YA/Classic Match-Up (1)

Closing the pages of a favorite book is always a sad moment.  But sometimes the story can live on in other covers.  Below we list some YA books that can keep the magic of your favorite classics alive.

If You Like Persuasion by Jane Austen

Read For Darkness Show the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Years ago Elliot North refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart Kai because she believed her duty lay with her family’s estate. After all, as a member of the upper class, she has a responsiblity to care for those affected by the Reduction–the genetic mutation that caused the world to crumble and nearly all scientific advancement to stop. Now Kai has returned as a successful explorer and Elliot suddenly wants to share his world, the world that embraces change and dares to think that the Reduction is finally over. But Kai remains bitter and distant, and Elliot fears to leave all her old values behind.

If You Like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Read Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Charlotte and Branwell Brontë possess the secret of literally jumping into their imaginary world of Verdopolis, and their sister Emily is tired of being left behind. Once all three of them, along with Anne, travelled there together as the all-powerful Genii, but now the elder Brontës keep that power to themselves. Charlotte and Branwell, however, pay a price the others do not see. Will the four of them ever be able to escape the mysterious hold that Verdopolis has on them?

If You Like “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

Read Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

After a plague sweeps through the city, Araby has nothing left.  She spends her time in the Debauchery Club, hoping to forget.  But then she meets Will and Elliot, one the proprietor and the other an aristocrat.  And suddenly she wants to live again.

If You Like The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Read RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

Seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a gift for singing, but it always leaves her exhausted.  Her mother believes that sending her to France may help.  There she befriends the mysterious Thorn, a talented violinist who may be more dangerous than he looks.

If You Like The Scarlet PImpernel by Baroness Orczy

Read Rook by Sharon Cameron

Sophia Bellamy lives in a world without technology where the Sunken City once was called Paris and the Commonwealth was England. But even though technology is outlawed to prevent the devastation it once caused long ago, history repeats itself. The people of the Sunken City die each day by the Blade–unless they are fortunate enough to be rescued by the Red Rook, a mysterious savior who empties the prisons and leaves only a red-tipped feather behind.

29 thoughts on “YA/Classic Match-Up (1)

    • Krysta says:

      I was interested in RoseBlood when I first heard it was coming out, but my interest has since waned, unfortunately. It seems like it’s not that different from most YA books and I was hoping it would be.

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  1. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a post!! I’m really keen to check out For Darkness Shows the Stars, because I loved Persuasion 🙂 And I like the concepts for Worlds of Ink and Shadow and Masque of the Red Death!


  2. claire says:

    This is such a helpful post! I haven’t seen any classic to YA recommendations before from bloggers and I think it’s a unique idea. I’ll have to try some of these both ways, to explore new YA books but also pick up some classics that are probably long overdue for me to read. I couldn’t get into Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, so maybe I’ll have to try Persuasion. But I did love Phantom of the Opera, so I’ll have to check out Roseblood. Thanks for sharing!

    claire @ clairefy


  3. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Nice feature! According to this I should pick up Roseblood. I do have a copy here, but shelved it after several like minded reading friends struggled with it. Maybe it is time to dust it off and give it a fair effort 😉 Do you have a review up? I cannot remember.


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