Young Adult Vault (2)

Young Adult Vault

I love YA fiction and I love reading blogs in the blogging community about YA fiction, but I have noticed that many blogs feature only new books.  It made me wonder- what books have I missed?  

I am starting a new Saturday meme in hopes that you will share your "hidden gems" and favorite books from years past. 

A few rules:

1.  The book MUST be a YA book (hence the name).

2.  The book has to be at least one year older than the date you post it (meaning today's books have to be published earlier than September 2010)

3. Please grab the button I made for this meme- I worked so hard on it!

I can't wait to read what books you are pulling out of your vault and off your shelfs- So link up and lets see what you have!

This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, in fact, Beauty has no confidence in her appearance but takes pride in her own intelligence, her love of learning and books, and her talent in riding. She is the most competent of the three sisters, which proves essential when they are forced to retire to the country because of their father's financial ruin.
The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.

Beauty is hands down one of my top three favorite books of all time!  I LOVE IT!
Have you read Beauty?  What do you think?


  1. I loved Beauty. I think Robin McKinley writes excellent fairy tale retellings. I have to admit, though, I liked Rose Daughter (also by Robin McKinley) a lot more.

  2. oooh you went WAY far back! I haven't read this one, but I'm intrigued now! I love this meme by the way...I enjoy knowing about older YA books that I may have missed!

  3. I haven't read Beauty, but I'm definitely intrigued now! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I've only tried Robin McKinley's unicorn book, but I would definitely want to check this out.

  5. @Alyssa (Reader's Refuge)
    I haven't read Rose Daughter yet- but I need to!

  6. Great idea for a meme. I do a feature called Memorable Monday that I may be able to switch around a bit and join in. I host a meme on Saturday, but can probably swing both.


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