Google+ YA Romantics: Trending Thursday: The Wild, Wild (YA) West

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trending Thursday: The Wild, Wild (YA) West


Welcome to Trending Thursday, a periodic feature that looks at trends in YA fiction. Today, I'm looking at books with a Western theme:


Okay, I'm here to say that while I've lived in the West and love the wide open spaces, I've never been a huge fan of Western movies or TV shows. Cowboys, train robberies, saloon girls -- these things just aren't my favorite. But I've been tempted to try a few of these new Western-themed YA books: 

Under a Painted Sky Vengeance Road Walk on Earth a Stranger Revenge and the Wild
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

What are your thoughts on Western themed books? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in comments.

21 comments:

  1. I haven't tried any of these yet but I find the trend interesting. I think I want to give Vengeance Road a try. I keep seeing good things.

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    1. I haven't tried any of them and need help choosing!

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  2. I tried to read one last year. It was YA in a Western setting, but with zombies running amok. I couldn't get into it, to be honest.

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    1. That does not sound like it would be for me!

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  3. Yes, I noticed this trend too :) it's unusual, but definitely interesting.

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    1. Different is good, but I'm just not sure if it's for me...

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  4. I can vouch for Walk on Earth a Stranger, but haven't read any of the others! I've seen some positive reviews for them, though.

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  5. I've been trying to read these books for a while because I've heard they're really good, but I never had enough time.
    They sound interesting!

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  6. Ahhh, I haven't tried any, except Relic by Renee Collins a few years ago, BUT I REALLY WANT TO. I mainly want the Rae Carson one because RAE CARSON. *hyperventilates* Otherwise I'm not actually interested in the wild west. My dad was always obsessed with John Wayne and got us to watch an episode and it was soooo boooooring. BLEH. I didn't mind the Johnny Depp wild west movie (of course I Can't remember what it's called. >_<) but heehe it's not my favourite thing. Maybe because I'm not American so it doesn't hold much magic for me?? WHO KNOWS. Either way the covers are stunning for this trend! :D

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    1. I'm American and I feel the same way about Wild West fiction and film. I'm just not sure I'm interested.

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  7. I'm excited for this trend! I really liked VR and I have a few of these others coming up soon.

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    1. Good - I will be checking out your reviews!

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  8. This trend is not a favorite of mine

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    1. I'm feeling the same way. But I'm always happy to be wrong!

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  9. I'm not much for westerns but I hear Vengeance Road is good so I grabbed it. Have you read it yet?

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  10. I just read Vengeance Road and LOVED it! So much that I pre-ordered Walk on Earth a Stranger. And if I like that, I am going to read Under a Painted Sky. And thank you, I just added Revenge and the Wild to my tbr!

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    1. Ooh, Revenge and the Wild is up on EW. Now to decide if I should click that little green download button....

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  11. Back to the Future 3 was pretty fun, but I haven't actually read any Western themed YA books. I wanna give it a shot though, especially Walk on Earth a Stranger- I'm definitely reading that one day!

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  12. I didn't think I'd like Westerns, but I read and loved Vengeance Road. I just bought Walk on Earth a Stranger and Under a Painted Sky. I've heard good things about both.

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