Today, I’m excited to kick off the blog tour for Emily McKay’s THE FARM: ESCAPE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING – which sounds super creepy, mind you. We asked Emily to give us a list of her Top 5 YA Novels of all time, and here’s what she had to say. Read through to the end, or miss your chance to win an awesome prize pack from Penguin!
Oooh, great question. My list is going to seem very contemporary heavy. That’s because I tend to not read what I write, if that makes sense. So even though there are some seriously fantastic paranormal and dystopian YA novels out there, I haven’t read them yet, because I’m afraid of cross pollination.
So in no particular order:
1. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares – Even though this isn’t as well known as her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (which I almost put on the list), I really, really loved this book. I’ve always been a fan of reincarnation stories and this one hit all the right notes for me. And it kind of made me believe this is how it actually goes down.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– Does this count as YA? Either way, I’m using it. So good! And the world she created was crazy intense.
3. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – A great romance and super fun read. No pun intended, but I loved the chemistry between these characters. Yum!
4. The Summer Series by Jenny Han – Funny, romantic and bittersweet. This whole series was like a delightful trip to the beach. It made me yearn to be sixteen again, even though sixteen pretty much sucked for me the first time around.
5. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park – I think technically this is New Adult, rather than YA, ‘cause the heroine is a freshman in college, but I’m including it anyway. Fun, funny, heart-wrenching and un-put-downable. Need I say more?
Here’s a little bit more about THE FARM – and a giveaway!
Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…
Thanks to Penguin, I have an AWESOME prize pack featuring a copy of THE FARM and a Vampire Apocalypse Survival Kit for one lucky US winner! Enter right after the pagebreak.