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Initial post: Sep 23, 2011 12:42:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2011 12:44:43 PM PDT
Mina says:
Hello. :)

I am quite the strange reader with a particular taste: a 22-year-old who still enjoys reading the Young Adult genre! (I am certain there many out there like me.) =p

I am looking for some YA novels written for the older audience of that age group, meaning probably for those who are 16 and above. I want something with a little more sex and a little more violence -tastefully written of course.

I am fine with romance, but I do not want it to make up the entire storyline, like Twilight or most of the YA genre these days. Action / adventure is more of what I am looking for in a plot.

Also, I am hoping for something a little more mature in the writing style, in the characters, and in the plot as well. I understand that we are talking about the YA genre here. For some reason, I felt like Twilight was too easy of a read, with flat characters, and a very straight storyline. Then again, I am not looking for something too heavy like Gone with the Wind. The Hunger Games is an excellent example of what I am looking for.

Last but not least, a strong female lead that is not a Mary Sue is what I like reading about the most -totally opposite of Bella Swan. In addition, I am not into girls who hate their lives / hate the world / hate their parents / need to be sarcastic for no reason / and the likes or anything related to Gossip Girls.

You ask why YA? The reason for my preference of this genre is because most adult books I find are too graphic in sex. I like sex in my books but not soft-core porn if you know what i mean. -cough- J.R. Ward -cough- However, if you know of any Adult books that fit my liking, please feel free to recommend them as well!

Themes I currently enjoy: (All of them with a little romance!)
- Steampunk
- Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian
- Historical Paranormal
- Gothic (No, not the emo type . . . )
- Byronic heroes and huge mansions!

Books I enjoyed:
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile (Eloise Jarvis McGraw)
- A Certain Slant of Light (Laura Whitcomb)
- the Gemma Doyle trilogy (Libba Bray)
- Beauty (Robin McKinley)
- Perfect Chemistry / Chain Reaction (Simone Elkeles)
- Hawksong (Amelia Atwater-Rhodes)
- Blood and Chocolate (Annette Curtis Klause)
- Dragon's Bait (Vivian Vande Velde)
- The Iron King (Julie Kagawa)
- The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
- the Uglies trilogy (Scott Westerfeld)
- Across the Universe (Beth Revis)

Books that are on my shelf but still unread:
- Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
- The Perilous Gard (Elizabeth Marie Pope)
- Chain Reaction (Simone Elkeles)
- Tiger's Curse (Colleen Houck)
- Delirium (Lauren Oliver)
- Wither (Lauren DeStefano)
- Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
- Poison Study (Maria V. Snyder)
- Sabriel (Garth Nix)
- Crown Duel (Sherwood Smith)

Books I did NOT enjoy:
- the Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer)
- Shiver (Maggie Steifvater)
- the House of Night series (P.C. Cast)
- the Night World series (L.J. Smith)
- Tithe (Holly Black)
- Evermore, Fallen, Blue Bloods, etc.

I hope that was not too hard. >.< It just seems like I always buy the wrong books these days. =\

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 1:41:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2011 1:41:54 PM PDT
If you enjoyed Robin McKinley, I highly recommend her duology, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown. Also check out Lips Touch by Laini Taylor.

For a sexier read, try The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. It's contemporary, not paranormal or fantasy, just fyi.

And then I haven't yet read these yet, but they've been pretty highly recommended around the blogosophere:
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- the Curse Workers series by Holly Black (White Cat, Red Glove, and ... Black Heart?)
- XVI by Julia Karr

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 1:58:20 PM PDT
You might enjoy the "Wake", "Fade", "Gone" trilogy, which has paranormal elements and some serious sub-plots, such as alcoholism.

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 2:05:19 AM PDT
You're not alone :) I'm 25 and I still love YA! I absolutely recommend The Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan, it's among my favorite YA novels. I'll also second the recommendation of Holly Black's Curse Workers trilogy (starting with White Cat), and if you like steampunk, have you tried out Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld? I haven't gotten far in it yet but I have heard amazing things about it.

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 11:38:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2011 11:40:14 AM PDT
I got you all beat I am a 49 yr old male, husband, to read..currently reading Miss-Peregrines-Home-Peculiar-Children by Ransom Riggs..awesome book and story...who cares if it is YA or younger.... a good story is a good story , a good book is a good I ever feel guilty...nah..I read all types and refuse to exclude YA...but the book I mention is a recommendation for you..fantastic book...very weird...

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 2:50:41 PM PDT
Wayward says:
Have you read Mairelon the Magician by Patricia Wrede?
The Shannon Hale Books of Bayern weren't written for an older audience, but are enjoyable (and have strong female leads) I've enjoyed all her books that I started just to pre-screen for my high-level reading tween.
Runemarks...I'm not sure if you'd enjoy it or not from your description, but look it up. Strong female, no romance that I recall, but lots of adventure and mythology...
I also recommend the rest of Robin McKinley's books. Spindle's End is one of my favorites!

