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Initial post: Jan 1, 2010 11:49:33 AM PST
Amanda Fink says:
Hey, I know there are like a million of disussions like this, but I am SO in need of new books to read! I pretty much only read sci-fi/ fantasy, but if you know of a good book or series in a different genre then still post it :D Also a brief description would be really awesome!

I'm a 15 year old girl and I've read all these: Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, Vampire Diaries, Cirque Du Freak, House of Night, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Inkspell series, Vampire Academy... And that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

Your help and suggestions are greatly appreciated!! Thanks <3

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 12:11:42 PM PST
Hi Amanda,
You might enjoy Recycled Souls. It has a bit of fantasy, no vampires and wolves - but reincarnation, and Elizabeth re-enters her previous life for a brief spell. You can read the first chapter on my author page, to decide if you could get into my writing style and if you would like to continue reading it - wishing you good luck in your quest!

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 12:19:11 PM PST
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Sullen Girl says:
You might try Laurie Faria Stolarz's books that start with Blue is for Nightmares. There are four books in total. Also, I hear the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan are pretty good. Both series are really quick reads.

Also, I didn't see the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire on your list. If you haven't read these, you definitely should!

Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series is also a good read. Oh, and while they aren't YA - they could be, Maria Synder has a series out that is great. It starts with Poison Study.

Edited to add the Morganville Vamps series by Rachel Caine. One of the best, in my opinion. And Rachel Vincent has a new YA series that I love. I loaned out my copy so I can't remember the exact title but I believe it is My Soul to Take. The first book is an e-Book that is available on her site.

Gena Showalter has a YA series too - Intertwined.

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 2:48:36 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 1, 2010 4:50:42 PM PST
A Reader says:
An excellent recent YA fantasy book is Justin Allen's new one, _Year of the Horse_. It's a fantasy western that makes excellent use of old myths and stories in new ways. In that way he reminds me somewhat of Neil Gaiman, though in others ways they are quite different authors. I thought it was an excellent book- one of the best fiction works I've read lately.

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 9:43:18 PM PST
stiletto929 says:
I would recommend the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 9:54:05 PM PST
Boric says:
Have you tried Robin McKinley's paranormal Fantasy, Sunshine? She has also written a range of other Fantasies, such as The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown, Beauty etc

Scott Westerfeld also has a couple of paranormal series, such as Peeps and the quartet that starts with Uglies, Pretties etc

Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely may also be of interest, given your list. And have you tried Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass?

Three books I have very much enjoyed in the past year include Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Helen Lowe's Thornspell and Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (if you like Harry Potter you will also probably enjoy Gaiman's Neverwhere).

Diana Wynne Jones is also very popular with Harry Potter fans and she has written a lot of books: maybe try the the Chrestomanci books or Howl's Moving Castle.

Looking at something a bit different you could also check out Elizabeth Knox's Dreamhunter and Dreamquake duology.

Hope there's something new in here for you.

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 10:30:21 PM PST
J.E. Johnson says:
Hey Amanda,
Here are some links to some of my favorite YA fantasies that you didn't mention above: Summers at Castle Auburn, The Dream-Maker's Magic, General Winston's Daughter, The Truth-Teller's Tale, The Trouble with Kings, Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel), The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1). Hope these help!
-J.E. Johnson The Legend of Oescienne: The Finding (Volume 1)

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 11:42:07 PM PST
Read "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. You'll love it.

Alex: The Demon Chronicle

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 10:43:06 AM PST
Royal Blood

Here is a new Vamp book! :)

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 6:15:59 PM PST
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is a great series even though their have been controversies about it being athesit oriented but I still believe its a fantastic series.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 8:59:26 PM PST
Diego says:
You have not read Graceling yet?!?!?!?!? Oh of the best books I have ever read! It is a fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore. In a world where people can be born with "graces" which is basically a special talent, a girl named Katsa has the grace of killing. It is full of adventure, romance, and just plain wonderful. The only book that rivals it is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Those are the best two books I have ever read in my life. Enjoy :)

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 9:12:34 PM PST
J.E. Johnson says:
Looks like I'm going to have to put Graceling on my list :). Thanks Megan E.
-J.E. Johnson The Legend of Oescienne: The Finding (Volume 1)

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 11:09:59 AM PST
K. Harris says:
Lisa McMann's - Wake , Fade and book 3 in feb. Gone

L. A. Meyer - bloody jack series,

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2011 12:45:54 PM PDT
If you enjoy a fun, epic YA fantasy you might want to look into "Rise of the fallen." Soon to be released early this summer 2011.

Book trailer here:

Title - Rise of the Fallen: Book One in Andrew and the Quest of Orion's Belt series
Author - Ivory Autumn
Release Date - Early summer 2011

Blurb: To whom it may concern, and you should all be concerned.

