April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.
From Malinda’s Bio:
Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. Ash, her first novel, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Formerly, she was an entertainment reporter, and was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.
What Bookalicious Has to Say:
I read Ash last year. I saw it on a library shelf and had heard some murmuring around the blogosphere and decided to pick up the book. I was enraptured with the world building, there is nothing I love more than a fantastic take on a fairy tale. Malinda’s books are so very important because they are mainstream and feature gay protagonists. As someone who is straight but incredibly open minded I had no clue how I would react to the relationship in the book. I am pleased to say I fell in love with the Huntress as Ash does. Their love story and the building of it was such a believable part of this fantasy novel and more beautiful than most of the instalove stories I am reading of late. Book two The Huntress is out now and I suggest reading this series whole heartedly.
Check out Diversity in YA a project Malinda spearheads with Cindy Pon.
Have you read any Malinda Lo books? Have questions but can’t make it to the chat? I’ll ask them just post in the comments!