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Lost between teen and adult books - recommendations?


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Posted on Jun 20, 2012 4:05:02 PM PDT
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Vampire Earth series, EE Knight
Main character is male, but starts young. Also, a woman who trains the protagonist (in book two or three, I forget) becomes a big part of the story and is one of my favorite female characters to date. All but one of the books is, in my opinion, absolutely phenomenal.

Angelfall, Susan Ee
Main characters fits all the criteria. Very good book, but the only one written as of yet, sadly.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 6:32:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 6:33:11 PM PDT
Tris says:
You should really read Divergent, the main character is a female. After you read it, you can read its sequal, Insurgent.
The Mortal Instruments is really good too.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:15:48 PM PDT
Kribu says:
I'd suggest the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy (starting with Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients (US) or just plain Skulduggery Pleasant (rest of the world) depending on where you live) - with some hesitation, as the protagonist is 12 when the books start out. She's not a girly-girl (at all) though, and it's one of those series where the protagonist grows up/older with the series (which also grows progressively darker with the later books); as things stand, I expect her to be 18-19 by the ninth (last) book. Every other main character is an adult, though, and there are several other strong female characters in the books. There are six books out now and the seventh will be released this August.

It's a fantasy/magic/horror/comedy/adventure/action mix; in the general "feel", I'd say it's closest to the Bartimaeus trilogy on your list (which I started recently and am loving a lot).

Otherwise, I'm seconding Divergent by Veronica Roth - there is some romance, but it's not nearly as romance-focused as most dystopias with a girl central character. And Angelfall by Susan Ee was a good read, too (and available as paperback as well, I see, although it's a bit pricier than average, being self-published).

There are also some urban fantasy series with somewhat older (20s/30s) main female characters where there *is* romance but it's not the focus of the story. The Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill (starting with Some Girls Bite, with a college-age main character) and Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price (starting with Grave Witch) - these are both adult urban fantasy, but more plot-focused than romance-focused (although IIRC both have had 1-2 obligatory explicit sex scenes in the series so far - but they're easily skippable if that's not what you're after). The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire (starting with Rosemary and Rue) is another urban fantasy with a female protagonist, not romance-focused at all, although I think the main character is in her 30s.

I don't know if you'd want to take a chance at another Maria V Snyder book after not liking Inside Out (which I haven't read yet) but her Study series (starting with Poison Study) was one I rather enjoyed, in spite of it being more high fantasy, which I usually don't care for, and a bit more romance-y than some of the others I've mentioned. The romance still isn't the focus of the plot though and the heroine is 17-18.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 11:03:39 AM PDT
Highly recommend the "Hollows" series by Kim Harrison.
Dead Witch Walking

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 12:43:46 PM PDT
Keri says:
Try 'Estrel' by Keri Kitson

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 12:59:14 PM PDT
I was just checking out fellow Musa author's book and saw your post. I had to read it because I feel like my YA Urban Fantasy, Shadow Eyes, is one that crosses over from YA to adult. It is definitely a YA book and the main character is 17, but it's not for little kids by any means and adults, especially in their 20s and 30s, love it. Check it out here on amazon if you want. As far as girliness - there is a little, but generally, it is has more of an action, drama, mystery feel to it.

I also strongly recommend Divergent for you. One of my absolute favorites, and there's nothing girly about the main character! She is even stronger in many ways than Katniss in The Hunger Games.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 6:36:29 AM PDT
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Starts with Wizards First Rule. Very strong female co-lead. Great story.

FINISH the Ender series by Orson Scott Card! The characters all become oh so much more...

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 8:24:25 PM PDT
DivineBovine says:
The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon (The Naming, The Riddle, The Crow, The Singing). YA with strong young female protagonist - 17 years in the first book, I think. Has a slightly Lord of the Rings world feel to it but without the archaic English and hobbits.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan because you liked the Bartimaeus trilogy. MALE protagonist, which I normally don't read too much of, but with more than enough humor to make up for it. YA, the protag is 12 in the first book, and set in modern USA. Basically Greek gods still exist and are still siring offspring (demigods) who still embark on quests to save the world. Fortunately Riordan can tell a better story than I can ;) The series isn't half as dark as the Bartimaeus trilogy but the sarcastic humor is similar.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 9:42:23 PM PDT
Tamora Pierce? Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1), certainly might qualify...

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 10:30:14 PM PDT
Older books that I don't think are listed here:

All the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (strong females) - the first one is Dragonsdawn, then Dragonflight, and the White Dragon are the first trilogy.