I told Ivory not to publish this book. But Ivory never listens to me. For being an elf with such big ears, her hearing is very bad.
So, now here we both are. You wanting to read this VERY DARK tale. And me trying to warn you of the dangers that could happen if you do. You, probably being an ordinary person and all.
No disrespect to ordinary people. I like them...or you. But, generally, ordinary people are toxically attracted to things that are not so healthy for them, like candy, and those old broken-down buildings full of nose hair twisters, and throat gobblers-forgetting that they should be very afraid of dark, spooky, creepyish sort of places, until it's too late. Be WARNED that this book, once cracked opened, will cause the innocent lights in your bedroom to quake and shiver, and perhaps go out, leaving you in the darkness. So keep a flashlight, or a glowing, friendly, non-poisonous mushroom nearby, just in case.
Only brave individuals should, and dare, to read this book. As for myself, I'm brave. I'm not afraid of the dark. Except for when it's dark, of course. Ahem.

Your humble servant,
Twisker of the Dandelion Den

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- Fantasy
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Posted on Apr 28, 2011 5:27:45 PM PDT
FreeK Camp: Psychic Teens in a Paranormal Thriller is #4 Top-Rated on Amazon's Children's Fiction Fantasy/SciFi/Mystery/Horror. In 2010 it won the New England, the London, the Hollywood, and the Beach Book of the Year Awards for teens, plus the Moonbeam and 2 Mom's Choice gold awards.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 7:32:49 PM PDT
Incognito says:
Death Whispers (The Death Series) try my Urban Fantasy/Futuristic Sci-fi/Paranormal Romance for .99 cents.

Caleb has the most rare of the paranormal powers, Cadaver-Manipulation (aka corpse-raiser). In this world of the future, with Brain Impulse "pulse" Technology's wide-spread use and influence keenly realized, routine school inoculation has expanded to include a pharmaceutical cocktail, which once administered, unlocks the genetic potential for paranormal abilities. Using this small window of puberty, teens who have the genetic propensity find themselves manifesting extraordinary gifts; some of which garner the full attention of our government. Caleb must camouflage his new "talent" during the mandatory eighth grade Aptitude Test so that he remains undiscovered while establishing choice for his future. However, events beyond his control systematically reveal Caleb and his friends, which force them to fight for their freedom. In the midst of this struggle, his girlfriend's father battles to reassert his abusive dominance in her life while a couple of "peer enemies" thwart his efforts of secrecy at every turn. In the explosive climax, Caleb must protect his friends, and Jade, the one he all costs.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 12:57:15 PM PDT
Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 1)
Knight of Glory (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 2)
Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel)
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Anything by Tamora Pierce

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 7:46:45 PM PDT
C. Luna says:
Judging by the books you've read, The Soulkeepers is for you. The Soulkeepers

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 5:03:48 AM PDT
Eric Marier says:
Try Across The Sea. It's only $0.99.

Across The Sea

Francis Bright is a twelve-year-old boy living in sixteenth century England. Six months after his older brother's mysterious disappearance, Francis stumbles upon a clue which might reveal what really happened. As everyone around him questions his find, Francis is stolen away by the notorious Brotherhood of Blood and taken aboard a ship bound for the high seas. With the duplicitous Royal Navy fast on their trail, and the Spanish Armada conspiring with his murderous captors, Francis discovers that he is the key to unlocking the biggest mystery of all - a nine thousand-year-old riddle named Atlantis.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 7:39:40 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2011 8:36:49 AM PDT
M.E. Kent says:
Try The Listener

View video book trailer at:

Reviews from readers: Imagine discovering one day that you have the ability to communicate with animals, and that the animal world has sent emissaries to ask for your help to prevent millions of needless deaths each year--not just animal deaths, but human as well. Imagine further that a very small but influential percentage of animals don't want your help, and they're determined to stop you.

Any child-or adult-who has been saddened by the site of a dead animal by the side of the road will feel good about this book. Any child or adult that has ever felt a special bond with a dog or a cat or any other household pet will relate to this book. Twenty pages into this novel you will believe that animals have spoken to you your entire life, and you just haven't been paying attention. The author has a wonderful ear for dialog, and seems to know exactly how a dog, or cat, or hawk, or rat, will respond to any given situation. I haven't "heard" animal dialog this good since I listened to ee E.B. White read Charlotte's Web. 8 - 12 year-old kids will love this book, but I would not rule it out for adults, especially those who have a warm place in their hearts for small, furry animals.

Barnes & Noble: Great story. Well-conceived, plotted, and paced. Just plain well-written with memorable characters. Could it really happen? Makes you think. Looking forward to the movie.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 11:38:01 AM PDT
Jessica J. says:
Shrouded Secrets.

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 10:58:58 AM PDT
A. Taylor says:
Hi Amanda,
Neiko's Five Land Adventure is a YA fantasy/sci-fi that has been grouped with Harry Potter, but without wizards. It is about a 18 year old girl that is part of a hidden land that coexists with the US, Canada, and Mexico that finds out that a world she imagined is real and a villain from there traps her in the land. Her enemies are also plotting against her. She must get back home and turn the tables onto her enemies. This is book 1 of the Neiko Adventure saga. Book 2 Escape from Ancient Egypt is to be republished next year. This is a barebones description--the story has a lot in it and it is very meaty.
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