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Initial post: Feb 26, 2012 8:18:51 PM PST
Ari says:
Hi! (I'm new to forums! So please excuse me if this comes out as a mess!)

The sort of books I like/ones I've read and loved are:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Wolves of Mercy Falls
Infernal Devices
Mortal instruments
Inheritance Cycle
Scorpio Races
Hunger games
The waste mans fear
House of night etc (had to take a break - they're so-so)
Silence series (Becca Fitzpatrick)
Lorain Legacies
Beautiful Creatures
Vampire Accademy
Heist Society & Gallagher Girls

I have definitely left some off (can't include everything xD but that should give a good example ahaha)
I'm looking for really good books, ones that suck you in - or at least did for you! (:
If you have so-so or good books to recommend they're perfectly fine too! I'm just looking for some great books to keep me occupied!

I am also dragon mad.... But there aren't too many dragon books around! (I've read all of Anne McCaffrey's books - superb!)
I do enjoy vampires and werewolfs but no twilight or ever night copies please as no me gusta!:p

Thanks for any and all help!! :D

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 12:31:33 AM PST
I've read some of the books on your list. For young adult dystopian I would recommend Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Book 2 will be out in three days and I can't wait to get my hands on it

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 11:34:54 AM PST
TCT says:
I would recommend.

Blood Red Road
Shade (Shade, Book 1)
Soul Screamers Volume One: My Soul to Lose\My Soul to Take\My Soul to Save (Harlequin Teen)
Nightshade: Book 1
Blood Warrior: The Alexa Montgomery Saga, Book 1
Beg for Mercy
Delirium (Delirium (Quality))
Significance: A Significance Series Novel

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 3:47:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 27, 2012 3:47:48 PM PST
Hi and welcome, Ari!

Based on the books you've listed, I would highly recommend books by Robin McKinley. Particularly "The Blue Sword" and its prequel "The Hero and the Crown," and then "Pegasus" (and its sequel "Ebon," which is due out in 2014).

"The Girl of Fire and Thorns" by Rae Carson
"Cinder" by Marissa Meyer
"Wither" by Lauren DeStefano
"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan
"Chime" by Franny Billingsley
"Lips Touch" by Laini Taylor
"Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld

And I haven't read these myself, but you may also like "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman, along with "Delirium" and "Blood Red Road" (already recommended).

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 7:17:22 PM PST
Ari says:
Thanks so so much for all the recommendations! Honestly i was so nervous about asking hehe! Ive noted down them all and have already bought Delirium! Ahaha
I wish The Blue Sword was available on kindle, but alas I will have to wait for it to cme! I've heard about it before and it looks amazing!

I read the uglies years back (SOOO GOOD!) - maybe i should reread them again, i know i used to, and FOHAT (Carrie ryan's Book) and I quite liked it, I think I got into it much more once it started going.

Thanks TCT for lots of vampire/werewolf/faerie books, I think will definitely be checking out significance! It looks interesting a like a good romance for the upcoming cold nights!

If anyone has any more books please do post (: I don't mind repeats either!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2012 9:55:41 PM PST
Diana G. says:
Have you tried Meg Cabots Mediator series? Those are really good. I also enjoyed the Wake series by Lisa McMann. I heard City of Bones (Cassandra Clare) is really good, but I haven't read it. Hope this helps!

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 7:18:54 PM PST
D. Davis says:
YA dystopian is my favorite genre at the moment! I'm about to start "Delirium" and am very excited about it because I've heard great things!

You might want to try "Matched" by Ally Codine. The sequel "Crossed" is decent and the third book is set for the end of the year.

These books aren't really dystopian but feature some similar themes: "Maximum Ride" series by James Patterson. The first is called "The Angel Experiment" and the books are so engaging and exciting that you'll blow right through them.

I also recommend the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, which starts with "The Golden Compass." Again it's not exactly dystopian but so many of the same elements are there, so I really recommend them!

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 9:53:42 PM PST
D. Griewski says:
Just finished "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo. What a great book!

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 6:53:37 PM PST
Leaving out the ones already mentioned, here's a list of some great books.
Birthmarked, and sequel Prized - by Caragh O'Brien *
Legend by Marie Lu
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi *

The Demon King, The Exiled Queen & The Gray Wolf Throne (The Seven Realms Series) It has a 4th book coming out this fall -- by Cindy Williams Chima. It's fantastic and really surprised me by how much I loved it.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 8:40:20 PM PST
Ari says:
Thank you so so so much for so many wonderful recommendations!! I finished Delirium yesterday and LOVED it! And I just finished Pandemonium about 3 hours or so ago.
I can't believe I have to wait a year for the next one!! Ohmygoodness! So SO amazing!!!

I think I might read some fantasy books now! I need to let the world of delirium settle in my mind so I remember it for next year in case I don't have a chance to read it again!

