Under the Radar Friday (5): Author Ingrid Jonach on YA Fantasy Books + Giveaway

Friday, March 6, 2015

Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

This week, I have an author I dearly adore, who coincidentally wrote one of my favorite 2013 books (and under the radar YA romances), When The World Was Flat (and we were in love), to share her favorite under the radar YA fantasy books. I am so honored and excited to have her again on my blog and without further ado, let's all welcome, INGRID JONACH!!!

About Ingrid Jonach

Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is available now. Her second young adult novel In the Beginning There was Us will be released in April 2015.

She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.

She lives down under - in Canberra, Australia - with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.


Ingrid Jonach wowed me with her book because of the intricate and wonderfully constructed epic tale of alternate dimensions and love that transcends everything. I love it so much I even featured it last week on my own UTRF post for YA romances. I am so pumped to share her recommendations with y'all because we all need to listen to her. Take it away, Ingrid!


Under the Radar YA Fantasy Books

I had no hesitation in nominating the below books for my under the radar post. They’re all fantasy (even though I write science fiction myself, I probably read more fantasy out of the two genres), and they’re all books that I want to be able to fangirl with others over, so I want EVERYONE to read them! Note a couple of them only just scrape into the YA category (Brother Night and In the Keep of Time, which both have tween/teen characters), but I absolutely HAD to include them! 

By Janice Harrell

Forget Twilight! This is hands-down the best vampire series you will ever read! The series follows the story of twins (a teenage boy and girl) who have to live with their estranged and eccentric aunt after their mother dies in a car accident. Well, it just so happens that their aunt is a vampire. The story just gets cooler from there. Particularly when one twin (the boy) goes off the rails and decides to become a vampire himself. Fast-paced, heartbreaking and full of surprises, I first read this series in my early teens and am still addicted!

By Victor Kelleher

This story still brings a tear to my eye whenever I think about it. Another story about twins (seems to be a theme!), except these twins are polar opposites – one is the spawn of the revered and worshipped sun god and the other of the feared and shunned moon god. The boys come to symbolize good and evil in the story – with the irony being that the child of the moon god is goodhearted and the child of the sun god is a total narcissist. This book won awards in Australia, where it was published, but it should really be sitting on the shelves of every tween and teen around the world.

By Margaret J Anderson

A group of siblings are exploring an ancient keep (tower) in Scotland when they slip back into medieval times in a manner reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The youngest child Olivia transforms completely into a girl from the past, no longer answering to her name and claiming one of the locals is her mother (who, in turn claims she is her daughter). Her older siblings are forced to endure a number of adventures, including an epic battle, before they return to their own time with their sister reluctantly in tow. Here the story takes another interesting twist as their now medieval sister is introduced to cars and baths with a mixture of sad and hilarious results.

By K. J. Taylor

I normally read low fantasy (e.g. set in the real world) rather than high fantasy (i.e. set in another world), but I started this series after meeting the author and am seriously addicted. Set in a world where griffins (magical half bird, half lion creatures) are commonplace, the trilogies follow the story of a griffiner (a nobleman who rides a griffin) who’s betrayed and killed, only to rise again as his enemies’ worst nightmare. I’m such a romance buff and, in amongst the adventure, there are actually a lot of touching moments – rejection, lust and star-crossed lovers. The perks of knowing the author means I've had a sneak peek at the remaining trilogies (and have actually just finished the final book—sob!). 

By Julianna Scott

I had to include at least one of my former Strange Chemistry colleagues. This book is the first in a series (The Seers was released towards the end of last year), which follows the story of Becca and her brother, who are whisked away to a boarding school by their estranged father and discover they’re part of a race with special abilities. This has all of the elements a good young adult novel should have—romance, superpowers, and a setting reminiscent of Hogwarts. Like many Strange Chemistry books it’s developed a loyal following, but deserves as many readers as possible!


Thank you so much, Ingrid! Everyone, don't forget to follow Ingrid on her website and social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Moreover, check out her book, When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)!

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
Title: When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Date of Publication: January 1, 2015

When I look back later, I’ll wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. I like to think of it as BT and AT—Before Tom and After Tom.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks—for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he'd be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he's bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind—memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom's been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that's bigger—and much more terrifying and beautiful—than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there's no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.
Purchase from Amazon | Smashwords


Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of an ebook of WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (AND WE WERE IN LOVE) by Ingrid Jonach

Open to US residents only:

One (1) winner of K.J. Taylor's books (to be announced which books)

Thank you to Ace Roc Books and Nita Basu for the prizes!

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  1. I have not read any of Ingrid's favorites, but they all sound great so I added them to my TBR list!

    Bonnie Hilligoss
    Bonnie at bonnieanddave dot com

    1. That's great, Bonnie! I hope you get to read them soon too!

  2. Will check out her book. It sounds good! :)

    1. It is! Hope you get around to reading it, Yash!


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