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Initial post: Mar 14, 2012 8:17:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2012 8:19:53 PM PDT
Hi! I'm twenty and I enjoy young adult books so much. However, lately I've been having a hard time finding something worth reading. I've read a lot of the main stream books everyone's been raving about, so can you suggest something I perhaps haven't come across yet? I'm looking for something that I'm not going to come across straight away, but has 4.5-5 stars. I love romance, so that's a must, and not just a little. I like to read books that at least have a sequel out already or more. I love paranormal, fantasy (omg... the Iron King series! I'm all for that kind of crazy ride! anything similar?), and post-apocalypse (like ashes by Isla J. Bick). I'd like it keep strictly to one point-of-view. I really can't stand it when they switch narrators. Plus, from a female point-of-view, please? Hopefully this doesn't sound too picky... lol.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 8:05:54 AM PDT
Wayward says:
I was going to say Beautiful Creatures...but it's not from a female POV. And I think they sometimes switch narrators. But it's amazing, romantic, and there are 3 out. (On the wait list for the 3rd)
Robin McKinley's fantasies are classics, and all have some romance. Most are YA fairy tales witha twist. Love Spindle's End!!!

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:17:39 AM PDT
It's not exactly a hidden gem, at least not in these forums, but have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? It's AMAZING, and book 2 in the series is coming out this fall.

You also might like Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and The Host by Stephenie Meyer (no sequels promised... YET, but it's my FAVE of hers).

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:27:46 AM PDT
Yeah, I actually own book one and two of Beautiful Creatures... but I lost interest sadly, because I think it's probably a great book otherwise. Hm, I've never checked out Robin Mckinley's stuff before, but I almost want to say it might be too much fantasy for my tastes. Kind of weird, I know, especially after reading the Iron King. So, I'm going to venture and request if it's fantasy, I'd like it to be about faeries. Nothing like tinker bell, though. I like 'em dark. And I've already tried Lament and Wicked Lovely.

Kristan, I've been on the fence with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It seems like it would be an excellent read... but I'm not sure it's my cup of tea. Girl of Fire and Thorns, I did start reading... I haven't finished it, however, and I'm not sure when I will. Forest of Hands and Teeth... is it the same girl through out each book in the series? Mmm... I actually couldn't get into the Host tbh. I loved her book Twilight though. Before she had Bella get pregnant, and definitely before the movies came out and ruined the characters in my head.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:43:22 AM PDT
Wayward says:
If you don't mind some adult content, what about Juliet Marillier's books? There is a lot of Celtic folklore in there, the characters are young, and they deal with the Good Folk frequently. There is some violence toward women depicted in a few of the books, for the most part tastefully done and never condoned--it adds to the storyline--but that content bothers some people. The YA books and the Sevenwaters books are told from a female perspective.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:57:11 AM PDT
Try Joss Stirling's new series, starting with Finding Sky. She's written two so far and the third is on the way. They involve 7 brothers with special powers so I'm guessing she plans to write 7. Don't worry - it's from a female POV, the Sky of the title, and how she becomes involved with the family.
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 10:57:33 AM PDT
Agnes says:
If you want a romance and haven't read Kristin D. Randle's The Only Alien on the Planet, I highly recommend doing so. It's a contemporary read about a girl who enters a new high school and there comes across a boy who is mute. She is determined to get him to speak. I loved this book when I first read it, my sisters loved it as well, and I also usually dislike all of the books that everyone else is so crazy about.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta; this one has a sequel called The Piper's Son.

Someone else already recommended Robin McKinley; I recommend The Blue Sword. It has a companion novel that came first, called The Hero and the Crown, which provides some cultural and background information mentioned in TBS. I liked The Blue Sword better, but they were both worth reading.

The Island and the Ring by Laura C. Stevenson hasn't been widely read, but it has a great romance and storyline.

Also, if you're looking for a fantasy/romance, The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley is worth checking out. It has a sequel called The Healer's Keep (but I think this one went from the girl's point of view to the male's point of view), which follows different characters as well as other sequels; THK is the only sequel worth reading.

If any of this sounds like anything you might enjoy, let me know and I'll recommend more books. And, no, your request doesn't sound too picky at all. You know what you like to read, and there's nothing wrong with that. Hope you find something awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 11:22:51 AM PDT
Out of curiosity, what makes you think DOSAB wouldn't be your cup of tea? Maybe I can confirm or refute a few points (without spoilers, of course!).

GOFAT is worth finishing if you were enjoying it.

