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JL Mbewe's top ten books for teens/young adults

You might have guessed from past guest posts that I love top ten lists, especially of books. I think it's really fun to find out what books other people love and would recommend. Today, I'm welcoming author J.L. Mbewe to my blog, to share her top ten books for teens. She's also celebrating the launch of her novel, Secrets Kept.

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog Clare! And for participating in the release day blog hop.

I love reading young adult books, so half of this list was easy, the other half, it was hard to narrow it down. Ha! Would it be cheesy to mention Trinity as one of my favorites? Well to avoid cheesiness, Trinity is a given! :-) So without further ado, here are my top ten favorite young adult books.

1. Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling. The creativity. I love the world Rowling has created, the way she borrowed from history and mythology and turned them around. The way she tells the story and weaves in the foreshadowing and red herrings. I loved guessing about the ending. These are stories I will reread again and again.

2. The Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl Here again, the creativity! This is a world I can get lost in over and over. The first book hooked me when Una met the dragon, and I connected instantly to her struggles, being a new mom at the time. Ha! With each book, the stories deepen, the world grows wilder as we learn more about the faeries, and all the tales are interconnected.

3. The Atherton Series by Patrick Carmen. This story starts out simple enough, but as it progresses it becomes more crazy, wild, and awesome. The creativity is fascinating!

4. The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carmen. Love this adventure and who wouldn't want to talk to animals? My favorite though is Stargazer and Into the Mists in that series.

5. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Love the off-the-wall, turn-fairy-tales-on-their-head type of creativity in these stories along with the humor, the beloved characters.

6. The Dragon Keepers Chronicles by Donita K. Paul. Love the creativity and the adventures here, plus who wouldn't love pet dragons that can heal, light up the night, or make you laugh?

7. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin I was sucked up into this world. The dark depiction of the priestesses and the temple, Ged, The Eaten One…so good!

8. Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka This one was interesting as it is told through flashbacks, but when I got to the end, it made me want to live more heroically. ;-)

9. Eragon by Christopher Paolini I devoured this book in three days. Loved the adventure and the bond between dragon and Eragon.

10. The Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr Such a beautiful story of overcoming with plenty of adventures. I now have a strong desire to learn how to wield a staff. ;-)

UntitledWith a curse, she will build an army.

With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.

Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.

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JLMbeweWriting as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She has two short stories published in The Clockwork Dragon anthology, and is busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril. Her debut novel Secrets Kept and her short stories set in the world of Nälu: Desert Rose, Dragon Thief, and Indestructible are now available. She is currently living her second childhood with a wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and books, among other things. For more information about her journey as a writer mama and all things creative please visit her at

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On 17/10/2013 Sarah said: My favorite character is Vampire's, Werewolves,Dragons. Oh heck who am I kidding. I love them all.

On 17/10/2013 Sarah said: Thank you for the fun giveaway. I love reading a good book, and owning it to.

On 17/10/2013 Jennette said: Awesome! They all have their own special qualities for sure! Thanks Sarah! Thanks for having me over, Clare, and for participating in the blog tour. Thank you!

On 19/10/2013 Jill said: Some on your list are books I have thought of picking up for years but haven't yet. I think it must be done. Truly great fantasy doesn't come around often enough--we all need to share the joy! I bought your stories on my Nook the other day--print would be bonus. :-)

On 19/10/2013 Jennette said: Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by! I totally agree with you about sharing the joy. I love telling others about a good book I've read. Thanks for buying the book! Don't forget to add your entry to the costume contest. You get entries for buying the book. And there will be lots of opportunities to win a print copy as I'm kind of addicted to giveaways. Ha! :-)

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