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Initial post: May 10, 2012 4:08:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 4:09:42 PM PDT
In the past couple of weeks I have read: Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series)& Barely Breathing (The Breathing Series), If I Stay&Where She Went (If I Stay) Slammed&Point of Retreat (Slammed Series #2). And now I'm looking for more like this. Deep, thought provoking, YA reads, with a nice undercurrent of romance that aren't TOO kiddish. Got any recs for me? I prefer late high school early college for this kinda thing.

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:34:27 PM PDT
RomanceLover says:
The series by Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Novels), and Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Novels)) is for more mature readers. I personally like Rules of Attraction the most.

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:38:19 PM PDT
J. Sirois says:
On Little Wings. It's YA with some romance, but no rippling abs and lots of deep thinking. Good reviews, too.

Posted on May 10, 2012 8:05:34 PM PDT
Agnes says:
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristin D. Randle - This one is still one of my favorite YAs.

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:34:37 PM PDT
The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger - seems light on the surface, but there's unexpected depth in the home-stuff the characters are dealing with
Going Too Far and Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott - again it seems pretty light on the surface, but the main female character's family is falling apart even though everyone's in denial and she's dealing with the "loss" of her former BFF who decided pretty and popular were more important than true friendship.
Willow by Julia Hoban - heroine feels responsible for her parents death and "copes" by cutting
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Not romance but YA and gritty and deep:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:54:01 PM PDT
Sherylb says:
I have read all of those recently and will recommend Going Under.

Posted on May 11, 2012 12:16:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2012 12:17:14 AM PDT
The Morning Gift this book really is the best! Love, danger, arranged marriage, trials& tribulations.. Fantastic characters.

Posted on May 11, 2012 7:28:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2012 7:29:42 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I just finished a book which just about floored me. It was amazingly good for a self-published novel (sorry if that sounds prejudiced -- I am, a little bit, because I haven't yet found that many indie books which are worth the time). The best part about this book is its premise: the heroine, a heiress in hiding, has a contract put on her life and the hero is the hitman who has accepted the contract and goes after her. Because the hitman is so good at his job and because he's always been detached and emotionally cold, he's considered untouchable. Which is the name of the book.
Untouchable by Lindsay Delagair
So, like I said, I love this premise -- heroine as the hitman hero's contracted target --, so this book was basically a wish-fulfilment fantasy for me. The execution itself could have been more polished, but I was satisfied that, at least, there were no major plot holes and only relatively few grammar mistakes. Another thing I liked was that the heroine (though strong and competent) was really feminine and the furthest thing from a shrew imaginable. Maybe this will turn other people off, but I really liked that, after learning about the hero's true intentions, she willingly put her life in his hands (which he didn't really deserve, at the time). The hero was humbled by her trust and innocence and it was beautiful to see how he (eventually) changed into a man deserving of her trust, one who protected her innocence.

For other more mature seeming YA romance novels, I recommend:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Heart on a Chain by Cindy C Bennett
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Also, if you don't mind a touch of the supernatural in your YA romance, let me know, so that I can recommend some further reads.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:38:12 PM PDT
Heart on a Chain by Cindy Bennett was a really good read. Lots of emotion and heart-string-tuggin'.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:44:42 PM PDT
Thanks folks, lots of books to look into.

I actually already have Heart on a Chain, Untouchable, and the Perfect Chemistry series on my Kindle, so good to know they'll fit the bill when I get to them. :)

Posted on May 12, 2012 5:58:24 AM PDT
A. Mardjo says:
Another book that similar with Heart on Chain is The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (Volume 1)

Posted on May 13, 2012 9:30:14 PM PDT
Ashley says:
Thank you, A. Mardjo, I loved 'The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window'. It was a great read.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 3:05:17 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
diremommy, just be advised that Untouchable has some random, out of place 'inspirational' undertones (not very subtle, either).

Posted on May 14, 2012 4:27:15 AM PDT
DM - you should read Forbidden - you know me and how often I give out 5 stars and it got that from me ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 4:52:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 4:52:30 AM PDT
Uh hmmm might have to rethink that one then, I HATE to be preached to, thanks for the warning.

That is the one with the greenish cover with the barechested guy, right? Not the sort of place I'd expect to get a God lesson, maybe you can shoot me a GR PM with the deets?