The Host definitely takes a while to get into. Did you make it out of the desert yet? Did you even make it TO the desert yet, lol? It took me 2 tries to read that book because the beginning just seemed go on forever, but please please please trust me that if you liked Twilight (minus the craziness in Book 4) you really should push through The Host. I've now read it 2 or 3 times and it's one of my all-time faves. The characters are just amazing, and so many parts make me tingle with emotion or cry.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 12:41:57 PM PDT
Wayward, I actually came across Daughter of the Forest a couple of days ago. It seems very intriguing and it's definitely on my list to read.

Mrs. A. V. Hart, I also came across this book a while ago. I completely forgot I had it on my list to read! But thanks for reminding me! Is there anything in particular you liked about it?

Agnes, omg. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of The Only Alien on the Planet! It seems also intriguing, and something I would read. In fact, I'm going to check it out after this post, lol. Also Saving Francesca definitely has my attention. Do you have any other suggestions?

Kristan, I'm not really sure... I read a bit of the excerpt and... hm. I don't know. it's curious that's for sure. I think the setting just threw me for a loop. Though, I'm still considering it. I haven't written it off yet. Anything in particular you liked about it without revealing spoilers? I'm definitely going to finish GOFAT soon enough. And I think you nailed it right with what you've already said about The Host. It is hard to get into... and I had wanted to give it a chance. Blah. I think I might give it another chance if you really think I should.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 12:46:15 PM PDT
I reeeeeeally think you should give The Host another chance! I do I do! Once you get past the desert, it will be hard to stop.

What did I love about DOSAB. Lol oh let me count the ways...

- gorgeous writing
- youthful but mature point of view
- unusual and fascinating ideas (fresh take on angels and "demons," teeth, wishes, etc!)
- good use of setting (Prague, and another world I won't talk about too much)
- heartbreaking love story
- BRIMSTONE (one of the characters - I love him so!)
- smart, strong heroine who is also real and vulnerable
- no clear evil vs. good, black vs. white - like real life, the characters of DOSAB live and act in the gray

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 5:40:50 PM PDT
Irene says:
How about
Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Die For Me by Amy Plum
Ash by Malinda Lo
Good Luck
Irene

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 9:31:40 PM PDT
Tina78 says:
Have you read any of L.J. Smith's books? The series that is my favorite and I think you will enjoy too is Night World. There are nine books in the series. It is chuck full of romance and supernatural creatures(vampires, witches, shapeshifters, etc.). There are strong female characters in every book. Each book is a separate story but also links together in a larger overall plot. L.J. is also working on the tenth book in the series that will include an apocalyptic battle. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, she has also written a variety of other books you may like.

If you loved Twilight, you should read The Vampire Diaries. In my opinion, they are better than Twilight. They are nothing like the TV show, if you have seen that. I can only recommend the first 7 books though, because after that they are ghostwritten and I haven't read them.

I assume you have already read these series, but if not, they are pretty good too.
Vampire Acadamy by Richelle Mead
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
House of Night by Kristen and P.C. and Kristen Cast (that one sort of gets on my nerves after awhile though)

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 5:05:15 AM PDT
H. Salling says:
I wanted to read DOSAB due to the positive responses here, but when the review said, that the angel couldn't kill the heroin because she reminded him of his lost love, I changed my mind. I feel like there is so many stories out there where the heroin is an incarnation, or descendant of a lost love, and I'm kinda fed up with them.

I just finished book number two in Dannika Darks' Magerie's serie, and can highly recommend it. It is fun, sexy, intriguing, but also a bit dark at times, and with a strong heroin, but whom at the same time can be vulnerable.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 5:19:16 AM PDT
its not that the heroine is a reincarnation/descendant of a lost love - I think she took a whole different perspective, but can't say too much without spoiling...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 6:19:07 AM PDT
I agree with Deanna. And there really isn't anything "done" or typical about DOSAB. Anything that seems like it fits the common tropes? Doesn't.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 2:04:34 PM PDT
Agnes says:
One of my favorite paranormal series as a teen was Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secrets series. Each book is about a different character, so you can read them in any order without missing anything - they're a series simply because each story is about a different dark secret and are set in the same vicinity. Also, each book tackles a different subject: serial killers, paranormal activity, etc. (I think revealing one of the other plot elements might be a little spoilerish). The books were republished as sets. Dark Secrets 1: Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell are the first two. Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die; The Deep End of Fear are books three and four. I recommend not reading The Deep End of Fear, as I really disliked that book. The books are also available individually.

Another series I loved as a teen was Meg Cabot's 1-800-Where-R-You? series. The first book is When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You). It follows the trials and tribulations of Jessica Mastriani after she is struck by lightning while walking home from school and develops a psychic ability (she can look at the picture of a person and know where they are). Meg Cabot has a very distinct style in her contemporaries, which I don't mind. Other readers have preferred her Mediator series, but I always liked her Where-R-You series the best.

