Welcome to yAdult Review, a space where two girls review novels from across the genres, from YA and MG, to fantasy and sci-fi, to historical fiction and mystery, with a sprinkling of non-fiction too. We hope you enjoy your stay here as much as we enjoy ours.
This is us. Ashley (L) and Tina (R) right after we got tattoos in Las Vegas. We’re pretty much like this whenever we’re near each other; it is amazing that we get any work done, right? Although we are best friends, our reading habits couldn’t be more different. We’ve been known to read books and email the other “THIS BOOK IS SO YOU IT BURNS.” Ashley favors trashy books, from romance to YA, and Tina favors the more dramatic from fantasy to non-fiction to yes, YA.
We love YA so much we actually went to Las Vegas in September 2012 to not only hang with each other, but also to hang with a bunch of Young Adult authors. We regret nothing.
The favorite authors between us range from Kendare Blake, who we openly fangirl, to Stephanie Perkins to Lisa McMann. Even with sharing authors there won’t be too much overlap, because what fun would that be?
To the right is Ashley and Tina at 7:30am with the sun barely up getting ready to run into a giant book sale. Because isn’t that what you do on your vacation?
Ashley was born with a book in her hand. She loathes graduate school, being an adult, gmail not working, and pants. She finished grad school and is now a librarian, she is still working on the later two on her list. She enjoys sarcasm, reading, emailing, ignoring the world, rolling her eyes and organizing other peoples things. She has six overflowing bookshelves and a Nook that is filled itself, if she could ever find it. She is often found with a book in one hand and her phone in the other discussing the book she is reading, generally using ALL CAPS. Her indie knows her by her name and she will be the first to admit she has a problem. She is a fan Wisconsin sports: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles. She has been told she takes them a little too seriously. Ashley is also a fan of third person pov, Mumford and Sons, and tv shows that excel at being horrible. She is a Hufflepuff who is also Amity Candor in the Divergent world. She also loves that her co-blogger reads those horribly angsty books so she doesn’t have to, but Tina still doesn’t know her or her taste.
Tina was born to a family of largely non-readers. Despite those odds, she lived and breathed books from a young age, from Babysitter’s Club to the Black Jewels Trilogy, to all things David Eddings, to Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews. She has a deep love for epic fantasy, female-led urban fantasy, and character-driven sci-fi, along with feminist non-fiction. She dislikes romance, but has been pleasantly surprised by the genre before. She is also the resident Angst Queen, and feeds off heartbreak as though it was bread. Tina is working on completing her special education degree, but for now she works for her father’s business in a suburb of Chicago, the city she loves. Tina is a White Sox fan, to her great distress and Ashley’s amusement, but otherwise she doesn’t really understand the mysteries that are sportsball. She owns a couple Kindles, but lately spends most of her time wrangling her son, who was born in September 2014.