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Christine Lynn Herman

5 Books that Mix Modern Teenage Life with Supernatural Problems

One of my favorite things about YA literature is the way it talks about the unique challenges of teenage life. As people come of age, their entire world shifts and changes around them. YA has always celebrated that change while acknowledging that it can be tough to grow up, whether it’s through the lens of a real-world setting, a spaceship, or a fantastical kingdom.

But some books choose to merge the real and fantastical together with compelling results. In my latest book, The Deck of Omens, the five modern-day teenagers at the center of my story must defeat the monster that’s tormented their families for generations—while coming to terms with their individual grief and trauma.

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Five Books with POV Characters Who Don’t See Eye-to-Eye

I’m a lifelong devotee of speculative fiction, and I spent my childhood reading broadly across that category—fantasy, science fiction, horror. But my favorite books that I read as I grew up always had one major thing in common, regardless of genre: multiple narrators. There’s something deeply compelling about seeing the way different people look at the same situation, showing over and over again that there is more than one side to every story. In YA spec, many authors make use of this storytelling device as a way to bring a cast of characters who seem completely at odds together. When executed well, this broadens world-building and creates depth and tension in character relationships and plot.

Here are five multi-pov speculative YA novels that do a fantastic job of creating characters who seem completely different at first glance, but have more in common than you might think.

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