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Lost between teen and adult books - recommendations?

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Posted on Jun 29, 2012 7:16:05 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 2:59:33 PM PDT
D. Joyce says:
Does your local library have a readers' advisory librarian? Basically someone who answers these types of questions and has an informal conversation with you about what you like or don't like and why, and then makes some recommendations? They usually have the training and tools to help you. I'm a librarian student, hoping to become an RA librarian. There's a lot to digest here but I'll try to answer in the next couple days if I can.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 10:00:56 PM PDT
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Mardi says:
Try Beautiful Creatures

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 11:20:35 PM PDT
Ara says:
You should try Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers Series, the teens are in their mid teens, but that doesn't hurt the story a bit, and plus, she has an adult series called Women of the Otherworld and it takes place in the same universe. So, you get both adult and young adult with Kelley Armstrong. Also, I'm sure they've been mentioned but you should also try Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 10:55:56 PM PDT
Amy Hay says:
I believe I have a book thats right up your alley. It's called Spirit of the King, by debut author Amy Hay. Aaria the female protagonist, is no girlie girl. She is very dynamically written. Also the main characters are in their young twenties, though there are younger and older characters as well, but the really enrich the story. There is no sex or graphic violence. The genre is contemprary fantasy fiction, thouhg it certainly is NOT "urban fantasy fiction" (no vampires, werewolves, etc.) The fantasy fiction elements are actually really unique. I have never come across another book like this as far as creative elements are concerned. I actually really liked Sabriel as a teen. There is a similar tonal backdrop to this book, but its WAY better! I highly encourage you to check it out. The first book in a three part trilogy. It's available on Amazon. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 9:07:08 AM PDT
Lee Garrett says:
Try Morgan Blayde's SHADOW DANCER. The book is YA and urban dark fantasy. The main character is a kitsune (fox spirit) in human form, raised by a human family. Her best friend is a two ton fu dog addicted to chocolate. Humor and action and spookiness walk hand in hand through out.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 11:58:42 AM PDT
lxm16 says:
Outlander is really good, but you might want to wait a few years if you feel caught between YA and adult. It has quite a bit of violence and sex. Here are some random ideas with older authors: Anne McCaffrey is generally good even when the book isn't in the Dragonrider series. Crystal Singer is pretty interesting. You may never have read Andre Norton, but she does light sci-fi and fantasy, and if she were publishing today, it would be YA. Try Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden universe, which is again light sci-fi--maybe start with the "Dragon Variation" (3 novels) or "Balance of Trade". Try Mary Stewart--the Merlin series is good (starts with the Crystal Cave). When I was your age I bridged the gap with Barbara Michaels' books, but since they mainly fall into the category of mystery, you may not like them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 12:06:49 PM PDT
The first book in the Mortal Instruments series is City of Bones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 1:00:01 PM PDT
Divergent series is really good and I didn't see Hunger Games on any of your lists which has a lady lead in it and that series I breezed through in three days. This is going to be a little self-serving since I wrote it and just published it lats week, but Legacy: Secrets of a Prince is in the area of what you asked for. The main character is a guy about 17, but there is an important character in most the chapters with him that is a strong, commanding woman figure about the same age. No sex scenes.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 1:22:52 PM PDT
GreyDay says:
Anything by Tamora Pierce especially Tricksters Choice and Trickster's Queen.
Patricial Mckillip's Riddlemaster triology. Male main character but with strong female characters also.
James Schmitz all of his books.
Robin Mckinley's Hero and The Crown also The Blue Sword.
Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarion.
Lois Bujold's Vorkosiggan novels. Male main character but with many strong female characters also.
Mercedes Lackey Arrows Of The Queen triology.
A. Lee Martinez A Nameless Witch.
David Weber's Honor Harrington series.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 1:40:46 PM PDT
Tonya Nardi says:
Okay, so a couple of older series that haven't been mentioned yet -

C. J. Cherryh has several books which have a strong (young) female lead. "The Paladin" is one and she has a series of 4 books that starts with, I think, "Gates of Ivrel" - the series has a male protagonist acting as the second in command to a FABULOUS female lead. Look for the Morgaine Saga.

Charles Delint nicely straddles the line between YA and adult fiction and he has several very strong female characters. You might like the Jilly Coppercorn books - but I'd go anything by Delint. His Newford books are my favorite, but Little Grrl Lost is fun and The Little Country is a good read.

Also check out Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters trilogy starts with a great, younger female protag and, although there's an element of romance there, the story is basically an adult version of a retold fairy tale.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 4:58:39 PM PDT
lxm16 says:
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (fairy-themed book set in Minneapolis in the 1980s.)
Ice Crown by Andre Norton (thought I'd pick one that I liked with a girl protagonist since she wrote hundreds of them)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden You might like it even though it's not a YA.
The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 6:59:50 PM PDT
I don't know if you'll like this, but I think you might...try...Vampire Academy Signature Edition: A Vampire Academy Novel. The main character is a female named Rose who is almost 18, strong and independent and defiantly not stereotypically girly. It's really well written and one of my favorite series. There's some romance, but it's not the main focus--it's more of a sub-plot. Give it a try!

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 9:26:46 AM PDT
I just read "Steven Standing In The After" by Ron Brunk and it was captivating!! It's for young adults and I fell in love with the story and characters. :)
Steven Standing In The After

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 11:35:54 AM PDT
darkwulf11 says:
Try Secrets of the Soul Secrets of the Soul - ISBN 13-978-1469967950

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 4:13:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 8:22:57 AM PDT
MissKitty79 says:
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson !

Mistborn : Final Empire Series (Book #1) (Mistborn, Book 1)
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)
The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn
The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 12:48:57 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 2:46:29 PM PDT
Chatter62 says:
what I want to know is why do you have to choose? ... I've been reading since before I ever started school ... which was a long, long time ago ... I'm 62 years old ... so I have read just about every genre that anyone has been able to come up with ... I never can choose just by the title ... or what's on the back of the fly leaf ... I just absolutely love reading ... if it doesn't look interesting, but someone has told me that it is a really good read ... then if I have to, I will go to the middle of the book and pick out 2 or 3 pages ... if it captures my interest in those pages ... then I shut the book and start at the beginning ... unlike you, I watched the movie 'Eragon' and fell in love with it ... now I watch it whenever it is on ... I don't mind whether I read the book first or watch the movie first ... the only problem I have with seeing the movie first, is I kind of get ahead of the book ... then when it gets to a funny part or a sad part I'm already either laughing myself silly or tears are running down my cheeks ... I hope this does help you ... actually it's really about how you want to classify yourself ... as a young adult or as a new adult ... or whatever ... good luck

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 2:49:45 PM PDT
Chatter62 says:
I forgot to tell you that LadyHawke ... was not just a good book ... but a really great movie ... with Rutger Hower ... (SP)

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 4:21:28 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 4:26:28 PM PDT
Hi Jenn,

Self promotion isn't allowed outside the MOA forum. It's a shame that you haven't looked through the threads a little bit more, or you would have realised.

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