Another reader recommended books by L.J. Smith. I've read a good majority of this author's books, and I would recommend her Forbidden Game trilogy (I don't recommend her Vampire Diaries series, as the main character is a snob). This version - Forbidden Game, Collector's Omnibus Edition - has all three books together. The trilogy is very interesting, and I always liked the plot. A girl is trying to think of a way to entertain some friends who are coming over to her house. She happens across a strange shop and an odd game. Let's just say that buying the game is a huge mistake, it's more than just a game, and she doesn't return home alone. This one is more of an urban fantasy/paranormal/horror story. The romance is minor, but I thought it was an exciting read.

On a lighter note, and if you enjoy some humor in your reading, Jaclyn Moriarty's The Year Of Secret Assignments (Ashbury/Brookfield Books) is a book worth taking a look at (it's a contemporary romance).

If you read The Only Alien on the Planet, I hope you like it. Don't know if you'll like any of the above, but happy reading!

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 1:43:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012 1:47:04 PM PDT
Bundt Lust says:
Marie, if you're looking for dark faerie fantasy, check out Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (Modern Faerie Tale), and Valiant: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tale) if you haven't done so already.

If you're interested in werewolf novels, Blood and Chocolate, Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls), Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Novel) and The Dark Divine are also good.

For vampire novels, give Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Sunshine a try. And for Celtic-themed, I loved The Hounds of the Morrigan.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 12:39:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2012 12:43:27 PM PDT
shannon says:
I think you might enjoy the book Farsighted by Emlyn Chand. It is from the viewpoint of a blind boy and very good. Although you might want to wait and read it until later. The sequel comes out in May.

Also another good one, which you will probably want to wait on a while, is Angelfall by Susan Ee.

The other book is Cat's Call by Natasha Duncan-Drake. The sequel for it comes out at the end of this month.

Sorry I only gave you those books with sequels that aren't out yet, but those three are some of my favorites and I really think people should read them. Also sorry that they are not "fairy" books. :P

One series that is about superheroes, with a few books already out is the Super Human series by Michael Carroll.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 5:19:24 AM PDT
Laura says:
I wholeheartedly second Kristan's recommendation of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time.

Kristan, have you read Chime, by Franny Billingsley? I had the same reaction to that as I did to Daughter of Smoke and Bone -- beautiful writing, sly humor, dark secrets, and heartbreaking characters.

I also recommend Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Fire. Both lovely books, and a new one in the series coming in May, Bitterblue.

Not quite sure how to differentiate young adult from adult, but if you like urban fantasy, be sure to try Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Once you get past the covers of the books (which do look a bit cheesy), the books are really good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 6:05:29 AM PDT
Yes, I've read CHIME. I really enjoyed the writing style, but the story didn't do it for me the same way as DOSAB. (I ADORED Eldric, though!!)

GRACELING is on my Kindle to be read soon. My good friend raved about it, so I'm really looking forward to it. Glad to know the rest of the series is promising!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 6:39:08 AM PDT
Kristan - how long have you been "going to read" graceling...lol!

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 6:46:05 AM PDT
LOL shhhh! I swear I'm getting to it! It's just that my TBR list keeps growing and growing, you know? And I'm not the fastest reader in the world... But I recently added a "Maybe" folder to my Kindle and filed away all the freebies and other things I got that I'm not THAT interested in, meaning I can more easily see the books I DO really want to read (like GRACELING!). I'm hoping it will help.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 9:19:51 AM PDT
lol...i just remember that you have been saying maybe, as long i've been hanging out on this forum, so at least nearly a year

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 9:43:49 AM PDT
I know, I'm terrible. In my defense, I only bought GRACELING in Dec. :P

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 1:24:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2012 1:26:05 PM PDT
These are all great recommendations! I've already added some to my 'to-read' list. I actually just finished a book today, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It was quite refreshing and I'm so glad I allowed myself the chance to read it. Usually, I'm not interested in the male point-of-view, not since the HP series. However, this book has me wanting to read more like it. Could I perhaps get some recommendations? Keep it young adult of course but would still appeal to someone my age. I don't mind if it has romance as well. I just want it to be well-written and between the four and five star mark. Also, this has been on my mind, are there any books with the main character between eighteen and twenty-four (the highest I'm willing to go right now) that's really good? Btw, I've tried the Darkfever series... eh, not my cup of tea. I'd like it to already have a sequel out or at least it'll be released soon. Of course, for this second request I'd like to keep it from a girl's perspective. I'm interested in all types of genres as long as it isn't too out there like space ships or something. I hope this isn't too much to ask for lol.
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