What’s Your Favorite Lyrical, Dreamy YA Novel?


I am so in the mood to read a lyrical, dreamy YA book with beautiful writing. What are some of your favorites?

–Eve Messenger

26 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Lyrical, Dreamy YA Novel?

  1. Hmmm this is hard! Does Daughter of Smoke and Bone count- the writing is lovely in that. I’m not sure if that’s the best answer- I’m sure I can come up with something better! (This is the kind of thing that I’ll get an answer too in the middle of the night and just think “ah that’s what I should have said”)

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      1. In terms of non-YA, I’d probably suggest something like Memoirs of a Geisha or a Thousand Splendid Suns- don’t know if any of these recommendations are good, but hopefully something’ll work. And I think Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely has that kind of beautiful writing- it’s surprising cos I wasn’t expecting it, and very few books of that genre are like that, so it surprised me that way. You’re welcome!

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    1. We Were Liars is a good example of the kind of book I’m looking for. I’ve read that one but not I’ll Give You the Sun. It’s high time I read my first Jandy Nelson book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Sadly, nothing comes to mind, but I’d like to read something like that, too. I see someone recommended All the Bright Places, which I’ve just brought home from the library, so I’m going to have a close look at that one.

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  3. I seem to have been reading quite a lot of atmospheric books lately, so there’s a few books that come to mind:

    Stardust by Neil Gaiman is the first, though I wouldn’t really consider it to be YA… & A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston and Lorali by Laura Dockrill both had a really lovely, dream-like quality to them as well. 🙂

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  4. I would totally recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I haven’t read this one but I’ve heard so many great things about the magical realism and writing in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows by Ava Lavender. And this is not YA but The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is like the epitome of dreamy and lyrical!

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    1. Great suggestions! I’m picking up The Night Circus from the library today, and DOS&B is looking like a must-read, too. The prose in Ava Lavender definitely had a lyrical quality.


  5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir bring to my mind lyrical style writing. These are YA fantasy though and seeing the comments above, it looks like you’re leaning toward YA Contemporary.

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