I *adore* Elizabeth Scott
She is one of my absolute favourite comfort read authors. I have often wondered what it is about her books that are so appealing to me. Here's some reasons why she's awesome:
She writes authentically for teens. She captures the teen voice so well and is never derivative or preachy. Her books are not bogged down by extended metaphors or "lessons". She's seamless and subtle in her approach.
Reading her books are such an effortless experience (okay ~ so maybe Living Dead Girl and Grace are a bit harrowing). I know I can sink and relax. Her prose is uncomplicated and breezy. She's funny ~ often snappy dialogue and gorgeous insights to different personality types.
She's diverse (which is making this list hard to do as some of her books are hilarious but others are tender and serious... moving on...) She can be nostalgic, whimsical, intense, heart-broken, funny, startling and ache-y. All of her books are unique to each other. She does not use a formula or have a signature pattern ~ it's refreshing and astonishing (I do not know many authors who showcase this same diversity with such ease and finesse)
Her books hold-up to the re-read test (you know when you read a book and love it but then on the re-read it's decidedly not so awesome?). In fact, I have lost count of the number of times I have picked up certain books of hers off my shelf and curled up and sought out my favourite passages ~ often ending up re-reading the whole book.
Her BOYS. Okay ~ SWOON. Gosh ~ my top literary crush list is peppered with Scott boys. Some of them win over my heart with just a few adept lines when they are introduced. She does not cheat when creating her love interests by making them the standard HOT boy. They are nuanced and not perfect and not OMG dazzling to look at ~ but much hotter in my mind than other characters who authors make look perfect.
There is probably more I could say. But you don't need an essay to tell that I love her :)
Really, I just love sinking into her books. Good good times ~ and a little bundle of her books have made it onto my favourites shelf for different reasons. My top 3 so far are:
STEALING HEAVEN is my absolute favourite of hers
It's gorgeous and swoon-y and ache-y and pretty much just entirely perfect.
If you love contemporary YA you should ABSOLUTELY read it.
So here's your chance :)
Open internationally via The Book Depository
I am giving away one copy of my fave Elizabeth Scott book 'Stealing Heaven'
Open one week (until the end of May)
~ fill in the form below :)
~ fill in the form below :)
|Elizabeth Scott's Bibliography (As I Wake will be out Sept 2011)|
|German edition of Stealing Heaven :D|
I haven't read any of her books. thanks for the chanceReplyDelete
OMG I fell in love with Elizabeth Scott after reading Living Dead Girl; even though it was one of the most harrowing, gut-wrenching books I've ever read. This week I'm reading Between Here & Forever but I'd love, love, love to read Stealing Heaven.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance :)
I just got Stealing Heaven on Amazon in the bargain book bin for under $5! It was like Stealing Books. Okay, lame joke, but I can't wait to read it. :)ReplyDelete
Of the books I've read of hers, I think Stealing Heaven is my favourite as well! The different mother-daughter relationship in that one really stands out.ReplyDelete
Great post! I agree with your list.ReplyDelete
Stealing Heaven is my favourite too. Although I am not sure about the German cover. I prefer the original US edition. It suits the book perfectly :)
Thanks for the giveaway Nomes :) I haven't read any Elizabeth Scott books before.ReplyDelete
I haven't read any book by Elizabeth Scott before!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
love this post! Thanks for participating in EScott Week!!! =)ReplyDelete
I've really liked all the Elizabeth Scott books I've read, and I have this one on my list!! Thanks for the contest, Nomes.ReplyDelete
Nice pic of Elizabeth. She looks like a lovely soul.ReplyDelete
Great post I think you captured all that is good about her books perfectly :)ReplyDelete
Ah Stealing Heaven is sooo good. I think I need a re-read before Between Here and Forever arrives :)
I'm loving E. Scott Week! Love the boys!!!ReplyDelete
I loveee Elizabeth Scott, ive just started reading Stealing Heaven at the moment. Ive already read 3 of hers and im keen to read the rest. I love the Elizabeth Scott week idea!ReplyDelete
- Abbeys bookshelf
I have yet to read any of her books, Nomes.ReplyDelete
But looking forward to it.
And yay, Book Depository ships to my country now :)
oh elizabeth scott love! i'm totally in on that. can there be a party?ReplyDelete
I've never read anything by Elizabeth Scott, although Living Dead Girl has been on my reading list forreevverr.ReplyDelete