Thursday, 24 September 2009

International YA Blogger Celebration: Liyana from Singapore

Name: Liyana
Country: Singapore!
Blog: LiyanaLand!

Your Favourite YA title: I have a bunch of them, but one that I would absolutely read over and over again (other than Harry Potter) is Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 3) by Richelle Mead. It boasts a kickass heroine, a swoonworthy hero and the plot is just oh-so-effing-mazing. It's the third book in the Vampire Academy series, and I have to say that it's the best book out of the whole series. Richelle Mead has fantastic storytelling abilities, and I htink you should check it out yourself. Just the title should clue you in as to how good the series is.
Favourite New Find: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow. Now that I think of it, it bears some striking similarities to the Vampire Academy series.
Bookstore of Choice: Borders, no doubt.
Author blog you are most likely to be found stalking: Kiersten White's blog: Kiersten Writes. I knew of her and her blog before she became one of the Tenners. It's insightful and funny. Another one is Nathan Bransford's blog. I'm sure you might have heard of him. He's an agent and judging by the way he writes, I'm sure his book is going to be fantastic.

Book Blogging from Singapore
Best thing about being from Singapore:

The security. No honestly, you know you're safe in Singapore. :D

What is the state of YA literature in Singapore?
It's a shame, but I'm completely clueless about the state of YA literature in Singapore. Other than YA, the books has a distinct taste of Singapore in them (mainly by the use of Singlish).

How accessible are international YA titles in Singapore:

I use Borders or online stores. Usually YA books will appear a month or so after its official release date, so I'm pretty bummed about that.

Authors that you would recommend:
Meg Cabot. Her books are perfect for a read anytime, anywhere.

Most popular YA author in Singapore:
J.K Rowling, then Stephenie Meyer. I don't really have to explain why, do I?

Best thing about YA blogging:
The community! You get to meet other book bloggers, authors, publicists, publishers, agents etc. and they're just so approachable. Other than that, it's have to be the book discussions. That's the main reason why I started one, anyway: to find someone to yap about books.

YA blogs that you would recommend from your own country:

I have no idea if there are any other YA bloggers in Singapore, but if there are, please feel free to hit me up! xD

Thanks Liyana, tomorrow we will be joined by the radiant Mya from Pakistan and the awesome Khy from California, USA the day after for our grande finale!


Kiersten White said...

Liyana! I love you : ) I didn't know you lived in Singapore! So cool.

Mya said...

YAY Liyana!!! And I love how she mentions Singapore being so safe. Kind of makes me want to move there.

Also, on a separate note, totally amused at being labeled radiant. LOL