Tag Archives: sara zaske

A blog by any other name…

So, I changed the name of my blog. While I’ve gotten rid of the title “YA Fantastic Book Review,” the blog itself will not change drastically. Don’t worry! I’ll still be doing book reviews, but I wanted to have more … Continue reading

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Time, the millennial generation, and youth haters

I’m not a member of the millennial generation, but I feel the need to cry bullshit on their behalf. You may have heard about the Time story trashing millennials, as narcissistic, lazy smartphone-obsessed kids who still live with their parents. … Continue reading

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New Free Short Story: The Last Zoo

Just wanted to let you all know I’ve posted a free short story, The Last Zoo, on Smashwords. It’s about a mildly dystopian zoo, a half-blind polar bear, and a post-modernist wing nut. What could be more fun than that? … Continue reading

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The First is out in paperback

The First is now available in good old traditional paperback! Not sure how Grandpa Baumler would feel about that, but it would sure make a nice gift for the YA reader on your Christmas list (or for yourself). Check it … Continue reading

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Climate changing lit?

A recent  Guardian post complained that there aren’t many novels that deal with climate change.* The article was met with multiple reading suggestions, mostly science fiction novels. And um, hello? I have one! My YA urban fantasy: The First. Below are … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Influential YA Novels of 20th Century

Think the whole YA thing came after Harry Potter? Think again. Check out my guest blog for the bookstore Printsasia.com on the Top Ten Most Influential YA Novels of the 20th Century. You’ll find a few you know and perhaps a … Continue reading

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The Book Thief’s stolen hype

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak “Here is a small fact: You are going to die.” This is not the opening line of The Book Thief. It’s the 5th or 6th, but it’s a grabber, no? And it just about … Continue reading

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Free story: GREEN

My sci-fi story, Green, was shortlisted for The Reader’s 2012 Short Story Competition. It is currently showcased on The Reader’s website. You can read it there, or if you have an e-reader, you can download it for free on Smashwords. … Continue reading

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The Giver and its dystopian descendants

The Giver by Lois Lowry Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a very orderly community. Everything happens in stages. Dreams are discussed at breakfast. Emotions after dinner. At at 9 you get a bike, at 12 you start training for your career. But … Continue reading

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Life’s a circus

Between the Bind, the latest  stop on The First Blog Tour, has something special in store for you. An unusual question: see my answer and then answer it yourself and you could win a free copy of The First. Also, there’s an excerpt … Continue reading

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