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 6:56:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2011 6:59:49 PM PDT
HHK says:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Troubled Waters
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1)
Cybele's Secret
Summers at Castle Auburn
Silver Phoenix
Cold Magic (The Spiritwalker Trilogy)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 11:50:09 AM PDT
C. Wilder says:
Divergent by Veronica Roth put me in mind of Hunger Games; I think you'd like it. Also the Gone series by Michael Grant (multiple lead characters), Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (male and female main characters), and the Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Also, read your copy of Graceling--I really enjoyed it.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 5:26:18 PM PDT
S Nicole says:
you said you have Graceling on your it!!! It completely matches all your criteria...adventure, romance (but not too much), sex, well written...etc. You should definitely give it a read. then read the prequel Fire, it's also good. and the 3rd book is coming out next may, which I'm greatly looking forward to. I just re-read Graceling in anticipation lol

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 9:19:10 PM PDT
SunnyinWI says:
13 Reasons Why-Jay Asher
The Hate List-Jennifer Brown
Dairy Queen series-Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Acceleration-Graham McNamee
Beauty Queens-Libba Bray

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 2:51:29 AM PDT
Boric says:
I would recommend The Heir of Night (Helen Lowe) -- its adventurous epic fantasy with gothic overtones and a strong heroine

Also Robin McKinley's "Sunshine"--it's paranormal, but again adventurous with a very interesting heroine and romance is there, but not paramount

And you might like to check out the early Pern novels from Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight is the first, followed by Dragon Quest

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 8:05:51 AM PDT
K. McNamara says:
Based on your likes, I think you would like
Megan Whelan Turner's Attolia series, starting with the Thief. The strong women come out of the woodwork in the 2nd book.
Bunce's A Curse Dark as Gold

Not YA, but so far no sex and a very strong heroine in Michelle Sagara's Elantra series - I think Cast in Shadow is the first one.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 11:41:16 AM PDT
Terri says:
I would recommend:

Vampire Academy Signature Edition: A Vampire Academy Novel
Stray (Shifters Book 1)
Nightshade: Book 1
Blood Red Road

These are series. The first three are UF with strong female leads good story line with some romance. The last is a dystopian novel. If you like Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium you will like this book.

Some novels with a little more romance but not Twilight with different twist then try:

Shade (Shade, Book 1)
Beg for Mercy (A Cambion Series)
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1)

Additionally, another good place to find good books and recomendations is Goodreads. It a social media site for readers and writers.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 8:48:05 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 28, 2011 1:27:36 PM PDT
I would recommend the wheel of time. there are multiple lead characters 3 are women. It has romance, fantasy, and action in it and they are very well written. the only downfall is the first book is hard to read but once you get past it they become addicting. there are 13 books out with the final book coming out shortly. there is no sex during the first 3 books but it does talk about attraction. Another thing you might like is a women will describe her thoughts about whats going on and bash men then the men will talk about the situation and bash on women so you get to see through the eyes of both the males and females throughout the series.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:35:25 PM PDT
Rawrr says:
Not all adult books are filled with long drawn out love scenes (i can't stand those either!).
Here are some adult books you might like--and none of them have annoying and long drawn out porn:

Ilona Andrew's "Edge" or "Magic" series--both of these series are really good (or ok, I remember hating the first book, "Magic Bites," but oh my god it got SO GOOD after that one!).

Karen Moning's Fever series is another really good urban fantasy series--it starts with "DarkFever."

Lilith St. Crow's Dante Valentine series. Starts with "Working For the Devil." Her YA series is also pretty entertaining (starts with "Strange Angels").

Also, have you tried Kelley Armstrong's books? Her YA series is awesome and it starts with "The Summoning."

I'm not sure if you'd like her adult series, as the protagonists of those books are older and your reading list leads me to believe you prefer younger protagonists (also, her adult books DO include some annoyingly long sex scenes sometimes). Either way it's set in the same world as her YA series and it starts with "Bitten."

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 4:21:35 PM PDT
Micah Dawson says:
You Try Gena Showalter's Intertwined Series

Intertwined(Book One)
Unraveled(Book Two)
Twisted(Book Three)

It is a great series that features Vampire, Werewolves, Witches and other supernatural elements.
I was amazed at her writing.

There is A lot of Action, Romance, Sex(Tasteful), Excellent Character Development and a great serie

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 4:46:39 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 7:34:53 PM PDT
I saw that you deleted a lot of your posts from other threads, and I really appreciated that, seeing as self promotion is only permitted in the Meet Our Authors forum. I'm guessing you just missed this one, but if you're tracking the discussion, hopefully you'll delete this too, and rejoin the conversations as a regular reader! Thanks. :)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 8:40:33 PM PDT
i did miss that one!!!! thank you! :)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:02:32 PM PDT
Mina says:
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Keep them coming. :)

Also, I don't mind older protagonists, as long as they are below 25 years old. I have nothing against older people! It's just that I can relate better with those near my age.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:07:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 7:09:08 AM PDT
N. osborne says:
Ok a MUST read sereis that I think fits your specifications is The Poison Study trilogy, Book 1 is Poison Study, 2 is Magic Study and 3 is Fire Study by Maria V Snyder. This series was sooo much better then I ever thought it would be and is amazingly written. Again if you have not read Graceling, that would be up your alley as well:) Oh and I see you enjoyed Bolld and Chocolate, then check out The Silver Kiss by same author as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:14:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 7:15:31 AM PDT
Mina says:
Totally did not enjoy The Silver Kiss. =S It was nothing at all like Blood and Chocolate, lol.

BUT, Graceling and Poison Study are sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read next. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:17:06 AM PDT
Mina says:
Sorry, though My Soul to Take was a cute read, it's not Adult-enough for me. =\

I'll be sure to check out Vampire Academy though. =p

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:18:05 AM PDT
N. osborne says:
lol yeah they are not alike but I did enjoy The Silver Kiss more, I guess I had a soft spot for the lonely vampire:P
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