Pick Your Poison: Bloody, Brutal, and Tragic YA

I love this post’s layout and subject. The beautiful balance of aesthetic and content is icing on the cake. If you’re a reader, Vicky lays out the goodies waiting for you. If you’re reading as a writer, Vicky makes it easy to determine which books do what right so you can polish your skills with these exemplary titles as a guide.

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YA can really be ruthless sometimes.

From gory, bloody murder to absolutely tragic & heartbreaking stories, there is no end to the lengths these stories can go. They’ll break your heart, and be glad for it.

As such, today I’m talking about three fantastically ruthless fantasy stories that I enjoyed reading this year, and I’ve centered my recommendations around the tropes & themes in them! So, no traditional reviews here. Just lots of discussion about themes & tropes to whet your appetites 😈

Below is the short graphic so you can figure out which you want to start with, and then I elaborate on what specifically makes these books have teeth.

"Pick Your Poison." A maroon image comparing three lists, the first of "second chances, historical fantasy, knives & guns, family ties, physical monsters" associated with THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, the second "banter, high fantasy, innate power, religious ties, spirits inside you" with SOULSWIFT, and "the slowest of burns, urban fantasy, anything can be a weapon, no ties, unknown enemies" with BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL.

Do you like your romance with . . .

second chances?

These Violent Delights cover.

Because These Violent Delights features Juliette Cai and Roma Montogov, on two sides of a blood feud, a few years after they had fallen in love and…

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