Friday, June 10, 2016

Rite of Redemption and Guest Post with author Sarah Negovetich

The Growth of YA by Sarah Negovetich
There's no denying that YA novels have seen an amazing growth over the past decade. Thanks to some big names such as Harry Potter and Twilight, teens have rediscovered their love of reading. But it's not just teens devouring tales of first crushes, vampire hotties and governments with too much power. Adult readers have discovered that YA isn't just for kids.

I owe that to the real growth of YA, the growth of content.

Back when I was a teen, most books for teens were gushy romances and thinly veiled morality tales meant to steer us away from the dangers of sex and alcohol. If I wanted dark fantasies about dragons and mages, I had to go to the adult section. If I wanted a powerful tale about a teen girl like myself that didn't paint her as a damsel in distress and spoke honestly about the world I lived in, I was out of luck.

Today's teens have a lot more choices. Books are published every day that represent voices that were unheard from just ten year years ago. YA delves into the worlds of teen sex, suicide, mental health, disability, family issues, drug abuse and so much more. These books aren't there to teach teens lessons about how to live better lives. They tell stories that let teens know they aren't alone and they have a voice.

It's not that these issues didn't exist back when I was a teen. It's that they were hushed up and never discussed in polite society. So a teen dealing with body issues, or her parent's divorce, or sexual harassment didn't have the opportunity to see herself in the pages of a well-loved book. Being a teen is hard, but knowing you aren't the only struggling can make it suck a little less.

My books have been called dark, but hopeful. I like it that way. I don't want to sugar coat the world into easily solved issues that can be smoothed over with a hug from mom and a fresh-from-the-over cookie (The best cookie in the world). I hope my books will show teens that the world can be a tough place to live, but it can also be beautiful. I want them to see that high school blows chunks, but eventually it ends. Most of all, I want them to know that they aren't alone.

YA has seen incredible growth, both in terms of sales and content. As long as we continue to publish real stories that meet teens where they are instead of preaching at them, I think we can only expect that growth to continue.

About the author:

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are
slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.

You can learn more about Sarah and her books at or follow her antics on Twitter @SarahNego.

Connect with Sarah: Website - Amazon author page - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram

Title:  Rite of Redemption
Series:  Acceptance #3
Author:  Sarah Negovetich
Publication Date: June 6/16
Length:  334pgs
Genre:  YA dystopian
Shelf:  Review
My Rating: ★★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo

Back Cover Blurb:

Rebecca escaped the PIT, found a family among the Freeman...and watched too many loved ones die. All she wants is the Cardinal to leave her in peace, but he's made it clear that's never going to happen.

When the Cardinal attacks other Freeman villages, she finally understands that no one is safe from his wrath. As the only one who's stood up to the evil that is the Cardinal, it's up to her to convince the others that they can't hide forever. It's time to fight.

The Machine predicted Rebecca would become the Cardinal's enemy. It may have gotten that one right.

My Review:

Negovetich has returned to her completely new and unique world where she set her dystopian story, allowing me to not only picture everything, but feel it as well. I love the writing style that she employs throughout. The intimacy with which she pens this novel was unforgettable, wrapping readers tightly in the well-crafted world that we visit throughout. She ties all of the different aspects together, allowing me entrance into a world that is enchanting in its own way.

Negovetich continues with her multifaceted character development that has me completely enraptured with each of her characters, in their own unique manner. I love the way that we get to revisit characters that we’ve met in the previous novels in the series while also being introduced to new personalities. All of the characters that Negovetich has created drew me in through different means, but weren’t always easy to love. The myriad of different characters made the novel even more enjoyable for me.

Negovetich has definitely marked her place in the world of YA dystopia with this one. It’s an absolutely unforgettable novel that will be loved by readers of all ages.

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