life. They remind me that there is a window of possibility, where maybe, just maybe, anything can happen...

Here are a few "magical" YA books that I've either read recently or am looking forward to:


House of Ivy & Sorrow Half Bad (Half Life, #1) Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)


Steel Midwinterblood Ask Again Later


Life After Theft The Dark Inside

Do you guys know any other magical reads that I should check out?


Sandie @TeenLitRocks said...

I really loved MIDWINTERBLOOD. It was like Cloud Atlas for teens. I also love that Sedgwick's books are so short but so so deep. Love the magical recommendations. I enjoy the "magical realism" works by A.S. King. She's awesome.

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