Jun 24, 2013

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Question – What YA Book Am I Missing Out On?

Question Visual Again


Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am no longer a big YA reader.  In fact, I would not call myself a YA reader at all.  Now I only read two YA series – up until last week, I only read one.  Why do I read the ones I do?  They are written by favorite authors of mine and they are not “too YA”.

I know that there are many YA titles out there that are not too high school or too dramatic (it still amazes me how heavy many YA books are!) but I have no idea where to find them.  So I am turning to you asking for advice and help.

If I were to read more YA, what should I pick up?  What YA book am I missing out on?  Please remember that I prefer not wanting to curl up in a ball and cry by page two.  A little fun in the story would be appreciated.

And p.s. I will be reviewing one book and one novella from the two YA series that I read this week so be sure to look out for that.  🙂

  1. Michele says:

    Infernal Devices series & Mortal Instruments series, both by Cassandra Clare.

  2. Readsalot81 says:

    I used to read YA not at all – but that changed several years ago.:) Thanks to a book blogger and book festival.

    Try Richelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books are fun, with complicated relationships, and just a wee bit of angst. (I’m SO not a vampire book lover – but her books are GOOD)

    Crewel by Gennifer Albin – fabulous world building – sort of a fantasy/dystopian premise.

    Splintered by AG Howard. – One of the best YA books I’ve read to date. An imaginative, creepy, and fun take on the Alice & Wonderland books.

    Daughter of Smoke & Bone/Days of Starlight by Laini Taylor. – While I wasn’t blown away by the actual story – her writing is elegant and I really liked the ideas/characters.

    Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth – The main character is really worth reading these two books. She’s excellent. Though I must warn you book 2 ends on a cliffhanger.

    Julie Kagawa writes the Iron Fey series / the Blood of Eden – Now I haven’t read blood of Eden yet (vampire books again) but I did like her Iron Fey series.

    Jennifer Armentrout writes the Lux series among others. (I’m showing my age, but if you ever have watched “Roswell” – the books give off a very similar vibe)

    And if you have any interest in checking out YA contemporary, I recommend Katie McGarry and Miranda Kenneally. McGarry’s books put you through the emotional wringer, but they are SO DAMN GOOD.

  3. I agree about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series. It has a very unique premise, the characters have some great snarky lines, and although it definitely has it’s heavy moments, I’ve only teared up once or twice in four books.
    And Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is a good dystopian YA read. They’re filming the first movie right now.
    For contemporary YA, I really like Gayle Forman. I cried throughout her If I Stay, but not the follow up Where She Went. And her Just One Day was really great, too.

  4. Annie on my Mind. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/595375.Annie_on_My_Mind

    GLBT YA that is so close to perfect I cried tears of happy. Must, must read.

  5. Honestly, I have read many and most are so annoying, and when I do like a book then book 2 sucks :/

  6. Jessica says:

    Oh good lord! If I were to pick just one, I’d say Angelfall by Susan Ee. It’s intense, dark, and pretty universally appealing to all types of readers. I don’t think I’ve seen one negative review on it. It also avoids the annoying elements many YA books have – like too perfect boys, and annoyingly clumsy, plucky female heroines with social issues.

    I liked Readsalot81’s list too. She hit all of the YA books I enjoyed the most.

  7. I just finished the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles and I really, really enjoyed them. Check out Cinder and Scarlet!

  8. The best one I’ve read recently was Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I was totally engrossed and stayed up reading all night. Plus it has one of the hottest kisses I’ve read in ANY book this year.

  9. Erica Pillera says:

    Katie MacAlister’s Confessions of a Vampires Girlfriend (http://katiemacalister.com/books/confessions-of-a-vampires-girlfriend/) its 2 books in one and the story is continued as adults In the Company of Vampires (http://katiemacalister.com/books/in-the-company-of-vampires/). But Im biased Im a huge fan of Katie MacAlister.

  10. Northwoman says:

    The ones I like best, and I am not a fan of YA, are Veronica Roth – Divergent / Insurgent and Amy Bartol’s Premonition series.