I'm thinking of trying The Seven Realms series - or maybe something else in my Wishlist xD So excited!

I will happily take more suggestions, I read quite fast and have some fantastic reading time upcoming in the next few weeks or so!! (:

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 11:52:21 AM PST
I'm glad you enjoyed delirium :) I knew you would like it! I also just read Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and really loved it. Do you only read young adult or do you read other fantasy books? Most of my suggestions are adult :(. Incarnate is young adult so you can read it :)

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Posted on Mar 4, 2012 12:40:10 AM PST
Ari says:
I read a bit of everything - adult books are fine for me. I love them as much as YA! I've read Jean M Auel's series and such, but I wouldn't particularly enjoy anything more, erm 'graphic'. I will certainly check out Incarnate!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2012 7:10:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2012 7:16:43 PM PST
Agnes says:
One of the most impressive fantasies (and more recent) that I have come across was Laini Taylor's debut book, Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. The characters were well-developed and had interesting quirks and qualities, the world-building was excellent, the storytelling sharp, and the entire book was a huge surprise in terms of how much I enjoyed it. It's the first book in a trilogy, and I highly recommend giving it a try. I see that you've read another book by this author, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so I think there's a good chance you'll like this one as well (if you haven't read it already).

If you like books about dragons, you might want to give Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles a try. The first book - timeline-wise - is Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One, though I believe the last book (Talking to Dragons) was originally publised first; then came Dealing with Dragons, and so on.

There are also two little-known fantasies that I read and which are now on my keeper shelf: The Island and the Ring by Laura C. Stevenson and The Shadow Warrior by Pat Zettner. Not many people have read these books, but both stood out to me as great reads with interesting plots. The Shadow Warrior was especially impressive. It reminds me a little of how I feel about books by Hilari Bell, whose books have great characterizations that stand out, along with unusual storylines. I'm not usually interested in fantasies with political intrigue but both Pat Zettner's book and Hilari Bell's Goblin trilogy (the first book is The Goblin Wood [Mass Market Paperback] and the books get better as the series progresses; I think this trilogy is this author's best) have really engaging politics and internal character dilemmas on right and wrong that only make the stories even more exciting.

Sorry to only recommend mainly fantasies; I've read a few dystopias and paranormals, but none are ones that I would recommend at this time (I am reading Delirium and The Hunger Games right now; so far, I'm liking both). The above are some of the reads that have stood out the most over the years. I hope you find some great books.

Note: I don't know if you're only looking for books on Kindle. Some of the ones I listed aren't available on Kindle yet.

Oh, and another note: You listed The Hunger Games as something you have enjoyed. If you liked this and wouldn't mind trying something else by Suzanne Collins, I also thought her debut book (also the first book in a series), Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1), was pretty good.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 12:05:28 PM PST
Hope Welsh says:
I have a few I've recently read that you may enjoy.

Shadow and Light Shadow and Light by Lanie Jordan YA Fantasy
Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) Hush Money by Susan Bischoff -- Paranormal YA
PORTAL: Portal Chronicles Book One Portal series by Imogen Rose YA Fantay/Sci-Fi
Torn (Trylle)Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking YA Fantasy (no vamps--but we do have trolls and faeries)

Just a few authors to check out. None have vampire if you're getting tired of those :) Happy Reading.

I've read all those listed above and would give them all 4 to 5 stars

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 5:44:25 PM PST

Okay if you read adult then I would recommend the fever series by Karen moning. This series is my all time favorite urban fantasy to date and I've read a bunch. It doesn't have any sex until book 4 I believe, but there is tension. You can try book one and see if it's too much for you. Happy reading :)

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 8:46:45 AM PST
V SaewodTice says:
These are the tags I use to get a good dystopian or dystopian-like book.


Post Apocalyptic - dystopian feel:

They will definitely bring up some that you've already read; however, it is organized by most recently popular. So, at least you are getting suggestions based off of what people are seeming to like within this category.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 3:07:57 PM PST
Kp211 says:
Anything by Meg Cabot is good
the most interesting for me was - (rated from 1-3 stars 3 being best)
***the mediator series
*** Abandon (really unique)
*** Airhead (realllyyyyy good!!! and very original idea - something i haven't read about before)
and some other books by other authors -
***Hunger Games
***The Gathering
**Die for me
***Shatter me (really really really good!! MUST READ!)
***City of Bones (one of the best series i've read since twilight - except better)
***The Host (takes a while to get interesting but its worth it in the end)
***The Soul Screamers series
***Silence series (this is super interesting)
***Vampire Academy Series (reallyy good)
*Cinder (not really my type but its interesting if you into sci-fi)
**Across the Universe (sci- fi/ dystopian with a twist on things you should read the synopsis to see if you like it)
***Graceling by Kristin Cashore (soooo good!!!)
A lot of these books are paranormal romance and dystopian (I'm 17 years old what do you expect) haha but anyways these are the ones that were worth mentioning