Dee, I'll check it out too, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:32:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 11:33:32 AM PDT
Adnana says:
HJ Leonard,
You're right, there are some 'inspirational' undertones in "Untouchable", but they are mostly related to the heroine's character and, as I generally found her very likable, I didn't mind. I just accepted that her beliefs were part of who she was and this didn't detract from the story, for me.
The sequel, on the other hand... gosh, I didn't like AT ALL where the story went. It seemed that the characters had personality transplants to make them different persons and TSTL to boot and, for some reason, I found the 'inspirational' elements more difficult to tolerate. Idk, I'm a Christian, but I don't like to be preached at when reading fiction.
So, I still recommend that the OP give "Untouchable" a try and see if she likes it. The sequel, on the other hand... what a disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:54:15 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
To be honest, I actually found the inspirational tones completely out of character for a billionaire heiress who thought nothing of overriding her stepfather's decision not to buy her a fancy car and going off to purchase her own $135K Porsche 911. Or of breaking the traffic laws whenever she wanted a thrill. Not very 'inspirational' type of behavior to me.

If those paragraphs and conversation were taken out of the book, there would have been no effect on the story whatsoever. It would have been better - in my own personal opinion.

I didn't hate the book. I do not understand this new hype about it, though. I did like it, but I'm a hard sell on stuff like that, and everytime it came up, I found myself gritting my teeth in annoyance. That's just me. But I also can't tolerate lack of proofreading, typos, improper grammar, etc, and many of today's readers can.

And I'm glad you commented on Unforgivable. I stopped after a few pages because that's what it jumped right into. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:54:19 AM PDT
Thanks, but since I am VERY much not religious in the slightest, and I hate to be preached to, I think I'll have to give this one a pass.

I don't even talk to my MIL much, because it's a constant barrage of "the lord" this and "the lord" that, and it makes me crazy.

Posted on May 14, 2012 12:21:14 PM PDT
Susan says:
Although maybe a bit older situation to be considered YA, I read Preservation on the recommendations from these discussion boards and enjoyed it. The H is a college professor and the h is a student, although a bit older than traditional college age. Plus, I noticed it is free right now!

Posted on May 14, 2012 4:14:30 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
Diremommy - I read Crow's Row by Julie Hockley last week. A very good YA with a mature theme. Hero is a drug boss who can't escape his world. Warning, this is only book 1 of 2, and book 2 isn't out yet. the ending was awesome, but the HEA will come in book 2.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 4:23:14 PM PDT
It's on my list, probably next after I finish my Cut & Run series reread.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:53:11 PM PDT
Lisa says:
A. Mardjo: ahhh, The Boy...Bedroom was such a good read. I really enjoyed it. I cringed reading bout the abuse. The young romance was really sweet. Thanks for the rec.

Posted on May 14, 2012 9:29:05 PM PDT
A. Mardjo says:
Another sweet young romance books are Slammed and Point of Retreat (Slammed Series #2).
It's book 1 and book 2. The HEA is in Book 2 even though Book 1 already shows some of the HEA.

Posted on May 14, 2012 11:23:36 PM PDT
read4fun says:
I purchased Someone Else's Fairytale because of the good reviews and didn't like it. I kept falling asleep while trying to read it and simply couldn't get into the story. The H is an actor and actually a great character, but I just couldn't stand the h. She apparently behaves as she does because of a difficult childhood (I believe among other things she had been kidnapped), but I found her totally cold and detached and simply couldn't like her. Not recommeneded :(

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 12:57:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 3:50:25 AM PDT
Mehar says:
yeah, i felt that the h was kinda cold but given her history it didn't annoy me as much, i was just glad that she wasn't some kind of shrew just laying it on the H for no reason at all.But I really loved this book. I loved how the h wasn't falling at his feet because he was famous. And, trust me, I've read so many books with this theme (famous H/ ordinary h) where there are h's who pretend to hate the H and play hard to get but inside are like - OMGAWSH he's so hot. And turn to puddles as soon as the hero touches them, just gets on my nerves. I loved how she genuinely wasn't interested in him (at first) and goes out with someone else and actually puts her friends before someone she just met (the famous H) i thought it was really realistic
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