  11. Like you, I read very little YA (and I think one of the only series I’m reading is the one you also follow – Mythos Academy). However, I stumbled across a book that I absolutely love by Lish McBride called Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. The lead is a 19 YO college dropout working in a fast food joint who discovers that he’s a powerful necromancer. It’s got funny moments, lots of action, and a nice romance with a strong female character. The second book, Necromancing the Stone, is also great.

    I’d also recommend Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, and a YA gothic paranormal by Leanna Renee Hieber called Darker Still.

  12. I’m really diggin’ Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy books but I think that you may have already read those and that’s all I got. LOL

  13. Lol Julie, I also read YA only when an adult author I like branches out. And so far, I have not been disappointed. Lynn Viehl, Darynda Jones, Kim Harrison and Gail Carriger have written good YA in my opinion.

  14. Jessica says:

    In addition to Angelfall, I’ll second these recommendations too:

    Lee suggested Cinder/Scarlet – I strongly second this recommendation. The first book is a retelling of the Cinderella story set in a futuristic world where Cinder is actually a cyborg (a human modified with robot parts) living in a city beset by a plague, and under the thumb of a tyrant queen from another planet. How cool is that? The story is very engaging and the world building is fantastic. The only downside? The mystery is easy to figure out.

    Several people suggested Divergent/Insurgent – I loved this series. It is a dystopian story with fantastic characters and a very swoon worthy romance. The only downside? The second book suffers from a bit of second book syndrome, and the main character doesn’t really feel as bad ass as she was in the first book.

    Readsalot81 suggested the Vampire Accademy series by Richelle Mede – this series annoyed me in the very beginning. It is very cliche in the beginning but gets good quickly, and stays good through the whole series. Another huge benifit to this series is it is all out. No waiting on books. I’d say it’s Richelle’s best series, and has one of most iconic romance’s in YA fiction. Dimitri is a seriously swoon worthy hero.

  15. Michele – I actually credit the Mortal Instrument books for introducing me to the paranormal genre beyond vampires but I have not read the latest books. Don’t know why lol

    Readsalot – You mention many books that I have seen floating around the blogosphere. I have to say the titles are drawing me in. There are some amazing titles there!

    Liz – Divergent. I know many who loved that book. 🙂

    Katie – Wow. If you say it’s close to perfect it must be amazing!

    blodeuedd – Gah! That is so frustrating!

    Jessica – Not one bad review?! Wow! And I checked out Cinder on GR. Very neat cover! 😉

    Lee – Another vote for Cinder. I think I’ll have to read up on it 🙂

    Sierra – Really?! Hottest kiss of any book?! Sounds promising 😉

    Erica – I must admit that I have never read Katie’s books but I have heard great things. Thanks for the recs!

    Northwoman – I have not heard of the second series you suggested. I must change that. *runs to Goodreads*

    JenM – The necromancer book sounds really good!

    Carmel – Yup. The Mythos books are the ones I actually read. I agree though – they are very good!

    Aurian – I have not tried Darynda’s YA. I think I have to change that. 🙂

  16. The vampire academy is the best YA series in my opinion. it is an action packed, captivating tale with fantasy,drama and romance. There are twist and turns that will make it impossible for you to put the books down.

    Another great Ya series is throne of glass by Sarah j Maas I definitely recommend you read this one. it is amazing the writing style is so rich and vivid and the author excels at writing a compelling world building with a gripping storyline and engaging characters.

    Hunger games by Suzanne Collins and graceling by Kristin Cashore are also pretty awesome you should check them out 🙂

  17. My favourite YA books (and two of my favourites in general):

    Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake, and its sequel Girl of Nightmares. It’s the story of Cas, a sarcastic young ghost hunter, who’s set on killing the blood-thirsty Anna, but things don’t quite go as planned.

    Then there is Angelfall by Susan Ee, which is about Penryn trying to find her sister in a post-apocalyptic world brought by angels, with the reluctant help of wingless Raffe. Given your tastes in books, I’m sure you’ll love this one.

  18. Ayan – I actually read Graceling when it first came out and really enjoyed it. As for Throne of Glass, I am not familiar with that one. From what you say, I think I need to check it out 🙂

    Desme – Anna.. sounds good!

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