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 1:38:33 AM PDT
Ari says:
I don't think I can thank anyone enough for all these amazing recommendations! But thank you, thank you, thank you!! (: I'm buying heaps of books at the moment, but I need to stock up for my holidays! :D

I've just read Shatter me - which I did enjoy a lot. I thankfully hadn't heard about it before so I didn't go comparing it to Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter until I read reviews that had it advertised as such.
I though the writing style was interesting, but I couldn't handle it if lots of books get written like that now xD

Just bought the Fever series book one! I'm very excited as I liked the sample hehe

Does anyone know of really good paranormal/dystopian books with really good romance that isn't the main feature of the book? I enjoyed the romance in Shatter Me but it was annoying that the action and setting of the story basically got underdeveloped for it...(I'd give it 4 stars) The Hunger Games and Divergent are great examples in my opinion as well as The Daughter of Smoke and Bone which manages to build both worlds with amazing detail whilst having great romance.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 6:40:19 AM PDT
LAB says:
Warning about the Fever series - be prepared to buy them all. They have nasty cliff hangers.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 4:21:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2012 5:15:43 PM PDT
Hazel says:
Hi Ari,
You asked for some dystopian books.
Do you know the Gone series by Michael Grant?
And I recently read the first two books of the Numbers trilogy by Rachel Ward. Very good dystopian books.
Numbers: Book 1
I also liked Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates very much.

From my to-read list (so I don't know if this series is any good):
Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1)

As to vampire books and other paranormal books, do you know L.J. Smith?
She's the author of the Vampire Diaries (which are a bit like Twilight, but written 10 years earlier), but also of the Night World series.
Actually, I prefer her paranormal trilogies, like Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion and The Secret Circle.
For a full list of her books, check out her website:

As to dragons, I love Noami Novik's series about the dragon Temeraire Temeraire Vol 1-3 Box Set With Bonus Poster, but if you don't like history, maybe this is not for you. Anyway you can read a few pages, and short stories on Naomi Novik's website
Maybe you'll like this The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy
(BTW I assume, you know Eragon).
And finally two more from my to read list:
Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One
Dragon Magic

Good luck and happy reading!

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 5:18:57 PM PDT
Gold Osita says:
I have some really good recommendations too which are:
Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
City of bones series by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare
The girl in the Steel Corset by ( sorry i forgot )
Dark Guardian series by Rachel Hawthorne
Awake at Dawn series by C.C. Hunter
Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black
Darkest powers trilogy by Kelyy Armstrong
Touch of frost(darkness power trilogy) by Jennifer Estep
Hex hall series by Rachel Hawkins
Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto
The Iron fey series by Julie Kagawa
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James
Full moon series by Ellen Schreiber
Raised by wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Need series by Carrie Jones
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Magum
Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston(one of my favorite, you just have to read it)
The name of the star by Maureeen Johnson

Yes, that's a lot of book
Yes, i read all those books under one month
I am a Bookaholic and i read a book a day,(two, when i decide to go slow).
No, it is not an addiction. Maybe.... a little.
I recommend all the books up there. They are really good and you would not regret reading them. There are still more books i recommend but these are some of the iones i love best. If you need help getting a book, tell me. I have most of the books downloaded and i can send them to you through a file( i'll explain ).
Thnx for reading. Bye.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 2:33:24 PM PDT
I would recommend Derek Landy's Skullduggery Pleasant series and The 39 Clues series. They are both great and would keep you occupied for quite some time. Also, Artemis Fowl is fun and refreshing, as is Maximum Ride.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 5:03:24 PM PDT
Mike says:
I'm finishing up the last book in the Demon Kissed series now The 13th Prophecy (Demon Kissed). That's a very dystopian/ dark paranormal romance. It really surprised me b/c the series started much lighter. These last two books have been great, filled with stuff I never saw coming. Can't wait to see how it ends.

And I'm guessing you already are reading it, but Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices) is growing on me.

If you want to try some steampunk that's gotta paranormal crazy chick look at Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate). The covers are getting really ugly with that series, but the 1st book had me laughing out loud.

So there ya go. An intense dark read, a historical fic, and humor. :)

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 9:19:37 PM PDT
Yes I second lab! The fever series is going to make you either download the second book right away or run to the store for the next one lol. On top of being so addictive they also have evil cliff hangers (even worse than delirium) that made me want to pull my hair out! haha.. However, you're in luck because the series is complete so you'll have all the books. Unlike some of us who had to wait so long for the final.

What is everyone reading at the moment? I finished listening to incarnate and rated 3.7ish because it didn't have anything too exciting, but it's still interesting. I am back to listening to sucuubus dreams book 3 by Richelle Mead.
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