WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley Blog Tour: Top 5 Dual POV and GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Day #7 of the What We Left Behind Blog Tour!
Happy Release Day! To celebrate the release of What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (10/27/15 - today!), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Robin, as well as 10 chances to win a copy of What We Left Behind or a 7-book LGBT YA Prize Pack chosen by Robin herself in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
Robin Talley's Top 5 Dual POV Books
Both of my first two books featured two main characters and two points of view that alternated throughout the story. Dual POVs is a style of writing that I’ve always enjoyed, both as a reader and a writer. When the reader knows what both characters are thinking, but neither of the characters can see what’s going on in the other’s head, there’s a lot of potential for intrigue ― and, sometimes, for romance. Here are five of my all-time favorite YA books that include dual points of view.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. This magical realism tale follows two families of traveling performers and alternates perspectives between Lace and Cluck, two teens from the warring families who are drawn to each other despite their better judgment. With beautiful, lyrical writing and an engrossing, thoroughly believable romance, this was one of my favorite debuts of 2015. Orleans by Sherri Smith. Fen de la Guerre is the heroine of this adventure story set in a future New Orleans that’s been devastated by a series of hurricanes and the outbreak of a deadly virus. Her point of view alternates with Daniel, a scientist from what’s left of the United States who’s seeking a cure for the disease and becomes an unlikely ally. Fen is one of the most powerful protagonists I’ve ever encountered in YA, and Daniel’s perspective balances hers beautifully. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, get it right now. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. This genre-bending fantasy/contemporary/sci-fi story splits perspectives between Nolan, a boy living in the “real world” of Arizona, and Amara, a girl living in the Dunelands ― whose life Nolan unwillingly sees every time he closes his eyes. This book is utterly unlike anything else out there, and no matter what your favorite genre is, I guarantee it’ll make you keep turning the pages, rapt. The Fire Wish by Amber Lough. This fantasy series opener alternates points of view between a human princess and a jinni and follows them into battles and on adventures into the palace of Baghdad and the jinnis’ cavern. The story sucked me in from page one, and the two girls’ perspectives and lives are so different and compelling I never wanted their story to end. The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George. This kinda-sorta romance splits perspectives between Jesse, her high school’s self-proclaimed “weirdo,” and Emily, the buttoned-up student council vice president who has a boyfriend and would never admit to anyone that she and Jesse secretly hook up in the school bathroom on a regular basis. The degree to which both girls are terrified to be honest with themselves and with each other is breathtaking. A must-read queer YA.
Stop by Candace’s Book Blog tomorrow for Day #8 of the tour!
Blog Tour Schedule:
October 19th – Once Upon a Twilight
October 20th — Novel Novice
October 22nd — Reading Teen
October 23rd — Great Imaginations
October 26th — I Read Banned Books
October 27th — Ravenous Reader
October 28th — Candace’s Book Blog
October 29th — Book Love 101
October 30th — The Hiding Spot
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From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn't enough to conquer all. Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive. The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
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  1. I've found that recently I've hit a reading wall when it comes to new/fresh material that could definitely hold my attention from beginning to end, so I really excited about the book selection in post. ^__^ Thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. Okay, I'm super excited about this post mostly because Otherbound sounds amazing and I don't think I would have heard of it otherwise. If Robin Talley has the good sense to put The Weight of Feathers on this list, I know I can trust this list :)


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