Then my all-time favorite trilogy is The Riddlemaster of Hed series by Patricia McKillip. Both my sons love these books; again, strong females (mainly in books 2 and 3).

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 10:32:58 PM PDT
Older books that I don't think are listed here:

All the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (strong females) - the first one is Dragonsdawn, then Dragonflight, and the White Dragon are the first trilogy.

Then my all-time favorite trilogy is The Riddlemaster of Hed series by Patricia McKillip. Both my sons love these books; again, strong females (mainly in books 2 and 3).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 8:42:43 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 24, 2012 2:26:04 PM PDT
I was going to recommend Pern as well. But, the trilogy is Dragonflight first, then Dragonquest, and then the White Dragon. Dragonsdawn is a prequel to the trilogy =)

In addition - More than Magic by Elizabeth Kirke, the main character is a 21yo girl.

I'm also a fan of the Keeper series by Tanya Huff. The first one is Summon the Keeper. I think the main character was a little older, maybe upper 20's. It's been a while since I read it, but I read it in my early 20's and identified with her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 7:51:07 PM PDT
Amanda G says:
City of Ashes was written by Cassandra Clare.
Graceling was written by Kristen Cashore.

City of bones is the first book in the series.
Just didn't want anyone to get confused and look for a book by the wrong author

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 9:46:18 PM PDT
Mary Fisher says:
Have you read Lirael and Abhorsen, which go with Sabriel? Also, Patricia Briggs has some older fantasy books which are also good: The Hob's Bargain, The Hurog duology, The Raven Duology, and the Sianim books. The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear are pretty good, though long. I liked them better than The Farseer books, which I thought were too depressing. If you are willing to go out of the fantasy genre, I would suggest Jane Eyre, The Emily of New Moon trilogy, and Pride and Predjudice.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 1:46:15 AM PDT
Mongus says:
I would suggest The Seven Realms series by Cindy Williams Chima. Starts with Demon King, then Exiled Queen and Grey Wolf Throne. The fourth book will be out this fall - the Crimson Crown. Doesn't say if its the last of the series or not.

There's a little magic - but definitely not Harry Potter. The main character is a girl/queen, but starts out young - maybe 16ish. There's some battles but not to graphic in the telling. Of course there are boys after her but romance doesn't seem to be the driving force of the story. It's a good adventure.

I don't seek out romance books - way to sappy! But this was a good blend of life and all it's craziness - in their era.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 2:50:07 PM PDT
I absolutely second Michelle Sagara's Cast series and Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Patricia Briggs has several single or dual fantasies that are really good. I especially liked When Demons Walk (Sianim) and Steal the Dragon (Sianim, No. 2). I have also enjoyed C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers. None of these have any sex though there is some romantic tension.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 7:51:20 PM PDT
diane thomas says:
This is regarding movies. Try Secondhand Lions, Astronaut Farmer, Twilight Samarai, and if you like old movies and can find them, Prince of Foxes, Captain from Catile, or The Brave One (the mid-50's version - not the Jodie Foster film with the same name). For total feelgood-for-dog-lovers, there is Hotel for Dogs. Enjoy

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 10:20:02 PM PDT
Roka2 says:
A little book of three fine short-short stories (Flash Fiction) is "50 Cent Flash"
50 Cent Flash Fiction - Anthology 1:Twist

Each story has a rater unexpected twist. (Nice illustrations too!)

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 11:03:43 PM PDT
SGG says:
My favorite fantasy will always be Madeleine L'Engle's _Time Trilogy_ (_A Wrinkle in Time_, _A Wind in the Door_, and my favorite, _A Swiftly Tilting Planet_). She's a beautiful writer, for any age, and these books have a female protagonist. You might also want to visit Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series. Finally, regarding epic fantasy, Robert Jordan's _Wheel of Time_ series has strong female protagonists. And for light reading and a laugh (as well as the great Polgara the Sorceress), see David Eddings's books, particularly his series _The Belgariad_. In fact, if you like Stroud's dry humor (which I also do very much), I think you would enjoy Eddings.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 7:58:40 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 29, 2012 8:02:08 AM PDT
The Royal Dragoneers (Book One of the Dragoneers Saga) or Confliction Compendium (Dragoneers Cycle One)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 10:34:47 AM PDT
Personnally, I found the Outlander series a bit too cheesy romance novel. It sounds like my taste is similar to R. Austin so thought I'd throw that out there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 10:38:05 AM PDT
I really enjoyed and would recommend Lament and Ballad also by Maggie Stiefvater. I also enjoyed Cashore's Graceling and Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 7:05:37 PM PDT
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