The Parson Recommends . . .

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading this past year as research for a novel and some of the material has included Young Adult Fiction. Although the novel is going to be Adult – with a small “a” – the Young Adult material has given me a fairly good insight to visualisation techniques. And it has been quite a bit of fun.

Below are banners from three of my favourite authors thus far: Derrolyn Anderson, ¬†Brenda Pandos and Chris Howard. If you’ve got a young adult at home or can (still) remember being that age, these three works of fantasy fiction are a worthwhile read.

I wanted to use the large version of these banners here because the images are so darn good.

N.B. – I am way behind on keeping this page up-to-date. For example, the sequel to Everblue has been out for over three months and I have yet to add it here. There are other books from other authors which have not yet made it to this page. Not everything I really like and recommend will show up here, though. There’s simply not enough room. For a complete take on my recommendations, go to the “Reviews” tab.



EVERBLUE is one of the most exciting works of YAF since the Harry Potter series. I had to force myself to put it down for a couple of months because I got so wrapped up in the plot. The sequel to this novel – EverGreen – is due out in June, 2012.

The Sapphire Talisman



Saltwater Witch is the first of a trilogy by Chris Howard, a graphic artist. While the trilogy was originally published as a novels in the traditional sense, Chris is also in the process of producing them as graphic novels. Chris is an amazing artist – not unlike this guy I went to school with.



The first book in the Marina’s Tales series

Marina’s Tales is a series of four books by Derrolyn Anderson who is just as much an accomplished writer as she is a painter and sculptor. While the target audience for this series is decidedly young adult females – at least in the first two books – there is enough action to interest the males of the species. Her characters are wonderfully crafted and the books are a worthwhile read for all interested in this genre or subject matter.

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